|Bandelier Cliff Dwelling|
To the northwest you can travel through the red rock landscape made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe. The Pedernal, a flat-top thumb of rock near Abiquiu stands prominently on the western horizon and was painted many times by O'Keeffe. Tours of her Abiquiu home can be arranged in advance. Lakes and rivers along the route include Abiquiu Lake, Heron Lake and the Brazos River where swimming and fishing are available. Echo Amphitheater is a natural sandstone echo chamber with picnic area and a meandering trail through the sandstone canyon.
Taos is a delightful adventure to the north. Rich in Hispanic and Pueblo Indian tradition, a trip to Taos can begin with a drive up the High Road past Chimayo, famous for its weaving tradition and the Santuario de
|One of the most photographed churches|
in New Mexico
East of Santa Fe is the 'other' Las Vegas, once an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail it is still home to the largest collection of Victorian-era buildings in the West. Along the way out of Santa Fe you will pass through Glorieta Pass and the opportunity to visit the Pecos Wilderness, filled with trout streams. Continue on to the Pecos National Historical Park to see ruins of the deserted Pecos Pueblo and Spanish mission church. In Las Vegas take a walking tour of the historic architecture, unique shops and restaurants. Continue on to La Cueva, Mora and through the mountains to join the High Road to Taos for a scenic ride back to Santa Fe.
|Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens are on the way to Madrid|
These are just some of the highlights of these 5 day trips. The mileage of these trips range from 45 to 250 depending on how far you want to adventure. Santa Fe as a hub for these adventures gives you the luxury of fine dining, great evening music in the many restaurants and lounges and a great night's sleep at the Fodor's recommended Don Gaspar Inn. We'll help you decide which adventure is right for you.