In twenty-six miles north of Santa Fe in Espanola you can reach the river road, which is sixty miles from Tolosa, and return to Espanola on the road, which is only fifty-two miles. Road vicious circle – it's eighty-four miles, which begins with Tolosa and takes one north, then east through the mountains of the Sangre de Cristo and back to Tolosa.
Departure from Espanola to Velarde on Highway 68 (River Road) – a four-lane flat road with mountains on either side. Along the way you will see several historical Puebla residents in the area. In Velarde highway turns into a two-lane highway and enters the valley of the Rio Grande. For the next twenty miles highway runs through the gorge next to the river Rio Grande with steep cliffs on both sides. If the highway rises from the valley near the town of Pilar, the view opens onto a large plain of grass and mountains in the distance.
While in Taos sure to take the time to stroll through the Taos Plaza, was built 200 years ago, where you can find several national and state interest. A few miles south is the church of San Francisco de Asisyai, built in the middle of 1700 for the S-loops Ababa buttresses and sculptures he makes one of the most photographed and iconic churches in the country. A few miles north of the base of the mountains Sangre de Cristo is the village of Taos Puebla, home to a little less than 4,500 people, which is a & # 39 is one of the oldest settlements who reside in North America. Do not forget about a national monument Gorge Bridge Rio Grande, just ten miles north of Tolosa near El Prado. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande is the fifth largest bridge in the United States. The bridge spans 1280 feet, and in 1966, the American Institute of Steel awarded the bridge "The most beautiful steel bridge" in the category of long spans. In addition, the bridge appeared in several movies.
Enchanted trail starts in the north of Taos Highway 522 overlooking the flat plains that turn into hills with forests of pine, spruce and aspen trees, when they enter into the national forest Carson, which occupies 1.5 million acres in the mountain chain of the Sangre de Cristo. . Passing on the highway 38 east of the Quest, for the next 18 miles will be held, one on top of the ridge Sangre de Cristo through the picturesque town of Red River at a height of 850 feet. As soon as crosses Bob Cat at a height of 920 feet, a decent down to Arolavaga jacks will pass through the magnificent valley of grass with a population of horses that graze in the hundreds. The Eagle's Nest on Highway 64 back to Taos on winding roads of the ridge Sangre de Cristo back into the valley of Tolosa.
Wide road from Tolosa back to Espanola begins on Highway 518, where it starts to rise back to the ridge of the Sangre de Cristo. Over the next forty miles High Road route runs across the top of the ridge through large areas of the National Forest Carson, opening the most spectacular views of the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Before the small town Chymao road descends back into the valley. In Chymao worth visiting the church of El Santuaira de Chymao. This small Roman Catholic church was founded in 1816 and is known for its thick walls, the walls, the two bell towers and a six-meter Crucifixion, which is considered an example of Spanish colonial architecture.
From the heart of Santa Fe traveling along the scenic Highway 475 sixteen miles to the Santa Fe Basin at an altitude of 10,350 feet, one of the country & # 39; the most diverse and unique destination. Along the way you enter the forest of Santa Fe, where aspen grows in abundance.
National Historic Site Skelevyh housing Pyue, represented by these dwelling cliffs, crashing into the cliff face on two different levels. The tour starts with a trip by minibus to the top of Mesa, you can see the stunning panorama of Northern New Mexico, as well as the layout of housing built on the upper part of the yard. To get to the second level, you need to follow the same path as the people of Santa Clara Pueblo. The narrow winding path carved into the stone. This level is stretched 2,100 feet along the rock wall with access to many homes. Hence the forty-foot ladder going down to the first level, which reflects the impressive community site and runs the length of the mass, length over pavmilya. With this level back to the center there is a steep, but paved path for visitors.
Under the & # 39; yazzhayuchy a national monument Bandele, should not rush to stay in the town of White Rock and visit the White cliff overlooking the spectacular view from the 270-degree views of the Rio Grande river, when it goes through the mountains Emez.
Entrance to the National Monument Bandeleru with Highway 4 can be a pleasure in itself. Three miles away from the entrance to the visitor center – a very colorful journey with several cooling bones. The trip passes through the vertex meat opening Canyon Fryoles, with spectacular Canyon below. Just past this point can be seen to the removal of the canyons on both sides of the highway. Fairly narrow road at this point to the 360-degree turn down to the floor of the canyon at an altitude of 666 feet. Along the bottom of the canyon you can find pine and pinon Panderasa, as well as other kinds of vegetation. Although Bandele there are only three miles of public roads around the park has seventy miles of hiking trails to the archaeological monuments.
The nearest archaeological site and the most popular – 400 yards from the visitors center. This paved 1.2 km run to the cliffs housing Tyuoni and allow access to the edges of the Mass to see the remains of the long house, a 800-foot section adjacent rooms with hand-carved caves as the back rooms. Add another half-mile one-way walk on the floor of the canyon through a pine forest to get to the house ALCO, where you need to climb the 140-foot vertical ladder to get to the place of Alco.
