50 days in New Mexico Itinerary

50 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico vacation planner

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Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Socorro
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Socorro
— 5 nights
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Deming
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cloudcroft
— 6 nights
Drive
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Capulin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Raton
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chimayo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Alamos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Abiquiu
— 3 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Grants
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 7 nights
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Socorro

— 5 nights
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Explore Socorro's surroundings by going to Truth or Consequences (Carole Wheeler Dog Park, Geronimo Springs Museum, &more), Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair) and Valley of Fires Recreation Area (in Carrizozo). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, contemplate the long history of Fort Craig National Historic Site, look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old San Miguel Mission.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Socorro travel website.

Atlanta to Socorro is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Socorro, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Deming.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Deming

— 5 nights
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Deming: Silver City (La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, Silver City Museum, &more), Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (in Gila) and Columbus Depot Museum (in Columbus). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park, and see the interesting displays at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Deming holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Socorro to Deming takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cloudcroft

— 6 nights
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cloudcroft: Tularosa (Three Rivers Petroglyph Site & Tularosa Vineyards), Alamogordo (Tularosa Basin Museum of History, Giant Alamogordo Landmark, &more) and Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and head outdoors with Bluff Springs.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cloudcroft online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deming to Cloudcroft takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Capulin.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Museums · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Capulin

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Tue), stop by Capulin Country Store, get impressive views of Capulin Volcano National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Folsom Museum.

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You can drive from Cloudcroft to Capulin in 6 hours. Traveling from Cloudcroft in May, things will get little chillier in Capulin: highs are around 72°F and lows about 40°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Raton.

Things to do in Capulin

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

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Raton

— 5 nights
Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. Explore Raton's surroundings by going to Walsenburg (Walsenburg Mining Museum, Museum Of Friends, &more), Highway of Legends Scenic Byway (in La Veta) and Pueblo (Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum & Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, admire the majestic nature at Sugarite Canyon State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Corazon Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Raton online attractions planner.

Getting from Capulin to Raton by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Raton can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Chimayo.

Things to do in Raton

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Chimayo

— 4 nights
Chimayó is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the U.S. state of New Mexico; the name derives from a Tewa name for a local landmark, the hill of Tsi Mayoh. Venture out of the city with trips to Black Mesa Winery (in Velarde), Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous) and San Jose de Gracia Church (in Trampas). There's much more to do: cast your line with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, do a tasting at La Chiripada Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, and see the interesting displays at Classical Gas Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chimayo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Raton to Chimayo by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Raton in May, plan for slightly colder days in Chimayo, with highs around 66°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Chimayo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

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Los Alamos

— 5 nights
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. Explore Los Alamos' surroundings by going to Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo), Jemez Springs (Spence Hot Springs, Battleship Rock, &more) and Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Los Alamos Nature Center, take in the awesome beauty at Jemez Mountains, and relax and rejuvenate at Float Los Alamos.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Alamos day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Chimayo to Los Alamos takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Los Alamos can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Abiquiu.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Abiquiu

— 3 nights
Abiquiú is a small census-designated place located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. Change things up with these side-trips from Abiquiu: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa (in Ojo Caliente) and San Pedro Parks Wilderness (in Cuba). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Plaza Blanca, contemplate the waterfront views at Abiqui Lake, delve into the distant past at Poshuouinge Ruins, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ of the Desert Monastary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Abiquiu, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Alamos to Abiquiu in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Abiquiu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Abiquiu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Nageezi

— 2 nights
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Fajada Butte, then delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito, and then steep yourself in history at Chetro Ketl.

For maps and more tourist information, read Nageezi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Abiquiu to Nageezi takes 2 hours. When traveling from Abiquiu in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Nageezi: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Nageezi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Grants

— 5 nights
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Grants' surroundings by going to El Morro National Monument (in Ramah), Gallup (Rex Museum & Richardsons Trading Company) and Pueblo of Acoma (Acoma Pueblo Sky City & Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at El Malpais National Monument. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor, stroll around Red Rock Park, go for a walk through Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park, and explore the galleries of New Mexico Mining Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grants visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nageezi to Grants takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Grants when traveling from Nageezi in June, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grants

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Albuquerque

— 7 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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo, approximately Cochiti Pueblo away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Albuquerque Biological Park, make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque tour planner.

Drive from Grants to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.