We were also able to take a day trip to Carlsbad Caverns. It was a long drive (8 hours round trip), but it was pretty cool and definitely worth it! We hiked into the caves through the natural entrance, then took the elevator out once we were done exploring the caverns.
This was the Whale Mouth formation that we saw on the way down. Pretty neat!
On Sunday before church, we took a little drive out to the middle of absolutely nowhere to see an old mining ghost town. It was pretty interesting, but also very sketchy...
On our way home, we took an extra day and visited Santa Fe for a half day. It was the perfect amount of time to see a few things, but not long enough for the kids to get too restless. We visited the Santa Fe Children's Museum (waste of money, but they had fun) and the downtown area.
On our last day, we went to Arches National Park for a few hours. We had enough time for a picnic dinner and three or four easy, kid-friendly hikes. It was a great break after being in the car all day.
We had so much fun on our trip, and overall the kids did an amazing job being in the car so much. It was great to spend more time with Clark and Kjerstin in New Mexico. Can't wait for our next vacation!