31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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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
— 5 nights

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Roswell

Roswell ©
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, identify plant and animal life 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 contemplate the waterfront views at Pecos River.

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

Dallas to Roswell is an approximately 4.5-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 · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

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Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico ©

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Big Room will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center and Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Green Lake, King's Palace, &more) and Frijole Ranch (in Guadalupe Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls, stroll around Brantley Lake State Park, and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad day trip planning site.

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

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

2
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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History

1
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Deming

Deming ©
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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park

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Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Mineralogical Museum and NRAO Very Large Array are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Fort Craig National Historic Site. Explore Socorro's surroundings by going to White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio), Bernardo Wildlife Area (in Bosque) and Elephant Butte Lake State Park (in Elephant Butte). There's lots more to do: look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, don't miss a visit to Very Large Array, tee off at New Mexico Tech Golf Course, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old San Miguel Mission.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Socorro day trip tool.

Drive from Deming to Socorro in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Socorro are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Pueblo of Acoma.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Bernardo Wildlife Area ©
Bernardo Wildlife Area
NRAO Very Large Array ©
NRAO Very Large Array

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Pueblo of Acoma

Pueblo of Acoma ©
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

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

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Dancing Eagle Casino ©
Dancing Eagle Casino
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum ©
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Acoma Pueblo Sky City ©
Acoma Pueblo Sky City

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Nageezi

Nageezi ©
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
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chetro Ketl ©
Chetro Ketl
Pueblo Bonito ©
Pueblo Bonito

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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, then identify plant and animal life 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: Home of The Giggling 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

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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway ©
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway

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Taos

Taos ©
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 Kit Carson Home & Museum will appeal to history buffs. Visiting New Mexico River Adventures and High Road to Taos 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 much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Fort Union National Monument, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taos trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Taos, with lows around 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

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New Mexico River Adventures ©
New Mexico River Adventures
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
Get some historical perspective at Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. Museum-lovers will appreciate Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and New Mexico History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, &more), Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel) and Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument & Los Alamos Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, enjoy unforgettable views with Santa Fe Balloon Company, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and shop like a local with Keshi.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in May, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

5
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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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 Petroglyph National Monument. 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: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, take an in-depth tour of Albuquerque Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planning site.

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

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
New Mexico Jeep Tours ©
New Mexico Jeep Tours

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