Half-way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque off I-25, are the Tent Rocks. It is a wonderful place to visit for both young and old. There are three parts. The first one is a hike through a desert area that will have nice photo opportunities for plants, insects and birds. There is a cave on the way, but it is not very impressive.
The second part is a short and easy hike through the slot canyons, and this part has the most beautiful geologic formations to photograph.
The last part is a hike that climbs upward to a wonderful overview where you can see the mountains of Santa Fe as well as those of Albuquerque. Photographs of this vista are worth the hike, but some may find it strenuous as it is mainly uphill.