13 days / 2811 miles / 52 hours 45 minutes
An idea for a 2020 motorcycle road trip. Given the location, probably best done in the fall--maybe September.
Southwest loop. Focused on southern New Mexico mountain's best motorcycle roads.
9:00 am - 93.3 miles / an hour 55 minutes - 10:56 am
11:11 am - 133.4 miles / 2 hours 12 minutes - 1:24 pm
White Sands National Monument is in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It's known for its dramatic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes.
2:24 pm - 14.5 miles / 17 minutes - 2:42 pm
9:00 am - 4.9 miles / 9 minutes - 9:10 am
Ham was the world's first AstroChimp, and the first free creature in outer space. He blasted off from Cape Canaveral on January 31, 1961, and traveled 155 miles in 16.5 minutes before splashing down safely in the Atlantic. The first American human to orbit the earth, John Glenn, was rewarded with a seat in the US Senate. Ham's reward was an apple.
11:10 am - 7.8 miles / 10 minutes - 11:21 am
11:36 am - 0.0 miles / - 11:37 am
12:37 pm - 0.5 miles / - 12:38 pm
Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with four retail establishments in New Mexico. We are best known for our farm fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines. Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. We offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. Visit the Largest Heart in the World! Heart of the Desert’s trademark heart welcomes you to the ranch, standing 26’ tall and 20’ wide at the main store in Alamogordo.
1:38 pm - 5.6 miles / 7 minutes - 1:46 pm
Historical 3 room wooden depot, All scales of model railroading displayed with 3 large operating model railroad layouts. Outdoor, 1/5 scale, mile long out and back, park train railroad. Interesting tours normally given in the museum. Small gift shop of railroad items, and model train items. Free. kids' indoor waiting room ( toy train play area).
2:46 pm - 0.9 miles / a minute - 2:48 pm
3:48 pm - 1.4 miles / 2 minutes - 3:51 pm
9:00 am - 14.3 miles / 18 minutes - 9:19 am
9:49 am - 6.1 miles / 8 minutes - 9:58 am
From 1899-1947, the steam engines of old used to climb the railroad line from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft and beyond. The Mexican Canyon Trestle observation site offers a stunning view of one of the last standing large trestles along the route.
10:13 am - 17.7 miles / 33 minutes - 10:47 am
11:02 am - 17.1 miles / 32 minutes - 11:35 am
11:45 am - 182.8 miles / 4 hours 23 minutes - 4:11 pm
9:00 am - 39.2 miles / 54 minutes - 9:55 am
10:25 am - 12.3 miles / 20 minutes - 10:46 am
11:46 am - 15.9 miles / 21 minutes - 12:08 pm
Fort Stanton was a United States Army near Lincoln, New Mexico. It was built in 1855 by the 1st Dragoon and the 3rd and 8th Infantry Regiments of the to serve as a base of military operations against the Mescalero Apaches. Numerous campaigns were fought from 1855 until the 1880s. It was established to protect Hispano and White settlements along the Rio Bonito in the Apache Wars. Kit Carson, John "Black Jack" Pershing, Billy the Kid, and Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry all lived here.
1:08 pm - 11.2 miles / 15 minutes - 1:24 pm
Lincoln Historic District is a historic district encompassing the community of Lincoln, New Mexico. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The historic district contains 48 structures, some privately held, 12 miles east of Capitan and 57 miles west of Roswell along U.S. Route 380.
1:54 pm - 13.8 miles / 18 minutes - 2:13 pm
9:00 am - 51.1 miles / 59 minutes - 10:00 am
The International UFO Museum And Research Center is located in Roswell, New Mexico, United States, in the downtown district, and is focused largely on the 1947 Roswell Crash and later supposed UFO incidents in the United States and elsewhere.
11:00 am - 0.1 miles / - 11:01 am
12:01 pm - 6.2 miles / 11 minutes - 12:13 pm
12:28 pm - 81.4 miles / 2 hours a minute - 2:31 pm
In 1944 during WW II the USFS decided to use a bear to spread the fire prevention message. They named him after a New York Assistant Fire Chief, "Smokey" Joe Martin. May 9, 1950, in the aftermath of a devastating fire in the Capitan Mountains, a badly burned cub was found. He became the living symbol of fire prevention, Smokey Bear. When Smokey grew old, plans were made for his retirement. The people of Capitan wanted their bear to be returned to his hometown. Upon his death in 1976, Smokey was flown home and buried in what is now Smokey Bear Historical Park.
4:31 pm - 72.7 miles / an hour 13 minutes - 5:45 pm
Access to the Trinity bomb site twice a year.
6:00 pm - 23.3 miles / 31 minutes - 6:33 pm
9:00 am - 51.9 miles / an hour - 10:01 am
The Very Large Array Radio Telescope facility is a two-hour drive from Albuquerque, 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. The Visitor Center features an award-winning documentary narrated by Jodie Foster, plus exhibits describing radio astronomy and the VLA telescope. A self-guided walking tour features large, informative signs and takes you to the base of one of the giant dish antennas.
11:01 am - 40.6 miles / 47 minutes - 11:49 am
12:49 pm - 137.1 miles / 2 hours 41 minutes - 2:31 pm