30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Pueblo of Acoma
— 1 night
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Gila
— 1 night
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Deming
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Ruidoso
— 2 nights
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Roswell
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Albuquerque — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum and El Malpais National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (in Socorro). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, examine the collection at American International Rattlesnake Museum, and explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque travel route tool.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, Albuquerque is slightly colder at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Los Alamos History Museum and The Harrell House Bug Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch, &more) and Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum & White Rock Overlook Park). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, stroll around Old Fort Marcy Park, see Off-Road Tours, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taos.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:

Taos — 4 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Taos with a short trip to Taos Ski Valley Resort in Taos Ski Valley, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, admire the masterpieces at Harwood Museum of Art, cruise along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and cast your line with Taos Fly Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Fe in July: high temperatures in Taos hover around 83°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jemez Springs.
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Jemez Springs — 2 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then soothe aching muscles at Jemez Springs Bath House. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Jemez Historic Site, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs, and then take a memorable drive along Highway 126.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Taos in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Jemez Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nageezi.
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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 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Chetro Ketl, then delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fajada Butte.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nageezi journey builder site.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Nageezi by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Jemez Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nageezi, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pueblo of Acoma.
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Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Pueblo of Acoma — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): try to win big at Dancing Eagle Casino, don't miss a visit to Acoma Pueblo Sky City, and then take an in-depth tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum.

Plan trip to Pueblo of Acoma with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nageezi to Pueblo of Acoma in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nageezi in July: high temperatures in Pueblo of Acoma hover around 86°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gila.
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Gila — 1 night

Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gila road trip planning website.

You can drive from Pueblo of Acoma to Gila in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Pueblo of Acoma in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Gila. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Deming.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Deming — 2 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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park, then learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, then stroll around City of Rocks State Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Faywood Hot Springs.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Deming trip tool.

Drive from Gila to Deming in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Gila in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Deming, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough 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 27th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and then walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at New Mexico State University, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, then appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and finally head outdoors with Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces holiday planner.

You can drive from Deming to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, and then take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Truth or Consequences trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Truth or Consequences can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 1 night

San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Antonio day trip planning website.

You can drive from Truth or Consequences to San Antonio in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride 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. On the 31st (Mon), walk around Smokey Bear Historical Park, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln State Monument, then examine the collection at Hubbard Museum of the American West, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and then relax in the rural setting at Heart of the Desert.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ruidoso vacation maker app.

Getting from San Antonio to Ruidoso by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from San Antonio in July, things will get a bit cooler in Ruidoso: highs are around 80°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Roswell.
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Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Roswell — 2 nights

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then take an in-depth tour of Roswell Museum, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Roswell online trip planner.

You can drive from Ruidoso to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruidoso in August; daily highs in Roswell reach 94°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the flight 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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