43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico holiday planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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

5
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 Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Tijeras (Pino Canyon & Piedra Lisa Trail). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and grab your bike and head to Corrales Bosque.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip builder app .

Edmonton, Canada to Albuquerque is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton in February, expect Albuquerque to be much warmer, temps between 16°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tijeras, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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 (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs, then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, then walk around Carole Wheeler Dog Park, and finally experience rural life at Hatch Chile Express. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Dukatt ’71, explore and take pictures at Veterans Memorial Park, then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Store Museum, and finally see a world frozen in time at Chloride.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Truth or Consequences day trip website .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in February: highs in Truth or Consequences hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Winston, Hatch Chile Express
Highlights from your plan
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Pioneer Store Museum ©
Pioneer Store Museum
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Cruces: War Eagles Air Museum (in Santa Teresa) and Deming (St. Clair Winery & Vineyard, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, make a trip to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Las Cruces vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Deming, War Eagles Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alamogordo: Cloudcroft (Bluff Springs, Trestle Recreation Area, & more), Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and White Sands National Monument (in White Sands). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at McGinn's PistachioLand, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alamogordo trip itinerary website .

Drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Tularosa, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Trestle Recreation Area ©
Trestle Recreation Area
Bluff Springs ©
Bluff Springs

4
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ruidoso: St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill) and Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Monjeau Lookout, get outside with Seeping Springs Trout Lakes and RV Park, appreciate the history behind Free Spirits at Noisy Water, and take in the exciting artwork at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ruidoso planning app .

Getting from Alamogordo to Ruidoso by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Alamogordo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ruidoso, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lincoln, Ruidoso Downs, Runyan Ranches, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Monjeau Lookout ©
Monjeau Lookout
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Rattlesnake Springs, King's Palace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive and take an in-depth tour of Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip app .

You can drive from Ruidoso to Carlsbad in 3 hours. While traveling from Ruidoso, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

3
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.
Roswell is known for museums, childrens museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, and get outside with Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Roswell trip planning site .

Drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Roswell can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Russell's Truck and Travel Center (in Glenrio), Norman Petty Studios (in Clovis) and Santa Rosa (Blue Hole & Route 66 Auto Museum). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Contemporary Designs, pause for some photo ops at Route 66 Monument, don't miss a visit to Murals of Tucumcari, and enjoy some diversion at Route 66 Wedding Chapel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tucumcari trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Roswell to Tucumcari in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tucumcari can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Norman Petty Studios, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan
Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Norman Petty Studios ©
Norman Petty Studios
Tucumcari Historical Museum ©
Tucumcari Historical Museum

6
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: Taos Ski Valley Resort (in Taos Ski Valley), Red River (Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, & more) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos road trip planner.

Drive from Tucumcari to Taos in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tucumcari in March, with highs in Taos at 15°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Red River, Fort Union National Monument, Taos Ski Valley Resort, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs), Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and make a trip to Meow Wolf.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip planning site .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in March, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Plaza Blanca, Jemez Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

Similar Plans

9 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 57 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM ITALY December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado & New Mexico BY A USER FROM ITALY December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in New Mexico & Gettysburg BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans