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New Mexico’s National Parks and Monuments: Epic Discoveries and a Journey to Remember

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15 Days | 14 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
An 11,000-foot elevation change between New Mexico’s highest and lowest points creates an incredible array of natural environments across six major ecological regions. Experience this remarkable diversity with a landscape photographer, geologist, botanist, biologist and other experts as you pass through deserts, grasslands and woodlands — from national parks to national monuments — to learn about the variety of life that has adapted to these distinct environments.


• In the pueblos of Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, explore the history and lives of ancestral Native Americans.
• Journey to the Very Large Array to learn how scientists study the universe using 27 280-ton radio antennas.
• Make fun and informative stops at off-beat New Mexico destinations like the UFO Museum in Roswell, the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House, and many more.

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Walking five miles daily over varied terrain. Optional hike of nine miles. Full days of walking, standing. Elevations up to 7,500 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Albuquerque, 2 nights; coach to Farmington, 2 nights; coach to Santa Fe, 2 nights; coach to Taos, 1 night; Las Vegas, 1 night; coach to Ruidoso, 1 night; coach to Artesia, 2 nights; coach to Silver City, 2 nights; coach to Albuquerque, 1 night; departure.

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14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
30 Field trips


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