Perfect place in Arizona or New Mexico
I used to have a copy of the RG to SW USA, which I’ve been looking for recently and can’t find anywhere (suspect it was recycled long ago, at a time when I always knew a new edition would be appearing soon…).
Anyway – we (family 1 from remote suburbia in the UK and family 2 from various places in the US) have a hankering for a gathering late this summer/early September. Somewhere in that wonderful guide I remember reading, I’m sure, that there’s a micro-climate area, fairly high up, either in AZ or NM, where the conditions are almost tropical, and it’s not particularly dry or desert-like. I’ve always remembered a sort of impression of that place and would love to visit. If I could figure out where it was, I’d be on VRBO in a flash, looking for possible family-gathering houses to rent for a week or two.
But where, dear travel sages, is it?
Oh – and there’s a supplementary question (no extra points). We’d like to do this via New York, as the Trillo-bits have never been there. So an airline that flies to roughly this locality in the southwest, via NYC, is what we need.
Thanks for any hints, tips and wisdom!
Having lived in both New Mexico and Arizona and having traveled through-out both states, I have to say that tropical does not come to mind. Both of the states are beautiful for different reasons, and worth visiting for sure. There are places where you can escape the dry and hot weather of Arizona, but not tropical. New Mexico, while nowhere as hot, is still dry, but there are places like the Bosque in Albuquerque, which is a bit of a micro-climate, warm and humid at certain times of the year. There are many mountain areas that are much cooler near Albuquerque and surely up north in New Mexico. As for Arizona, you will find respite from the heat in the north and near Sabino Canyon near Tucson, but not tropical. In September Arizona is still over 100 F during the day in the Sonora Desert of the south and Bisbee near Tucson is a bit cooler and great place to experience a laid back mining town of the late 1800′s. Mount Lemon is a great escape from the heat anytime of the year and actually snows in the winter. Please if anyone has any idea of tropical areas, please help them out with information. It might jog my mind a bit as I now live in the true tropics of Thailand where it is hot and humid!
It is a great book – I recommend getting another copy! There are so many fantastic places in SW USA and New Mexico isn’t all desert-like at all. Not sure where this microclimate is, though, I’m sorry to say.
Fantastic info, many thanks. I wonder if I was thinking of the Bosque which I’ve just looked up? I’ve heard about Bisbee, which looks fun.
I’m wondering though, if my “tropical micro-climate” notions are derived from the same fanciful travel-speak stock as the Scilly Isles “sub-tropical micro-climate” and I’m pretty sure they must have come from another source.
Okay, time to buy a copy of the guide.
As for an airline, most majors like American and United fly from NYC, but try Southwest Airlines. If you book early you can most times score a real deal. Free baggage, no seat reservation charge, just straight up flight and probably direct. I used them for years and one of the best records in the US. I would avoid American or United as they nickle and dime you to death.