36 days in North Central Arizona, Vega & Central New Mexico Itinerary

36 days in North Central Arizona, Vega & Central New Mexico Itinerary

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1
Prescott
— 6 nights
2
Sedona
— 9 nights
3
Payson
— 4 nights
4
Globe
— 2 nights
5
Vega
— 2 nights
6
Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
7
Albuquerque
— 7 nights

6
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Get out of town with these interesting Prescott side-trips: The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains (in Yarnell) and Bumble Bee Ranch (in Bumble Bee). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, admire nature's extreme beauty at Community Nature Center Open Space Preserve, examine the collection at Kalusa Miniature Airplane Collection, and explore the activities along Watson Lake.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Prescott online road trip planner.

Los Angeles to Prescott is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Prescott hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glassford Summit Trail, The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains, Bumble Bee Ranch
Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 1:
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Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

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nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite), Camp Verde (Montezuma Castle National Monument & Out of Africa Wildlife Park) and Montezuma Well (in Rimrock). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, hike along Broken Arrow Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Prescott to Sedona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Prescott in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Payson.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Montezuma Well
Find places to stay May 1 — 10:
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Off-Road Tours
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Payson: Pine (Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc & Fossil Springs Trail Head) and Fossil Creek Wilderness (in Camp Verde). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mogollon Rim, try to win big at Kohls Ranch Stable, walk around Green Valley Park, and get engrossed in the history at Rim Country Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Payson using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Payson takes 2 hours. In May in Payson, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Globe.

Things to do in Payson

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pine, Fossil Creek Wilderness
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park ©
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Mogollon Rim ©
Mogollon Rim
Ellison Creek Waterfall ©
Ellison Creek Waterfall

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Globe

Globe ©
Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive, thenHead underground at Tonto National Monument, and then take in breathtaking views at Three Mile Wash. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Besh Ba Gowah, see the interesting displays at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum, and then make a trip to Old Dominion Historic Mine Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Globe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Payson to Globe takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Payson in May: high temperatures in Globe hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Vega.

Things to do in Globe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Roosevelt, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Tonto National Monument ©
Tonto National Monument
Besh Ba Gowah ©
Besh Ba Gowah
Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum ©
Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum

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Vega

Vega ©
Vega is a city and county seat of Oldham County, Texas, United States. Step out of Vega with an excursion to Russell's Truck and Travel Center in Glenrio--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Milburn Price Culture Museum, look for gifts at Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, and don't miss a visit to Magnolia Gas Station.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vega trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Globe to Vega with the Route module. Traveling from Globe to Vega, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Globe in May: high temperatures in Vega hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Vega

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Russell's Truck and Travel Center, Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Milburn Price Culture Museum ©
Milburn Price Culture Museum
Magnolia Gas Station ©
Magnolia Gas Station

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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of Jemez Springs to go to Cochiti Pueblo and see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, explore the ancient world of Jemez Historic Site, take in the dramatic natural features at Soda Dam, and take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs route planner.

You can drive from Vega to Jemez Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vega to Jemez Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Vega in May, plan for little chillier days in Jemez Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway ©
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Tijeras (Pino Canyon & Piedra Lisa Trail), Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Hollywick Farms (in Sandia Park). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jemez Springs in May: highs in Albuquerque hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tijeras, The Stables at Tamaya, Canyon Trail, Hollywick Farms
Find places to stay May 23 — 30:
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Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town