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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Wheelchair Access

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When driving through the Guadalupe Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert of southeastern New Mexico, one would never imagine that there are well over a hundred ornate limestone caverns hidden below the desolate landscape. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park protects these fragile treasures, but also provides access for our education and enjoyment. The 8.2-acre “Big Room” cavern is 754 feet (75 stories!) beneath the Visitor Center on the surface, but an elevator makes the descent in about one minute. This magnificent cavern full of astounding limestone formations is partially accessible for people using wheelchairs who can take a self-guided tour (admission...

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Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

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The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in north-central New Mexico protects a unique landscape where wind and water have sculpted layers of ash sediment deposited by volcanic eruptions that occurred 6-7 million years ago into cone-shaped “hoodoos” and narrow, twisting canyons. The Native American tribe that inhabits this area of the Pajarito Plateau named the landscape Kasha-Katuwe, meaning “white cliffs”. These peculiar volcanic tuff formations exist only at Kasha-Katuwe and at Cappadocia, Turkey, so it is worth making the trip to visit if you get the opportunity. [Not a valid template] Getting There The park is located in a remote...

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Accessible Travel Guide

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Bienvenidos! Albuquerque lies at the crossroads of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25, on the banks of the Rio Grande river. A mid-sized, mild-weathered city, located in the heart of the high desert of New Mexico, Albuquerque is an authentic and laid-back destination. The hottest days of summer usually peak in the high 90’sf and the coldest days of winter dip down to 32f and below. You can definitely experience all four seasons in Albuquerque, although they are relatively mild in comparison to other parts of the country. Some snow and some rain, windy springs and hot summer days –...

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Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico and a wonderful place. With 70,000 full-time residents, it charmingly hosts a million and half visitors every year. The town started as a Native American settlement around 900 b.c., and was later invaded by the Spanish around the 1500’s.  Santa Fe is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) cities in America, where history and culture have developed for centuries. Since Santa Fe is an historic city, some wheelchair accessibility is questionable, like narrow doorways and ramp access and some places may not be up to code or it may be...

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