48 days in New Mexico Itinerary

48 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 15 nights
2
Abiquiu
— 2 nights
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
5
Roswell
— 2 nights
6
Ruidoso
— 2 nights
7
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
8
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
9
Deming
— 2 nights
10
Silver City
— 2 nights
11
Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
12
Socorro
— 2 nights
13
Taos
— 2 nights
14
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
15
Cloudcroft
— 1 night
16
Grants
— 2 nights
17
Gallup
— 3 nights

15
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.
Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Santo Domingo Pueblo (in Santo Domingo Pueblo), Laguna Pueblo Mission (in Laguna) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). And it doesn't end there: stop by Albuquerque Old Town, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque travel route builder.

San Diego to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Abiquiu.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sandia Park, Bernalillo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, The Stables at Tamaya, Sundance Aviation Glider Rides
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Abiquiu

Abiquiu ©
Abiquiú is a small census-designated place located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Ghost Ranch, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Plaza Blanca. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Abiqui Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ of the Desert Monastary, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Chama.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Abiquiu trip planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Abiquiu in 2 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in January, plan for slightly colder days in Abiquiu, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Abiquiu

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Rio Chama
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch
Abiqui Lake ©
Abiqui Lake

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online day trip planner.

You can drive from Abiquiu to Santa Fe in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 9th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Street Sculptures and then immerse yourself in nature at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad visit planning app.

Drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in January; daily highs in Carlsbad reach 57°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park ©
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Singing Road, then immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, then stop by Alien Zone Area 51, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Roswell route planning app.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Roswell are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

2
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Lincoln State Monument, see the interesting displays at Hubbard Museum of the American West, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ruidoso travel route planner.

You can drive from Roswell to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Roswell, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ruidoso, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Spas · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Lincoln State Monument, Hubbard Museum of the American West, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then appreciate the history behind White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo tour planner.

Drive from Ruidoso to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Ruidoso in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Alamogordo, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
White Sands Missle Range Museum
White Sands Missle Range Museum

2
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at New Mexico State University, then don't miss a visit to Las Cruces Water Tank Murals, then make a trip to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Cruces holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Deming.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum ©

2
nights
Deming

Deming ©
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Pancho Villa State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Columbus Depot Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, then learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Deming trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Deming takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Silver City.

Things to do in Deming

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Columbus, Rockhound State Park
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room ©
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park

2
nights
Silver City

Silver City ©
Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and then take a peaceful walk through Gila National Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Chino Mine Vista Point and then take in the natural beauty of Faywood Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Silver City trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Deming to Silver City takes an hour. In January in Silver City, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Silver City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Faywood Hot Springs, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Gila National Forest ©
Gila National Forest
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ©
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Faywood Hot Springs ©
Faywood Hot Springs

2
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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 23rd (Thu): stroll around Carole Wheeler Dog Park, don't miss a visit to Veterans Memorial Park, then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, and finally take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, stop by Dukatt ’71, and then see a world frozen in time at Chloride.

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You can drive from Silver City to Truth or Consequences in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Socorro.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Chloride, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park

2
nights
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza, play a few rounds at New Mexico Tech Golf Course, then look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and finally examine the collection at Mineralogical Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, contemplate the long history of Fort Craig National Historic Site, and then get engrossed in the history at El Camino Real International Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Socorro journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Socorro takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in January, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fort Craig National Historic Site ©
Fort Craig National Historic Site
Socorro Historic Plaza ©
Socorro Historic Plaza

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Taos Plaza, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taos tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Socorro to Taos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Socorro in January, with highs in Taos at 39°F and lows at 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, and then walk around Ashley Pond Park. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, then hike along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, and then explore the ancient world of Puye Cliff Dwellings.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Alamos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Los Alamos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Alamos when traveling from Taos in January, with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, Valles Caldera National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft ©
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Old Apple Barn, then get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and then hike along Osha Trail.

Plan my day in Cloudcroft using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Los Alamos to Cloudcroft by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Los Alamos in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cloudcroft, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Apple Barn
Highlights from your plan
Old Apple Barn ©
Old Apple Barn

2
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): go deep underground at New Mexico Mining Museum, look for gifts at Chaco Canyon Trading Co, and then explore the striking landscape of El Malpais National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Morro National Monument, and then examine the collection at Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grants day trip site.

Drive from Cloudcroft to Grants in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cloudcroft in January, expect Grants to be slightly colder, temps between 47°F and 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gallup.

Things to do in Grants

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Milan, El Morro National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum ©
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

3
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Gallup

Gallup ©
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Spider Rock and then contemplate the long history of Hubbell Trading Post. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. and then see the interesting displays at Navajo Nation Museum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Gallup visit planner.

Traveling by car from Grants to Gallup takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Gallup are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gallup

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Window Rock, Spider Rock, Hubbell Trading Post, Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co.
Highlights from your plan
Spider Rock ©
Spider Rock
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. ©
Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co.

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