6 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Taos & Santa Fe Itinerary

6 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Taos & Santa Fe Itinerary

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6 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Taos & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + taxi:  11​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Taos
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: Rochester

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nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Big Room, take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online driving holiday planner .

Rochester to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Rochester to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in April, you will find days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are much hotter (80°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

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

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Taos is slightly colder than Carlsbad Caverns National Park - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, then don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip maker app .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in April; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 67°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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