Northern New Mexico Travel Itinerary
We’ve listed here some of the many locations that you can visit when you come to Taos. Of course, staying at Dreamcatcher B&B (www.dreambb.com) would be a great way to relax and be near so many of these wonderful attractions. We look forward to seeing you soon! The locations and their events are found on taos.org. Prudy & John Abeln, Owners 575-758-0613 Step into an ancient past and today’s experience as you travel around the northern part of New Mexico. Here are some highlights and places to visit. Steeped in history, full of outdoor activities.
Abiquiu / Los Alamos& Chimayó
Abiquiu, home of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, is in the midst of New Mexico’s pink cliffs. Spectacular scenery, endless blue skies, and varied wildlife afford magnificent opportunities for outdoor activities or an artist’s inspiration. Numerous classes are offered at Ghost Ranch. Chimayó‘s past is still very present. Visit the Plaza in the southwest, the Santuario de Chimayó, one of the most visited churches in New Mexico, famous for its miraculous healing dirt, and the numerous shops filled with fine traditional Chimayó weavings. In Los Alamos explore the Bradbury Science Museum and visit the Fuller Lodge, a national historic landmark. Nearby, Bandelier National Monument offers great hiking and a chance to learn more about the Anasazi, ancient ancestors to Pueblo Indians.
Nestled in the greenbelt of the visually stunning and expansive Pojoaque Valley, Jaconita reflects its diverse and culturally rich population. With the soaring peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, the Jemez Mountains to the west and the local landmark Las Barrancas dominating the north end of the valley, spectacular views abound. Virtually free of light pollution because of its rural nature and distance from any major cities, the area offers incredible star-gazing opportunities considering its close proximity to Santa Fe and Los Alamos. With its centralized location and easy highway access, Jaconita is the perfect base to launch your explorations of all that Northern New Mexico has to offer. Whether it’s art gallery hopping in Santa Fe, hiking in nearby Bandelier National Monument, or visiting one of the eight neighboring Native American Pueblos, a stay in the Jaconita area allows for easy trip planning, adventures, or carefree laid-back days of rest and relaxation.
Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and is the oldest capital city in the U.S. Like most cities of Spanish origin, Santa Fe is built around a central Plaza, the heart of the city since it was established. The Plaza is surrounded by centuries-old flat-roofed adobe buildings, many housing art galleries and shops. For an understanding of New Mexico’s history and cultures, visit the Palace of the Governors and the Wheelwright Museum of American Indian Arts. Other museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, the International Museum of Folk Art, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Santa Fe has beautiful and historic churches such as the adobe Santuario de Guadalupe, the magnificent St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel with its miraculous spiral staircase, and the San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in the U.S. Santa Fe sits next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with ample hiking and recreation. Sixteen miles from the Plaza is the Santa Fe Ski Area. This lively town has performing and visual art events throughout the year, including the acclaimed Santa Fe Opera, the Desert Chorale, Indian Market, and Spanish Market. Artisans and craftspeople share their wealth of knowledge through numerous workshops and art classes year round. With more than 200 restaurants and a well-deserved reputation for outstanding New Mexican cuisine, there’s no danger of going hungry!
Taos brings different visions to different people. Art enthusiasts know Taos as one of our country’s oldest art colonies. History buffs know Taos as an historic trading center and crossroads. People who love to ski know Taos as a world-class skier’s mountain. In summer, Taos is a place to escape the heat and appreciate the gorgeous scenery, clear turquoise skies, and vistas that go on forever. Many Taos bed and breakfasts are located in beautifully restored estates, authentic adobe haciendas and historic buildings. Some were former homes and studios of Taos’ early Anglo-artists, those who came in the early 20th Century and became so enraptured they never left. Taos is surrounded by majestic views in every direction. Natural beauty here is astounding, as low humidity and clear, high air create a clarity to the sky unseen elsewhere. With the highest mountains of New Mexico and a wild and scenic river area nearby, the outdoors beckons. Many innkeepers are active outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and golfing. They’ll feed you a hearty breakfast and send you off on a perfect day’s adventure with tips about secret fishing holes, not-to-miss scenic overlooks, and the best places to picnic.
Cimarron, Chama & Farmington
In northeast New Mexico, Cimarron has 18 historic sites from its Wild West past as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Nearby Philmont Boy Scout Ranch is the world’s largest camping facility. In northwest New Mexico, Chama offers extensive outdoor recreation, but the star attraction is the narrow gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which winds through 64 miles of mountain scenery. The Four Corners area has world-class fly-fishing on the San Juan River and golfing at Pinon Hills — but your innkeeper will tell you Navajo Country and Chaco Culture National Historic Park are more than worth a visit!