Best Road Trips in New Mexico

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  • Santa Fe
  • Taos
  • Truth or Consequences
  • Tucumcari
  • Roadside assistance
The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, earned this name from its stunning landscapes, rich Indigenous history, and diverse art scene. New Mexico features rugged terrain that includes both mountains and desert plains, so be prepared for inclement weather!
If you want to ski in Taos, head there between November and April. Otherwise, stick to spring or fall to make this trip, as summers can be excessively hot (trust us).
Before you take off on your New Mexico road trip, make sure to sign-up for a roadside assistance membership with Jerry. At $6.99, Jerry’s roadside assistance program offers plenty of services, including towing, flat tire fixes, and winching.
Be sure that you also have the right car insurance coverage, and you’re ready to hit the road!
Read on to learn about all of the best stops on this New Mexico road trip!
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Santa Fe

The capital of New Mexico takes a spot on this list not only for its vibrant nightlife but for its fantastic food and eclectic art scene, which puts Santa Fe on the map as one of the world’s great and often underappreciated art cities.

What to do

Whether you’re a foodie or an art lover, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum pays homage to the famous painter who captured New Mexico’s landscape in many of her most popular works, while the Museum of Folk Art focuses instead on the works of local and international folk artists.
Take in an opera at the Santa Fe Opera, or take a stroll through Santa Fe’s historic downtown to look at the architecture.

Where to eat

Many spectacular eateries in Santa Fe focus on the Latin flavors that give the state its cultural flair, including Sazon, for classic Mexican food, or Amaya, for New Mexican flair.
Santa Fe also offers several food and drink tours that allows you to sample a wide variety of flavors and textures, including coffee tours for lovers of the sacred bean.
A quaint street in Santa Fe, New Mexico ends with a small brick church. Cars are parked along the right side of the street.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Taos

If you’re a history buff, the Pueblo town of Taos is an absolute must-see. And if you’re a skier, you’re still in the right place! Taos is close to a nearby ski valley, making it the perfect place to escape the otherwise typical desert heat.

What to do

There are over twenty historical sites registered on the National Registry of Historic Places within Taos’ city limits. This includes a UNESCO Heritage Site: the thousand-year-old Taos Pueblo. This well-preserved Pueblo is a fantastic example of Taos’ culture and architecture and provides insight into the rich history of the region.
Once you’re back in town, walk around in the walled Taos Plaza, which features not only shopping and good eats, but lots of artisan walking tours.
If the heat is getting you down, go up! There’s a free shuttle service to nearby Taos Resort, where you can get in some skiing and snowboarding.

Where to eat

If you’re looking for regional flavors, look no further than La Cueva Cafe for inexpensive and delicious Southwestern cuisine. Or, for something on the lighter side, head on over to The Love Apple, which serves up healthy American classics.
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A mud-brick building surrounded by wooden stalls in Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico.
Taos Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences’ two claims to fame are its legendary hot springs and the fact that its unusual name came from a radio show. Truth or Consequences is a small town with a laid-back vibe, thanks in no small part to its more than 70 natural hot springs.

What to do

Besides its excellent name, Truth or Consequences features some amazing hot springs, and it makes a great resting stop. Stop in for a soak and soothe away those driving aches and pains before you get back on the road.
For a taste of culture, there’s also plenty of art galleries, restaurants, and a history museum.
For the space lovers in your life, you can also drive two hours north and check out the Very Large Array, the iconic radio astronomy observatory, or head three hours east to Roswell, which is filled with kitschy fun.

Where to eat

After you’ve dried off, head to the Pacific Grill for fresh seafood in a variety of cultural flavors, including Asian and Mexican-inspired. Or stop off at the Passion Pie cafe, whose claim to fame is dessert, but they also offer up diner-style American food that can’t be beat.
The Very Large Array of white sonar disks in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Very Large Array, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Tucumcari

Although it’s now called Highway 40, Route 66 was one of the most famous stretches of highway in America, and Tucumcari was the traditional starting point for any good road trip. The whole town exudes vintage charm and classic Americana.

What to do

Step back into the town’s past at the Route 66 Museum and relive the bygone era of early American road travel. If that isn’t quite far enough into the past, check out the Dinosaur and Natural Science Museum. If you’re feeling cultural, check out the town’s famous murals, or hit up one of the town’s many local art galleries.

Where to eat

For eating, there’s no beating Watson’s BBQ for the best barbecue in the West. Kix on 66 is a great cafe option serving up American classics, or stop by Del’s Restaurant for food with a Mexican spin.
A landscape of desert brush and red stone inclines in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Tucumcari, New Mexico

Why you need roadside assistance

New Mexico combines windy mountain roads with the scorching desert heat, terrain that can often be hard on your car, and harder on you if you find yourself on the side of the road. Roadside assistance is a great tool to have on a road trip, but what if your insurance company doesn’t offer it?
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