What can I say about Santa Fe that doesn’t involve crepes? It has a lot of jewelry and all that same nonsense that you’d find in Albuquerque’s Old Town, yet tenfold and much more expensive. Most of the tourists are older couples, and the concierge at La Fonda told me the median age of residents is 58. I’ve made a mental note to return when I’m old and rich and need lots of jewelry to feel pretty and hide my wrinkled décolletage.
Santa Fe has been calling me for years. When I was in high school and college my parents would take off 6 or so weeks each year to road trip around the country in their Goldwing. One year they returned with a collection of Native American jewelry, pottery, saddle blankets and more. I loved it all, and wanted to see more and learn more about it. So, when planning this road trip I thought, I need to go through Santa Fe.
Traveling from Albuquerque to Santa Fe you can be a really boring person and take I-25 north, or you can meander up the historically significant Turquoise Trail (NM 14). The trail is a designated National Scenic Byway comprised of 50+ miles (more if you veer off at the south end to drive the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway). A few of the points I thought were interesting:
Sandia Crest Scenic Byway: My first taste of mountains in a while. A short drive that climbs 4,000 feet above Albuquerque, and worth it if only for a break from the desert. I’d never been so thrilled to see trees.