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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2016
Planning a Possible Road Trip  (2 Answers)

Need to get from Fort Worth Texas to SE Arizona early March with probably 1 overnight stop but want to break up the driving into maybe approx. 4 hour stretches. Any suggestions for "must see" locations? Would prefer to avoid too much Interstate driving but conscious I am travelling alone so not wishing to go too far off track. My preferences are for scenery, science and nature as opposed to cities and shopping. Clean budget motel about half way?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2016
evening shows + observatories?  (1 Answer)

Hello, I'm a TA wanting to explore NM & I'm curious about:
a) a location (other than usual suspects i.e. albuquerque/santa fe) that might have

a evening show of sorts i.e. a amphitheatre wi/entertainment?

b) a location in NM.....(anywhere south) that might have a observatory where folks

can star gaze?

thx


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
3days in ABQ  (14 Answers)

I will be travelling to ABQ next June . I would like to go on a Jeep Tour also Breaking Bad . The days I am there are the weekend and Monday. Could anyone please tell me if the tours run at weekend and where is a good place to stay for accessing sights. I would also appreciate any ideas anyone can give me about what to see.
Many thanks to anyone who replies to me .


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2016
Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness: anyone been?  (4 Answers)

Hi all -
We may be heading back out to New Mexico this spring and putting in both some city (Santa Fe) and hiking time. I was kicking around another trip out of Chaco with an overnight in Farmington, and ran into this on the BLM site. It's not far from Farmington, and the Bisti Badlands look like big fun...weather and ground surface conditions permitting. The 7297 road in doesn't look to be a problem with a rental as long as there hasn't been any heavy rain. I know that there are no marked trails but I'm not too worried about that either.

Anyway, I was wondering if ya'll had any helpful insights? Just noodling at this point but even if we can't fit it in this time, I'll file it away for the next. Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
Driving with a RV  (3 Answers)

How difficult is it to drive to Albuquerque (Alt: 2000 m) from Oklahoma city ( 396m) with a rv.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2015
Ports of Entry into Mexico  (3 Answers)

We are traveling by car from northern New Mexico to Kino Bay, Mexico taking I25 south through Lordsburg, NM. The 2 closest ports of entry to Lordsburg are Douglas or Naco, AZ. Does anyone know about these ports of entry? We would prefer not to go all the way to Nogales to enter as it adds miles to our trip. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
Unidentified Giant Beetle in Albuquerque  (2 Answers)

Something may have gone wrong with my previous post ... I'll try again.
While I was on holiday in the Southwest in 2010, I had a bus transfer in Albuquerque. I had a smoke outside the station and saw a huge, huge beetle that was slowly crowling forward. I always believed it was some sort of a giant cockroach, but I can't find anything on the internet that even looks like it. Since I took no pictures, people have a hard time believing it... but I know what I saw. Can anyone tell me more about this giant insect?! It must have been about 11 inches long.

Scarabandy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2015
Pawn Jewelry  (2 Answers)

Are there any out of the way places to buy Native American pawn jewelry in New Mexico?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2015
5 days day trips from santa fe  (3 Answers)

Could someone please suggest places to visit by car from Santa Fe by car. We are nervous of any potential hazardous roads.
Also any suggestions for trips on rail runner would be much appreciated
Patsy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2015
Buffalo-Bison  (5 Answers)

Where can I see Buffalo in Northern New Mexico.
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2015
road trip Albuquerque to los angeles  (4 Answers)

hi all -- we are a family of 6 from australia driving from possibly albuquerque airport to los angeles airport in february (trying to find the most cost effective airport to fly into from new york-- and albuquerque seems to be the winner at this stage).we have 5 nights to get back to los angeles-- hopefully taking in the grand canyon for a sunset and sunrise on the way.any tips or itinerary ideas gratefully received!-- we dont mind a drive but dont want to be crazy, and love the nps of the west! thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2014
Santa Fe to Las cruces  (6 Answers)

Hello
We want to get from Santa fe to Las cruces by public transpotattion then hire a car . We are nervous about driving out of albuquerque which I guess would be easiest as we could get the shuttle to ABQ. Are we being over anxious .?
Happy New Year to all.
Patsy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2014
Staying in Santa Fe  (8 Answers)

