Seniors Travel to New Mexico–Part 2

Dec 15th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Wow.  There was just so much to tell about New Mexico that I had to cut it into two portions.  It is simply a super state with so much to see and do.  NM is a year-round destination, with skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding in the winter; and rafting, camping, cycling, hiking, golf, and other recreational pursuits in the spring and summer.

Festivals run throughout the year, including the Whole Enchilada Festival and the International Balloon Fiesta.  The most popular time to visit is during the summer, especially with international visitors, and winter in the ski areas is a strong second. The mountain areas are particularly busy during these seasons. The lowlands are busy with snowbirds in the winter. Christmas is a busy time throughout NM.

Santa Fe is popular during all seasons, as is Taos to a lesser degree.  Santa Fe “Town of the Holy Faith” is an ancient city nestled at 7000 feet in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains . The city was established in 1610 and is the oldest capital city in the United States   Seniors, from our experience, this is one great city to explore on foot.  There is so much to take in.  Santa Fe is one of the top destinations in the Southwest. It is a city that embraces its natural environment unlike any other in the United States. A city whose beautiful, brown adobe architecture blends with the high desert landscape. A city that is, at the same time, one of America’s great art and culinary capitals. Santa Fe draws seniors who love art, natural beauty and those who wish just to relax.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world, leaving visitors with a child-like sense of wonder. Balloon enthusiasts from around the world converge on Albuquerque in October for this ten-day extravaganza of family fun. Whether visitors are looking to experience a hot air balloon ride, volunteer to assist a chase crew, or just enjoy the spectacular experience of seeing hundreds of hot air balloons ascend into the heavens, the International Balloon Fiesta does not disappoint.

Known for its Indian reservations, NM travel has tons of great things to see like the historical village of Taos Pueblo, Georgia O’Keefe’s museum in Santa Fe, the historic Route 66 sign in Gallup, and old town in Albuquerque. A NM vacation can be filled with peace as you explore some of nature’s unrefined elements working harmoniously around you. North America’s Biggest PowWow is held in NM.

Experience Acoma the Sky City located west of Albuquerque; the 70-mile drive to Acoma is one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historic including the Mother Road Route 66, where you’ll experience breathtaking views and monolith rock formations like no other in the world.  

And petroglyphs (petro is greek for rock and glyph = message)…NM has a plethora of them.  Why not take a trail ride and view hundreds of them in the Tonto National Forest?  Yours truly loves petroglyphs.The Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 carved images. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. These images are inseparable from the cultural landscape, the spirits of the people who created, and who appreciate them.

 And three more links to wet your appetite for NM:

http://www.cabq.gov/openspace/petroglyph.html – All about the petroglyphs in NM

http://www.newmexico.org/guide/index.php – New Mexico vacation guide online

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_settlements_in_New_Mexico_by_population – All major cities in NM



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