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Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

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Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

Hello,

I'm planning to stay in Albuquerque for 5 days in early June and was thinking of planning a day trip to Santa Fe - what are the things I should see? My interests are: hiking (but I'm English and this may be hot...) interesting things I wouldn't see anywhere else, I'm not into the art scene and don't want to visit museums or galleries.

Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks

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1. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

Google, Dale Ball,Santa Fe trail System... At 7,000 plus it will be cooler than Albuquerque options... Ride up on the Railrunner train... With good shoes & a wide brim hat... carracar

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2. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

While I love Santa Fe, you may not find it worth it to visit with your interests. Several small but excellent museum, tons of art galleries, shopping opportunities and great restaurants.

You might be interested in experiencing the Spanish and Pueblo influenced architecture. The very walkable Plaza area would be at the center of this. Underneath the portico of the Governor's Palace, there are many Indians offering their handwork in jewelry and other crafts up for sale. Nearby to the Plaza there are several historic churches that may be of interest.

http://churches-sf2.nm-unlimited.net/

The 2nd floor Santa Fe Tap Room of the Marble Brewery is a great place to do some people watching on the Plaza with a beer or two (GREAT micro brews). The Bell Tower Bar on the fifth floor at La Fonda is another place with great views, especially at sunset.

www.marblebrewery.com/santa-fe-tap-room/

lafondasantafe.com/dining-and-entertainment/…

Will you have access to a car rather than taking the train to Santa Fe? A more interesting day with your interests might include scenic hiking on the way to Santa Fe, a short few hours in Santa Fe including lunch (many great possibilities) and then a return a different way with more hiking and scenic possibilities.

If you can do this, I would suggest heading the regular way to Santa Fe via I-25. Then take the detour to the west to Kashua-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The 3 mile round trip Canyon Trail is the way to go with its 630 foot elevation change. The combination of a narrow canyon, several hoodoos (tent rocks) and then the views from the mesa top make this a unique and rewarding short hike. You can also add in the rest of Cave Loop Trail either on the way up to the mesa or on the return. If the day is hot, it will be good to do this in the morning.

blm.gov/nm/…kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html

Following your visit head on up to Santa Fe. After your brief time there, head back towards Albuquerque, but this time via the Turquoise Trail. Personally I think the views are best driving south. You may enjoy a brief visit in Cerrillos, an old mining town that's sort of a ghost town. (Personally, I was disappointed and spent about 10 minutes there.) Lots of people see Madrid as their main destination along the Turquoise Trail, but I don't think it will interest you...lots of art galleries and a mining museum. Your real reason for heading this way would be first for the scenic views driving south and then second for the access to the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. This route will take you up the back (east) side of Sandia Mountain and give you some amazing views, especially at sunset. There are many hiking trails here as well, on the way up and on the top. (All for much cheaper than riding the Tramway. You just have to pay $3 for parking.)

http://www.turquoisetrail.org/

http://byways.org/explore/byways/2094 (Turquoise Trail)

http://byways.org/explore/byways/2086 (Sandia Crest Scenic Byway)

Burger Boy in Cedar Crest (as you're returning to Albuquerque) has a great Green Chile Cheeseburger!

http://www.nmgastronome.com/blog/?p=1806

Hope at least some of this helps!

Keith

Edited: 5:16 pm, May 12, 2013
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3. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

thanks for the suggestions Keith, unfortunately I won't have a car but are there any easy walks I can do from the town? Thanks

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4. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

The problem is GETTING to those walks. For instance to walk from the plaza TO the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the trails that are there is 3.4 miles one way.

The Dale Ball trails, which I have not hiked, may your best option. Apparently they are much closer, perhaps less than 2 miles.

http://www.santafenm.gov/index.aspx?nid=2281

santafenm.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1974

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5. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

The Santa Fe bus system will take you to the edgr of town at St Johns College ... The pleasant and scenic 5 mi. round trip Atalaya Trail starts from the parking lot... enjoy... carracar

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6. Re: Santa Fe from ABQ day trip - what to see?

I have taken the free shuttle a number of times from the plaza up Canyon Rd to Palace & from there walked up to hike Dale Ball l& the Audubon trail system. The shuttle comes by every 15 minutes or so at Palace for the ride back down.

www.santafenm.gov/DocumentCenter/View/40400

Edited: 11:13 pm, May 13, 2013
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