35 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Clovis
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Carlsbad
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Alamogordo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ruidoso
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Roswell
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Dallas

5
nights
Clovis

Clovis ©
Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Let the collections at Billy the Kid Museum and Old Fort Sumner Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Norman Petty Studios and Billy the Kid’s Grave. Get out of town with these interesting Clovis side-trips: Fort Sumner (Sumner Lake State Park & Bosque Redondo Memorial). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and get to know the resident critters at Hillcrest Park Zoo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Clovis road trip planner.

Dallas to Clovis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Clovis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Clovis. You'll set off for Carlsbad on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Clovis

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fort Sumner
Highlights from your plan
Billy the Kid Museum ©
Billy the Kid Museum
Norman Petty Studios ©
Norman Petty Studios
Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum ©
Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum

7
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and Western Heritage Museum - Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. Take a break from the city and head to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park and Sitting Bull Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Artesia (Artesia Public Library, Street Sculptures, &more), Spider Cave (in Carlsbad Caverns National Park) and Zia Park Casino (in Hobbs). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Brantley Lake State Park, explore the activities along Pecos River Flume, steep yourself in history at Eddy House, and walk around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip builder site.

You can drive from Clovis to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Clovis in June, with highs in Carlsbad at 98°F and lows at 67°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Artesia, Hobbs, Spider Cave
Highlights from your plan
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park ©
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Sitting Bull Falls ©
Sitting Bull Falls
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

7
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and New Mexico Rails-to-Trails will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at New Mexico Museum of Space History and White Sands Missle Range Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alamogordo: Cloudcroft (Bluff Springs, Ski Cloudcroft, &more). There's much more to do: do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, see the interesting displays at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, get to know the resident critters at Alameda Park Zoo, and relax in the rural setting at Heart of the Desert.

Start your trip to Alamogordo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Tularosa, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum
White Sands Missle Range Museum

7
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries and The Ruidoso Trading Post. Get outdoors at Lincoln National Forest and Links At Sierra Blanca. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrizozo (Carrizozo Heritage Museum & Valley of Fires Recreation Area) and Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll around Smokey Bear Historical Park, and examine the collection at Smokey Bear Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ruidoso route builder tool.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Alamogordo in July, with highs in Ruidoso at 80°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Outdoors Casinos

Side Trips

Carrizozo, Capitan, Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Spas
Hubbard Museum of the American West ©
Hubbard Museum of the American West

8
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.
Let the collections at International UFO Museum and Research Center and Tokay Beaded Art capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Alien Zone Area 51 and Roswell Space Center. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, get to know the resident critters at Spring River Park and Zoo, see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, and identify plant and animal life at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell journey planner.

You can drive from Ruidoso to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Roswell: highs are around 97°F and lows about 68°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center