The way to Taos from Santa Fe is the High Road, a scenic route through the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
The High Road to Taos provides a much deeper sense of history of the region. The valley seems like a series of plush oases. Small, traditional Hispanic villages surrounded by orchards and meadows make the drive worthwhile.
Not far from Santa Fe, the remains of pueblos, cliff dwellings, and volcanic eruptions stand as meaningful reminders of the passage of time.
New Mexico’s natural beauty captivates me.
The Pecos Valley has been continuously unfolding a story of human culture for over 10,000 years. The Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of this country, as well as evidence of a human presence that dates back to over 11,000 years. Ancestral pueblos were established around the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument during the 14th and 15th centuries.
All of these reminds us of the passage of time with an opportunity to reflect on where we came from and where we might be headed.
Kudos to U.S. National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management for their work in preserving these treasures for now and generations to come.
Great cities are masterpieces of art that allow each traveler to capture her/his own experience.
Located in northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is filled with four centuries of rich and often contentious history. A good way to know Santa Fe is through its neighborhoods – Plaza and Downtown, Canyon Road, Midtown Innovation District, Railyard-Guadalupe district, and Southside.
Three distinct styles of architecture can be witnessed in Santa Fe – Pueblo, Territorial, and Northern New Mexico. Native American culture permeates the city.
What follows is Santa Fe through my eyes.