Online Travel Tools
Check out the New Mexico Home page (www.state.nm.us) for information on state government, and for links to state agencies on doing business, working, learning, living, and visiting in the Land of Enchantment. Monthly New Mexico Magazine (www.nmmagazine.com) is a long-running publication with regular stories on culture and travel throughout the state. An excellent source of information on the state's recreation pursuits is the New Mexico Outdoor Sports Guide (www.nmosg.com). Check the site of the New Mexico Film Office (www.nmfilm.com) for a list of movies shot in New Mexico as well as links to downloadable clips of upcoming made–in–New Mexico movies. A wide range of reviews and links to dining, culture, and services in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos is available at www.999dine.com, a site that sells steeply discounted meal certificates to dozens of top restaurants in these cities. Visit www.farmersmarketsnm.org for information on the dozens of great farmers' markets around the state, www.nmwine.com for tours and details related to the region's fast-growing wine-making industry, and www.nmbeer.org for details on the North-central New Mexico's many craft breweries.
Transportation Security Administration. Transportation Security Administration www.tsa.gov.
The New Mexico Department of Tourism can provide general information on the state, but you'll find more specific and useful information by consulting the local tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus in Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (505/843–7270 or 866/855–7902. www.indianpueblo.org.)
New Mexico Tourism Department Visitor Center (Lamy Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Old Santa Fe Trail South Capitol, Santa Fe, NM, 87503. 505/827–7400. www.newmexico.org.)
Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau (201 W. Marcy St., The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. 505/955–6200 or 800/777–2489. www.santafe.org.)
USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region (505/842–3292; 877/864–6985 for fire restrictions and closures. www.fs.fed.us/r3.)
Passports and Visas
We're always surprised at how few Americans have passports—only 35% at this writing. This number has grown rapidly in recent years, now that it's impossible to reenter the United States from trips to neighboring Canada or Mexico without one. Remember this: a passport verifies both your identity and nationality—a great reason to have one.
U.S. passports are valid for 10 years. You must apply in person if you're getting a passport for the first time; if your previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged; or if your previous passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago or when you were under 16. All children under 16 must appear in person to apply for or renew a passport. Both parents must accompany any child under 14 (or send a notarized statement with their permission) and provide proof of their relationship to the child.
There are 13 regional passport offices, as well as 7,000 passport acceptance facilities in post offices, public libraries, and other governmental offices. If you're renewing a passport, you can do so by mail. Forms are available at passport acceptance facilities and online.
The cost to apply for a new passport is $135 for adults, $105 for children under 16; renewals are $110. Allow six weeks for processing, both for first-time passports and renewals. For an expediting fee of $60 you can reduce this time to about two weeks. If your trip is less than two weeks away, you can get a passport even more rapidly by going to a passport office with the necessary documentation. Private expediters can get things done in as little as 48 hours, but charge hefty fees for their services.
Before your trip, make two copies of your passport's data page (one for someone at home and another for you to carry separately). Or scan the page and email it to someone at home and/or yourself.
U.S. Passport Information
U.S. Department of State (877/487–2778. travel.state.gov/passport.)
U.S. Passport and Visa Expediters
A. Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors (800/806–0581 or 202/338–0111. www.abriggs.com.)
American Passport Express (800/455–5166 or. www.americanpassport.com.)
Passport Express (800/362–8196. www.passportexpress.com.)
Travel Document Systems (800/874–5100 or 202/638–3800. www.traveldocs.com.)
Travel the World Visas (866/886–8472 or 202/223–8822. www.world-visa.com.)