59 days in New Mexico Itinerary

59 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Tucumcari
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Roswell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Carlsbad
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Ruidoso
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Las Cruces
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Truth or Consequences
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Jemez Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Taos
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Santa Fe
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Albuquerque
— 8 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: New York City

4
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tucumcari: Santa Rosa (Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa Lake State Park, &more), Russell's Truck and Travel Center (in Glenrio) and Clovis (Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum & Norman Petty Studios). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Murals of Tucumcari, examine the collection at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, take an in-depth tour of Tucumcari Historical Museum, and look for gifts at Contemporary Designs.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tucumcari trip itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Tucumcari is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tucumcari, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Clovis, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Route 66 Auto Museum ©
Route 66 Auto Museum
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

3
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Roswell is known for museums, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, and cruise along Pecos River.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tucumcari to Roswell takes 3 hours. In May in Roswell, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pecos River, Singing Road
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico ©

5
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, &more) and Street Sculptures (in Artesia). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, and explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

5
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruidoso: Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln), Valley of Fires Recreation Area (in Carrizozo) and St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hubbard Museum of the American West, get a taste of the local shopping with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, hike along Grindstone Lake Trail, and walk around Smokey Bear Historical Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ruidoso travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Ruidoso takes 3 hours. In May, Ruidoso is little chillier than Carlsbad - with highs of 69°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln, Fort Stanton, Smokey Bear Historical Park, Valley of Fires Recreation Area
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Hubbard Museum of the American West ©
Hubbard Museum of the American West
Monjeau Lookout ©
Monjeau Lookout

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Cloudcroft (Sacramento Mountains Museum, State Route 244, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, engage your brain at International Space Hall of Fame, appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Alamogordo itinerary website.

Drive from Ruidoso to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruidoso in May; daily highs in Alamogordo reach 83°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, White Sands National Monument, Tularosa Vineyards
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Trestle Recreation Area ©
Trestle Recreation Area
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

5
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Las Cruces' surroundings by going to War Eagles Air Museum (in Santa Teresa) and Deming (D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room & Deming Luna Mimbres Museum). And it doesn't end there: walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, take in breathtaking views at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area, appreciate the history behind Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Cruces road trip planning app.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deming, War Eagles Air Museum
Find places to stay May 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
The Zuhl Museum ©
The Zuhl Museum

3
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Truth or Consequences: Socorro (Vertu Fine Art Gallery, Mineralogical Museum, &more) and Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio). There's still lots to do: stroll through Veterans Memorial Park, take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs, and take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Truth or Consequences tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Socorro, Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs

5
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Jemez Springs: Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca & Ghost Ranch). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, and stroll through Jemez National Recreation Area.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Jemez Springs road trip planner.

Drive from Truth or Consequences to Jemez Springs in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Truth or Consequences in June, things will get a bit cooler in Jemez Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Ojito Wilderness, Bandelier National Monument, Santo Domingo Pueblo
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker (in Eagle Nest), Taos Ski Valley (Al's Run & Hunziger Bowl) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Rio Grande Gorge, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taos route planner.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Taos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Taos County, Taos Ski Valley, Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker, Frijoles Canyon, Columbine Campground
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and make a trip to Meow Wolf.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip builder website.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Fe: highs are around 89°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tijeras (Piedra Lisa Trail & Pino Canyon). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque attractions planning site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tijeras, A Park Above, Corrales Growers market
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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