60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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Roswell
— 4 nights
3
Ruidoso
— 7 nights
4
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
5
Las Cruces
— 8 nights
6
Albuquerque
— 10 nights
7
Santa Fe
— 10 nights
8
Taos
— 9 nights
9
Tucumcari
— 3 nights

4
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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Big Room and Sitting Bull Falls. Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park and King's Palace will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Street Sculptures (in Artesia) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Green Lake, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip maker tool.

Amarillo to Carlsbad is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough 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
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico and Downtown Historic District. Take a break from the city and head to Bottomless Lakes State Park and Pecos River. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery, find something for the whole family at Roswell Space Center, and examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Roswell tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Roswell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Roswell, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Singing Road, Pecos River
Highlights from your plan
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge ©
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

7
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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 Valley of Fires Recreation Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hubbard Museum of the American West and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Ruidoso side-trips: St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln) and White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Lincoln National Forest, play a few rounds at Links At Sierra Blanca, take in the exciting artwork at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, and try to win big at Billy The Kid Casino.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ruidoso trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Roswell to Ruidoso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Roswell in August: high temperatures in Ruidoso hover around 77°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Antonio, Fort Stanton, Ruidoso Downs, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Smokey Bear Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Hubbard Museum of the American West ©
Hubbard Museum of the American West

4
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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. You'll explore and learn at International Space Hall of Fame and White Sands Missle Range Museum. Get in touch with nature at White Sands National Monument and State Route 244. Venture out of the city with trips to Apache Point Observatory (in Sunspot), Osha Trail (in Cloudcroft) and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, relax in the rural setting at Nichols Ranch and Orchards, and learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip tool.

You can drive from Ruidoso to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Alamogordo: highs are around 85°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Apache Point Observatory, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum
White Sands Missle Range Museum

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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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Riverbend Hot Springs and New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Mesilla Village and San Albino Church. Get out of town with these interesting Las Cruces side-trips: Deming (D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, City of Rocks State Park, &more), Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences) and Hatch Chile Express (in Hatch). There's still lots to do: tee off at Sierra del Rio Golf Course, do a tasting at La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and gain insight at New Mexico State University.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Cruces trip app.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Las Cruces are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deming, Truth or Consequences, La Vina Winery, Aguirre Spring Campground, Sombra Antigua Winery
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Malpais National Monument and La Luz Trail. Popular historic sites such as San Felipe de Neri Church and Albuquerque Old Town are in your itinerary. Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma), Bernardo Wildlife Area (in Bosque) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, examine the collection at American International Rattlesnake Museum, get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, and appreciate the history behind Coronado Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque online trip planner.

Getting from Las Cruces to Albuquerque by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Old San Ysidro Church, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Coronado Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum ©
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

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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.
San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Ghost Ranch and New Mexico Museum of Art capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Jemez Springs (Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, &more), Espanola (Puye Cliff Dwellings & Black Mesa Golf Club) and Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, Bradbury Science Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, and take in the spiritual surroundings of El Santuario de Chimayo.

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Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in September, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Chimayo, Espanola, Abiquiu
Highlights from your plan
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Horseback Riding Tours. Get outdoors at Fort Union National Monument and Balloon Rides. Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron), Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge (in Maxwell) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's still lots to do: hike along Goose Lake Trail, explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and take a memorable drive along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taos road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Red River, Philmont Scout Ranch, Fort Union National Monument, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, Orilla Verde Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

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Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Let the collections at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory and Russell's Truck and Travel Center capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Billy the Kid Museum and Tucumcari Historical Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tucumcari: Santa Rosa (Route 66 Auto Museum & Blue Hole). There's much more to do: make a trip to Murals of Tucumcari, stop by Tee Pee Curios, and appreciate the history behind Route 66 Monument.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tucumcari trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Tucumcari in 4 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tucumcari: highs are around 77°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Billy the Kid Museum, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan
Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Billy the Kid Museum ©
Billy the Kid Museum
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

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