20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Jemez Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Chama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Tucumcari
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

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 outdoors at La Luz Trail and Wildlife West Nature Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Tinkertown Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Socorro (Old San Miguel Mission & Vertu Fine Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Coronado Historic Site, take in the awesome beauty at Sandia Mountains, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque online vacation planner.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Albuquerque hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Socorro, Wildlife West Nature Park, Sandia Mountains, Coronado Historic Site, Tinkertown Museum
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

1
night
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, then delve into the distant past at Jemez Historic Site, and finally hike along Jemez National Recreation Area.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Jemez Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chama.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs ©
Jemez Historic Site ©
Jemez Historic Site
Jemez Mountain Trail ©
Jemez Mountain Trail

2
nights
Chama

Chama ©
Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Carson National Forest and then get interesting insight from Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church, step into the grandiose world of Cano's Castle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heron Lake State Park.

Plan a Chama trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Chama takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Jemez Springs in October since evenings lows in Chama dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Chama

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cano's Castle, Carson National Forest, Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Heron Lake State Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Carson National Forest ©
Carson National Forest
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ©
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church ©
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goose Lake Trail and Mallette Park Nature Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Blumenschein Home & Museum. When in Taos, make a side trip to see Columbine Campground in Red River, approximately Red River away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, make a trip to Taos Pueblo, and do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taos sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Chama to Taos in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Red River
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Blumenschein Home & Museum ©
Blumenschein Home & Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. Get some cultural insight at El Santuario de Chimayo and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola) and Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center (in Abiquiu). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Santa Fe National Cemetery, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, and hike along Dale Ball Trails.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo, Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors

1
night
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Route 66 Museum, see the interesting displays at Tucumcari Railroad Museum, then stop by Tee Pee Curios, and finally make a trip to Murals of Tucumcari.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Tucumcari tour planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Tucumcari by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in October: high temperatures in Tucumcari hover around 77°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Shopping
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Tucumcari Railroad Museum ©
Tucumcari Railroad Museum
New Mexico Route 66 Museum ©
New Mexico Route 66 Museum
Tee Pee Curios ©
Tee Pee Curios

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and finally do a tasting at Heart of the Desert. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, see the interesting displays at Toy Train Depot, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tucumcari to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Cloudcroft
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Tularosa Basin Museum of History ©
Tularosa Basin Museum of History
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Roswell Museum & Art Center and Pecos Flavors Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour & Giant Dome) and Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico (in Roswell).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad day trip planning app.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

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