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New Mexico in Mid-March?

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New Mexico in Mid-March?

Hello, We were thinking of visiting New Mexico for kids spring break (one week) in March, as we have never been there, and would like to explore new parts of this country. We have 2 teens (boys). We are not skiers or avid shoppers. Some places I am thinking of are White Sands, Bandelier and Roswell. I have read mixed things about Roswell, but do you think it is worthwhile if my kids are intrigued by the topic of aliens, etc, or would it be a letdown for them in Roswelll? How much snow would be there in mid-March and would it impact driving or seeing places such as Bandelier or White Sands?

Any other suggestions for places to see/visit in New Mexico would be appreciated, as this is in a very early planning stage. We would fly into Albequerque. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: New Mexico in Mid-March?

On a "good day" sledding on the dunes at White Sands Might appeal ... As might a visit to the "rocket science" Museum in Alamogordo. Then, a pause at Carlsbad Caverns (book a "lantern" tour)... Lodge at Whites City ... Roswell is good fun ... Do, visit the museum there ... As Roswell is where "rocket science" got it's start... Then,up to Santa Fe ... With excursions to Bandelier, Los Alamos, Tent Rocks & Albuquerque attractions ... Prior to the flight out ... Happy trails ... carracar

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Thank you so much for these good ideas. I have read about the wind in NM in the spring; would that interfere with sledding at White Sands? Also is the Very Large Array something we should make the time to see? Thank you.

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Wind, will be luck ...Unless you plan the White sands visit around the 48 hr forecast ... If all that is planned is a drive by ... The VLA day, would be better spent in mineral spring hot tub,in T or C ... Same goes for the "Spaceport" East, of T or C as well ... happy trails ... carracar

Edited: 3:00 pm, January 12, 2017
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4. Re: New Mexico in Mid-March?

Blowing sand shouldn't be enough to take the fun out of a WSNM visit, but there is one exception to think about: if you wear contact lenses, it can make your eyes miserable. (Happy Lasik patient here.) Prepare appropriately.

As for whether to spend time at VLA or in a pool at T or C, a matter of taste. Any astro-nuts in the party? If so, make time not just to drive by the VLA but to do a tour if possible. There will be other hot springs, but there's only one VLA. If not inclined to think about astronomy or other science while on vacation, don't bother.

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Thank you for your replies. Would there be snow in mid-March (such as at Bandolier or Tent Rocks or White Sands). We are not looking for snow, as we are not skiers. Thank you.

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6. Re: New Mexico in Mid-March?

The main "tourist trails" at Bandelier and Tent Rocks should be snow-free, and the backcountry trails will be a mix of dry, muddy and snowy in small patches. As long as you stick to the main trails you'll be fine. Access is not a problem unless you happen to arrive *during* a snowstorm, which can happen as late as mid-March but generally melts off rapidly at that time without leaving anything but mud. No snow at WSNM unless something seriously weird happens.

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7. Re: New Mexico in Mid-March?

As lower elevation areas these attractions may well be snow free... Storms usually pass quickly leaving the roads available for access ... One simply works around "what is" ... Carracar

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8. Re: New Mexico in Mid-March?

Thank you for your replies. We just would like to get away from the snow for spring break.

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