Thanksgiving in New Mexico

Where? Carlsbad, White Sands, El Paso, Santa Fe, Kasha Katuwe Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, Big Texan.

Distance? 1,870 miles / 29hours

How long? 4 days trip

Cost? 200$/pers except some meals include rental car, hotels, gaz, visits.

Day 0

Starting Wednesday after work, we drove until Carlsbad around 6 hours west from Dallas. Originally we wanted to visit the caves the next morning but unfortunately it’s closed on Thanksgiving Day as lots of things in America. We slept in a motel 6 found on

Day 1

Thursday, thanksgiving day.  Modification of our original program, we drove to White Sands instead of the caves (

White Sands is just lunar pictures, it’s amazing, and coming from nowhere you have this desert of white sands in a middle of New Mexico. The landscape is just gorgeous. The weather wasn’t with us but it was still really nice. I am guessing with a blue sky it must be incredible.

White_Sands (2)
White Sands
White_Sands (5)
White Sands

You have to pay the entrance to the park and then you can walk on several trail (from 1.5 miles to 8 miles). Don’t forget to bring water during summer times.

I believe you can also camp, because we saw several tent.

It’s definitely a must to do if you are in New Mexico. <3

White_Sands (38)

Stop to El Paso to spend the night. Strange city across the border of United States and Mexico. You can feel the tension. I cannot say to do not feel save but the atmosphere is special. We spend the night in a nice small bar.

Day 2

Friday morning, we drove back to Carlsbad cavern, but unfortunately not lucky again, it started to snow so they closed the cavern just few minutes before we got there.

We drove almost the entire day to Santa Fe, because of the really bad weather (snowing and iced road) it took us forever to reach Santa Fe.

Day 3

Starting the morning visiting Santa Fe. Nice small city with lot of charm. Typical houses made and nice streets. We went to the local market. Santa Fe has plenty of art selling, hand craft, jewels… I really loved this city.

Santa_Fe 1
Santa_Fe 2
Santa_Fe (4)

Santa Fe has also the oldest church in the US. San Miguel Chapel. The adobe walls were constructed around 1610.

San Miguel Chapel
San Miguel Chapel

And you can also see the famous stairs that nobody knows how it stand! Lorreto chapel: unusual helix-shaped spiral staircase (the “Miraculous Stair“).

Loretta Chapel
Lorreto chapel

To end the day, we went to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Beautiful canyon, that worth the trip! You can have a nice walk in the canyon and reach the view point to enjoy a nice view of the canyon.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Kasha-Katuwe

Day 4

To end our trip, let’s finish with the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo and a big burger at the Big Texan.

Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture. It was created in 1974. It consists of what were either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Cadillac Ranch Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch





3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving in New Mexico”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.