Driving Time From Albuquerque to US National Parks

The mountainous landscape outside of Albuquerque
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If you are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and want to plan a drive to U.S. National Parks and National Monuments in the Southwest, you'll want to know how far away each is and how long it will take to drive there.

Some are easy day trips, including Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico, which is in Albuquerque itself. Others are going to be a real road trip and you may want to plan where you'll be staying before the drive back.

Use table below for information on driving distances and approximate drive time from Albuquerque to selected US National Parks. You may want to map out a route that will take in more than one. For example, you can plan a trip to eastern Utah to visit Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef and take in Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado along the way.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Destination National Park

Driving Distance Approximate
Drive Time
Arches National Park, Utah392 miles7 hoursNortheast of Albuquerque, in eastern Utah. It is next to Canyonlands National Park
Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico181 miles3 hoursLocated near the town of Aztec in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. It is south of Mesa Verde National Park
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico105 miles2 hours It can be a destination on the Jemez Mountain Trail Byway scenic drive
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah606 miles10 hoursLocated in southwestern Utah. Often visited together with Zion National Park
Canyonlands National Park, Utah454 miles9 hoursLocated in eastern Utah, next to Arches National Park
Capitol Reef National Park464 miles9 hoursLocated in central Utah, a road trip there would likely pass by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico256 miles4 hoursIn northeastern New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico300 miles6 hoursIn southeastern New Mexico
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico152 miles3 hoursIn northwestern New Mexico
El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico78 miles1.5 hoursWest of Albuquerque and an easy day trip.
Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico145 miles2.5 hoursIn northeastern New Mexico, off I-25
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico284 miles4.75 hoursIn southwestern New Mexico, north of Silver City
Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim), Arizona407 miles6 hoursIn northern Arizona. You are likely to pass the Petrified Forest National Park on the way. For fun, stop and stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona on the way as well
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado249 miles4.5 hoursDue north of Albuquerque in southern Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado267 miles5 hoursLocated in southwestern Colorado, north of Aztec Ruins National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico82 miles1.5 hoursAn easy day trip destination east of Santa Fe
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona214 miles3 hoursIn northeastern Arizona, on the way to Grand Canyon National Park (south rim)
Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico8 miles15 minutesLocated in western Albuquerque
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico80 miles1.5 hoursA day trip southeast of Albuquerque
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico225 miles3.5 hoursLocated in southern New Mexico
Zion National Park, Utah587 miles10 hoursSpectacular park in southwestern Utah, often seen together with Bryce Canyon National Park
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