43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Las Cruces
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Grants
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Farmington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Taos
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Santa Fe
— 10 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Felipe de Neri Church and Trinity Site. Step off the beaten path and head to The Stables at Tamaya and La Luz Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Socorro (National Radio Astronomy Observatory & Socorro Historic Plaza), Jemez Springs (Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, & more) and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, admire the natural beauty at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Albuquerque is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Edmonton in February, with highs in Albuquerque at 16°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Socorro, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Coronado Historic Site, The Stables at Tamaya
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3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Escape the urban bustle at King's Palace and Bottomless Lakes State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Artesia: Roswell Museum & Art Center (in Roswell) and Carlsbad (Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Eddy House, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Artesia online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Artesia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Albuquerque in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Artesia: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, Roswell
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

6
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. Step out of the city life by going to City of Rocks State Park and Rockhound State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Mesilla Village and Dripping Springs Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Cruces: Lincoln National Forest (in Ruidoso), Truth or Consequences (Caballo Lake State Park, Riverbend Hot Springs, & more) and Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & St. Clair Winery & Vineyard). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and deepen your understanding at New Mexico State University.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces trip planner .

Traveling by car from Artesia to Las Cruces takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Grants.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Alamogordo, Truth or Consequences, Deming, Rockhound State Park, Lincoln National Forest
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City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

4
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to El Morro National Monument and Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Malpais National Monument and Very Large Array. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grants: Pueblo of Acoma (Acoma Pueblo Sky City & Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum) and The Lightning Field (in Quemado). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Mining Museum and hike along El Calderon Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grants vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Las Cruces to Grants in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Las Cruces in February, things will get slightly colder in Grants: highs are around 13°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pueblo of Acoma, Very Large Array, El Morro National Monument, Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, The Lightning Field
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El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano

5
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. Step out of the city life by going to Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Shiprock Rock Formation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Farmington: Nageezi (Chetro Ketl, Fajada Butte, & more) and Aztec Sandstone Arches (in Aztec). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Salmon Ruins, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Rivers Brewery, see the interesting displays at B-Square Ranch, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Berg/Animas Trail.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Farmington online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Grants to Farmington in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Farmington, with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi, Aztec, Shiprock Rock Formation
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

7
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 some historical perspective at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Fort Union National Monument. Take a break from the city and head to Taos Ski Valley Resort and The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Sugarite Canyon State Park (in Raton), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, cruise along Enchanted Circle Drive, and see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taos tour planning app .

You can drive from Farmington to Taos in 4 hours. Traveling from Farmington in March, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos Ski Valley Resort, Sugarite Canyon State Park, Philmont Scout Ranch, Fort Union National Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

10
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.
Visit San Miguel Chapel and Puye Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Ski Santa Fe and Pecos National Historical Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Blue Hole (in Santa Rosa), El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch, & more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains, look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, and admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Abiquiu, Jemez Springs, Pecos, Puye Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Ski Santa Fe ©
Ski Santa Fe
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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