Southwest Desert Road Trips
Drive Trips of the Southwest Desert
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Vegas to National Parks to Vegas
6 legs - 857.4 miles: 16 hours, 0 min
Any road trip through the Desert Southwest is full of unique twists and turns, r...
4 legs - 547.1 miles: 10 hours, 13 min
Saddle up for a spin through the state's southern Sonoran Desert region. Along t...
Northern Arizona Canyons
4 legs - 274.3 miles: 6 hours, 43 min
Arizona road adventures don't get much better than this. Not only will you explo...
Route 66 - Western New Mexico
2 legs - 181.9 miles: 4 hours, 8 min
On this Mother Road haul through the “Land of Enchantment,” you'll t...
Route 66 - Eastern New Mexico
3 legs - 245.8 miles: 5 hours, 17 min
Mostly driving I-40, this Route 66 journey across the state's eastern half boasts several pockets of well-preserved Mother Road nostalgia—from the vintage neon signs of Albuquerque to the classic roadside kitsch of Tucumcari. History buffs, take note: Prior to a 1937 realignment, the original Route 66 traveled far north of I-40 through the state capital, Santa Fe.
Route 66 - Eastern Arizona
2 legs - 236.2 miles: 5 hours, 13 min
For desert lovers, Arizona's most striking Route 66 scenery lies between Flagsta...
Route 66 - Western Arizona
3 legs - 244.7 miles: 5 hours, 37 min
One of the quintessential Route 66 states, Arizona boasts the longest stretch of...
4 legs - 330.7 miles: 7 hours, 30 min
New Mexico’s Turquoise Trail is an alternate way to get from Albuquerque t...
Canyon de Chelly Scenic Rim Drive
1 leg - 34.4 miles: 0 hours, 41 min
This byway traverses Canyon de Chelly National Monument along the top of a deser...
Lubbock to El Paso
3 legs - 378.3 miles: 6 hours, 38 min
Set out on a Southwestern adventure, with a route that will take you through the sweeping plains of West Texas, over the Pecos River, above deep New Mexico caverns, along the picturesque Guadalupe Pass, near the shores of the Rio Grande and into a U.S./New Mexico border town.
Kayenta-Monument Valley Scenic Road
1 leg - 21.9 miles: 0 hours, 22 min
Drive through the Navajo Indian Reservation, which envelops US 163 in Arizona. Y...
Cape Royal Scenic Road
1 leg - 19.7 miles: 0 hours, 39 min
The Grand Canyon North Rim offers a secluded drive along Cape Royal (off SR 67),...
Santa Fe Scenic Byway
1 leg - 14.9 miles: 0 hours, 29 min
Artist Road ascends the neighborhoods out of Santa Fe before turning into Hyde P...
Dunes Scenic Drive
1 leg - 8.8 miles: 0 hours, 21 min
Rare gypsum crystals sparkle like snow in White Sands National Monument. For the...
Virgin River Gorge Scenic Highway
1 leg - 29.4 miles: 0 hours, 26 min
From the Nevada border, I-15 beelines across flat desert with the gray-brown Virgin Mountains to the north and east. As it enters the Virgin River Gorge, vertical gouges in the limestone show where massive amounts of rock had to be removed. The road winds between sheer limestone cliffs, crossing the river several times, before emerging into rugged terrain with a redder hue.
4 legs - 116.2 miles: 3 hours, 31 min
Peanuts, Cracker Jack and the crack of a bat signal the start of Major League Ba...
Beeline Scenic Highway
1 leg - 72.0 miles: 1 hours, 8 min
This trip includes a portion of Tonto National Forest. SR 87, a divided four-lan...
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Scenic Drive
1 leg - 27.5 miles: 0 hours, 26 min
This portion of SR 85 cuts across part of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. C...
Lincoln National Forest Scenic Highway
1 leg - 34.6 miles: 0 hours, 45 min
Stroll along Cloudcroft's historic Burro Avenue, then take a short driving detou...
Pecos River Valley Scenic Drive
1 leg - 19.1 miles: 0 hours, 33 min
What looks like a straight line on a map is actually a winding odyssey for the senses. This two-lane road that crisscrosses over the water is only 20 miles long, but the biodiversity and views make it easy to see why the area is a popular destination for hikers, campers and boaters. The Dalton Picnic Area and Santa Fe National Forest Fishing Site are popular stops.
Coronado Memorial Scenic Highway
1 leg - 8.2 miles: 0 hours, 19 min
Mountains and desertscape dominate this route through Coronado National Memorial...
El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area Scenic Highway
1 leg - 35.3 miles: 0 hours, 37 min
After El Malpais Ranger Station (El Malpais means “the bad lands”), ...
Apache Trail Historic Scenic Byway
1 leg - 17.0 miles: 0 hours, 32 min
Reservoirs along Apache Trail Historic Scenic Byway (SR 88), including Canyon La...
Enchanted Circle Scenic Route 64
1 leg - 41.4 miles: 1 hours, 4 min
The giant, sandy-colored rocky cliffs of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains edge the...
Jemez Scenic Mountain Trail
1 leg - 53.1 miles: 0 hours, 46 min
The scenic byway of US 550 runs through arid plains in which the clay- and sand-colored earth gives way to low hills and mesas. Despite the dry climate, grass and brush of sage hues grow, sparsely covering the land. The Continental Divide at 7,380 feet is marked by a sign north of Cuba near the route’s terminus.
Ruby Scenic Road
1 leg - 10.4 miles: 0 hours, 17 min
Your journey on Ruby Scenic Road (SR 289) takes you through the rugged landscape...
State Route 74 Scenic Corridor
1 leg - 30.1 miles: 0 hours, 28 min
Scrub brush and cacti, including the towering saguaro, dot the desert landscape&...
The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway
1 leg - 57.0 miles: 1 hours, 21 min
The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway begins just north of Santa Fe at the entrance...
Tse'nikani Flat Mesa Rock Scenic Road
1 leg - 41.6 miles: 0 hours, 38 min
Your trip through the reservation on Tse'nikani Flat Mesa Rock Scenic Road (US 1...
Red Rock Scenic Byway
1 leg - 7.9 miles: 0 hours, 11 min
With its rolling green landscape, and iron-infused red rocks and canyons speckled with green pines and bushes, the Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) is a destination unto itself. Get your camera ready to capture the magnificence of nature everywhere you look. It is easy to see why this area was a favorite spot for filming Westerns in the 1940s and '50s. Be on the lookout for such wildlife as deer, eagles, elk and hawks.