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Planning a trip in the Region
Posted September 30th, 2012 - 2:47 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
I am looking at a driving trip that would last from 12/29 - 1/5. The route would look something like this:
Albuquerque
Acoma pueblo
Canyon de Chelly
Mesa Verde
Chaco canyon
Bandelier
Albuquerque

Any thoughts from all of you? Is this doable? It's a total of ~800 miles. Is the end of december a good time for a trip like this? Is it too much? Any secret places along this route I should know about?

Posted September 30th, 2012 - 4:03 pm from Norwalk, United States
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Posted September 30th, 2012 - 7:05 pm by from Ojo Caliente, United States (Permalink)
I-40 is often closed in the winter due to snow. Go figure. You may do better to choose a north-south itinerary. If you start in Albuquerque, you could head up 25 towards Santa Fe. Just before Santa Fe there's easy access to Route 550 through Bernalillo. That road will take you past the Coronado State Monument to the Jemez Mountains where you can visit Jemez/Walatowa Pueblo. They have fantastic potters who will invite you into their homes. They also have a historical site, the Jemez State Monument and a wonderful hot springs bath house. Further up the mountain are several hikeable wild hot springs. At the "top" of the mountain is Valles Caldera and then Bandelier. (Note though, parts of Bandelier are still closed due to last summer's fires.)

You'll come through Los Alamos which has some wonderful museums and then to the Puye Cliff Dwellings. You can then head for Santa Fe, or north to Taos. Taos Pueblo is on the north side of Taos and is absolutely lovely.

You don't say quite what your area of interest is - hiking, history, art... there are tons of other wonderful things to see and do in Northern New Mexico. Sanctuario de Chimayo is a site many people find significant. Mesa Prieta is largely unknown but easy to visit. Ojo Caliente is picturesqe and world famous for it's hot springs.

Posted September 30th, 2012 - 8:03 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
I like history and scenery. My boyfriend likes day hikes. We both like art. I am a little foolish and did not realize it got as cold as people are telling me at that time of year. Thanks for all of your help.

Posted October 8th, 2012 - 3:33 pm from Tucson, United States
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