Every corner of New Mexico has something special for families. Why be bored on vacation when you can come to a place where fun meets adventure?
Like a wonderland from a fairyland, the cone-shaped formations at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument entice visitors young and old. Take the family on a hike through this exciting slot canyon just outside Albuquerque, and they’ll treasure it for a lifetime. Keep your eyes peeled for “Apache tears,” pieces of polished volcanic glass.
Zip Line Thrills
Looking for adrenaline adventures? Several New Mexico mountain resorts have recently installed zip lines for the young at heart. Angel Fire Resort’s tour of six zip lines will send you flying high above breathtaking Moreno Valley. Or, in the southern part of the state, Ski Apache has parallel cables that’ll give you and a friend a 1.7-mile glide at up to 65 miles an hour. By summer 2015, Red River Ski Area’s ropes course and zip line will be up and ready.
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Monument is one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. The monument preserves a major portion of the world’s largest gypsum dunefield, 275 square miles of desert covered by sparkling, wavelike dunes. Take family-friendly trails to look for local plants and animals.
Take a ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the country’s longest narrow-gauge railway. Featured in many Westerns, this historic train line climbs up past rock formations and rolling meadows to 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass. Through Toltec Gorge, past shimmering aspens and dark green conifers, a chuffing steam locomotive transports you to the Old West.