Visit New Mexico

Visit Santa Fe, The City Different
Santa Fe, founded in 1610, is the oldest state capital in the United States.  It is world renowned as a center for arts that reflect the multicultural character of the city.

Visit Albuquerque, The Duke City

Albuquerque, founded in 1706, is located about 60 miles southwest of Santa Fe. It is the commercial and population hub of New Mexico and straddles the original Route 66.

Visit Los Alamos, where discoveries are made
Los Alamos, founded in 1943 by the Manhattan Project, is located about 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe.  It is the birthplace of the atomic age and home to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Visit New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment

New Mexico, the 47th state in the Union is a land of contrasts of both people and geography.

Altitude and Humidity
New Mexico is high desert. It’s called that for a reason. Most of the state is above 5000 feet in elevation. With average humidity levels at 35 percent or less in May, it can also be very dry.

Santa Fe’s elevation is 7000 feet This could affect some people who are prone to altitude sickness. A possible way to acclimate yourself is to fly into Albuquerque (elevation approx. 5000 feet) a few days before the convention. It may help you get used to the altitude before driving 2000 feet higher to Santa Fe. There are many terrific places to visit in the Albuquerque area. While you are adjusting to the altitude, you can go sight-seeing!

It’s very important to stay well hydrated, this will also help with the elevation and dryness. Make sure you have water by your side when rehearsing and performing.

A note to woodwind players. Area woodwind players suggest you have softer reeds in your case as the dry air can affect reeds.

Image courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe