Quiz: New Mexico Family Vacations

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From what material is the Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico constructed?

Built of adobe, the Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico dates to 1000 A.D. About 150 Taos Native Americans still live there while maintaining the ancient traditions of their ancestors.

Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico contains 113 what?

Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, New Mexico contains 113 caves. The section of the caves that are open to the public contain some of the most spectacular underground formations in the world.

How can you explore Carlsbad Caverns?

For your family tour to Carlsbad Caverns, you can opt for a guided tour or you can explore on your own using a portable audio guide. Choose an easy walking tour if you have younger children or babies in tow; older kids will enjoy crawling and climbing through the caves.

What is the name of the largest room in the Carlsbad Caverns cave complex?

The largest room in the cave complex is known as the Big Room. Its ceiling arches 255 feet (68.5 meters) above the floor, and it contains a six-story stalagmite, as well as a pit 700 feet (213.36 meters) deep!

Which winged creature swarms out of the cave's entrance at Carlsbad Caverns on summer evenings?

To get a bird's eye view of bats swarming out of the cave entrance at Carlsbad Caverns, be sure to get a good seat in the Bat Flight Amphitheater. The bats swarm from the cave on summer evenings to feed on insects.

The International Balloon Festival is held in which New Mexico city?

Albuquerque's balloon festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colors participate in this unique display.

How many distinct cultures are present in Santa Fe, New Mexico?

In Santa Fe, the second oldest city in the United States, Anglo, Hispanic and Native American cultures come together to create a unique blend of architecture, art and cuisine.

What is the center of Santa Fe known as?

A trip to Santa Fe would not be complete without a visit to the Plaza, which once marked the official end of the Old Santa Fe Trail. It's lined with shade trees, famous landmarks and museums, including the Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Landmark.

What Native American artists display in the Plaza in the center of Santa Fe?

On the covered porch of the Palace in the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you'll find beautiful examples of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery, leatherwork and handwoven blankets.

What Santa Fe snack specialty is loved by kids and adults alike?

If you're in Santa Fe, don't forget to try a Frito Pie at the Five and Dime General Store on the Plaza. It's a bag of corn chips on a plate with chili and cheese. If you're feeling really adventurous, try piling on some chopped onions and jalapenos, as well.

Which Santa Fe museum is a children's favorite?

Among Santa Fe's excellent museums is the Museum of International Folk Art. Your kids will enjoy seeing toys from all over the world, as well as puppets, costumes and masks.

When was the San Gabriel Mission established?

Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Onate established the San Gabriel Mission, New Mexico's second Spanish capital, in 1600, seven years before the English settled in Jamestown, Virginia.

Which church in Santa Fe is considered to be the oldest church in operation in the United States?

When the Spanish capital moved to Santa Fe in 1610, San Miguel Mission, named for Saint Michael, was established and is still in operation today. Many other 17th-century churches throughout the state are still standing and active.

Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is the ________ continuously inhabited city in the United States.

Don't forget to visit Acoma Pueblo, known as Sky City, located at the top of a sandstone mesa that towers 367 feet (111.86 meters) above the surrounding desert. It's the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States.

What do residents of Roswell claim to have seen on July 4, 1947?

If you're in the area, you might want to visit Roswell, New Mexico's International UFO Museum and Research Center. The museum reconstructs the events of July 4, 1947, when Roswell residents claim to have spotted an unidentified flying object (UFO).

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