I also visited White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns in the past. So I know some highlights. Once in a while I take small privte groups to the US and was planning to arrange a 10 days trip to New Mexico. While searching for guide books (which is quite a task, I must confess) I came across a note (review on amazon) which makes me wonder if the trip to New Mexico for/with a group of friends is a good idea. The review quoted as follows dates from 2014.
Honestly, there is not much to see and do in this poor state, but the food, any where you stop is incredible. They totally missed Garcia's off of Lomas in ABQ, and a few other spots where peo ple from Mexico eat all the time because its better than mom can make and at a good price, huge portions, eh service, but whatevahs. New Mexico looks like a cat litter box with little tiny peach concrete houses and bars on the windows and cyclone fences with three layers of razor wire and a couple dogs. Crime here is major huge. New Mexicans accept that, and prepare for it. There are major drug and robbery issues. Other than that, the sky is amazing, they do not tell you the mountains change colours all day, and there are lots of good shopping bargains. Get some different books that talk about culture more than hotels and restaraunts that may have paid in some way to be mentioned. New Mexico is a state that is so off the beaten path that (name of guide book) can not comprehend.
Do you agree with that? Any suggestions for itineraries? We could either fly into Albquerque and Tucson Want to cover as much as possible, does not need to be a round trip (we can fly out of another city) one way car rental not a problem.