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Trip Report Santa Fe Trip Report

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We enjoyed a wonderful trip to New Mexico and Santa Fe. Thank you for all of the advice! Please let me know if you have any questions.

This was a last-minute trip for us so many of the hotels were booked or quite expensive, especially for an ideal location. We stayed at the Hyatt Place on South Cerrillos, about 15 minutes from the Plaza. We really enjoyed this hotel and it suited our needs well. There is a continental breakfast, free WiFI and free parking included. We enjoyed the indoor pool several evenings. There is a sitting room and a kitchenette in the standard room, so this was nice with a three-year-old. It was new and clean and we had a good experience.

We drove from the Denver area and stopped at both Fort Union and Pecos National Monument on the way down. This was a good way to break up the drive. Both had short hikes and interesting things to see. Pecos in particular had gorgeous surrounding scenery. Your admission fee to one is also good at the other so keep your receipt!

We enjoyed the Farmer's Market and the music in the Plaza. We did a couple of walking tours and saw the St. Francis Assisi, Loretto Chapel, San Miguel Mission, Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Randall Davey Audubon Center, and enjoyed walking around several of the neighborhoods. There are also concerts in the Plaza four nights a week and we went Monday before we left. These are a lot of fun. We loved the sights, but the Audubon was a highlight for us. We couldn't do much as several trails were closed due to the fires, but it was peaceful and beautiful. Well worth a visit.

A definite highlight of the trip was our drive to Bandelier National Monument. We were worried about the closures but there was plenty to do for us and our daughter. We did two hikes, the Tyuonyi Overlook and Tsankawi hikes. Both were wonderful. The canyon was gorgeous and the Tsankawi hike with the obstacles and ladders was great fun, especially for our daughter. She had no problem with the ladders and loved it! We also did the White Rock Overlook on our way back to Santa Fe.

On our last day, we drove to Taos on our way back home. We did not go to the Pueblo as there was a lot of traffic due to a ceremony going on that day. We stopped, had lunch, wandered the Plaza, and went to the Governor Bent Museum.

Meals
We did mostly casual meals with our daughter. We went to Bumble Bees Baja Grill (good), Blue Corn Cafe (good), Shed (would not recommend), Cafe Pasqual's (very good), Cowgirl BBQ (good) and Graham's Grill in Taos (excellent). Graham's Grill and Cafe Pasqual were our two favorite meals of the trip.

We enjoyed our trip and seeing a new city! It was a good mix of family time and sightseeing time. We spent two full days in Santa Fe and did Bandelier on our third full day and it was perfect for us. We don't do a lot of shopping or art galleries, although we window shopped and saw some beautiful things. We enjoyed a lot of the area attractions and just wandering around the Plaza.

Thanks again for all of your help!

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