New Mexico Warnings and Dangers

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New Mexico Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

    Like any large city, Albuquerque has crime, but several of the reviews here are too old. Over the past decade the city has worked hard at making Central Avenue from Nob Hill through Downtown much safer. Adding in the tremendous economic growth and increased prosperity of the city over that time, these areas are more vibrant than ever. Yes, East of...

  • Altitude Sickness

    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers


  • Driving Albuquerque

    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

    One in four New Mexico drivers have no insurance. The actual percentage varies from year to year although it typically is around 25% which usually puts us at number one (worst) or two in the nation. New Mexico is also a state that issues drivers licenses to non-US citizens who do not have residence status. Why is this important to you? If you're...

  • Weather

    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

    There is a fact that the 30-60 miles an hour winds wip up the dust into a frenzy. I saw this a little bit, but know it could get worse in the wrong forum. Winds in range of 30-60 MPH can make the turf stir up quickly and the dust is usually not that big, but some become real large dust storms

  • Carry ID

    It is New Mexico state law that anyone drinking alcohol must be over 21 years of age. Neither Chris nor I are under any delusions that we look anything like that young. Consequently we were not surprised to be able to buy beer and other drinks in a number of places during the first few days of our trip. The friendly Buffalo Bar in Silver City...

  • Ladders at Bandelier

    If you are at all afraid of heights, not in good physical shape, or not used to very hot weather in the summer, it might not be a great idea to climb up to the Alcove house at Bandelier. It was very hot and dusty when we climbed up there and we noticed several other people got uncomfortable after the first ladder and went back down. We hike and...

  • cactus

    YOUCH!When hiking, or biking, be aware of the cactus on the ground. These this truly can be a pain in the arse.

  • snow in May

    We were here at the very end of May with plans to white water raft and mountain bike. It snowed and sleeted every day we were there. the locals warned us that the weather in northern New Mexico can vary by the hour...kind of like my native Boston.

  • Road Hazards

    The roads in New Mexico can be hazardous because of animals: The wildlife in New Mexico is great (keep binoculars and cameras handy for pulling off to the side and taking pictures), but keep an eye out for dangerous conditions! You can usually spot wildlife at night because of the reflection of their eyes from your headlights, so watch for them or...

  • Altitude Sickness

    I've read three warnings about altitude sickness in New Mexico, and none of them mentioned alcohol. Because many people are going there to ski, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun, alcohol is often involved. Unless you are acclimated because you live there, or you just plain get lucky, you will probably suffer headaches, fatigue, and/or extreme...

  • Border Patrol

    Relive Nazi Germany where the SS stop and search the cars along the highway!!! New Mexico has the same thrill and excitement as the Border Patrol divert all cars off I-10 to randomly search for illegal immigrants and contraband. Personally, I don't need the federal government looking over me that closely. There must be a better way to catch...

  • Sand Storms

    Use caution with the weather in Arizona! Sand storms are common. Low visibility makes headlights essential...if the visibility is minimal, get as far off the highway as possible. If you just pull over to the edge of the road, you are asking to get rear-ended. Find the nearest exit!

  • Speed Trap

    There are a lot of speed traps in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Most people just speed anyways and manage to not get a ticket but that's because they know the officer or some crap like that. The police love to pull over out of towners and give them a high priced ticket. If you argue and say that everyone around you was going the same speed-they won't...

  • Drunken Driving is a DON"T

    Drunk driving is a huge problem in New Mexico. Actually, in some communities, public intoxication is so extreme that it even shocks this experienced ER nurse.In Albuquerque, new laws have been passed that make the fines and legal ramifications of driving while itoxicated much more severe.For a first time offense, your car car be taken and sold. To...

  • Ditches are Deadly ...

    Along the bosque of the Rio Grande are irrigation ditches. Farmers and ranchers pay fees to have this water diverted off the river to water crops and cattle. This diversion is accomplished through irrigation chanels that we locals call ditches. Some ditches are deep, some run fast - all are potentially lethal to those silly enough to try and swim...

  • Monster spiders on the prowl

    If you are a bug enthusiast, you won't want to miss out on all the fun of spotting one of these tarantula's in the wild. This one managed to move into a hole dug for a fort post ... we relocated it before digging deeper. Though tarantulas are poisonous, just the sight will your prompt you to keep your distance!

  • Respect Snakes .... stay on the paths!

    When wandering more rural areas of New Mexico, you'll have the opportunity to come across various forms of wildlife - mostly harmless, but occassionally harmful.You'll see signs instructiong you to remain on the paths to respect the privacy of the local snakes ..... HELLO!!! Snakes don't READ! But fortunately, they do tend to avoid areas of foot...

  • Driving off the beaten track .........

    If you choose to wander off the beaten track and onto the dirt roads ...... be cautious! Have an idea of where you are, and where you are going as most of these back roads have no signs and directions are provided by odometer usage and landmarks ...... like, "The 1st right after the old washing machine by the side of the road". Washboard roads are...

  • The Reality of Fire .....

