|Subject: New Mexico|
On my trip to New Mexico I used the guidebook NEW MEXICO HANDBOOK by
Moon Publications and was quite pleased with the information contained
within. If you are going to Santa Fe from ALBQ I would suggest the
road up through the ski areas and old mining towns. The one that
goes though Madrid. The towns are interesting and some have local
artisan shops well worth the stop. The prices will be better than
the plaza in downtown Santa Fe.
Outside of Santa Fe I recommend the BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT for wandering the Indian ruins and cave dwellings. There is one ceremonial cave that you must climb up 5 series of ladders as well as cliff steps - great view.
If you are going up toward Taos I concur with the others - take the high road through Chimayo. I stayed in this tiny village for two nights at the inn of Rancho de Chimayo and dined in their excellent restaurant as everyone has mentioned. Stop into the chapel in town and visit the shops demonstrating the traditional Spanish weaving. We liked Ortega's.
I also visited various other Indian ruins further afield as well as a couple of Pueblos.
Cynthia Kilian Woodstock, Illinois USA