San Luis Valley, CO to Santa Fe, NM

Thomas and Cecile came to spend two weeks with us. After a short stay in La Veta, we leave before the wind rises. I did not know much about New Mexico, except around the Capulin volcano that we explored on the way back from Dallas last September.
Thomas and Cecile ride one of the motorcycles while I’m driving the RV through the La Veta Pass to the San Luis Valley, reaching hot springs. The weather is fair but chill and windy.

Last year I came with my brother to the very same place and stayed in a yurt; it’s a fun experience. But this time we have the RV and it’s even more comfortable.

Then we’re done with Colorado for a while and enter New Mexico and head to Taos, following the Rio Grande river, along the Sangre de Christo Range. It’s a small town in a lovely surroundings, near pretty high peaks (Wheeler Peak, at 13’000ft or 4000m). It hosts a small ski resort. Nights are chill (it’s freezing almost every night), we cooked delicious ribs on the fireplace.

The milky way is incredibly visible, as the air is dry and the light pollution minimal.

Jess walks Lola, the electric bikes are great to ride the paths around the camp.

After another night in Taos, we decide to look for warmer weather south : Santa Fe. Not without gazing at the gorge from the rather impressive bridge over the Rio Grande.

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico. It’s still high elevation at over 7000ft (2200m) and the nights are still freezing cool. The town is much bigger than Taos, has a really neat architecture and unity of style, based on the traditional adobe.

Santa Fe features several very interesting museums of Art, Indian culture and history. Besides, the classic plaza in the center of the town is surrounded by boutiques and restaurants, selling beautiful and sometimes expensive jewelry, more or less traditional clothing and leather crafting. This is definitely an upper end city, cute and original. The Cowgirl BBQ is one among many good restaurants. You can walk most of the old town and climb to the Cross of the Martyrs for a nice sunset over the city, or just get on the Rooftop Plaza.

From Santa Fe it was about an hour drive to Albuquerque. We visited other museums and the downtown; not as picturesque as Sante Fe’s but worth a walk.

Santa Fe managed to amaze us for over a week and at least we managed to enjoy travelling instead of just adding up miles. We stayed at the Rancheros RV Park, expensive but cozy and beautiful. Then Thomas and Cecile had to fly back to France from Denver and we ditched the RV in Albuquerque and head back north with just the truck.