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Do I need 4WD in January?
Posted November 21st, 2012 - 7:55 am from Halifax, Canada
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Posted November 21st, 2012 - 10:25 am by from Albuquerque, United States (Permalink)
Welcome to NM (eventually)- I do not think you need a 4WD, 'typically' the weather is mellow in Southern, NM (home to most of the sites you listed) and roads are fine. A regular rental should work.

Enjoy your visit!
Greg

Posted November 21st, 2012 - 2:34 pm from Norwalk, United States
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Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 4:11 am from Halifax, Canada
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Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 12:46 am by from Ojo Caliente, United States (Permalink)
While snow is possible anywhere, it's really very dependent on altitude. Anyplace over 7,000 feet is MUCH more likely to be snowy than anything lower.

Here's a link to the airport: http://www.cabq.gov/airport/

Ground Transportation: http://www.cabq.gov/airport/parking/airport/parking/ground-transportation/ground-transportation

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 9:33 am by from Fort Worth, United States (Permalink)
you may want to rent a car from the airport for easier transport. the airport is a great distance from town.

Posted November 30th, 2012 - 3:23 am from Halifax, Canada
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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 4:16 am from Norwalk, United States
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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 4:57 pm by from Albuquerque, United States (Permalink)
I've never paid more than $15 (including tip) from the Sunport to my old neighborhood in SE Albuquerque, which was about a five-mile trip. So the $30 round trip quote sounds right. I would budget $15 or $20 from the Sunport to downtown (also about a five-mile trip), a bit less to the area around the university. There's this shuttle service http://www.sunportshuttle.com/contact.htm , but I've never used it.

It's much cheaper to take a cab into town and rent a car instead of renting from the airport, even factoring in another $15 or $20 to get back to the airport when you leave. You might try using Invisible Hand (http://www.getinvisiblehand.com/), which has gotten me the best car rental rates I've ever found.

Posted December 4th, 2012 - 4:14 am from Halifax, Canada
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Posted November 26th, 2012 - 1:59 am by from Roswell, United States (Permalink)
I have lived in NM for over 25 years and have never needed to use 4-wheel drive. You should be fine without it. Have a wonderful trip! New Mexico is a great state to visit.

Peggy

Posted December 9th, 2012 - 10:50 pm by from Alamogordo, United States (Permalink)
Guess not.
Most people don't even own a AWD-vehicle. just be careful :)
we don't use salt, we use lil stones over here - so it's different :)
but since you've lived in Austria, go ahead, save some money - think you are good to go :)
Chris

Posted February 10th, 2013 - 5:22 am from Halifax, Canada
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Posted February 10th, 2013 - 8:57 pm by from Roswell, United States (Permalink)
I do not believe that you need 4-wheel drive. I have lived in New Mexico for 25 years and never used 4-wheel drive. A rental will have great tires which is the most important. Enjoy your travels in New Mexico.

Peggy