Travelers With Disabilities
Wheelchair access can be a little frustrating in some historic properties and on the narrower sidewalks of Santa Fe and Taos, but in most other respects, travelers with disabilities should find no more problems in northern New Mexico than elsewhere in the United States. Public buses are wheelchair-accessible, for instance, and you can even get out in nature on paved trails such as the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve loop or the Paseo del Bosque in Albuquerque. If you’ll be visiting a lot of wilderness areas, get the National Park Service’s Golden Access Pass (888/467-2757, www.nps.gov), a free lifetime pass that grants admission for the pass holder and family to all national parks and forests, as well as discounts on interpretive services, camping fees, fishing licenses, and more. Apply in person at any federally managed park; you must show medical documentation of blindness or permanent disability.
The Governor’s Committee on Concerns for the Handicapped (491 Old Santa Fe Tr., 505/827-6465 voice, 505/827-6329 TDD) occasionally publishes a print guide outlining accessibility features of major sights, restaurants, and more, but you may still want to call places ahead to make sure they can accommodate you.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition