Discover the hidden gems of New Mexico on this road trip through national monuments, preserves, and forests


New Mexico travel isn’t complete without a visit to some of the state’s most picturesque natural wonders. Follow along with Sunset as we road trip from Santa Fe to Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Santa Fe National Forest, Petroglyph National Monument, and Albuquerque. Along the way, you’ll see signature Southwestern landscapes like cliff dwellings in Bandelier National Monument and a 13-mile depression formed by a volcano in Valles Caldera. Just be sure to have some essential road trip gadgets and apps with you in the car—they’ll make for smooth traveling as you drive through the parks, scenic routes, and tree-lined roads.