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Old 04-16-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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I will be in Santa Fe in early June staying at Santa Fe Skies for 11 days. This will be my first trip to the area. I do plan to fly fish Cow Creek Ranch a couple of my days. Any other thoughts on things to do and not miss doing around the area?
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:55 AM   #2
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Stayed at the KOA next to the highway heading north out of town when we were on our way home from the Balloon Festival. I would recommend a dinner at Harry's Roadhouse on the Old Las Vegas Highway which parallels the highway. Great food and good prices as I recall.
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Take the "High Road to Taos" through Truchas. Visit the bridge over the Rio Grande Gorge and return along the Rio Grande through Velarde. Take a drive through the Sangre de Cristo mountains by Santa Fe Ski Basin.
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If you plan to fish Cow Creek, you will be enjoying the Pecos Wilderness area.
For "away from Santa Fe" excursions. I would recommend:
  • Taos and Rio Grande Gorge (about 1 hour from Santa Fe)
  • Valle Grande largest volcanic caldera in N. America (also great fly fishing by advanced reservations)
  • Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos (home of the first atomic bomb)

For things to do in and around Santa Fe:
  • Canyon Road for great art galleries
  • Santa Fe Plaza for great museums

For restaurants that the locals like to haunt:
  • The Pantry for breakfast
  • Marias for good New Mexican food
  • Jamba Cafe (in a strip mall, but great food)
  • Loyal Hound (one of our favorite off the beaten paths for dinner)
  • Geronimo's, if you decide to break the bank
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We enjoyed the Georgia O'Keefe Museum tour. There is also a Farmer's Market down by the railroad tracks, not sure which days.


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Santa Fe is probably most famous for it's numerous Art Galleries along Canyon Road. So don't forget to spend at least some time in the historic district.

There are a lot of good museums. One that is very interesting and doesn't cost much to attend is the Folk Art Museum. It is a huge collection of Folk Art constructed out of things like tooth picks, sewing spools, popsicle sticks, etc. Some of the work is incredible.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:26 AM   #7
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Bishop's Lodge is a must, also The Bite in town, have the Green Chili Cheese Burger, world class. Breakfast at Tia Sophia's downtown. Take a drive to Rancho de Chimyo for dinner.
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I suggest a road trip, without the trailer.

Any direction…..I call that area "Road Trip Heaven ".

Aztec, N.M. is interesting. It's a small town. attractions include The Aztec Ruins National Monument ( Native American Kiva and ruins ), The Aztec Museum And Pioneer Village.
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Been there a plenty times and always go to visit Ten Thousand Waves for a massage.

https://tenthousandwaves.com/
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This brings back memories. My family used to spend time at Cow Creek Ranch back in the 1940's and 50's. I learned to ride a horse there, as well as falling in the creek and getting wet a few dozen times. The fried trout that hit the pan within minutes of being pulled out of the creek was delicious.

There is a watercolor painting of the old ranch house and surrounding facilities hanging on my living room wall. I remember standing behind the artist and watching her paint when I was a small child. I guess my mom bought the painting, because I still have it.

Thanks for reminding me.
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Speaking of memories, in the little town of Cerillos between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, there used to be a Tiffany's Saloon and Melodrama, which I just learned burned down shortly after we were there in the 1970's. The town is still apparently a throw-back to the old days, architecturally speaking, and might be a good lunch stop with or without the trailer IMO.

https://newmexicophotography.wordpre...os-new-mexico/

http://www.cerrillosnewmexico.com/ce...orical-society

And ditto to the comments about parking the trailer and driving anywhere from Santa Fe, to Taos for instance. That area is breathtaking . . .

Have fun!
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If opera appeals to you, Sante Fe has a great venue for it. Their opera season is famous. I also recommend the high road to Taos. There are a couple of wineries along the way.

I always recommend Paraguays Restaurant in Espanola.
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This brings back memories. My family used to spend time at Cow Creek Ranch back in the 1940's and 50's. I learned to ride a horse there, as well as falling in the creek and getting wet a few dozen times. The fried trout that hit the pan within minutes of being pulled out of the creek was delicious.

There is a watercolor painting of the old ranch house and surrounding facilities hanging on my living room wall. I remember standing behind the artist and watching her paint when I was a small child. I guess my mom bought the painting, because I still have it.

Thanks for reminding me.
I can't wait to fly fish Cow Creek. I hear the fishing is great!!!
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We stayed at Santa Fe Rancheros and enjoyed the CG. There is a nice nature trail along the perimeter. Nice people managing the park.

x2 on the Georgia O'Keefe museum. I wasn't sure what to expect but enjoyed it quite a bit. For grocery shopping, check out Kuane's Market.
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