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Family adventure awaits in New Mexico

Published On: Aug 03 2011 02:52:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2011 01:15:13 AM CDT
man waterskiing, wakeboarding

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Skiing, water sports and the infamous Route 66 make New Mexico a great destination for families.

Far Flung Adventures in El Prado is a great way to see the Rio Grande. Experience the river while rafting, hiking and fishing with your family. On the Rio Grande, guests can enjoy a full day or multiday whitewater rafting adventure or, for the less adventurous, take a half-day scenic float down the river. Or raft down the Rio Chama and check out the canyons that surround the river.

Take a drive on the famous Route 66. The Main Street of America is a must-see for those seeking nostalgia. Take in the vast and breathtaking views along the scenic drive. There are plenty of stops to make as you drive down the classic road. Local breweries, museums, old mining towns, national parks, shopping and plenty of classic diners and restaurants are perfect spots to stretch your legs and explore.

Water skiing and other water activities in New Mexico are a pastime that many families enjoy. The climate makes it a fun sport year-round. Many lakeside companies offer equipment rentals and boat rentals for lakes throughout the state. Jet Ski and wakeboard rentals are also available.

New Mexico Jeep and ATV Tours in Albuquerque is for the off-roading kind of family. Visitors can see the beauty of New Mexico off the beaten path. There are automatic and manual four-wheel-drive vehicles available for all driving skill levels. ATV rentals are also available for those who wish to get a little dirtier. There are also horseback rides.

Angel Fire Resort was voted the No. 1 ski terrain park in North America for 2008. Every ski and snowboard level is available for the entire family. The resort is a three-hour drive northeast from Albuquerque and offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing and sleigh rides.

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