Flying into Santa Fe can be a bit pricey. Even a flight into Albuquerque combined with a rental car can add up relatively quickly. If you’re within driving distance, we recommend taking a road trip to minimize cost and maximize your trip. Sure, driving can become tedious, but it also allows you to get out and explore little-visited parts of our great state! So, pack your bags and hit the road on your road trip from Lubbock, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime! Don’t forget to request access to our free Vacation Guide!
The Best Stops From Lubbock, TX, to Santa Fe, NM
The first stop on your Lubbock, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, road trip is about an hour and a half into your journey. Clovis is only 10 minutes from the Texas border and there is really only one attraction worthy of a stop. Music enthusiasts will love visiting Norman Petty Studios on West 7th Street. Petty is well known as the music producer for the famous 1950s band Buddy Holly. He also produced for artists like Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, and other popular musical artists. Tours of the studio are available by appointment only, so plan ahead for your trip!
Santa Rosa, NM
Like Clovis, Santa Rosa has one primary highlight, and that is the Blue Hole. This 80-foot wide pool of deep blue water is a welcome reprieve from the hot desert surrounding it. The Blue Hole is surprisingly an incredibly popular diving spot with a depth of 80 feet and a small cavern system extending further down to depths of up to 200 feet. Still, most people stop here to jump into the clear, refreshing water.
The next stop on your Lubbock to Santa Fe road trip is New Mexico’s largest city. Albuquerque might seem like a big, dusty city at first glance, but there are several major draws. Petroglyph National Monument takes you back to prehistoric times with Native American drawings on stone walls. The Sandia Peak Tramway provides gorgeous panoramic views of the city and Old Town Albuquerque is home to adobe house-lined streets and restaurants featuring authentic New Mexican cuisine. After you finish up your time here, hit the road for your the last leg of your trek from Lubbock to Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail.
The Turquoise Trail
There are three places worth stopping along historic Turquoise Trail through the backcountry of the Land of Enchantment. Golden, Madrid, and Los Cerrillos each have a unique culture. Golden is the site of the first Gold Rush west of the Mississippi, Madrid is a small burgeoning artist community, and Los Cerrillos is an old mining town that looks like it is straight out of the Wild West.
All in all, your Lubbock, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, journey consists of about seven hours of drive time. Here is the trip itinerary with each recommended stop highlighted along the way. Whether you take all of them or just one of them, you can shorten the amount of time in the car!
Four Kachinas Inn is your key to the perfect Santa Fe getaway. Our beautiful and enchanting Inn offers well-accommodated rooms minutes away from the heart of town. You can explore the top points of interest, best places to eat, and hidden gems around the city. Whatever you choose to do during your time in the City Different, there are so many fantastic ways to create lifelong memories.
Plan your trip and book your room at Four Kachinas Inn today! We look forward to welcoming you to our family!