Breaks every hour.Lunch: Lunch at the hotelAfternoon: Bus exploration of the city of Albuquerque and a ride on the Sandia Tram to the top of Sandia Peak, where we will be able to see for miles and miles.
Our view will show us the incredibly diverse variety of geology in the immediate area. We'll ascend 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes, gliding along the western face of the rugged granite-faced Sandia Mountains, eroded into spires, cliffs and pinnacles. The hardy pines, fir and spruce growing there are home to many different birds and other animals. Tram riders may see an eagle, a mule deer or perhaps a black bear as they look out the glass walls of the cable car into the deep canyons. From the top, we can see 11,000 square miles of the Land of Enchantment. To the west is a volcano field, to the north are other volcanic necks and plugs, to the northwest, Redondo Peak in the Jemez Mountains rises from a caldera known as Valle Grande, a volcanic crater reported to be the largest in the world. To the east lies the heavily wooded back side of the Sandias, and on the far horizon, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the capital city of Santa Fe. Farther to the south, the Estancia Valley and the Manzano Mountains frame the view. The summit is 10,378 feet in elevation and will give us an overview of an incredible amount of geology.
Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurantEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals 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 to Roswell and visit the Roswell Museum and Art Center from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM.
At 11:30, bus travels to lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM at Roswell's Golden CorralAfternoon: 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 5:00 pm for check-in.Dinner: Dinner from 6:30-8:00 PM in the hotel dining room.
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