Budget Friendly Tips - New Mexico



Trip TOTAL:  Our trip to New Mexico came out to be one of the least expensive we have had thus far, grand totaling at just under $700 for a whole week of exploration for our family of five (includes flight, hotel and rental car)

Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico


Air Travel: We used our Southwest Airlines points that came as a sign up bonus with our credit card and companion passes.  For the 5 of us, we paid just under $12 per person taxes ($60 total) and about 60K total in points (20K per person for 3 tickets, 2 of us flew on Companion Pass).

Car Rental: The cost of car rental came to under $150 for a mid-size car booked through Costco.com for a week.

Accommodations: Albuquerque was a budget friendly home base for all attractions around Albuquerque.  The town of Espanola, about 10 minutes north of Los Alamos is a great jumping off point for economical lodging for Plaza Blanca, Rio Grande Rift Valley visits, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos and Valle Caldera.

Food: Our favorite restaurant in Espanola is Tortas Rainbow - their $4.50 breakfast burrito was delicious and started our mornings off right. Burritos ate $4.99. Tortas are $5.99.

To avoid spending too much time and money trying to fit in meals, we ate a big breakfast, brought a simple lunch on our hikes for a memorable and unique picnic experience. Sample lunches include grocery store purchased pasta salads and purchased sandwiches or French bread with spreads. Of course bring lots of snacks for hungry appetites. Take out food (I.e. Pizza, burrito or any take out food) at a local picnic- friendly landmark - old plaza, canyonside, craterside or lava bed side - makes for a memorable dinner.

Attractions: Our usual Annual National Parks Pass ($80 per year) and ASTC Museum Membership ($50 per year for our museum membership, usual price $80 per year) covered all costs of our attractions.

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.


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