48 days in New Mexico Itinerary

48 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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48 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Albuquerque
— 15 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Abiquiu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Ruidoso
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Deming
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Silver City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
11
Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Socorro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
13
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
14
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
15
Cloudcroft
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
16
Grants
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
17
Gallup
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: San Diego

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Santo Domingo Pueblo (in Santo Domingo Pueblo), Laguna Pueblo Mission (in Laguna) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque day trip planning app .

San Diego to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Diego in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Abiquiu.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandia Park, Bernalillo, Tijeras, Laguna Pueblo Mission, The Stables at Tamaya
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

2
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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): gain insight at Ghost Ranch, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Plaza Blanca. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Abiqui Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ of the Desert Monastary, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Chama.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Abiquiu trip builder website .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Abiquiu in 2 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in January, expect nights in Abiquiu to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive 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
Christ of the Desert Monastary ©
Christ of the Desert Monastary

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, then take in nature's colorful creations 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Abiquiu to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Santa Fe are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 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, get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Street Sculptures and then get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad road trip site .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in January, with highs in Carlsbad at 57°F and lows at 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

2
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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Singing Road, immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, then look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Roswell road trip planning app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

2
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Start 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. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Lincoln National Forest, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Ruidoso road trip site .

Drive from Roswell to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Roswell in January, you will find days in Ruidoso are little chillier (46°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Spas Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Wed), do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then relax in the rural setting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo journey maker .

Traveling by bus from Ruidoso to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ruidoso, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alamogordo, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

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): explore the stunning scenery at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area, then stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces. On your second day here, gain insight at New Mexico State University, then make a trip to Las Cruces Water Tank Murals, then don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces trip planning app .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F at night. 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

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park, then let little ones run wild at Pancho Villa State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Columbus Depot Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, then do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Deming trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to 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
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room ©
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room

2
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Silver City

Silver City ©
Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and then take a peaceful walk through Gila National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Chino Mine Vista Point and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Faywood Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Silver City trip planner .

You can drive from Deming to Silver City in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Silver City are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive 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 ©
Faywood Hot Springs ©
Faywood Hot Springs

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. On the 23rd (Thu), stroll around Carole Wheeler Dog Park, stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, then look for gifts at Dukatt ’71, and then see a world frozen in time at Chloride.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Truth or Consequences tour planner.

Traveling by car from Silver City to Truth or Consequences takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Truth or Consequences can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive 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
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park
Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum

2
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Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. On the 25th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza, then tee off at New Mexico Tech Golf Course, then look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Mineralogical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, steep yourself in history at 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, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Socorro trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Socorro takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Socorro can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can 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
New Mexico Tech Golf Course ©
New Mexico Tech Golf Course

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taos online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Socorro to Taos in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Socorro in January, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 39°F and 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Taos

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

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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. On the 29th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Bradbury Science Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, and then walk around Ashley Pond Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, hike along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, and then explore the ancient world of Puye Cliff Dwellings.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Alamos online holiday planner .

Getting from Taos to Los Alamos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Taos in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°F in Los Alamos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft ©
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Apple Barn, then get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and then trek along Osha Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cloudcroft trip planner .

Getting from Los Alamos to Cloudcroft by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Alamos in January: highs in Cloudcroft hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Grants.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

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Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Mining Museum, then stop by Chaco Canyon Trading Co, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Malpais National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, take in the dramatic natural features 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 other tourist information, read Grants trip planner .

Drive from Cloudcroft to Grants in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cloudcroft in January, things will get a bit cooler in Grants: highs are around 47°F and lows about 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Gallup.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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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. On the 3rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Spider Rock and then contemplate the long history of Hubbell Trading Post. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. and then examine the collection at Navajo Nation Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gallup trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Grants to Gallup in an hour. In February, daytime highs in Gallup are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gallup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Window Rock, Hubbell Trading Post, Spider Rock, 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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