On the Road in Southern New Mexico: Rugged Beauty and the Final Frontier

New Mexico is known for both natural beauty and its unique role in the history of space exploration. Explore both on this journey to Carlsbad Caverns, the Very Large Array and more!
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Program No. 22614RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

On this unique learning adventure, discover two wildly different sides of New Mexico: the high-tech, spacefaring New Mexico, with its gaze fixed on the Final Frontier and the primal, stunningly beautiful New Mexico with a natural history that stretches back in time for eons. Journey across the state to survey its spacefaring history at Roswell, state-of-the-art research facilities and the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Then, explore the spectacular Carlsbad Caverns and witness New Mexico’s diverse wildlife and pristine landscapes. This is your chance to learn why the “Land of Enchantment” is no exaggeration.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over uneven, sometimes slippery terrain. Elevations of 3,000-5,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Descend into the stunning Carlsbad Caverns, a vast underground network of intriguing caves and enormous chambers.
  • Learn about the wonders of space at the UFO Museum in Roswell, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Very Large Array, a cutting-edge radio-telescope facility.
  • Explore the mystical beauty and alluring dunes of White Sands National Park with a local expert.
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Vannetta Perry
Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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