ARRIVE in Albuquerque (October 1)
Check in to our hotel (to be announced);
7:00 p.m. registration and reception: meet your host and guide, pick up registration packets.
DAY ONE (October 2)
Los Alamos: Manhattan Project National Historic Park Visitor Center, visit the Bradbury Science Museum.
Next stop: Plaza in Santa Fe. Lunch on your own (choose from one of many eateries to please your palate)
Tour the Palace of the Governors Museum on the Plaza
Battle of Glorieta Pass: stops at Apache Canyon and
Stop at Pecos National Historic Park
Overnight in Las Vegas, New Mexico
DAY TWO (October 3)
Fort Union National Monument (played a pivotal role in the 1862 New Mexico Campaign)
Drive by Village of Anton Chico followed by stop at Puerto de Luna (where Billy the Kid had his last Christmas dinner as a prisoner of Sheriff Pat Garrett)
Lunch in Santa Rosa, New Mexico on Route 66
Stop at Fort Sumner State Historic Park;
grave of Billy the Kid
Overnight in Roswell, New Mexico
DAY THREE (October 4)
Lincoln Monument State Historic Park
Lunch in Ruidoso
Visit to the ghost town of White Oaks, in Lincoln County
Visit to the Overlook at the Valley of Fire National Recreation Area
Overnight in Socorro
DAY FOUR (October 5)
First stop: Battle of Valverde
El Camino Real Historic Trail site
lunch at the Owl Café, San Antonio, New Mexico
After lunch: visit to the Trinity Test Site: Ground Zero, and the McDonald House
Hammel Museum in Socorro
Overnight in Socorro
DAY FIVE (October 6)
Visit to Coronado State Historic Site
Back to Albuquerque: visit the grave of legendary Elfego Baca (“The Frisco War”)
Lunch and leisure time in Old Town Albuquerque
After lunch: visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Overnight in Albuquerque, or depart.
[times and locations subject to change]
A belt buckle from the mass grave at Glorieta (Department of Cultural Affairs Office of Archaeological Studies).
Billy the Kid
On July 16, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb was detonated approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument (White Sands Missile Range Photo).