60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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

8
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 Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and El Malpais National Monument (in Grants). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque holiday planner .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Hollywick Farms, El Malpais National Monument, Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
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. Get out of town with these interesting Truth or Consequences side-trips: Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio), Socorro (Vertu Fine Art Gallery, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, & more) and City of Rocks State Park (in Deming). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Store Museum, stroll around Carole Wheeler Dog Park, and stop by Dukatt ’71.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Truth or Consequences day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences in 2.5 hours. In September in Truth or Consequences, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Socorro, Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, City of Rocks State Park, Pioneer Store Museum
Highlights from your plan
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Pioneer Store Museum ©
Pioneer Store Museum

8
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Cruces: Lordsburg-Hildalgo County Museum (in Lordsburg), Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, St. Clair Winery & Vineyard, & more) and Aguirre Spring Campground (in Organ). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park, see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum, and look for gifts at Mesilla Book Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Cruces holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. September in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Deming, Fort Selden State Monument, Sombra Antigua Winery, Aguirre Spring Campground, 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 Alamogordo's surroundings by going to White Sands National Monument (in White Sands), Cloudcroft (Osha Trail, State Route 244, & more) and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and experience rural life at Heart of the Desert.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Springs ©
Bluff Springs
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History

6
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruidoso: Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln), Valley of Fires Recreation Area (in Carrizozo) and Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery (in Hondo). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, get a taste of the local shopping with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, learn about all things military at Fort Stanton Museum, and make a trip to Monjeau Lookout.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ruidoso itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Alamogordo to Ruidoso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Alamogordo in September, things will get little chillier in Ruidoso: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln, Fort Stanton, Capitan, Runyan Ranches
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Spas
Monjeau Lookout ©
Monjeau Lookout

5
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, & more) and Street Sculptures (in Artesia). It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive and explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. When traveling from Ruidoso in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roswell: Fort Sumner (Bosque Redondo Memorial & Billy the Kid’s Grave) and Oasis State Park (in Portales). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, get outside with Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area, and explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.

Plan trip to Roswell with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. October in Roswell sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Sumner, Oasis State Park, 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. Get out of town with these interesting Tucumcari side-trips: Russell's Truck and Travel Center (in Glenrio), Norman Petty Studios (in Clovis) and Santa Rosa (Park Lake, Blue Hole, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Murals of Tucumcari, learn more about the world around you at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, get engrossed in the history at Tucumcari Historical Museum, and look for gifts at Contemporary Designs.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tucumcari trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Roswell to Tucumcari in 3 hours. In October in Tucumcari, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Norman Petty Studios, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Norman Petty Studios ©
Norman Petty Studios

9
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 (Hunziger Bowl & Al's Run), Red River (Mallette Park Nature Trail, Horseback Riding Tours, & more) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taos route maker tool .

Drive from Tucumcari to Taos in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tucumcari in October; daily highs in Taos reach 65°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Red River, Taos Ski Valley, Eagle Nest, John Dunn Bridge, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

9
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: Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum & Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Statues), Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Plaza Blanca.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Abiquiu, Cochiti Pueblo, El Santuario de Chimayo, Jemez Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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