New Mexico

Science, Sledding & UFOs: New Mexico With Your Grandchild

Share the best of Southern New Mexico with your grandchild as you go sledding in the desert, learn about UFOs and discover a new love for science and nature in beautiful state parks.
Program No. 23770RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Whether looking to the sky or exploring underground, Southern New Mexico has plenty of fun ways for you to discover science, nature and history with your grandchild! Become amateur geologists as you explore the depths of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the hills of White Sands National Park. Learn about the animals that make their homes in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and the Living Deserts Zoo & Gardens State Park. Your imaginations will go sky high as you learn about space at an observatory, space museum and the UFO Museum. Along the way, hear stories about — and see the homes of — famous locals, Billy the Kid and Smokey Bear!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get some out-of-this-world knowledge about space during field trips to the VLA National Radio Astronomy Observatory, N.M. Museum of Space History and the UFO Museum.
  • Hop on your own “flying saucer” as you go sledding on the beautiful sands at White Sands National Park.
  • Go underground at Carlsbad Caverns to learn about stalactites and stalagmites, and learn about local history as you see the homes of Billy the Kid and Smokey Bear.
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The Last Cheater's Waltz, Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest
by Ellen Meloy
A naturalist's travels through the desert Southwest of her youth, reflecting on native peoples, landscape and ecology. Meloy explores Los Alamos, Trinity National Historic Landmark, and White Sands Missile Range -- including the impact of the laboratory and bomb testing on the environment.
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
by Robert Stebbins
The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species.
Moon Handbook New Mexico
by Zora O'Neill
This comprehensive guide is packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, culture and destinations throughout New Mexico.
Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51
by Phil Patton
Recounts the history, creation, intelligence and counter-intelligence of Area 51, a section of the American southwestern desert where top-secret aircraft is tested and where some believe the Pentagon is harboring UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Map
by Trails Illustrated
A detailed map of Carlsbad Caverns and the surrounding park at a scale of 1:32,400, showing topographic lines, trails and other points of interest.
The Spanish Frontier in North America
by David Weber
Here's the definitive history of the Spanish colonial period in America, from the settlement of St. Augustine in Florida to the missions of New Mexico.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
by Dave DeWitt
Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Great River, The Rio Grande in North American History
by Paul Horgan
First published in 1954, this classic book won both the Bancroft and the Pulitzer Prizes for history.
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal.
Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Laura Lisle
Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Southwest photographer Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces in this full-color coffee table book.
Out of This World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel
by Loretta Hall
Beginning with Robert Goddard’s efforts in Roswell, Hall covers 80 years of innovative rocket science research in New Mexico, including the Manhattan Project, the White Sands Missile Range and the Holloman Air Force Base.
Recreational Map of New Mexico
by GTR Mapping
A very good fold-out map of New Mexico.
New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
A handy fold-up card featuring color illustrations of common plants, animals and reptiles of New Mexico.

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