20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Albuquerque
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Cloudcroft
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Artesia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Albuquerque

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Unser Racing Museum and Coronado Historic Site. You'll explore and learn at Tinkertown Museum and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Sandia Crest Byway (in Sandia Park) and Jemez Springs (Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs & Jemez Historic Site). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Albuquerque. In September, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sandia Park, Jemez Springs, Coronado Historic Site
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Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs ©
Unser Racing Museum ©
Unser Racing Museum

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.
Meow Wolf has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument & Los Alamos History Museum) and Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art and shop like a local with Mama's Minerals.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in October, with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Jemez Mountains
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

4
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.
Enchanted Circle Drive has been added to your itinerary. Visit San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Taos Pueblo for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Millicent Rogers Museum and Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Red River (Columbine Campground & Mallette Park Nature Trail). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and explore the striking landscape at Rio Grande Gorge.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 33°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Red River, Rio Grande Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument ©
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in October; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. You will leave for Truth or Consequences on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Museums
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2
nights
Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences ©
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument to your itinerary.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Truth or Consequences trip builder app.

Drive from Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences in 2.5 hours. October in Truth or Consequences sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ©
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

2
nights
Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft ©
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument, State Route 244 and New Mexico Rails-to-Trails. On the 11th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails and then head outdoors with Bluff Springs. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cloudcroft sightseeing website.

You can drive from Truth or Consequences to Cloudcroft in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cloudcroft can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Bluff Springs ©
Bluff Springs

1
night
Artesia

Artesia
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Artesia trip website.

Traveling by car from Cloudcroft to Artesia takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will leave for Carlsbad Caverns National Park on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Artesia

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

3
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
You've now added Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center to your itinerary. Visiting Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Slaughter Canyon Cave will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Artesia to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center

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