Phoenix to Santa Fe Road Trip Guide


Phoenix is one of the most happening cities in Arizona. Perfect weather conditions, scenic spots, and plenty of entertainment make it a dream travel destination. Everything, from the weather, locals, sports teams, and even nature seems to be working together to make Phoenix just the place to be at any time of the year.

Let’s begin with the amazing concept of the very popular First Fridays, where all the citizens of Phoenix come together to host this great event every month. Then there are all the MLB games hosted back to back from February through March which puts the city in a sports frenzy.

The Music Madness, the Swimsuit Season, the food, and the desert landscapes are just some of the attractions that make Phoenix the ideal destination to begin an RV road trip adventure.

An RV camping extravaganza to Sante Fe is but one of many ways you can enjoy your weekend here in Phoenix. Embark on this RV road trip by sticking on to the I-17 in order to experience some of the best pit stops along the way, including the majestic Redrock Scenic Byway.

If you’re an artist, you’ll want to live in Santa Fe forever. And if you’re not an artist, Santa Fe’s artistic culture will make you wish you were. The city is also ripe with historical monuments and endless outdoor activities, making it one of the popular tourist destinations in New Mexico.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: family

Point of Interest

ABQ Bio Park - Zoo

Your first stop in New Mexico would be at Albuquerque, and upon arriving here, you must head to ABQ Bio Park Zoo, especially if you have kids itching to see some wildlife. This 63-acre park boasts 2.25 miles of walking trails and more than 300 exotic and native animal species.

Spend some quality time with these animals as you watch crocodiles get fed or ride the train peering out at free-roaming animals grazing and going about their daily business. You can also get pretty close to alpacas, llamas, and lorikeets and make some new furry friends during your visit.

One of the best attractions here is the endangered species carousel which features animals from all over the world. Additionally, there are several educational and creative shows and programs always taking place at the zoo.

Petrified Forest National Park

Sweeping over 135,000 acres of land in Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park isn’t like your regular National Forest - this one has dinosaurs in it. Real ones! Albeit they are a little dead with only their skeletons left but that alone is an impressive feat, considering they have been extinct for millions of years.

Nearly 600,000 campers and road trippers are lured into the Painted Desert every year. The dinosaurs aren’t the only things that make this a wonderful pit stop when you are en-route to Santa Fe. The reason it has been named a forest, and a petrified one at that, is because of hundreds of mysterious and extremely fascinating crystallized logs that litter the landscape.

This National Park is far different from other outdoor spaces, as it seems to provide a small window into an environment that is almost 200 million years old. Then there are the mountains of Petrified Forest National Park which are pastel in color and serve as a magical backdrop against this unique and almost bizarre wilderness.


Sedona is that must-visit city on your way to Sante Fe and is worth every second of your time. After all the excitement of Castle N’ Coasters, you need a place to ground you and help you unwind. Sedona allows you to calm down and recharge with activities like hiking, biking, spa treatments, and wine tasting.

Grab your bikes from your RV and make sure to make good use of the 1.8 million acres of national forest land found here. It is no wonder that Sedona is considered a mecca for mountain bikers as it offers an unlimited amount of bike trails to explore the furthest depths of this vast wilderness region.

This region is also considered to be extremely sacred in Native American history with its Vortex Energy, and you too will find a spiritual connection or at least helpful therapies at the mystical bazaars with yoga studios, reiki, massages, and several healing therapies.

Another way to relax in Sedona is to just drive along the Red Rock Scenic Byway in your RV or motorhome and get a chance to enjoy the scenic marvels of unadulterated nature.

Castles N’ Coasters

Do not make the mistake of leaving Phoenix without experiencing the joys of Castles N’ Coasters. This amusement park is located in the heart of northwest Phoenix and provides an excellent juxtaposition of funfair vibes and sky-high thrill rides.

Spread over ten acres, this stop isn’t just a stop, it’s a place where you can easily spend half a day and experience that adrenaline rush that only comes with stomach-dropping roller coasters or competing in an intense game of Beat Saber Arcade.

If you don’t mind getting a little splashed then you can also head to numerous water rides. With so much to do and experience, you can never get bored at Castle N’ Coasters, which makes it a great starting point for a fun-filled RV weekend camping holiday for the entire family!


Santa Fe is an enchanting destination largely known for its mesmerizing artistic culture. Wherever you go in the city, something interesting will be waiting for you.

Begin your unforgettable tour of the city with Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a French-Romanesque structure from the 18th century. Do not leave this city without exploring Canyon Road – a prime destination for art lovers and non-lovers alike.

Admire the work of famed artists such as Fernando Botero and learn about the cultural treasures and hand-made rugs and wood carvings at the various art galleries found in the city center.

While you are off admiring art and shopping, your kids can indulge themselves in the many scavenger hunts happening around the city that are designed to celebrate its rich history, art, culture, and landmarks.

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