River National Park – is a place where the west was won and lost, a place of history and spectacular views as it is today, you can find a very peaceful place. The first inhabitants settled here Puebla and Plains Indians, and thanks to its rich fertile soil of the valley followed by Spanish settlers. As soon as the push to move the West became stronger, the Santa Fe trail was opened, and with it came the merchants. In the park there are two trails to admire and see firsthand some of the history of our country.
The path starts in the center of the ancestors to visitors and is a 1.25-mile loop. The trail passes through a forest of pine and pinyon Panderasa ruins in the valley of Puebla, and Mission Church. Going down the path, with great views of the mountains Sangre de Cristo and Gloryeta Mesa quite spectacular. A little more than seven miles from the visitor center, you can go to the second path, the track "Gloryeta battle", which is a 2.55-mile in half-meter climb to the top of the Mesa. Without a book under the directory from the visitors' center is just a leisurely stroll through the woods. With the help of a guide that explains in detail each of the trail marker, it is possible to detect the hard battle that lasted for days between the soldiers of the Union and Confederate soldiers for the conquest of the territory.
National Monument Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument from the tent – a great laboratory in the open air, which makes it possible to observe the geological processes that shape landscapes. Rocks conical rock formed millions of years ago due to volcanic eruptions of the volcanic field Emez. As a result, uniform layers of material along the volcanic rock breakage gray stripes are formed with beige and pink. Over time, rain and wind cut into the sediments, creating canyons. Tent formations located around the canyon are different in height from a few feet to a height of ninety feet. Monument occupies 5610 acres of public land height of 5570 feet to 6760 feet altitude.
These are two paths, one for the campaign. The path of the cave – it is 1.2 km away, which runs along the base of the cliffs and caves. Here you can walk through a forest of juniper and panderase Pinon, providing habitat for big game, such as moose, deer and turkeys. Canyon Trail – a hike of 1.5 miles in each direction, and the first mile and a & # 39 is part of the cave trails. Over the next mile, everyone can at a height of 630 feet. In the course of the trail on the floor of the canyon there is a gradual rise of places, a place for which is wide enough to just one person. In open areas appear high up in the cracks and crevices in the walls of the cliff, where living green leaves Manzanita bush with red bark, which contrast sharply with the color of the walls of the rock. Last quarter mile becomes more difficult as the path becomes very steep and rugged with an altitude gain of 300 feet.
At the top of the meat there is very little room to move, since the upper part of the Mass is very narrow, but the view of the mountains Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Zhemez, Sand Mountain and the Rio Grande Valley are impressive. Ezdavik, located at the top, can answer any questions and help as needed. Ranger will inform everyone when they get to the top, "for boasting rights need to travel to the form at the end of the Mass," is an additional 100 yards with decent 100 feet. After a long hike few take up this challenge, I have, for example. Unfortunately, you need to walk up to the ridge to start the trek back down.
Sixty miles to the northwest of Santa Fe, at an altitude of 4893 feet, ghost ranch, surrounded by uplifting spectacular cliffs reaching 600 feet. Come for a day or spend a week there is to do. Nine hiking trails Var & # 39; iruyutstsa moderate to severe and can last up to four miles. All trails lead you up into the rocks. In addition, they offer horseback riding, as well as cinema trips. Yes, there was filmed a lot of action movies such as "All the pretty horses", "Indiana Jones" Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 3.10 "Yuma", "young guns" and more.
State Park Hyde Memorial in 4800 feet – the highest state of New Mexico Park. The park covers 350 hectares of forest land and much all year. Three hiking trails covering 3.7 miles. While these state parks trails known views of the valley and the surrounding mountains, they are much more valuable to a strenuous workout.
Next to the East – one mile and is considered an easy path with gain of 200 feet. It's a nice hike and trail a few feet wide, with a precise base and occupies one of the camping and cottages. Halfway there is a waterfall. Half a mile round trip – a rocky trail that follows the creek to the wall channel, where the water cascades over him. At the end of the road in the East and the West – the trail Piggyback. It is an easy half-mile trail that leads back to the parking lot. Western trail of 2.2 miles has a gain of 1000 feet, because most trails and elevation of the next level is considered to be difficult. Durable trail is very narrow and covered with loose rocks of the mountain, not to mention the roots and fallen on the track path. For the first mile is a steep winding slope if once attains a height of 1,000 feet in 940 feet. Hike down a little bit easier.
The trail of the Old Santa Fe runs right through the historic Santa Fe. Here is the Chapel of San Miguel, the oldest church in the United States. Basilica Cathedral, and Loreta Chapel are within a few blocks. Santa Fe area is located in the heart of the historic district with an abundance of shopping and dining to enjoy.
Canyon Road, just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe – a place where you can find most any kind of art that your heart desires. The road is half a mile in one direction, and you can find 100 galleries and restaurants.