Dotted with 14 stations, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express?s 100 miles of track stretches between Belen and Santa Fe and offers more than 60 bus connections that take riders as far as Socorro and Taos. Passengers can bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks aboard as they roll to hub-like stations, which provide easy access to Santa Fe Plaza, Bio Park, and bustling Albuquerque neighborhoods such as Nob Hill, Uptown, and Old Town.
The Santa Fe Southern Railway revels in a rich history, one that commenced in the 1800s and was heralded in the Academy Award–winning Judy Garland song "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe". Connecting Santa Fe to the rest of the country, the train line helped to build the southwestern city's reputation as a great arts destination as it transported visitors and wanderlust-filled paintbrushes to the picturesque terrain. During regular expeditions to nearby Lamy, the railway continues to dazzle riders with sweeping vistas just outside the windows of vintage 1920s train cars, which each sport their own snack and drink bar.
Rail riders chug through the scenic Rocky Mountains along the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad⎯the highest altitude and longest route traveled by an American coal-fired steam-operated train. Across 64 miles of track built in 1880, the iron horse chugs along at 15 miles per hour, winding through the Rocky Mountain air and presenting travelers with panoramic vistas. When voyaging from Chama, passengers pass through aspen trees and grassy hills on the way to the 10,015-foot high Cumbres Pass, where they drink in views of the entire Chama Valley and marvel at ant-sized humans transporting food to their queen. If leaving from Antonito, commuters cross over Ferguson's Trestle and a lava mesa before traversing the rim of the 800-foot-deep Toltec Gorge, passing through the mud tunnel, and bending around Phantom Curve.
Before you zip down to the Old Town starting line, you'll have a chance to train on the Segway, learning its quirks and how to fulfill your need for blisteringly moderate speed. After watching a video and trying a quick test spin, you'll set out for a dizzying circuit of downtown's paramounts and semi-paramounts, including the Natural History Museum, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Rio Grande itself, the bosque, the botanic gardens, Tingley Beach, and more. Each Segway bears a small handlebar bag for cameras, purses, or smoke bombs.
Scoot Over Albuquerque maintains a fleet of scooters that are 49 cubic centimeters, and patrons can rent them by the hour, the day, the week, or even the month. All that's required is a valid driver's license and the same basic skills used while riding a bike. Patrons can cruise down Route 66, toward the mountains, or to the casinos. New Mexico's laws don't require riders to wear helmets, but Scoot Over Albuquerque encourages the practice and stocks them in several colors.
From their nest at Albuquerque International Airport, Del Sol Aviation's FAA-certified flight instructors help pupils earn the papers to pilot an aircraft on their own. Careers in aviation typically start with a Discovery Flight, an introduction to the pastime that involves the student in every aspect of a typical flight?from preflight briefing to calming the flight-deck cockatoo. If students should choose to pursue a Private Pilot Certificate, they have access to a fleet of Certified Light aircraft by manufacturers such as Piper, Cessna, and Grumman American, as well as the invaluable advice and guidance of their trusted instructors. The Discovery flight time experience can be officially logged to count toward your training to achieve a Private Pilot Certificate.