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Palm Springs to Santa Fe drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


Palm Springs to Santa Fe road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Palm Springs to Santa Fe. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Fe, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Palm Springs and Santa Fe. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Palm Springs
drive for about 2 hours

11:56 am  Ehrenberg
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:06 pm  Phoenix
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 5:36 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:02 pm  Payson (Arizona)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Payson (Arizona)
drive for about 2 hours

10:49 am  Holbrook
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:49 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:13 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:13 pm  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 6:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:16 pm  arrive in Santa Fe
eat at The Shed
stay at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Palm Springs, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Ehrenberg
Phoenix  (105 answers)
    Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
    Dreamy Draw Recreation Area  (2 mentions)
    Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
    Frances  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Phoenix:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?
Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)
Holbrook  (3 answers)
Gallup  (5 answers)
Albuquerque  (81 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        The High Road tour




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in Santa Fe?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Fe.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

La Fonda Hotel  (4 mentions)
Ten Thousand Waves  (4 mentions)
Inn and Spa at Loretto  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Santa Fe? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in Santa Fe?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Shed, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cafe Pasqual's  (4 mentions)
Tia Sophia's  (3 mentions)
La Boca  (2 mentions)
Coyote Cafe  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Fe? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in Santa Fe?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Santa Fe Plaza  (5 mentions)
Loretto Chapel  (4 mentions)
El Farol  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Santa Fe. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Melissa from asked:
Hotels in Santa Fe with spa?  (3 answers)

profile  Julia from Boston asked:
Wine lover's Santa Fe?  (3 answers)

profile  Jessica from Calabasas asked:
Top 5 things to do as a family!  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Santa Fe?  (2 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
hiking  (2 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Santa Fe to Palm Springs drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Palm Springs to Santa Fe. Or get a full Palm Springs to Santa Fe flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Palm Springs well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Palm Springs!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 770 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 20 minutes
Santa Fe is 1 hour ahead of Palm Springs
45 Palm Springs travel answers
1 Ehrenberg travel answer
105 Phoenix travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
3 Holbrook travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
81 Albuquerque travel answers
85 Santa Fe travel answers





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