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5 Places to Stop on Your Las Vegas to Santa Fe Road Trip

Looking to travel across the American southwest? When planning a road trip, starting from Las Vegas and traveling to Santa Fe is the perfect way to do it! Las Vegas and Santa Fe are both beautiful cities that everyone should visit, and there are many amazing places to stop at in between. We hope you’re ready to have some fun!

Red Cliff National Conservation Area

After leaving Sin City, the first stop on your epic road trip should be Red Cliff National Conservation Area. Only two hours away from Las Vegas, the Red Cliff National Conservation Area is filled with beautiful scenery and a diverse ecosystem. This area is a transition zone between the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau, so there is a fun mixture of plants and animals to see. The name comes from the beautiful red cliffs scattered throughout the 44,724-acre area. With lots of space to hike and camp, the Red Cliff National Conservation Area is the perfect stop on your southwestern adventure.

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area on an epic Las Vegas to Santa Fe road trip

Zion National Park

The next stop on your road trip is Zion National Park! A must-do hike in the park is the Narrows. With beautiful canyon walls to walk through, the Narrows is a life-changing hike. You can make the hike as long or short as you want! The total hike is sixteen miles long, but a mile hike is just as fun. Zion is an amazing place to visit!

Zion National Park stop on epic Road Trip From Las Vegas NV to Santa Fe NM

Grand Canyon

One of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks is the Grand Canyon. The south rim is better for first-time visitors because there is a higher number of experiences and views. The Grand Canyon has life-changing sunsets and amazing scenery. The Grand Canyon is a must-stop on your road trip!

Grand Canyon stop on Las Vegas to Santa Fe road tripPetroglyph National Monument

The next stop on the road trip is the Petroglyph National Monument. Petroglyphs are art on prehistoric rocks. The Petroglyph National Monuments are home to volcanic rocks that are filled with designs and carvings. There is a deep cultural significance to the Pueblo people. The area is perfect for a short stop before making it to Santa Fe.

Petroglyph National Monument on road trip to Santa Fe from Las Vegas

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

The final stop on your road trip is Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The monument is a massive plain cut by deep canyons. There are many exciting outdoor activities at the monument including white water rafting! White water rafting on the Rio Grande is the perfect way to enjoy the monument. After these five incredible stops, we hope you enjoyed your epic road trip from Las Vegas to Santa Fe!

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Get in the water after your Las Vegas to Santa Fe Road Trip

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