    In 2000, the Cerro Grande fires near Los Alamos made the national news. In 2003 there were horrible fires within the City of Albuquerque. They were centered along a strip of green that follows the Rio Grande - AKA: the Bosque.The same day that the worst of these fires evacuated many folks from their homes and businesses in Albuquerque, another...

  • The Road is Closed WHY???

    If you're driving around or through New Mexico, always bring enough water in case you get stuck. In hot weather, the engine can overheat; in winter, the mountain passes in northern NM are sometimes closed due to snow; and in the spring, I-40, the main east-west artery of New Mexico, is often closed between the Arizona border and the town of Grants...

  • Some photo-taking tips...

    We went snap happy in New Mexico with our 35mm camera and filled several rolls of film. We also had a new-fangled APS camera to take special panoramic shots. On getting our photos developed, we felt sick on seeing that our camera’s auto-focus lens had gone wonky and that dozens of our photos were out of focus! Luckily, we had some decent pictures...

  • lots of construction

    coming out of white sands and over the passes into las cruises you need to watch the traffic..lots of contstruction there and POLICE...

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

    If you are eating New Mexican food, beware the peppers if you are not sure how hot they are going to be. It is a good idea to ask for sauces on the side if possible to prevent steam from building up and blowing out your ears. There are plenty of dried -strung chilis hanging out in New Mexico. These Chile ristras are also a great souvenir for your...

  • Quench that thirst first!

    New Mexico is HOT and DRY ... take lots of water each time you go out. Don't risk the chance of becoming dehydrated ~ you won't enjoy wasting your time on vacation in the emergency room being pumped full of liquids. Also, stay on the path if you're not familiar with your surroundings.

  • High altitude sickness

    Albuquerque is 5300 feet (1600m) above sea level and Santa Fe is at 6500 ft (1980m).The surrounding mountains can reach 12,000 feet (3660m). There are a lot of beautiful hikes in New Mexico.But, if you are used to lower altitudes, you need to be aware that hiking in the mountains may give you a headache or make you slightly dizzy. If this happens...

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  • In the Albequerque bus...

    In the Albequerque bus station, DO NOT FOR ANY REASON STAND OUTSIDE BY THE BUSSES... IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Or so we were told by some stupid security guards there. I hate that bus station, and all those who work there, except one guy in the food area, who is pretty cool.

  • In my travelogue, I describe...

    In my travelogue, I describe two hikes in the Pecos Wilderness Area near Santa Fe. One word of warning about these hikes is that I finished both with fairly severe headaches. I rarely get headaches, and for me to have two within a week while doing something as relaxing as hiking was strange. I can only assume that the elevation and reduced pressure...

  • This may sound bizzare but...

    This may sound bizzare but there are warnings along the side of the highways telling drivers to watch out for intoxicated pedestrians. From what I understand there is a real problem with alcohol among the lower income people in New Mexico and it is not uncommon for people to wander onto the highways.Here is an excerpt from telling...

  • The high altitude (7,000 ft;...

    The high altitude (7,000 ft; 2,300m) can knock you out for the first couple of days. Don't overdo it. Don't be surprised if you don't sleep well. Supposedly this is also a side effect of the altitude.

  • It may be a cool thing, it may...

    It may be a cool thing, it may not. There is a monsoon season, which starts around June. There is a big potential for torential rains and huge thunderstorms. Be sure to watch the weather and be flexible with your plans.

  • Antelope are not dangerous...

    Antelope are not dangerous until they jump out on to the highway. When they are in a pasture near the road it is a pleasure to see them. When you do see them while driving remember there may be more of them around and to drive carefully.

  • The altitudes can get to you! ...

    The altitudes can get to you! Remember that, in the north at least, you are in the Rockies. Elsewhere, you are pretty much in desert terrain. So be prepared to take things slowly, and keep well hydrated at all times. Oh, and be sure to watch out for those cactus spines when you sit down out in the wilds... I speak from painful experience!

  • Snakes: don't pick up rocks or...

    Snakes: don't pick up rocks or tree logs without looking carefully first. Watch where you place your foot when hiking. Don't put your hand into holes in the ground or rocks.Hanta virus: from what I know, this virus is transmitted by rodent droppings mostly. More info about the virus

  • Be aware that most food is...

    Be aware that most food is served with chili's. Even the bold should be cautious. My in-laws have lived there for many years and I think that overall the native tolerance is different than in other parts of the states for 'hot' caliente food. Its delicious, but be careful.

  • Be careful driving here! Las...

    Be careful driving here! Las Cruces and southern New Mexico may be north of the border, but the driving is like being south of the border. People don't know or don't care what yielding, passing lanes, or tailgating mean. Try to stay off the highways at night because drunk driving is a big problem here.

  • Public Restrooms: in the...

    Public Restrooms: in the Indian reservation areas are often unacceptable (filthy). When travelling in these areas, try to be sure and use the restroom at your hotel or a nice restaurant; try to stay away from the restrooms in gas stations, fast-food places, grocery stores, trading posts, etc. Unfortunate but true.

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