30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Nageezi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Ramah
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Carlsbad
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
End: New York City

4
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.
Visit Albuquerque Old Town and Petroglyph National Monument for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Bernardo Wildlife Area in Bosque--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, take a memorable tour with Tours, and trek along Boca Negra Canyon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque road trip planner.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bernardo Wildlife Area
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

4
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.
Visit Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Canyon Trail and Dorothy Stewart Trail. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, shop like a local with Mama's Minerals, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe route tool.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

5
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get outdoors at Wild Rivers Recreation Area and Hunziger Bowl. Get some historical perspective at Taos Pueblo and Fort Union National Monument. Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Red River (Middlefork Lake, Mallette Park Nature Trail, &more), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Al's Run (in Taos Ski Valley). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art, get a taste of the local shopping with Taos Clay Studio, and stop by Enchanted Circle Pottery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Taos trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Taos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Red River, Taos Ski Valley, Fort Union National Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument

4
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Bandelier National Monument and Plaza Blanca. Get out of town with these interesting Jemez Springs side-trips: Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu), San Pedro Parks Wilderness (in Cuba) and Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, admire all the interesting features of Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, and take in the awesome beauty at Jemez Mountains.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jemez Springs road trip planner.

Drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jemez Springs, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nageezi.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, San Pedro Parks Wilderness, Ojito Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

2
nights
Nageezi

Nageezi ©
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Fajada Butte, delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito, and then steep yourself in history at Chetro Ketl.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nageezi holiday maker site.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Nageezi in 2 hours. When traveling from Jemez Springs in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nageezi, with highs around 70°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ramah.

Things to do in Nageezi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chetro Ketl ©
Chetro Ketl
Pueblo Bonito ©
Pueblo Bonito

1
night
Ramah

Ramah ©
Ramah is a census-designated place in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Morro National Monument.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Ramah trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nageezi to Ramah by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Ramah when traveling from Nageezi in October, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Ramah

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary ©
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. On the 22nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Ramah to San Antonio takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ramah in October: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 76°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in San Antonio

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get some cultural insight at McGinn's PistachioLand and Heart of the Desert. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and New Mexico Rails-to-Trails will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alamogordo: Aguirre Spring Campground (in Organ) and Trestle Recreation Area (in Cloudcroft). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument and make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alamogordo trip maker website.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Alamogordo takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, Aguirre Spring Campground, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Aguirre Spring Campground ©
Aguirre Spring Campground
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Trestle Recreation Area ©
Trestle Recreation Area

5
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and King's Palace. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad journey planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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