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The Ultimate Central New Mexico Roadtrip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

Many people fly into Albuquerque then rarely venture beyond the city limits. Sure, there’s plenty to do in Duke City, but to really appreciate New Mexico, you need to head further afield. Don’t worry about figuring out a route, because we’ve done the planning for you. All you have to do is grab some snacks and gas up the car!

This road trip will be part of a series that focuses on the different sections of our expansive state. Some of the stops here venture beyond the technical boundaries of “central” New Mexico, but I’ve described it this way because the route travels around the middle of the state.

The drive time for this loop is 6 hours and 33 minutes and it covers 371 miles of gorgeous New Mexican landscape. You also need to leave time to actually explore these destinations, so that’ll determine how long the trip takes. Personally, I’d allow two days, with one overnight stop, to hit all the highlights without feeling rushed. I’ve included a few optional attractions that you can add on if you want.

This trip begins in Albuquerque and moves east along the route shown. Here is the Google map with detailed driving directions.

That’s all folks! Your road trip is complete. So, what do you think of this route? And which other New Mexican road trips would you like to try?

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.