True, it gets chilly at night and can even snow, but the temperature will never get to -40 degrees with a -60 degree windchill (we hope … )
Think the desert is dead? Think again. It’s teeming with life—even the soil is made up of more than just dirt (think of a matrix of lichens, mosses, green algae, microfungi and bacteria). This means you’ll have plenty of practical opportunities to really dig into ecology (and puns about soil).
As far as ruins go, the Anasazi and Mogollon cliff dwellings in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness are some of the oldest that you’ll find in the U.S. (they’re as old as the Roman Empire). You’ll also paddle the Rio Grande and glimpse life on the U.S.-Mexico border today, getting a practical perspective on contemporary political and cultural issues in the U.S.
It’s not creepy, it’s awesome, and there are no mysterious cave creatures —we checked.
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