Breaks every hour.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel from 12:15 - 1:15 PMAfternoon: Enjoy a bus exploration, departing at 1:30 PM, of the city of Albuquerque, then proceed to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. This BLM site was established as a U.S. National Monument in 2001. Over time, weathering and erosion of layers of volcanic rock and ash created canyons and tent-shaped rocks. A 1.2 mile trail leads up through a slot canyon to a lookout point where the tent rocks may be viewed from above. A 1.3 mile trail leads past their base.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant from 6:00 - 7:30 PMEvening: Free evening for rest and socializationLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Afterwards, bus continues to Valley of Fires Recreation Area with a stop in Socorro, NM to pick up boxed lunches at El Camino Restaurant. Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow.
Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles.
The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States.
From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock, but when you walk through the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Animals living there include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards.
It's also a virtual birdwatcher's paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, buzzards, hawks, and gnat catchers.
Lunch: Have a boxed lunch at Valley of Fires recreation area.Afternoon: Bus travels from Valley of Fires to Alamogordo, New Mexico with several site visits in between. Bus will depart around 2:30 PM for Alamogordo. Check in at Best Western Desert Aire Hotel in Alamogordo.Dinner: Bus departs at 5:15 PM to take you to dinner at Memories Restaurant from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.Evening: Free eveningLodging: Best Western Desert Aire HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be prepared to have your luggage at the bus no later than 8:15 AM for an 8:30 AM departure.Morning: After breakfast and hotel check-out, bus departs for Albuquerque at 8:30 AM.
With several stops on the way, you'll travel through Roswell and visit the Roswell Museum and Art Center from 10:00 until 11:30 AM.
At 11:30, bus travels to lunch destination.Lunch: Have lunch from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM at Roswell's Golden Corral.Afternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque at 12:45 PM. Total travel time is approximately 4 hours.
There will be videos shown on the bus. Arrive at MCM Elegante Hotel at approximately 4:30 PM for check-in.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
Closing comments from participants, study guide, and group leader end the evening.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel provides free shuttle service to Albuquerque Sunport and Amtrak Station with advance reservations.Meals Included: Breakfast