VISITING ALBUQUERQUE AND NEW MEXICO
Self-guided tours of the University of New Mexico
Stephanie Beene, the Art, Architecture, and Planning Librarian at the University of New Mexico, recommends a self-guided tour of either or both of the following buildings: the Fine Arts and Design Library, (closed on weekends, and closes at 6pm on weekdays), as part of George Pearl Hall, built by Antoine Predock, who has gifted a large number of drawings, models, and buildings to UNM, has been honored with a day of celebration in Albuquerque, and has established the Predock Center for Design + Research at the School of Architecture and Planning, is renowned for its glass, concrete and steel modernity as well as its panoramic views of the volcanoes and all mountain ranges surrounding Albuquerque. Zimmerman Library, (open until 9pm on weekdays and 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays ) is a study in contrasts, is on the National Historic Register of Buildings and was built in the Pueblo Revival Style.
Both libraries have turnstiles, but are accessible with a government-issued ID. Water and good shoes are always recommended.
You can take the ART bus, which Stephanie says is a pretty cool experience and was years in the making. An hour should be reserved for total transportation time on the ART bus as it will take about 30 minutes to get from downtown, where El Vado is, to where UNM is, and roundtrip will be 60 minutes. See more details below.
ART Bus Instructions:
Other Places to Explore:
Santa Fe (1 day)
Las Vegas, NM (90 minutes NE of ABQ) - a college town located where the high plains meet the mountains. Amtrak runs between Albuquerque and Las Vegas and there are many hotel and restaurant options. One possibility is the newly renovated Castaneda Hotel, located on the Amtrak line and originally part of the Fred Harvey hotel chain that helped to define European-American tourism in the western United States at the turn of the 20th century.
High Altitude Health Tips
Albuquerque is the "high desert" with an elevation of 5,500 ft.
Here are some health tips for those arriving from lower altitudes:
Altitude Sickness Information:
Altitude sickness may develop in travelers who ascend rapidly to higher altitudes, including those in previously excellent health. Being physically fit in no way lessens the risk of altitude sickness. Those who have developed altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents and higher altitudes. Symptoms of altitude sickness may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and dizziness.
Preventing Altitude Sickness: