8 days in Albuquerque, Moab & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

8 days in Albuquerque, Moab & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, pause for some photo ops at Madonna of the Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and then sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque vacation builder site.

Boise to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boise in March, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Moab attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Moab takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in March since evenings lows in Moab dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, explore the activities along Green Lake, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moab in March: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 74°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours