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Trip Report Six Days in New Mexico

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Thank you for all the help I received planning this trip.

My husband and I have traveled extensively in the US. This trip covered many miles and frequent hotels changes - this is not the way we usually travel. However, we had an opportunity to visit New Mexico (one of 5 states that we have not seen) with limited time.

After visiting family in LA, flew to ABQ, picked up rental car, lunch at Frontier (good suggestion from several on this board), then drove directly to Carlsbad. Stayed at Trinity Hotel in Carlsbad for 2 nights, a lovely historic B&B, which truly felt like a respite. Next AM toured main cave via natural entrance. Great experience! For us it was worth the long drive south. In PM drove to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Next day headed to White Sands National Monument via Cloudcroft. Interesting views leaving desert for mountain scenery and high elevation (over 8,000 ft.). Spent time on drive within White Sands and in informative visitor center. Loved it! When we got home, it was featured on Sunday Morning TV program.

On to ABQ for basically an overnight at The Hotel Albuquerque. Walked in Old Town following a self-guided tour and saw beautiful sunset on the mts from a roof top bar/restaurant.

On to SF with stop in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Fabulous hike on Canyon Trail, through slot canyon, but did not attempt climb to top of mesa.

Arrived 11:00 AM at Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe - lovely property, great atmosphere and location, and some of the nicest employees I've ever encountered at a hotel. Walked Plaza and surrounding areas.

Tentative plan for next day was to drive to Bandelier National Monument, Jemez Springs, and back to ABQ. Decided instead to relax in the morning, stay in SF, walk some more, this time Canyon Road, which was delightful without even buying anything.

PM drove back to ABQ via highway for a special one night stay at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm. Delightful and interesting - the web site will give you a good overview and feeling for the place, better than I can describe. An adjacent Cultural Center building is like touring a small museum.

Easy access to ABQ for afternoon flight home. Missed northern NM, and certainly did not do justice to SF or ABQ, but all in all an active and good trip.

Please ask any questions.

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