9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Denver

2
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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, stop by The Candy Lady, explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planning website .

Denver to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in October, with highs in Albuquerque at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Big Room, & more).

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Artesia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Artesia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Artesia are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Taos (Balloon Rides, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Artesia to Santa Fe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Artesia in October; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 69°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos, Cochiti Pueblo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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