42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Augusta
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Las Cruces
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Ruidoso
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tucumcari
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
10
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Augusta

5
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Las Cruces' surroundings by going to Deming (Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, don't miss a visit to Mesilla Plaza, appreciate the history behind Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and look for gifts at Mesilla Book Center.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Cruces road trip app .

Augusta to Las Cruces is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Augusta in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 67°F in Las Cruces. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Deming
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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

2
nights
Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences ©
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs, and finally stop by Dukatt ’71. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Store Museum, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Chloride.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Truth or Consequences vacation app .

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Winston, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Pioneer Store Museum ©
Pioneer Store Museum
Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: White Sands National Monument (in White Sands), Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and State Route 244 (in Cloudcroft). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand, brush up on your military savvy at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and do a tasting at Tularosa Vineyards.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alamogordo attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Alamogordo takes 2.5 hours. In June in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore Ruidoso's surroundings by going to St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio) and Valley of Fires Recreation Area (in Carrizozo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, make a trip to Monjeau Lookout, do a tasting at Noisy Water Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ruidoso trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Alamogordo to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Alamogordo in June, expect Ruidoso to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lincoln, Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
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Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Spas

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In June, Carlsbad is somewhat warmer than Ruidoso - with highs of 98°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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.
On the 25th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then take a memorable drive along Singing Road, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery, see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then take in the exciting artwork at Tokay Beaded Art, and finally look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Roswell route builder tool .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

3
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tucumcari: Billy the Kid Museum (in Fort Sumner), Ute Lake State Park (in Logan) and Russell's Truck and Travel Center (in Glenrio). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole, don't miss a visit to Murals of Tucumcari, learn more about the world around you at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, and see the interesting displays at Route 66 Auto Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tucumcari trip builder site .

Drive from Roswell to Tucumcari in 3 hours. In June in Tucumcari, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Billy the Kid Museum, Ute Lake State Park, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, make a trip to Taos Plaza, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tucumcari to Taos in 4 hours. Traveling from Tucumcari in June, expect Taos to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Fort Union National Monument, Horseback Riding Tours, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail), Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online day trip planner .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Bradbury Science Museum, Plaza Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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