25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Ruidoso
— 2 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Deming
— 1 night
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Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
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Santa Fe — 4 nights

City Different

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Miguel Chapel and Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Santuario de Chimayo and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, stop by Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip tool.

Denver to Santa Fe is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taos.
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Taos — 3 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get some cultural insight at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and La Hacienda del los Martinez. Step off the beaten path and head to The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe and Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Go for a jaunt from Taos to Red River to see Horseback Riding Tours about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, do a tasting at La Chiripada Tasting Room, sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing, and examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos visit planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taos, with lows of 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Roswell Museum and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour & King's Palace) and Street Sculptures (in Artesia). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad travel website.

Drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Traveling from Taos in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 58°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Ruidoso.
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Ruidoso — 2 nights

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): do a tasting at Noisy Water Winery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): hit the slopes at Ruidoso Winter Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ruidoso attractions app.

Drive from Carlsbad to Ruidoso in 3 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad in January, expect nights in Ruidoso to be about the same, around 26°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.
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Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, then examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and then learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Ruidoso in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alamogordo: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 2 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. On the 7th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, and finally pause for some photo ops at Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at New Mexico State University, walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, and then steep yourself in history at Billy the Kid Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Las Cruces day trip site.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Las Cruces, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deming.
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Deming — 1 night

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park.

Plan trip to Deming with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Deming in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Truth or Consequences.
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Truth or Consequences — 1 night

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. On the 10th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs, then contemplate the waterfront views at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, and then stroll through Caballo Lake State Park.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Truth or Consequences attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Deming to Truth or Consequences takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 5 nights

Duke City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and Coronado Historic Site. Step out of the city life by going to Jemez Springs Bath House and Jemez Hot Springs. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Pueblo of Acoma and see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, take an in-depth tour of Albuquerque Museum, look for gifts at Chocolate Dude, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Truth or Consequences to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Truth or Consequences in January: highs in Albuquerque hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.
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