A Tour of Science and Natural History

Very Large ArrayIf you are interested in science and natural history, this is the trip for you.  New Mexico offers numerous opportunities for you to better understand the work of our nation’s scientists and to experience the World.

A Science based tour of New Mexico should begin in Los Alamos, home of the Manhattan Project. Currently, this town houses the Los Alamos National laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum. Here, you can see exhibits detailing the science that was undertaken in the area and get a greater understanding of the people who have worked here and what they accomplished.

Driving South from Los Alamos, you will pass Sandia National laboratories on your way to the Very Large Array. Located south of Albuquerque, the Very Large Array is a Radio Astronomy Observatory where scientists seek to answer questions such as: planet formation, When and how the galaxies formed and how supermassive black holes form.

After visiting the Very Large Array, you can go East if you want to learn about New Mexico’s Alien History. In South Eastern New Mexico, you can visit the UFO Museum in Roswell followed by a night under the stars in White Sands.

If you are traveling during the summer solstice, we recommend going North west from the Very Large Array toward Chaco Canyon. At Chaco Canyon, you can see the Lunar Markings on Fajada Butte. These marks record the equinoxes and solstices as well as the 18.6-year cycle of the lunar standstills.

From Chaco Canyon, you should continue west, spending the night at the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, NM.  The next day, you should continue toward Meteor Crater which is the best preserved meteor impact site in the World.

After viewing Meteor Crater, you should continue onto the Petrified Forest where there are the remains of a coniferous forest from the Triassic period. The area is filled with fossilized prehistoric plants and animals as well as dinosaur tracks.

From the Painted Desert, you should continue onto the geological wonder which is the Grand Canyon.

At this point, if you have time to spare, you should continue onto the Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona.

Here is our Recommended 3 Day tour:

Day One:

Travel to Chaco Canyon, then spend the night in Gallup at the El Rancho Hotel

Day Two:

Travel to Meteor Crater, then the Painted Desert. Spend the night in Flagstaff

Day Three:

Travel to the Grand Canyon

 

Here is our Recommended 6 Day Tour:

Day One:

Fly into Albuquerque then drive to Los Alamos where you will visit the Bradbury Museum. Continue onto Santa Fe and spend the night.

Day Two:

Travel down to the Very Large Array, spending the night in Albuquerque

Day Three:

Travel to Chaco Canyon, then spend the night in Gallup at the El Rancho Hotel

Day Four:

Travel to Meteor Crater, then the Painted Desert. Spend the night in Flagstaff

Day Five:

Travel to the Grand Canyon. Depending on how much time you spend at the Grand Canyon, either spend a second night in Flagstaff or spend the night in Sedona.

Day Six:

Fly out of Phoenix