10 days in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Ruidoso Itinerary

10 days in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Ruidoso Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico holiday planner

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Route & dates

Start: Ruidoso
Drive:  4 h 30 min
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
— 5 nights
End: Ruidoso

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Fe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Ruidoso to Santa Fe is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Ruidoso in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©


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.
On the 6th (Wed), engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then relax and float downstream with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church


Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Get a sense of the local culture at Roswell Museum & Art Center and McGinn's PistachioLand. Venture out of the city with trips to Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio), Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and Alamogordo (Heart of the Desert, New Mexico Museum of Space History, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at White Sands National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ruidoso trip planning site.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Ruidoso in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ruidoso: highs are around 82°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Roswell, Alamogordo, Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Smokey Bear Museum, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
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International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
International UFO Museum and Research Center
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site