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Please help with itinerary

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Please help with itinerary

Please advise on following as far as which attractions are worth the stop; what to do there, order of seeing them, and total number of days required to see them all....this is part of a road trip through your state.

Silver City

Gila National Monument

White Sands


Winston Ghost Town

Chloride Ghost Town

Elephant Butte Reservoir


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1. Re: Please help with itinerary

Here's some planning websites to give you ideas.






Silver City - 1-2 days

Gila National Monument - 1 day

Alamogordo and White Sands - 1 day

Cloudcroft - 1 day

Winston Ghost Town and Chloride Ghost Town - 1/2 day

Elephant Butte Reservoir - 1/2 day unless you want to rent a boat.

Spaceport - 1/2 day

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2. Re: Please help with itinerary

Is this the same 11-day trip you posted about earlier? If so, you may need to step back, consult a map, and determine what your priorities are.

Be aware of this: New Mexico is *22* times the size of your home state of Connecticut. There are lots of wide open spaces here, and that means that driving time from point A to point B can be longer than you may expect. For example: here are distances and driving time between Silver City and the places on your list:

Gila National Monument: only 44 miles, but it will take 2 hours to drive there

White Sands: 158 miles, 3:17

Cloudcroft: 206 miles, 3:48

Winston Ghost Town: 125 miles, 3:05

Chloride Ghost Town: 128 miles, 3:11

Elephant Butte Reservoir: 93 miles, 2:19

Spaceport: 122 miles, 3:17

El Paso: 154 miles, 2:48

Carlsbad: 318 miles, 6:06

You will need to determine whether these locations are worth the time and effort that a visit requires; for instance: the Spaceport in Upham (not to be confused with the Space Museum in Alamogordo,) can only be visited as part of a tour-- which costs $59 per adult and $29 per child (see http://ftstours.com/spaceport.htm for details). Also, late September/early October may make Elephant Butte less of a recreational opportunity than in the summer-- and there might even be snow in Cloudcroft by then.

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3. Re: Please help with itinerary

Thank you-that info. is very helpful....not knowing about these places...not sure which are appropriate destinations for us. For instance--are Winston and Chloride really ghost towns--is one more interesting to vist than the other? What exactly is Spaceport? Some of the above places I mentioned--I was hoping were on the way to one another--thus wouldn't take as long...plus not sure of which order makes the most sense to see these places. What is in Silver City that requires a 1-2 day stay. Very eager to vist your state--I know it's big!!!!!

Thank you.

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