60 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

60 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Taos
— 11 nights
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Santa Fe
— 8 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 9 nights
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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Torrey
— 3 nights
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Bryce
— 6 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 5 nights
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Taos

— 11 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
For shopping fun, head to Chimayo Trading Del Norte or Two Graces. Get some cultural insight at San Jose de Gracia Church and Blumenschein Home & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron), Red River (Goose Lake Trail, Mallette Park Nature Trail, &more) and Cimarron Canyon State Park (in Eagle Nest). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Kit Carson Park, do a tasting at La Chiripada Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Fire Bike Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Rottenstone Pottery.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos online vacation planner.

Pittsburgh to Taos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Taos due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Pittsburgh in September since evenings lows in Taos dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 25:

Santa Fe

— 8 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.
Head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Liquid Light Glassfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Miguel Chapel and New Mexico Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum, Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Fe Farmers Market.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 3:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals. Let the collections at Unser Racing Museum and Turquoise Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Tingley Beach, explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and examine the collection at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip website.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aztec Butte Trail and Neck Spring. Get in touch with nature at Whale Rock and White Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along White Rim Road and appreciate the extensive heritage of Monument Basin.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Albuquerque to Canyonlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Canyonlands National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Moab

— 9 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Delicate Arch and Double Arch. Step out of the city life by going to Corona Arch and Balanced Rock Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Arches National Park (Windows, Landscape Arch, &more). There's lots more to do: do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions, hike along Park Avenue Trail, and cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moab trip maker site.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Moab in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 20:

Monument Valley

— 3 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Get a sense of the local culture at Navajo National Monument and Navajo Cultural Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wildcat Trail and Muley Point Overlook. There's more to do: walk around Sandstone Tours and stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market.

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

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 4 hours. October in Monument Valley sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Torrey.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Torrey

— 3 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunset Point Trail and Cohab Canyon Trail. Visiting Chimney Rock Trail and The Hogback will get you outdoors. Step out of Torrey with an excursion to Lower Calf Creek Falls in Escalante--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Thousand Lakes RV Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Torrey visit planner.

Drive from Monument Valley to Torrey in 4 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in October, things will get slightly colder in Torrey: highs are around 61°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Bryce

— 6 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hole-in-the Rock and Widtsoe Ghost Town. Visiting Bryce Amphitheatre and Agua Canyon will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bryce side-trips: Escalante (Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, Escalante Heritage Center, &more) and Yovimpa Point (in Bryce Canyon National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, trek along Swamp Canyon, stop by Ruby's Inn, and catch some excitement at Ruby's Horseback Adventures.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bryce trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Torrey to Bryce by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Bryce, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Checkerboard Mesa and Court of the Patriarchs. Visiting Taylor Creek and Dig Paddlesports will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: stop by The Rock Stop.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. In November, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Salt Lake City

— 5 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic 25th Street and Assembly Hall. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Covey Center For The Arts and Harmons City Creek. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Provo (Provo City Center Temple & Brigham Young University Museum of Art) and Utah State Railroad Museum (in Ogden). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, engage your brain at Wheeler Historic Farm, and browse the different shops at Gardner Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City online trip maker.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Zion National Park in November, plan for little chillier days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 54°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.