We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
5 posts
38 reviews
Save Topic
Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

Hi,

We are planning a 5 day nature roadtrip (from albuquerque) around NM in the first week of april with our triplets aged 5y. From reading on the forums we are thinking of white sands, calsbad caverns and santa Fe, but we may have time for more. Would like suggestions on places to visit on this journey with our kids.

thanks!

desieurojunkie

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Destination Expert
for Santa Fe, Mesa Verde National Park, Boulder, New Mexico
Level Contributor
20,850 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

5 days won't be enough to add anything more and probably will be pushing it to see Santa Fe.

Day 1 arrive Abq. Stay there. Visit Old Town which has a plaza similar to Santa Fe

Day 2 Drive to White Sand. Along the way you can stop at Bosque del Apache (not huge amounts of birds, but some wildlife), Valley of Fires SP (a lava flow). Stay in Alamogordo to see White Sands. Buy sleds for "riding" the dunes!

Day 3 Dunes in the morning then drive to Carlsbad. Hike in the Natural Entrance. See the Big Room.

Day 4 Cave again! My son at 7yo loved this place. Also a visit to Living Desert SP

Day 5 Drive back to Abq with possible stop at Salinas Pueblo Nat Monuments

Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
5 posts
38 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

thanks much for the advice casaazul! we are flying in to abq night before Day .. so we think we can do white sand on D1, carlsbad caverns on D2, abq on D5 (flight out is the next morning). We are trying to squeeze something around the santa fe area on 1.5 - 2 days in between. were not much into skiing but love the outdoors - any advice for this tiem of the year? thanks again!

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Destination Expert
for Santa Fe, Mesa Verde National Park, Boulder, New Mexico
Level Contributor
20,850 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

That should work. I will say that kids really love the caverns and planning 2 days there would be good! Santa Fe is fun with kids for a day or so. The foothills trails, Dale Ball, Audubon, should be open and dry. Higher up in the mountains there will be snow. Tent Rocks Nat Mon fun hiking and Bandelier Nat Mon has ancient ruins to explore as well as ladders to climb!

Day 0 arrive

Day 1 Drive to White Sands (get sled). Stay in Alamogordo. Also a fun Space museum worth some time, especially if it is really windy (dunes and wind not much fun)

Day 2 To Carlsbad Caverns. Natural Entrance in

Day 3 Carlsbad in am then to Santa Fe

Day 4 Santa Fe area

Day 5 Tent Rocks on way back to Abq

Day 6 depart

Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
5 posts
38 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

thanks casaazul! really appreciate ur input. we will follow ur advice!

Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
5 posts
38 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

Wanted to thank u for a wonderful vacation - ur comments were very helpful. This is what we ended up doing. We racked up 900miles but it was fairly easy driving with speed limits of 75mph without any traffic throughout. We had three 6 yr olds in tow and things went off ok - so I think this schedule is doable, although cramped

Night 0 arrive at ABQ

Day 1 Drive to White Sands (get sled) with stopover at bosque del apache. Stay in Alamogordo.

Day 2 early morning drive to Carlsbad Caverns and spent the whole day there. overnight in Roswell

Day 3 early morning drive to Santa Fe and a day of R & R at the luxury hotel

Day 4 Santa Fe area and Kasha Katuwe tent rocks (the highlight of our trip)

Day 5 Albuquerque old town and museums

Day 6 depart

Iowa
Level Contributor
1,447 posts
447 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

Sounds like you had a great trip! We're doing a somewhat similiar trip the end of May, and stopping at many of the places you did.

7. Re: Roadtrip with 3 kids in first week april

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 1:17 am, April 07, 2014