I'm trying to decided where to go our 9-10 day 2008 summer vacation. Last summer we went to Colorado, the summer before we went to South Dakota. We LOVED both trips. My kids will be 12 and 14 next summer. My concerns are, will the kids enjoy it and will it be just too hot? When we were in South Dakota in 2006, there were record breaking temperatures (as much as 114 degrees). The only thing that saved us was the total lack of humidity. We enjoy short hikes (no more than 2 miles round trip), but again, if it's too hot, we won't be able to handle it. We enjoyed white water rafting and horseback riding and climbing the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, but I don't know that we would want to do the same things 2 summers in a row. I'm looking into both New Mexico and Northern California right now, but I'm pretty much open to anything. I thought that New Mexico would be more affordable than CA. My only previous experience in New Mexico was 20+ years ago when I drove cross country. At that time, I believe we only drove through on the highways, and didn't actually spend any time there. My husband and I would definitely love to go, but, as I asked before, will the kids like it?