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Old 06-25-2021, 07:58 AM   #11
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You could go to Roswell and look for aliens. You might find a lot of them there.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:12 AM   #12
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I hope you have a wonderful time!
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Old 06-25-2021, 09:00 AM   #13
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You could go to Roswell and look for aliens. You might find a lot of them there.
Jimís attitude: Roswell is for posers. Area 51 is where the real action is.

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:03 AM   #14
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Please do come back for a future second trip! A trip timed the week before and first weekend of Balloon Fiesta is a wonderful idea. Harvest season is a beautiful time, with festivals, centuries-old traditions, and the smell of roasting green chile in the air. And seeing hundreds of hot air balloons filling the sky is a joyfully surreal experience. Book your reservations well in advance - people come from all over the world for Balloon Fiesta. The Tamaya is a beautiful resort operated by the Santa Ana tribe, and it's fairly close to Balloon Fiesta park.

Santa Fe:

nmgastronome is a local food reviewer that has a lot of reviews of Santa Fe restaurants.

Meow Wolf is one of the most popular places in Santa Fe - I haven't been, but it's supposed to be awesome.

The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe has a beautiful and unique staircase - I always feel reverent and spiritual when visiting.


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Since you're heading north and not south, I assume you aren't interested in places like Carlsbad Caverns, Bosque del Apache, and White Sands. But keep them in mind for when you come back!!!

Jemez Springs is a beautiful trip - about 1.5 hours from Santa Fe - with natural hot springs and a village-owned bath house. If you want to go for something a little more upscale, Ten Thousand Waves is a lovely spa just outside Santa Fe.

If you can carve out some time for Albuquerque, the Rio Grande zoo is pretty cool - especially impressive for such a small city. There are a few underwater windows that give unique views into the polar bear, penguin, and seal exhibits. We also have a good science center (Explora), natural history museum, and botanical gardens. We also have one of the longest aerial trams in the world running up the side of the Sandias. Hiking through Petroglyph National Monument and viewing the indigenous art is is a unique and memorable experience. And just walking through the Bosque (many open spaces around here) is pretty amazing - mulberries were plentiful when I was down there a few weeks ago, so I had a nice snack while I walked, and the Yerba Mansa smelled wonderful.
Thanks for the tips! I love zoos, so Iíll look into the Rio Grande Zoo. We definitely are interested in the Petroglyphs, too.

I would love to see Carlsbad and White Sands, but Iím not sure the timing works out this go-round. I did think about headin back to Phoenix by going South to catch White Sands and then over to Tucson and up to Phoenix, but Iím not sure yet. To me, thereís nothing worse than going to an are with one thing and discovering more you want to see, too, but donít have the time!

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:04 AM   #15
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Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Love the first part of your trip....been there, done that....always said we would go back. The second part is all unknown to me. But i know you guys will be getting into something good.
I would have stayed more in Arizona and Utah. Actually, if NM didnít open up, that was our Plan B. However, Santa Fe and Taos are both art colonies so we really want to check them out for that, plus the scenic and cultural stuff.

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:06 AM   #16
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Taos is wonderful. It has such a great energy. I didnít realize the Taos Pueblo is closed right now. it is a very interesting place to visit and see the community and pueblos, although I felt a little uncomfortable the one time I visited because you are literally going through peoples homes where they are also selling food, jewelry, and other items. I know they probably rely heavily on tourism and the money it draws to the community, but it was an odd experience.

We havenít been to Taos in many years but Orlandoís used to be one of our favorite places to go for chili rellenos. My sister went there on her last trip a year or two ago and she was not impressed, so I donít know these days. Weíve had a couple nice meals at Lambertís (also years ago).

Arroyo Seco is a cute, albeit very rustic, town not far from Taos. They used to do a cute little Fourth of July parade that we attended a couple times. They have a few shops to explore. Julia Roberts used to (maybe still does) have a place up on the hill above Arroyo Seco.

Definitely visit the Rio Grande gorge bridge, if youíre not afraid of heights. Beautiful views and just a wonder to see.
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My sister and I did white water rafting on the Rio while visiting Taos. The waters were a little too calm at the time of year we went but still fun to say Iíve rafted on the Rio!
It looks like many of the Pueblos and other Native American areas are staying closed for awhile due to COVID. I have a sense they donít want to take any risks with visitors, even though they have done a very good job of vaccinating. Iím shocked Monument Valley is still closed because of how it is mostly outside stuff, but I respect their caution.

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:10 AM   #17
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If you want to carve out some time while at the GC & go north 2 hours to Lower Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend, well worth the time. Some of the most gorgeous photos that I have ever taken were in Lower Antelope Canyon! Enjoy & stay cool!

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Ugh! NM - still closed due to Covid. Keep checking. They may open soon.
NM? New Mexico? Or Never Mind? New Mexico is open now. Horseshoe bend is indeed impressive! I think I had that on my list but revised it at some point. Iíll have to look.

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But why is it still closed? That makes no sense......Then again, the cruise and airplane rules make no sense either.
I think she meant ďnever mind.Ē I believe Lower Antelope/Horseshoe Bend is on reservation land. The Navajo sites are still closed to visitors. They have a vulnerable infrastructure and my sense is they donít want to take any chances.

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:20 AM   #18
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NM? New Mexico? Or Never Mind? New Mexico is open now. Horseshoe bend is indeed impressive! I think I had that on my list but revised it at some point. Iíll have to look.



I think she meant ďnever mind.Ē I believe Lower Antelope/Horseshoe Bend is on reservation land. The Navajo sites are still closed to visitors. They have a vulnerable infrastructure and my sense is they donít want to take any chances.

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OOPS! Sorry for the confusion - I meant "Never Mind."
I can totally see why you thought I meant "New Mexico."
Hopefully everything will be open soon to everyone. Have a wonderful trip!
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Sounds like a wonderful trip planned! I went for a 'western tour' when I was 10 with my entire family. It was a trip I'll never forget. We're waiting for DD7 to get a little older and then we'll take a long trip out west again. Following along on your adventure!
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Old 06-25-2021, 01:12 PM   #20
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Sounds like a wonderful trip planned! I went for a 'western tour' when I was 10 with my entire family. It was a trip I'll never forget. We're waiting for DD7 to get a little older and then we'll take a long trip out west again. Following along on your adventure!
We're excited for it! We did a road trip across the county in 2002, focusing mostly on Chicago, and then the Tetons, Rockies from South Dakota, and down to the Arizona and Colorado. This is my first time in New Mexico beyond standing at Four Corners and eating fry bread for 15 minutes. I love the Southwest, and the desert is captivating.

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