60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Amarillo
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Roswell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ruidoso
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Las Cruces
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Albuquerque
— 10 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Santa Fe
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Taos
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Tucumcari
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Amarillo

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Get in touch with nature at King's Palace and Walnut Canyon Desert Drive. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Street Sculptures (in Artesia) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Green Lake, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls.

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Amarillo to Carlsbad is an approximately 4.5-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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature 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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Pecos River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and Downtown Historic District. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Roswell Museum & Art Center, examine the collection at Walker Aviation Musem, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, and admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Roswell vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. August in Roswell sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 ©
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge ©

7
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Discover out-of-the-way places like Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Noisy Water Winery. Get in touch with nature at Lincoln National Forest and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Ruidoso side-trips: White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio), Valley of Fires Recreation Area (in Carrizozo) and St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, try to win big at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, head outdoors with Seeping Springs Trout Lakes and RV Park, and get engrossed in the history at Fort Stanton Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ruidoso trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Roswell to Ruidoso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Roswell in August, expect Ruidoso to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ruidoso Downs, San Antonio, Fort Stanton, Valley of Fires Recreation Area, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Take a break from the city and head to White Sands National Monument and State Route 244. Change things up with a short trip to Osha Trail in Cloudcroft (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, and learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Ruidoso to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ruidoso in September: high temperatures in Alamogordo hover around 85°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Apache Point Observatory, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Get in touch with nature at Riverbend Hot Springs and City of Rocks State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Cruces: Hatch Chile Express (in Hatch), St. Clair Winery & Vineyard (in Deming) and Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, tee off at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Albino Church, and deepen your understanding at New Mexico State University.

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Getting from Alamogordo to Las Cruces by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Deming, Truth or Consequences, La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, La Vina Winery, 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
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Cibola National Forest. Museum-lovers will appreciate New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Bernardo Wildlife Area (in Bosque), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and El Malpais National Monument (in Grants). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Las Cruces to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bernardo Wildlife Area, Coronado Historic Site, Tinkertown Museum, Bandelier National Monument, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

10
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.
Visiting Pecos National Historical Park and Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Jemez Springs (Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs Bath House, & more), Espanola (Puye Cliff Dwellings & Black Mesa Golf Club) and Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, Bradbury Science Museum, & more). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Ghost Ranch, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and look for all kinds of wild species at Randall Davey Audubon Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe driving holiday tool .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Espanola, Chimayo, Abiquiu
Highlights from your plan
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Millicent Rogers Museum and Harwood Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Blumenschein Home & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge (in Maxwell), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, admire all the interesting features of The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in October, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Red River, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Taos Ski Valley Resort, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

3
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Russell's Truck and Travel Center and Billy the Kid Museum. You'll explore and learn at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory and Tucumcari Historical Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tucumcari: Santa Rosa (Route 66 Auto Museum & Blue Hole). The adventure continues: make a trip to Murals of Tucumcari, appreciate the history behind Route 66 Monument, have fun at Route 66 Wedding Chapel, and stop by Tee Pee Curios.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucumcari road trip planning tool .

Getting from Taos to Tucumcari by car takes about 4 hours. In October, Tucumcari is somewhat warmer than Taos - with highs of 77°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Russell's Truck and Travel Center, Billy the Kid Museum
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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