Senior discounts are available at most museums and other attractions. If you’ll be visiting a number of wilderness areas, get a Golden Age Passport, a lifetime pass for people 62 and older that grants free admission for the pass holder and any additional passengers in the vehicle to national parks, National Forest Service lands, and many other areas, as well as a 50 percent discount on activities such as camping and boat launching. You can buy the pass, in person only, at a federally managed wilderness area for just $10; for more information, contact the National Parks Service (888/467-2757, www.nps.gov).
The Elderhostel (877/426-8056, www.elderhostel.org) program runs more than 40 group trips in northern New Mexico, from a five-day general introduction to Santa Fe history to slightly longer tours focusing on the legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, for instance, or issues in Native American museum curation and conservation. Prices are very reasonable, and, as the emphasis of Elderhostel trips is on education, tour guides are generally excellent.
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