32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Deming
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Carlsbad
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Roswell
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

6
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and Puye Cliff Dwellings. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Ghost Ranch. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Valles Caldera National Preserve (in Jemez Springs) and Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and view the masterpieces at Monroe Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary maker .

Detroit to Santa Fe is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Detroit in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, Valles Caldera National Preserve, El Santuario de Chimayo, Pecos National Historical Park, Ghost Ranch
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Millicent Rogers Museum and Enchanted Circle Pottery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Union National Monument and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Taos Ski Valley (in Taos Ski Valley). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, explore the world behind art at Harwood Museum of Art, explore the galleries of Blumenschein Home & Museum, and view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos Ski Valley, Tesuque Glass Works, Philmont Scout Ranch, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Taos Ski Valley ©
Taos Ski Valley
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

6
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in Mountainair, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, see the interesting displays at Turquoise Museum, stop by The Candy Lady, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque journey website .

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Albuquerque: highs are around 57°F and lows about 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Sandia Mountains, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Museum ©
Albuquerque Museum

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at St. Clair Winery & Vineyard, examine the collection at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming, and then immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Deming road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Albuquerque to Deming. Traveling from Albuquerque in February, you will find days in Deming are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Deming

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Rockhound State Park
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
Rockhound State Park ©
Rockhound State Park

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get in touch with nature at White Sands National Monument and Trestle Recreation Area. Bring the kids along to International Space Hall of Fame and Alameda Park Zoo. Step out of Alamogordo with an excursion to St. Joseph Apache Mission Church in Mescalero--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo route site .

Traveling by car from Deming to Alamogordo takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Trestle Recreation Area, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Highlights from your plan
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame

5
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Big Room and Devil's Hall Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Giant Dome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Hall of The White Giant, Slaughter Canyon Cave, & more). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. February in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Devil's Hall Trail
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

2
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Pecos River. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51, then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, and finally cruise along Singing Road.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in February, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Pecos River, Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge ©

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