Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Southeastern New Mexico Travel Guide

Plan Your Southeastern New Mexico Vacation

Southeastern New Mexico retains a delicious feeling of wildness. The nearest interstate is generally as far as 200 mi away, and with few lights from strip malls and no urban sprawl, the stargazing here is a treat for the expert and novice alike.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. White Sands National Monument Journey to Mars. The otherworldly landscape of White Sands is an amazing place any time of day; the white gypsum sands glisten and remain surprisingly cooler than you'd think.
  2. Carlsbad Caverns Journey to the center of the Earth. Nothing can prepare you for the visually stunning, massive scale of these incredible natural wonders. The comfortable subground temperatures are a delightful respite from the heat above.
  3. Roswell. Journey beyond. Even if you aren't an alien enthusiast, visiting Roswell is a fun detour—especially with kids. You'll learn why rumors and stories persist and see every variety of alien souvenirs—even plastic lawn aliens (à la those beloved pink flamingos).
  4. Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. Journey to the clouds. Once you've gone down, head up—way, way up—where cool alpine breezes greet you. The towns remind you of their Old West history while offering all sorts of delightful respite from the blistering heat of the lowlands.

When To Go

When to Go to Southeastern New Mexico

Winters tend to be gentle in the desert regions, but between May and early September blistering heat is not uncommon. Even the mountainous areas ...

Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trip Finder
Travel Deals