31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico tour planner

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Roswell
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Deming
— 1 night
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Socorro
— 3 nights
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Pueblo of Acoma
— 1 night
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
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Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 1st (Sat), learn about all things military at General Douglas L. McBride Military Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, meet the residents at Spring River Park and Zoo, look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally stop by Alien Zone Area 51. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Singing Road, immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, find something for the whole family at Roswell Space Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Historic District, then test your problem-solving skills at Roswell Escapes, LLC, and finally take a memorable drive along Pecos River.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Roswell travel itinerary planner.

Dallas to Roswell is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Roswell is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Roswell, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and King's Palace will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center and Frijole Ranch. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Green Lake, Big Room, &more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, and get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In May in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 6th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, explore the world behind art at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, then learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards, then learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Alameda Park Zoo, examine the collection at Toy Train Depot, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo holiday maker.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In May in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Deming

— 1 night
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, admire the masterpieces at Deming Arts Center, do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, explore the activities along Mimbres River Preserve, then explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Cummings 1836-1886.

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Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Deming takes 2.5 hours. May in Deming sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Socorro

— 3 nights
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Mineralogical Museum and Geronimo Springs Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Old San Miguel Mission. Explore Socorro's surroundings by going to Elephant Butte Lake State Park (in Elephant Butte), White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (in Bosque). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, make a trip to Very Large Array, stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Socorro holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Deming to Socorro takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Pueblo of Acoma.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pueblo of Acoma

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, make a trip to Acoma Pueblo Sky City, then try to win big at Sky City Casino, then take in the history at Laguna Pueblo Mission, and finally try your luck at Dancing Eagle Casino.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pueblo of Acoma holiday planning tool.

Getting from Socorro to Pueblo of Acoma by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Socorro in May; daily highs in Pueblo of Acoma reach 72°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Pueblo of Acoma

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi

— 2 nights
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nageezi travel route planner.

Drive from Pueblo of Acoma to Nageezi in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nageezi when traveling from Pueblo of Acoma in May, with lows around 43°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Nageezi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Jemez Springs

— 2 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Spence Hot Springs, stroll through Valles Caldera National Preserve, contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ojito Wilderness, then learn about winemaking at Ponderosa Valley Vineyards, and finally trek along Jemez National Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Soda Dam, relax and rejuvenate at Jemez Springs Bath House, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs, then take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Battleship Rock, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at McCauley Hot Spring.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jemez Springs online tour planner.

Getting from Nageezi to Jemez Springs by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Nageezi in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Jemez Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church will appeal to history buffs. Visiting New Mexico River Adventures and Wild Rivers Recreation Area will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley), Red River Fish Hatchery (in Questa) and Orilla Verde Recreation Area (in Pilar). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Union National Monument, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, and view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Jemez Springs in May since evenings lows in Taos dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 5 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Santa Fe Plaza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument & Los Alamos Nature Center), Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel) and Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, learn and have fun at Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons, go for a walk through Keshi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 5 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Get some historical perspective at Albuquerque Old Town and Coronado Historic Site. New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will appeal to museum buffs. When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see J&R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho, approximately Rio Rancho away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, see the interesting displays at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and see New Mexico Jeep Tours.

Before you visit Albuquerque, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.