Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe Mountains

This trail is part of Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe. Because it has so many aspen trees, it is beautiful to visit in the autumn. Gorgeous reflections in the rain puddles:    

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is held each year at La Cienega los Golindrinas, is fun for all ages, and a treasure trove for photographers. Both performers and attendees dress in Renaissance costume. There are many fun experiences, contests, vendors, live performances, food trucks, and live music.            

Pie Town, New Mexico

Pie Town is about a 3-hour drive southwest of Albuquerque via Socorro. It is so named because one of its original businesses was a restaurant specializing in pies. Today there are a few restaurants there, and all of them specialize in pie. There are some unusual pies too, such as apple with green chile and…

Highway 52, between Magdalena and Truth or Consequences

We were delighted to discover this area of the state. It has a few communities that are called ghost towns, yet they clearly have active communities in them. Much of the road is a dirt road, but a good one. It took us longer than expected to travel it because we stopped so often for…

Acoma Sky City, a Pueblo one hour West of Albuquerque

Acoma Pueblo is called Sky City because the oldest part of it is built atop a mesa. The pueblo gives guided tours of the mesa top for a fee that includes a photography permit. Both the views from the mesa and the architecture on top if it are very photogenic. In 2015, the American Indian…

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, NM

This is one of the nation’s newest national monuments. There are many hikes available, but the one in this post starts just east of Las Cruces and ends at the base of the Organ Mountains with some ruins of a 19th-century tuberculosis resort called Dripping Springs. It is 1.5 miles each way. Through open doors.

Allan Houser Sculpture Garden

Allan Houser was a renowned Apache artist who taught at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts. He was one of the most influential 20th century artists in the entire world with work from the Heard Museum in Phoenix to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He bought land outside of Santa Fe where his work…

Golden Open Space, less than one hour east of Albuquerque

Golden Open Space is near Madrid, New Mexico, in the foothills of the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains. It has good hiking trails and pretty views. The main hike is about a three-mile loop. Another hike leaves the loop and goes down into a canyon and up to an adjacent peak and back, adding…