How Long It Takes to Get to Major Area Attractions from Albuquerque

Driving Estimates for Getting to Acoma, Chaco Canyon, the Four Corners, and More

The interchange of Interstate Highways 25 and 40 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Albuquerque has close proximity to great skiing, several national parks and monuments, and of course, great scenery. Whether you're visiting from in or out of state, most destinations are driving distance, and much closer than you may think.

Major Cities and Attractions Near Albuquerque

If you do decide to drive to one of the major area attractions, the mileage and estimated drive time will help in planning your journey.

The driving times will vary depending on the time of day, amount of traffic, weather and road conditions, and other unforeseen factors. The mileage is calculated using downtown Albuquerque as a starting point.

The Pueblo of Acoma, also known as Sky City, is atop a bluff. It features a cultural center and museum, guided tours, Native American jewelry and pottery, and seasonal celebrations.

  • Distance: 63 miles
  • Driving Time: 1 hour

Alamogordo is best known as a space city. Home to the New Mexico Museum of Space History and Spaceport America, visitors will get to experience a journey to the last frontier from the comforts of Earth. The White Sands National Monument is also a short drive from Alamogordo.

  • Distance: 209 miles
  • Driving Time: 3.5 hours

At Carlsbad Cavernsyou can discover one of the largest and most ornate caverns on Earth.

  • Distance: 304 miles
  • Driving Time: 5 hours

Explore ancient history in Chaco Canyon, a World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular destinations in entire the state.

  • Distance: 152 miles
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

The bucolic city of Chama is home to the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad that offers passengers incredible views. It is also well-known for offering spectacular fly fishing opportunities for visitors.

  • Distance: 168 miles
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

See the spot where four states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) meet, the Four Corners. This area also contains some of the most spectacular scenery in all of the Southwest.

  • Distance: 241 miles
  • Driving Time: 4 hours

Las Cruces sits in the Mesilla Valley between the Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. Due to its relaxed nature, it is known for being a top place for retirement.

  • Distance: 225 miles
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

Red River is known for its winter skiing, but it features recreation and beauty year round. The equidistant village of Angel Fire also offers the same amenities, but with many geared toward children and families.

  • Distance: 168 miles
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

Ruidoso is known for premier skiing on Sierra Blanca mountain range, but also offers year-round outdoor activities on beautiful Bonito Lake. 

  • Distance: 221 miles
  • Driving Time: 3.5 hours

Santa Fe is world-renowned for its art community, including the Santa Fe Opera and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, as well as many lesser known, but still high quality, galleries, museums, and live performances.

  • Distance: 64 miles
  • Driving Time: 1 hour

Santa Rosa is famous for being “The Scuba Diving Capital of the Southwest”. Divers from around the world travel to this town to dive in the Blue Hole, which is an 81-foot-deep natural spring that stays at a very pleasant 62 degrees year-round.

  • Distance: 117 miles
  • Driving Time: 1.5 hours

    The small town of Silver City is big on arts, culture, and a gorgeous desert terrain full of gorges and red mesas.

    • Distance: 236 miles
    • Driving Time: 4 hours

    Taos has great skiing in the winter and a year-round focus on the arts and culture. This town not only has mountain beauty, as it is also home the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, a smaller version of the Grand Canyon.

    • Distance: 132 miles
    • Driving Time: 2.5 hours

    The very Instagram-friendly White Sands National Monument lies southwest of Alamogordo. It is the world's largest gypsum dune field and has been a national monument since 1933.

    • Distance: 244 miles
    • Driving Time: 3.5 hours

    The Grand Canyon National Park is a destination for travelers worldwide, and major must-see in the area.

    • Distance: 356 miles
    • Driving Time: 5.5 hours

    Phoenix, Arizona's sunshine, urban sophistication, cowboys, and many golf courses as just part of its appeal, and worth visiting if you're staying for more than a few days.

    • Distance: 418 miles
    • Driving Time: 6.5 hours 

    The western town of Durango, Colorado has the spectacular Durango-Silverton Railroad ride that takes passengers to the former mining town of Silverton, as well as the historic, rumored to be haunted, Strater Hotel.

    • Distance: 215 miles
    • Driving Time: 3.5 hours

    Denver, Colorado, also known as the Mile High City offers recreation, shopping, the arts, and much more.

    • Distance: 448 miles
    • Driving Time: 6.5 hours

    El Paso, Texas is known as Sun City, because of its yearly 300 days of sunshine. It also has a deep history and is situated along the Rio Grande.

    • Distance: 266 miles
    • Driving Time: 3.5 hours