Subject: Re: Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, &Taos
At 11:10 AM 3/25/99 -0500, you wrote:

>> Plus the drive from Santa Fe to Taos (on the high road) can be enjoyed from >>the car.

>How long is that drive?

The most direct route on Highway 68 takes about an hour and a half. Alternatively, the high road adds another half-hour to 45 minutes. I highly recommend the high road. It winds through some of the oldest villages in the state (predating the establishment of the U.S. itself). Climbing through the lower elevations of the Sangre de Cristo mountains the road threads its way through the Kit Carson National Forest. Along the way you can stop for lunch at Ranchos de Chimayo; reputedly the best example of New Mexican cuisine anywhere.

>At this point, a suggested timetable would be helpful so we can coordinate your
>flights. (We'll be flying from Tampa and Paula and Warren will be flying from
>Miami, I believe). How many days would you suggest we allot for the ideal trip
>to this area, considering the above noted limitations on climbing and hiking?

I assume you are flying into Phoenix. Depending on your arrival time you may want to stay between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon your first night. Sedona would be a logical choice. Due to the fact that you won't be doing any hiking into the Canyon perhaps two days will be enough to take in the various vistas and learn the history of the Canyon.

The drive from the Grand Canyon to Santa Fe will take the better part of a day. Then I'd suggest another couple of days in Santa Fe. A couple of days in Taos should also be sufficient.

Now, Don and Linda, I'm sure you are aware that it is quite easy to expand on a basic itinerary. And if one wanted to go into more depth exploring this region one could easily double the amount of time spent here. The great aspect of traveling in this region is that the incredible natural beauty sculpted on the landscape can be enjoyed by all regardless of their physical limitations. It is on such a grand scale that one can easily be surrounded by it.

While doing your research if you find that more time spent here may be worthwhile I'll be glad to suggest some further sidetrips that I've enjoyed in this region.

>Is it generally above 50 degrees during the day in early November, do you know?

I believe that the average highs will make it above 50 degrees in November. However it is not unusual for early winter storms to pass through this region at this time. And the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, &Taos are all above 7000 ft in elevation. This means that you could easily encounter snow. So, be prepared.

John Rule