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Tourist Information New Mexico - finding great places to visit for RV families with kids can be difficult. Here you will find a list of recommended New Mexico tourist attractions from other families. Read their recommendations, or add your own!

New Mexico is a great state to visit at any time of year as long as you have the right tourist information New Mexico. During the scorching summer months you can explore the many national parks and forests or drift upward in a hot air balloon or a glider. There are many roadside attractions on the major highways and smaller towns rich with culture if you want to head away from the highways.

From hiking in the forest to whitewater rafting on the waves, there are ample opportunities for the entire family to enjoy the sunshine. It can be as simple as relaxing on a blanket in the lush forest while the children stretch their legs and cartwheel in the grass. It can also be more exciting if you have insider tourist information New Mexico as a reference.

During the snowy winter months you can hit the mountains for soft snow-covered ski trails or stay indoors at the many museums and restaurants. The sun may go down, but there is still so much to see in this state if you have the right tourist information New Mexico.

Telling us about your favorite New Mexico tourist attractions is easy to do. Here is one places to visit in New Mexico recommendation by another reader:

Very Large Array (VLA) fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico

A little-known destination in west-central New Mexico is the Very Large Array (VLA), part of National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The VLA is a group of 27 230-ton radio telescopes that can be arranged in different configurations.

It is about an hour west of Socorro on US 60, and makes a good day-trip from the Albuquerque area.

Now, I’ll freely admit I’m a bit of a geek, and a sucker for anything having to do with space, but the VLA is worth seeing even for people who aren’t particularly interested in space or astronomy.

It’s huge: it takes up most of an entire valley. Even though the VLA has appeared in several movies; most notably Independence Day, Contact (in which it was considerably augmented with CGI,) and 2010: Odyssey 2, you simply cannot get a sense of its scale without visiting it in person.

And if you’re fortunate enough to be there when the astronomers are re-arranging the array to view another part of the sky, it is awe-inspiring to watch them all turn in unison. Radio astronomy does not depend on visible light, so the array is in use 24 hours a day. Cell phones and microwaves can interfere with the observations, so it’s important for visitors to turn their cell phones to airplane mode and for RV-ers to not use their microwaves while on the site.

There is no charge to visit the VLA. There is an inside visitor center which opens every day from 8:30 to dusk, and a self-guided tour of the telescopes outside. The gift shop, which is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm “most days” has a nice selection of souvenirs, candy bars and water.

At 7,000 feet in elevation the VLA is very comfortable to visit in the summer, but visitors will want jackets the rest of the year. Check weather reports and road conditions first during the winter months. There are several campgrounds in the surrounding area. And if you’re planning to continue west into Arizona, US 60 is an uncrowded scenic route to continue through the White Mountains.

Here's the VLA's official website for more info: http://www.vla.nrao.edu/.

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