8 days in New Mexico, Grand Canyon National Park & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico, Grand Canyon National Park & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico, Grand Canyon National Park & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h
3
Big Bend National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
End: San Antonio

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planner .

San Antonio to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in March, expect nights in Santa Fe to be colder, around 29°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kolb Studio and Tusayan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Grandview Point. On the 15th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stop by Lookout Studio, and contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park vacation maker website .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

1
day
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): trek along Lost Mine Trail.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Big Bend National Park takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, expect nights in Big Bend National Park to be much hotter, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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