Travel to New Mexico – Episode 106

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Zora O’Neill the author of “Moon New Mexico”.

Learn about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Carlsbad Caverns, Sante Fe, New Mexico peppers and cuisine and then go off the beaten path and learn about what else you can find in Roswell besides little green men, where there is a whole town named after pie, and where you can feel right at home with a six-shooter strapped to your leg.

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Show Notes

Zora’s photographs of New Mexico
Roving Gastronome: The Blog
Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque
Cancun & Cozumel Directions
The Rough Guide to the Yucatan
New Mexico
New Mexico Tourism
New Mexico magazine
Santa Fe
Las Cruces
New Mexico State University – The Chile Pepper Institute
Left at Albuquerque
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Bat Flight Program
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Luis Jimenez
Gila National Forest
Tour de Gila
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Riverbend Hot Springs – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Pie Town
Billy the Kid
Lincoln County Cattle War


10 Top Cities For Foodies


Greg likes the show… hates the theme song
new Amateur Traveler listener survey
French Maid TV

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

One Response to “Travel to New Mexico – Episode 106”



I want to reinterate that Carlsbad is awesome. If you make plans to go well in advance and are in reasonable shape, seriously look into the Wild Cave Tour. The tours are very, very limited but extremely rewarding. I went in 2002 and they only allowed 800 people A YEAR into the side cavern (3-4 hours, some very tight places). The Wild Cave Tour hits a portion of the cave that still has some of the original footprints from the first explorers in the side passage decades ago.

As for the bat program, I went in late April. The bats are just beginning their nightly exodus at that time of the year. Don’t expect the national park rangers to tell you that tho. They prefer you think that the bats aren’t there until the summer. They even go so far as to lie about it to protect the bats (I was in disbelief, but hey…it is the government).

White Sands is nice (Great Sand Dunes NP in Colorado is better tho). The sand is the most amazing shade of white (gypsum).

The mtns just east of Carlsbad/White Sands are a nice drive as well. You would never expect the wooded terrain considering the arid dessert below.

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