36 days in North Central Arizona, Vega & Central New Mexico Itinerary

36 days in North Central Arizona, Vega & Central New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Prescott
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sedona
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Payson
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Globe
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Vega
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Albuquerque
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Los Angeles

6
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Get out of town with these interesting Prescott side-trips: Bumble Bee Ranch (in Bumble Bee) and The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains (in Yarnell). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, pause for some photo ops at GMIHC Learning and Tribute Center, examine the collection at Kalusa Miniature Airplane Collection, and stroll through Constellation Trails.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Prescott trip website.

Los Angeles to Prescott is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get a bit cooler in Prescott: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glassford Summit Trail, Bumble Bee Ranch, The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

9
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Camp Verde (Montezuma Castle National Monument & Out of Africa Wildlife Park), Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite) and Montezuma Well (in Rimrock). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, hike along Broken Arrow Trail, and stroll through Airport Mesa.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sedona fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Prescott to Sedona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Prescott in May since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Payson.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Montezuma Well
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Off-Road Tours
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

4
nights
Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Payson: Pine (Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc & Fossil Springs Trail Head) and Fossil Creek Wilderness (in Camp Verde). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, stroll around Green Valley Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wheel Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Creek Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Payson holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Payson takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Payson are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Globe.

Things to do in Payson

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pine, Fossil Creek Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park ©
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Mogollon Rim ©
Mogollon Rim
Fossil Creek Wilderness ©
Fossil Creek Wilderness

2
nights
Globe

Globe ©
Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive, then Head underground at Tonto National Monument, and then take in breathtaking views at Three Mile Wash. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Besh Ba Gowah, see the interesting displays at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum, and then make a trip to Old Dominion Historic Mine Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Globe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Payson to Globe takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Payson in May: high temperatures in Globe hover around 88°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Vega.

Things to do in Globe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Roosevelt, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tonto National Monument ©
Tonto National Monument
Three Mile Wash ©
Three Mile Wash
Besh Ba Gowah ©
Besh Ba Gowah

2
nights
Vega

Vega ©
Vega is a city and county seat of Oldham County, Texas, United States. Step out of Vega with an excursion to Russell's Truck and Travel Center in Glenrio--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Milburn Price Culture Museum, look for gifts at Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, and don't miss a visit to Magnolia Gas Station.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vega trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Globe to Vega with the Route module. Traveling from Globe to Vega, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Globe in May: high temperatures in Vega hover around 79°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Vega

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan
Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Milburn Price Culture Museum ©
Milburn Price Culture Museum
Magnolia Gas Station ©
Magnolia Gas Station

4
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of Jemez Springs to go to Cochiti Pueblo and see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Springs Bath House, contemplate the long history of Jemez Historic Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jemez National Recreation Area.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs route planner.

You can drive from Vega to Jemez Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vega to Jemez Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Vega in May, plan for little chillier days in Jemez Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs ©

7
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Hollywick Farms (in Sandia Park), Tijeras (Pino Canyon & Piedra Lisa Trail) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jemez Springs in May: highs in Albuquerque hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tijeras, Hollywick Farms, The Stables at Tamaya, Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail