Things To Bring

Albuquerque resides in a high-desert area.  We are mile-high like Denver, so our temperatures are not  nearly as extreme as Arizona or Nevada.  Typically we only reach 100 degrees a few days out of the year.  But with our crazy weather of late, one never knows what to expect.  So it’s best to be prepared for anything.

Our climate is very sunny, so I suggest you bring along some suntan lotion, sunglasses, and a hat.

Our climate is also very dry, which makes high temperatures more tolerable than in other parts of the country.  Also, we cool down considerably once the sun sets, and we stay cool until around noon.   That’s why you’ll find “Cool times on your own” listed on our itinerary.  Mornings are the best time to go  exploring the sights.

If you are joining us for one of our trips to the high multitudes  (The Sandia Mountains) and you get chilled easily, you might want to bring a sweater or light jacket, as temps up there can be 20 degrees cooler than in town.  But given that it’ll be August, you’ll probably be okay.  But then, why chance it?

The same goes for Carlsbad Caverns, which is a steady 56 degrees in the caves.  And speaking of Carlsbad Caverns, I suggest you bring a watch, as there’s no cell phone service 800 feet underground, and you might need to know when its time to meet at the elevator to leave.

Those taking a hot air balloon ride should probably bring a coat, as the flights are by necessity early AM takeoffs.  This is because hot air balloons need cool temperatures to achieve the lift they need.  NOTE: We’ll be sure to confirm this with the pilots before it’s time for you to pack. 

Walking Around      (“What?  I should walk around?!”)

The hotel is right next door to our historic Old Town, with its arts and craft and places to eat.  Also within its borders you’ll find the Rattlesnake Museum, which is a definite draw for many discernible Sons.  Then there is The Candy Lady for sugary treats to tempt your sweet tooth.

Across the street (and on top of the stoop) is the new Sawmill Market; an upscale food court you might like to frequent for reasonably priced fare.

A couple of blocks up the street you’ll find our Natural History and Fine Arts Museums.  The Art museum often hosts interesting traveling exhibits.  For example: They just had exhibits of Leonardo Da Vinci and The Muppets (not at the same time, of course).

There is also an “Explora” center, which provides hands-on science exhibits for kids and grown-up kids like us.  So if you’re of a mind to learn some cool physics, you might wanna stop in there.

The Hotel Chaco next door has a nice rooftop patio and restaurant for relaxing and dining