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May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

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May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

previously got some great advice to help start me off on our Santa Fe trip

Flying into ABQ around noon Tuesday may 15, and then back home Saturday 5/19 2 pm

Two of us (age 50) for anniversary, active outdoorsy and hoping for a few good half day strenuous hikes, good meals, maybe a museum or two. We realize hiking may be limited by dry season restrictions due to fire risk, though. Mostly intend to spend the evenings in Santa Fe, maybe one half day as well


Do you recommend all four nights in Santa Fe, and take day trips each day? Or 3 nights in Santa Fe and 1 night elsewhere (Taos?)? Or another plan?

We currently have three nights reserved at Inn of Governors, based on TA reviews and advice, and were preliminarily thinking going to Taos early Friday spend the day there and then drive back right to ABQ on Saturday to fly out. Open to other suggestions

Plan on doing Tent Rocks and Bandelier as two definites, unless others have opinions for better places to go to hike. We do a lot of hiking across the US but not in southwest, so probably would lean towards more unique hikes for the area

We are also hoping for one special night out for dinner, seems like there are a few options there like Radish and Rye and Geronimo

Other than the pretty drive, what else is unique about Taos? Perhaps the bridge over the gorge? Also considering Los Alamos instead of Taos.

Trying to make the most of our time there, wish it were longer!

Thank you.


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1. Re: May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

Taos Pueblo is unique and well worth a trip. They reopen in late April. http://taospueblo.com/ The Taos Lilac Festival starts on May 18, great time to be in Taos.


The church in Ranchos de Taos is beautiful. Plenty of great artwork in museums and galleries. Maybe look at staying at the Historic Taos Inn, casita type lodging right in town. There is even a unique lodging option at Taos Mesa Brewing, vintage travel trailers! https://hotellunamystica.com/

I wouldn't pick Los Alamos over Taos for a night.

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2. Re: May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

If you are iffy about the Taos Pueblo, you have time to decide on doing that when you arrive in Taos on a day trip. You could stay the stay in Los Alamos instead of heading back to SF. Especially if you are planning on hiking Bandelier National Monument. You will have to take the shuttle from White Rock to Bandelier anyway because from May 14th you cannot drive down with your own car.



We have easily made the High Road to Taos drive, visited the Pueblo (or sometimes not) had lunch there and then took the Low Road back (64 miles) to Los Alamos for the night. Its only about 70 miles to Taos via the High Road so its not all that much driving and its all scenic. Hike Bandelier in the afternoon or evening and Tent Rocks on the way to ABQ in the morning. The hikes to the main attractions in either park are not all that long but they are very different from one another. Cliff dwellings and ruins at Bandelier...geologic formations and a small slot canyon at Tent Rocks.

If you end up making the High/Low Road and Taos/Bandelier in day...you CAN stay in your Santa Fe hotel if you begin early and expect to arrive back fairly late. Its up to you if you want to move hotels or not...go with your gut. You have a pretty short stay as it is.

If you are going to Taos or Los Alamos/Bandelier do try to work in lunch or dinner at Gabriel's. You will be out that way anyway. You take the Buffalo Thunder exit and then drive a mile south of it on the east side frontage road. Its one of the best NM meals you will enjoy in NM.

Edited: 03 April 2018, 03:30
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3. Re: May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

I'd do Taos as a day trip but I'd personally rather drive than move hotels.Tent Rocks and Bandelier can definitely be done together as a day trip from Santa Fe, although a long one. But totally doable and both are great. It would be about 3.5 or 4 hours of driving total, but broken up across the day. I'd personally go to tent rocks first, and early. Then head to Los Alamos for a look around and some lunch and then head down to White Rock to catch the shuttle for Bandelier to do the main loop plus the Alcove House. Really some wonderful stuff there. Then you can head back down to SF, perhaps stopping at Gabriel's for dinner as described above. Really wonderful place. Definitely order the guacamole....they make it to order right there at your table.

Oh and for a nice dinner in Santa Fe, have a look at The Compound. Really some of the most excellent table service I've ever experienced and the food was exquisite.

Edited: 03 April 2018, 04:16
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4. Re: May itinerary advice wanted 3.5 days

We loved the Bandelier hike and Geronimo for dinner was fabulous! Gabriel's for lunch after Bandelier was fantastic.

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