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How Much Time Do You Have?

One Day or Less 

Are you planning to visit for only an hour or two? We’ll give you suggestions on things you shouldn’t miss. (You’ll want to stay longer!)

Two Days

One extra day gives you the time to add one of Los Alamos’ local recreation experiences, our all-season mountain in the backyard, or the two amazing National Parks that surround the town.

Three+ Days

Extend your stay from 3-5 days in Los Alamos to explore Los Alamos and then make it your convenient, affordable base for day trips to some of Northern New Mexico’s most memorable sites and attractions!

Pick Your Itinerary

No matter your interests, you will find lots to do in Los Alamos. Use the toggles to see a few suggested, full-day itineraries.
Los Alamos History


This is the most often used itinerary for many of our visitors. This itinerary takes you from the stone age to the atomic age, covering Los Alamos’ ancient and modern history. This itinerary is great for history buffs, families, and curious travelers.


      • Start at the White Rock Visitor Center.
      • Travel to Bandelier National Monument. Be sure to check out the visitor center, park movie, and gift shop. There are numerous archeological sites along the Main Loop Trail — 1.2 miles roundtrip — and on the additional mile roundtrip trail to Alcove House. Bandelier staff can help you adjust your visit to your needs.
      • Take Highway 4 west, then turn on Highway 501 toward Los Alamos.


      • Enjoy a picnic at Camp May near Pajarito Ski Area;
      • or come into Los Alamos and find one of our many restaurants. Our Visitor Center has a list and menus to help you make your decision


      • Pick up a Historic Walking Tour Map at one of the museums or the Los Alamos Visitor Center.
      • Consider taking a guided tour to get an overall perspective of Los Alamos’ unique history.
      • Start the tour at the History Museum, behind Fuller Lodge,
      • follow the historic tour around Fuller Lodge, Ashley Pond, Romero Cabin at other historic sites,
      • visit the Bradbury Science Museum and be sure to catch a showing of the film “The Town that Never Was.”
      • Pop in to one of our many shopping locations and pick up something to remember your visit.

Late Afternoon/Evening

      • Late afternoon and sunset is a spectacular time to stop by one of our mesa-top overlooks.
      • You’ll be hungry again, so why not try another Los Alamos restaurant.
      • If you’re exhausted from all the fun you’ve had in Los Alamos, you’re welcome to check in to one of our hotels. There’s more to do tomorrow!
High Altitude Adventure
This itinerary skips the history of the Pajarito Plateau and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and instead focuses on the spectacular recreational opportunities surrounding Los Alamos. 


      • Start at one of our two Visitor Centers :: Los Alamos Visitor Center or White Rock Visitor Center
      • Hike Tsankawi – a small portion of Bandelier National Monument that is detached from the main park area.  Following the 1.5 mile loop trail, admire the many visible dwellings and ruts created by the years of ancestral pueblo people living in the area.There is a trail guide at the start of the trail available for a minimal fee. The parking lot is located just along Highway 4, just south of the junction of NM 502 and NM 4.
      • Stop by White Rock Overlook and see the spectacular views of the Rio Grande


      • Follow the signs into Los Alamos or White Rock to enjoy picnic facilities or one of our many restaurants.


      • Take NM Highway 4 west and see the vast open spaces of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. See if you can spot the massive elks herds. A trip to the visitor center will provide an educational experience. Plan ahead and book a van tour or simply take advantage of the many hiking trails and opportunities.
      • Continue on NM Highway 4 towards Jemez Springs. If another hike suits you, Jemez Falls is a downhill 1/4 mile hike from the Jemez Falls Campground parking lot. The falls are 120 feet tall.
      • Fishing is available at Fenton Lake, further down NM Highway 4 and then up NM 126 at La Cueva

Late Afternoon/Evening

Los Alamos Recreation
Los Alamos provides a serene location to indulge in your favorite activities with some of the best kept secrets in the state of New Mexico. Here is  just a sample of what a day in Los Alamos could look like. 
      • Spend the morning golfing at one of New Mexico’s highest and most scenic courses. The Los Alamos County Golf Course currently offers a challenging 6,500-yard par 72, 18-hole layout. A new club house, as well as course-wide improvements are set to make this asset even more competitive. Open March–November.


      • Picnic at the beautifully maintained Ashley Pond park or sit down at one of our many restaurants.


      • Take a swim in North America’s highest-altitude indoor Olympic-size pool. Open 7 days per week with summer specials. The facility offers affordable recreation,  competitive programs, and therapeutic programs for all interests.
      • Stroll down the central business district and check out Fuller Lodge Art Center for jewelry and art pieces. Stop into one of many shops and pick up something special for yourself. Get coffee or a treat along the way.

Choose Your Los Alamos Experience

Make Los Alamos home base for your New Mexico vacation

Los Alamos is ideally located for day trips around the enchanting Northern New Mexico region.

Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway

One of eight byways in the state, this one has an   abundance of scenic and historic assets.

  Roundtrip: 99 Miles
  Driving time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Pueblos, Chimayo & Truchas

Wind your way through ancient roads that lead   you to authentic Northern New Mexican places.

  Round trip: 137 Miles
  Driving time: 4 hours

Georgia O’Keeffe Country

Visiting Abiquiu & Ghost Ranch. Wander the landscape of Ghost Ranch

  Round trip: 175Miles
  Driving time: 4 hours 45 minutes

  Photo: Fallover Camp May | Leslie E. Bucklin