Hello
We are spending 6days in Santa Fe end May but hoping to hire a care could anyone please suggest best days out .
We will go to Taos . All suggestions will be gratefully received.
Thankyou
Patsy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2014
Help me to plan places in NM  (2 Answers)

Hi,

I will be coming from LA - Tucson (in rental Sedan Car). We will be 2 travellers. I will be starting from Tucson in evening around 5 PM. It will be for 3rd week of December. Here is my plan and few questions, if somebody can help on this :-

Day-1 => Will start from Tucson at 5 PM and reach Las Cruces for overnight stay. (Is Las Cruces ok for my trip or another place ?)
Day-2 => Leave hotel, Visit Carlsbad and overnight stay at Alamogordo.
Day-3 => Visit white Sands, Bosque Del Apache NW for couple of hours and reach Albuquerque by night.

Is it a reasonable plan or should I change my places of stay ? Another option is to stay both nights at Las Cruces only and visit both places from there. Or any other suggestion ? If nothing works out then I can add one more night to this part of visit.
Another option to skip Bosque Del Apache and Carlsbad completely and I should cover Kartchner Caverns (while coming from Tucson) and Billy the Kid scenic byway and reach Albuquerque. White Sands is the one, which I do not want to skip. Is it worth to skip Bosque Del Apache for Billy the Kid scenic byway ?
Please suggest, what would be best for my limited time in this part of plan.

Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2014
4 days in Southern mexico  (8 Answers)

Hello
We are visiting NM in May early June 2015. We are staying in the Santa Fe and the northern parts then Albuquerque.
We have 4 days before we fly back to the U. K. and would love to see as much as we can in such a short time. We thought of basing ourselves in Las Cruces. Any suggestions will be be much appreciated.
Also we have driven in the USA many times but we are getting a little more anxious about it as we get older. Is it quite easy to drive around Santa Fe and is it not too hazardous driving from ABQ to Las Cruces or thereabouts.
Thanks alot
Patsy Cha Cheshire , England


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2014
appropriate for a wedding?  (15 Answers)

I am a Connecticut resident, attending a wedding near Albuquerque in September (3pm wedding). What should I plan to wear?

We will have a few days available to visit in that area. What is too good to miss?

Suzanne


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2014
Rushed 3 DAY trip to New Mexico  (4 Answers)

Hi All,

I am planning to do a 3 day trip to New Mexico, reaching Albuquerque on a Friday night and leaving Albuquerque on a Monday night. Sometime in Mar/Apr

How "impractical" and "crazy" does the following schedule look like? I am yet to decide on the halts, so I just put down the places on a google map, places that I want to "Touch, Photograph and Go" in these 3 days

I sincerely wish I had the luxury of time. Will appreciate if someone can suggest how I can tweak this to make it look more "feasible".

I am totally into Driving and Photography, especially landscapes, hence I am trying to cover the above mentioned locations

Thanks to ALL members for your inputs for my earlier trips, as always.

regards
Manish


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2013
sleeping in the car and general comments for traveling in NM  (10 Answers)

Hi I'm a female thinking to drive through New Mexico over Carlsbad to Ca in a couple weeks with my 16 yr old son and wonder if it'd be a safe trip for us. We'll sleep in the car either at national parks or TA , the closest to Carsbad being at Las Cruces .Any comments are greatly appreciated. This will be our first long distance car travel experience.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2013
Flagstaff to Santa Fe  (14 Answers)

Bit of a broad question, we are travelling from Flagstaff to Santa fe. Think doing it in one day is a bit to much.
Thinking of stopping in Albuquerque to get up early and go along the Turquoise Trail. Thats still a big drive between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. Any other sugestions for somewhere to stay enroute so we are not driving miles and will we be missing lots of interest on the way?
Sorry for broad question but just worried about driving 400 miles Flagstaff to Santa Fe in one go.
Hope to ask more specific questions later so please be patient!
Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2013
Travelling Santa Fe NM to Taos NM by bus ?  (2 Answers)

