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Most interesting drive/tour Las Cruces to Santa Fe....

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Most interesting drive/tour Las Cruces to Santa Fe....

Husband (veterinarian) & wife (ecologist/zoologist) non-smoking travelers have six days in mid-May to explore/drive from Las Cruces to Sante Fe to Albuquerque (from which we depart). Love beautiful drives, quaint/interesting towns, history and culture, short hikes, exploring natural systems and historical areas, birding, good food, clean comfortable lodging/bed & breakfasts, etc. Would welcome thoughts about best things to see & do, recommendations re: eating and sleeping establishments, best routes to drive, most reasonable timeline for travel, if there's a good place to stop overnight between Las Cruces and Santa Fe, etc. Cost - prefer not to have to sell the farm! Thanks.

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1. Re: Most interesting drive/tour Las Cruces to Santa Fe....

The distance between Las Cruces and Santa Fe is less than 300 miles and can be traveled in about 4-1/2 hours. You might consider staying overnight In Socorro, but you might also consider driving to Santa Fe without an overnight stop.

Since you are both interested in animals, one place of interest along the way is Bosque del Apache Wildlife refuge, about 1/2 hour south of Socorro. While the best time of year to see cranes, snow geese, and other migratory birds is late fall, there is plenty to see all year round.

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The cultural "smell the pinon trees" route, would be...White Sands & on to Alamogordo( Space Hall of Fame)for the night....Next day up the 70 to Ruidoso & Ft Stanton & Lincoln(billy the Kid)over night in Capitan...Next day, down to the 54. Turn on the paved but rural 55 to Gran Quivira... One of the three "Salt Misslon" sites...Lunch at the interesting Shafter Hotel in Mountainair...Continuing on the 55/337 through several mountain villages cross the I-40 to the 14. Duvert to the top of the Sandia Mtns. on the 536 for sunset with a two hundred mile view...Drop back to Albuquerque for the night...carracar

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Nice carracar!!!!! Very nice!!!!

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You should check out the town of Mesilla while in Las Cruces for quaint and interesting. You might take a quick trip over to the Mesilla Bosque State Park just down the road for some short hiking. It's a work in progress, but as an ecologist you might appreciate what they are doing there to restore the Rio Grande to its natural state.

Dripping Spring or Soledad Canyon are nice places to hike in the Organ Mountains just West of Las Cruces. The Organ Mountains are a really interesting ecological location as they are a great example of desert island with their own unique species.

A place I've heard good things about as far as Bed and Breakfasts in Las Cruces is the Dream Catcher Inn: http://www.dreamcatcherinn.com/.

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Another thought... should you opt for the sunset up on the Sandia Crest...one could stop at first at the Sandia Mtn. Hostel to see if the simple private accommodation there is suitable to your taste...On then, could save the after dark drive into Albuerquerque & continue on the 14 North to Santa Fe next AM... The property is on the left a mile or so short of the 536...carracar

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Thanks so much for all of your great advice! Am drawing up the itinerary this weekend and look forward to sampling as many of your suggestions as possible. d

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