8 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Clovis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
End: Kansas City


2
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.
On the 18th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Roswell trip itinerary maker app .

Kansas City to Roswell is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Roswell due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in October, you will find days in Roswell are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Clovis.

Things to do in Roswell

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

1
night
Clovis

Clovis ©
Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. On the 21st (Sun), meet the residents at Hillcrest Park Zoo and then contemplate the long history of Norman Petty Studios.

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You can drive from Roswell to Clovis in 2 hours. When traveling from Roswell in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Clovis: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Clovis

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Hillcrest Park Zoo ©
Hillcrest Park Zoo
Norman Petty Studios ©
Norman Petty Studios

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Sitting Bull Falls and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip site .

Getting from Clovis to Carlsbad by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Clovis in October, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sitting Bull Falls ©
Sitting Bull Falls

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at McGinn's PistachioLand and White Sands Missle Range Museum. Visiting White Sands National Monument and Lincoln National Forest will get you outdoors. Step out of Alamogordo to go to Cloudcroft and see Off the Beaten Path, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, experience rural life at Heart of the Desert, look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alameda Park Zoo.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Alamogordo trip maker app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln National Forest, Off the Beaten Path
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McGinn's PistachioLand ©
McGinn's PistachioLand
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©