I want to travel by bus to Taos from Santa Fe, NM. What is the nearest bus station and the name of the bus from Santa Fe that goes to Taos? What bus to take going there? I need more information about bus travel from Santa Fe to Taos or vice versa. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2012
NM/AZ/CO/UT - This September  (2 Answers)

My husband and I are contemplating a two-week vacation in September – likely starting in Albuquerque and driving counter-clockwise through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona before returning to Albuquerque. We would appreciate any tips, warnings, recommendations, etc., anyone could offer us. Such as: What weather can we anticipate during that time? Are there some roads we should avoid (we’ll be renting a medium size sedan – not an SUV)? Anything in that general area which is considered a must-see/must-do (keeping in mind I’m 55 and my husband is 65)? Or anything else you’d deem that we should know before we go. Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2012
7 days if or Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos  (6 Answers)

We love nature and history and haven't been to NM before. If u had 7 days how would u divide your time in northern NM ending up back in Albuquerque? Thx.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2011
visit in March/April  (2 Answers)

I'd appreciate advice on where to visit late March/early April '12. Two adult couples; guys like golf and the ladies like the pool and spa. Shopping not important. We'd like a "home base" where we could also enjoy day trips for sightseeing. We are concerned about the weather as we are coming form the cold north and want warmth. Thanks for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2011
Los Alamos/Bandelier National Monument fire - traveler alert  (5 Answers)

Hi all - just a head's up to travelers to northern New Mexico that there's a large wildfire burning in the Los Alamos/Bandelier National Monument area. Los Alamos is being evacuated and the park has been closed until further notice. From the NPS website:

"Update: June 26, 2011 Bandelier NM has closed due to a large wildfire that ignited today west of the park. The fire behavior is extreme and poses a danger to the park. The park will be closed until conditions are safe. The park website won't be updated again until the park reopens."

Area road closures and other updates can be monitored here:



Park information can be found here:


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2011
Help in finding the right city  (5 Answers)

My husband and I (retired but young at heart) are interested in relocating. With the following criteria in mind, I’m grateful for any suggestions of where we might look. ANY and all suggestions welcome, even if they are outside of New Mexico.

1. Year around pleasant weather 60-80 degrees
2. Small town feel & friendly residents
3. Easily and safely accessible town by Bike/walk
4. outdoor markets with fresh fruits and veggies
5. frequent street performers or free outdoor concerts
6. reasonably safe environment (assuming one uses common sense)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2011
Cost of gas  (3 Answers)

We're planning a road trip in New Mexico this coming September and I'm trying to work out our budget. Can anyone advise me of the current price for gas in the state please? I know it's likely to go up before then but it would give me a starting point. It's a few years since we've driven anywhere in the States so I'm a little out of touch.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2011
Red Rocks scenery in new mexico?  (3 Answers)

Just got hooked on the red rocks from visit to Utah and Arizona. Considering visiting a little of Santa Fe area later this year.
Is there any red rock scenery in Northern New Mexico?

Thanks for any help.
Dick


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2011
Good place to overnight between Dallas and Santa Fe?  (3 Answers)

I've made this drive before and stayed in OK City with friends and in Amarillo, but would like to stay somewhere new, and a little closer to SF. Just looking for a place with maybe a nice inn or b&b, or a great/funky restaurant, or the world's biggest ball of twine.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2010
Las Vegas to Albuquerque Airport  (8 Answers)

Help, please! Can someone tell me how to get from Las Vegas, NM to the airport in Albuquerque on public transportation? I think I need to go through Santa Fe, but not sure what connections are. . . Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2010
Four Corners Monument Closed  (6 Answers)

VT is still working on a "Latest News" section for temporary events that may affect travelers so I'm sticking this here for now. Article in today's paper is noting that the Four Corners Monument (where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah converge) has been closed for some months for construction and not expected to re-open until sometime in September. Evidently, the uninformed have been driving, sometimes thousands of miles, just to see this US spot where you can stand in 4 states at once only to find it blocked with a fence. And they're not happy.

Anyway, just a head's up to anyone either currently making that trip of thinking of doing it in upcoming weeks: don't waste the gas.

Updates and info can be found at:



In general, it's sort of a tourist trap anyway and not especially pretty anyway so I'd advise using your time to explore the more scenic and interesting sections of the American Southwest.



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