60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ruidoso
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Alamogordo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Deming
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grants
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Farmington
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Taos
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Santa Fe
— 12 nights
Bus:  1​h
9
Albuquerque
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Omaha

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Big Room and King's Palace. Get in touch with nature at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Step out of Artesia with an excursion to Pecos Flavors Winery in Roswell--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Artesia trip itinerary site .

Omaha to Artesia is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Omaha in October, you will find days in Artesia are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Step out of the city life by going to Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Lincoln National Forest. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fires Recreation Area and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Ruidoso's surroundings by going to Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln) and St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, try to win big at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, walk around Smokey Bear Historical Park, and explore the activities along Grindstone Lake.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ruidoso day trip planner.

You can drive from Artesia to Ruidoso in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Artesia in October; daily highs in Ruidoso reach 67°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trips

St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Smokey Bear Historical Park, Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, Lincoln State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Spas

5
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and Red Hawk Golf Club will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Heart of the Desert and Dripping Springs Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alamogordo: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and Las Cruces (New Mexico State University & New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and stop by White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip maker website .

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 64°F to lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Cruces, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

3
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. Visiting City of Rocks State Park and Rockhound State Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Clair Winery & Vineyard and Gila National Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Deming: Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine (in Mesilla) and Old Mesilla Village (in Las Cruces). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Deming holiday planner .

Getting from Alamogordo to Deming by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Deming are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Grants.

Things to do in Deming

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Las Cruces, Gila National Forest, Rockhound State Park
Highlights from your plan
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
Gila National Forest ©
Gila National Forest
Rockhound State Park ©
Rockhound State Park

4
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to El Morro National Monument and El Malpais National Monument. Explore Grants' surroundings by going to Pueblo of Acoma (Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum & Acoma Pueblo Sky City) and Dancing Eagle Casino (in Casa Blanca). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Mining Museum, and make a trip to Very Large Array.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grants trip planner .

Drive from Deming to Grants in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Deming in November: high temperatures in Grants hover around 57°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Grants

Nature Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Pueblo of Acoma, Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, Dancing Eagle Casino, El Morro National Monument, Very Large Array
Highlights from your plan
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano

6
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Get in touch with nature at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiprock Rock Formation and Pueblo Bonito. Change things up with these side-trips from Farmington: Aztec (Aztec Ruins National Monument & Aztec Sandstone Arches) and Wines of the San Juan (in Blanco). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Rivers Brewery, walk around Lions Wilderness Disc Golf Course, and play a few rounds at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Farmington online holiday planner .

You can drive from Grants to Farmington in 2.5 hours. In November in Farmington, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nageezi, Aztec, Wines of the San Juan, Shiprock Rock Formation
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Enchanted Circle Drive and The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe. Step out of the city life by going to Philmont Scout Ranch and Goose Lake Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Taos online trip planner .

You can drive from Farmington to Taos in 4 hours. In November, Taos is slightly colder than Farmington - with highs of 51°F and lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Red River, Philmont Scout Ranch, Fort Union National Monument, Rottenstone Pottery, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument

12
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pecos National Historical Park and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Explore hidden gems such as Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument and Randall Davey Audubon Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Nature Center, & more), El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Santa Rosa (Route 66 Auto Museum & Blue Hole). And it doesn't end there: trek along Canyon Trail, examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in December since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Abiquiu, Santa Rosa, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, Pecos National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan

10
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 in touch with nature at Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs and Cibola National Forest. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Luz Trail and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (in Socorro), Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair) and Jemez Springs Bath House (in Jemez Springs). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya, get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, and admire the natural beauty at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque travel route website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°F in Albuquerque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandia Park, Jemez Springs, Wildlife West Nature Park, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House

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