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One absolute, when you plan to cut off of NM 9 to I-10, don't. Continue west through Chiricahua National Monument, I-10 jogs back south and this will add relatively little time and the mountains are amazing. You hit I-10 at Willcox. Out of Willcox you can get to the Galiuro Mountains which has an amazing little wilderness area and two Nature Conservancy preseves, Muleshoe Ranch, and Aravaipa Canyon. One of the most amazing manhunts in US history occurred here. Near Tucson go to Saguaro National Park. On the New Mexico part, you mentioned Carlsbad. It you are staying a bit north there are many awesome places. Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands. At Alamogordo the Organ Mountains make one of the most striking rock outcroppings in the US. You can videotape it out the window as you drive by! Staying south on route 9 you go through Columbus at Pancho Villa State Park, worth seeing for the name alone! If you are interested in geology both Rockhound and City of Rocks State Parks are worth visiting. At Deming stop by the St. Clair vineyards tasting room (the vineyard originally was there, but is no near Lordsburg, I am not sure exactly what happened.)
Fun day... depends on your definition. You are talking about nearly 700 miles, largely on back roads. That said, you have myriad options, some convenient, some not.
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