By Marley Martinerin
No matter what time of year you’re looking for RV travel fun in New Mexico another world awaits. There are some important measures to take before you head out on your trip, and some involve the very draw of New Mexico – the open area and mountains!
If you’re traveling to New Mexico, make sure you have proper equipment. This can mean chains for snowy winter mountain passes, an eye towards brakes and radiators dealing with steep slopes and being safe when operating your RV. Remember that open area can mean wildlife as well as livestock.
The beauty of New Mexico is the biggest reason to go. The “Land of Enchantment” offers a chance to be in a group, at a festival or off on your own. One of the big annual draws is the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally near Gallup – if you’re looking for an RV spot at this time be sure to plan well in advance!
Skiing or hiking can be another way to enjoy the beauty of the state, and will vary depending on the part of the state. The cities are bustling with activity but there’s also great expanses for the nature lover to explore. A centennial celebration in art and festivals is slated for the state in 2011.
Those who love history will find plenty of that here. From Billy the Kid to Native American artifacts and art, New Mexico is a place where tradition runs deep. Take time to watch a group of pronghorn antelope or the majestic beauty of an elk herd in the mountains. Remember no matter how tame they appear they are wild animals. They can create a great deal of damage to the human body as well as to an RV so be sure to give them space.
Statistically New Mexico has an average of 15 people per square mile so while this is an advantage in many ways it can be a problem if you need assistance! Be sure to have plenty of fuel, food and other supplies as well as a fully stocked emergency kit. Like most areas, even the most generous of people have limits to what they may be able to do.
New Mexico is home to the world’s first wilderness protection area – three-quarters of a million acres of mountains, rivers and desert that makes up the Gila Wilderness area. Take a guided horseback trip or explore on a llama trek.
Remember New Mexico is generally at a higher elevation than many are used to. Always keep plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated, and pay close attention to the signs. The closer to sea level you live the more this may be a factor especially above 8000 feet. Be aware of headache, being lightheaded, weakness, trouble sleeping or an upset stomach. If it advances difficulty breathing even when resting, coughing, confusion and the inability to walk in a straight line can happen. This can be very serious and many don’t see the symptoms as altitude issues.
Be prepared! Come for the beauty, the history and adventure. Be aware of the risks and have a great trip to New Mexico!
*** Marley Martinerin is a regular contributor to a number of sites and writes articles about such topics as vintage clothing, and vintage gas pumps.