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Carlsbad area

Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Carlsbad area

We are arriving in Carlsbad this Sunday (moving there). The kids and I are taking a week "vacation" before they start school again so we can get to know the area. Kids are 9 and 5, besides the caverns, what else should we add to our list for the week? Restaurants? Parks? Favorite places for kids to hang out (to make new friends)? On a side note: any ideas where we can find some people to help us unload?

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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A fun evening event during the holidays is Christmas on the Pecos, taking boat tours on the river to see the lights on the houses. Beautiful from what I have heard, haven't been there tho. http://christmasonthepecos.com/

Also a small zoo/botanic garden The Living Desert State Park stateparks.com/living_desert_state_park_in_n…

An overnight trip to see White Sands Nat Monument, take some sleds to play on the dunes.

I would check in the local newspaper and with local moving companies for help unloading. http://www.currentargus.com/

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U-Haul can usually provide "sub-contractor" help in loading or unloading your truck. I do not believe you have to be using U-Haul to get this service. That would probably depend on the "attitude" of the U-Haul dealer however.

We moved long ago from San Antonio to Albuquerque with a Ryder truck, and U-Haul supplied loading/unloading crew (2 men) at each end.

I'm sure it helps if you are using a U-Haul truck however. I would contact U-Haul dealers in Carlsbad directly.

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It will provide general info, and even direct comparisons on schools, cost of living, etc. for both Laredo and Carlsbad.

As soon as possible, get the family over to the Cloudcroft area. A great snow-play area at 9,000ft. in the pines, and when the snow is gone, a "cool" picnic area for those 100F.-plus days in Carlsbad! Great U.S. Forest camping areas, and some cabins also,.

The kids may enjoy the UFO Museum in Roswell also.

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I 2nd Casa's suggestions. I haven't done the Christmas on the Pecos river trip, but I've heard it's wonderful. I have done the normal river trip and it's pretty cool as well...kiddos really enjoy it and it's very relaxing for me. The Living Desert Zoo is also pretty neat...not quite as spectacular as the Living Desert Museum in Tucson, but definitely a nice little acitvity. White Sands is a must IMHO.

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Thankyou. We went to the living desert zoo and Christmas on the Pecos. Looking forward to exploring more outside the city limits.

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