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Tours

Not wanting to sit around the hotel all day with nothing to do? Join us on three special tours we have put together for your enjoyment.

A minimum number of participants will be required for each tour. If the tours are cancelled because of lack of participation, a full refund will be given. The maximum number of participants allowed on a tour will be determined by the specific bus capacity. Tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, April 15, 2002
Taste of Santa Fe, 3–4 hours, $20

A four-hour tour of Santa Fe by bus. This "City Different" tour features important historic areas and museums, the famous Canyon Road area, and other highlights of Santa Fe. Santa Fe's history, architecture, and cultural traditions will make your time here memorable. Your driver-guide will offer tips on what to do and places to see. The tour includes stops at the Wheelwright Museum of the American
Indian and two popular galleries, Peters Gallery and Fenn Gallery.

Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Northern New Mexico, 6–7 hours, $30

A 6–7 hour guided tour with stops at Bandelier national Monument and historic Los Alamos. In Los Alamos, you will tour the Bradbury Science Museum and have time for lunch in town.

Friday, April 19, 2002

This tour is FULL. If you want to be put on a first-come, first-served wait list, please register for the tour. If someone drops out, we will contact you.


Trinity Site, 9–10 hours, $45 for conference registrants, $50 for nonregistrants

On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the first atomic bomb detonation occurred on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in the middle of the Jornada del Muerto Valley, which now comprises a part of the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, approximately 230 miles south of the Manhattan Project’s headquarters at Los Alamos, NM.

Each year, the site is open to the public only twice—on the first Saturday in April and October. As a result of the events on Sept. 11, 2001, the opening in October 2001 was canceled. Future site openings are uncertain. The U.S. Army has agreed to allow a small group in conjunction with RPSD 2002 to tour Trinity Site.

The tour will include time at ground zero, as well as the McDonald Ranch House, where the world’s first plutonium core for a bomb was assembled. A representative of the Public Affairs Office of the White Sands Missile Range will conduct the tour. After the tour, lunch will be provided at the historic Owl Bar & Café in San Antonio, NM, which served many a Los Alamos scientist during the test program. More information on the Trinity Site can be found at the Trinity Site webpage on the White Sands Missile Range web site.

The number of participants will be limited to the first 50 individuals. A waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations. Registration for the tour can be done with conference registration or at the conference registration desk at the La Fonda Hotel. Conference registrants will receive first consideration. Tour participants should fill out a tour registration sheet and turn it in with your conference registration or to the conference registration desk prior to the start of the Monday morning sessions.

RPSD 2002 has secured a block of rooms in the AmeriSuites Albuquerque Airport Hotel (flyer) for the nights of April 18th and 19th. The government per diem rate of $65 per night will be honored. When placing reservations please call the hotel directly and ask for the RPSD 2002 group rate. The group rate will be held until March 19, 2002. Conference participants can travel to the hotel after the conference closes on Thursday afternoon and the tour bus will make a stop at the hotel at approximately 8:45 a.m. on the way to the Trinity Site. A map is available for directions to the AmeriSuites Hotel. On the return trip, the bus will make a stop at the Albuquerque Airport for those who would like to check out of the hotel and catch a late Friday flight, and will then drop off those staying at the AmeriSuites. Please indicate on the tour registration form where you would like to be picked up for the tour, and where you would like to be dropped off.

Lunch will be provided at the Owl Bar & Café in San Antonio, NM. Please indicate your choice of lunch item on the tour registration form. A complete menu is available.

The Trinity Site tour itinerary will be:
7:30 a.m.—Leave La Fonda Hotel
8:45 a.m.—Arrive AmeriSuites Hotel
9:00 a.m.—Leave AmeriSuites Hotel
11:00 a.m.—Arrive Stallion Gate, Begin Tour
1:00 p.m.—Depart Stallion Gate
1:30 p.m.—Lunch at Owl Bar & Café
2:45 p.m.—Depart San Antonio
4:15 p.m.—Arrive Albuquerque Airport
4:30 p.m.—Arrive AmeriSuites Hotel
4:45 p.m.—Depart AmeriSuites Hotel
6:00 p.m.—Arrive La Fonda Hotel

 
 
 
 
 
 

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