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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00

More Off The Beaten Path in White Sands National Monument

Pottery Sherds off the Trail

The park doesn't want visitors to ramble off the trail as I did because the dunes and vegetation wouldn't be able to take the wear and tear. Much of the venation is very slow growing and can't be...
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atufft
Aug 08, 2014

Stop anywhere, not just in the designated spots

I was a little surprised to learn that you are allowed to walk anywhere among the dunes – there are no rules about sticking to marked trails or staying on boardwalks to protect the environment. This...
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toonsarah
Jan 22, 2012

It pretty much is Off the Beaten Path

I have to say White Sands is pretty much off the beaten path, in the middle of the desert, not too close to any major cities. Closest town is Alamagordo.If you venture into the dunes be careful as you...
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annk
Apr 04, 2011

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

We came upon this desert oasis quite by chance. With no campground in White Sands National Monument and our vow to not stay in a room till Las Vegas due to being insanely over budget. A commercial...
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richiecdisc
May 24, 2009

A Hike Recommended for Experienced Hikers

To feel the heart of the dunes and experience the silent beauty of this almost alien looking world you must get off the Dunes Drive and walk the silent, sparkling, every shifting sand dunes. Drive...
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KimberlyAnn
Oct 04, 2004

Many different activities

There are several other activities which you can do at the dunes. Besides the obvious sightseeing, the National Park Service site also mentions picnicking, hiking, camping, observing the plantlife,...
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shdw100
Jul 27, 2004
 
 
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New Mexico Museum of Space History

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is located in Alamogordo, which is 15 miles east of White Sands National Monument. Here you will find a complex, which includes the space museum, planetarium,...
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KimberlyAnn
Jan 20, 2004

Alkalai Flats Trail

This trail leads you two miles out through the heart of the sands, where the vegetation become extremely sparse and even the footprints disappear. Eventually you reach a vast white plain, the alkalai...
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Aaron7
Sep 21, 2002

Alkali Flat Trail

This is a loop at the end of the paved road in the park, where you can hike in the dunes. The trail is about 3 or 4 miles, there are markers in the dunes so you know what distance you have covered,...
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jujub
Sep 19, 2002

Dunes

Look for the different types of dunes while you are out there. There are four types: dome (low mounds of sand), barchan (crescent shaped), transverse (long ridges) and parabolic.
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jujub
Sep 19, 2002

Top 5 White Sands National Monument Writers

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richiecdisc

"The Low Glow of White Sands National Monument"
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toonsarah

"Snow in the desert?"
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KimberlyAnn

"White Sands National Monument by Kimberlyann"
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kymbanm

"It's getting hot in here ......."
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TooTallFinn24

"White Sands: Worlds Largest Gypsum Dune Field"
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