8 days in Southwest New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Southwest New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest New Mexico travel planner
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Silver City
— 1 night
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
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Socorro
— 1 night
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Magdalena
— 2 nights
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Silver City — 1 night

Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Silver City Museum and then stroll around City of Rocks State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Western New Mexico University Museum, steep yourself in history at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Silver City holiday planning app.

Portales to Silver City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in March, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 2 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stop by Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, and finally gain insight at New Mexico State University. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then explore the stunning scenery at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Las Cruces.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Silver City to Las Cruces takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Silver City in March, Las Cruces is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Truth or Consequences.
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Truth or Consequences — 1 night

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. On the 18th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs, then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, then stroll around Carole Wheeler Dog Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Truth or Consequences tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Socorro.
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Socorro — 1 night

Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. On the 19th (Fri), engage your brain at Mineralogical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, then take in the exciting artwork at Vertu Fine Art Gallery, and finally see the sky in a new way at National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Socorro day trip planner.

Drive from Truth or Consequences to Socorro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Socorro are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Magdalena.
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Magdalena — 2 nights

Magdalena is a village in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States. On the 20th (Sat), wander the wide-open spaces of Concho Hills Guest Ranch and then make a trip to Very Large Array. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Kelly and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Magdalena trip planner.

Magdalena is very close to Socorro. In March, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.
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