I just got back from a long weekend visiting a friend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had never been to that part of the country, and was overwhelmed with how beautiful the area was. I’d like share some photos and encourage everybody to add Santa Fe to their travel bucket list ASAP!
Plaza Blanca – This is in Abiquiu, close to an hour outside of Santa Fe. These natural rock formations were inspiration for many paintings by Georiga O-Keeffe. You get there on a very random back road. We definitely had that moment of, where is the GPS taking us!? But once you realize you’re in the right place, the scenery is truly amazing. I’m not sure if it is always like this, but we were just about the only people there, which made it even cooler.
Ghost Ranch – Definitely a must see. Georgia O-Keeffe actually lived on this ranch for years! My husband and I went on a horseback riding tour of the ranch and got to see her house and lots of natural landscapes that she painted. I’d definitely recommend the horse ride, if you’re there, but you do need to schedule it in advance.
Bandelier National Monument – This place was high on my list of places to visit. For some reason, I was really excited to climb up the ladders and get into a hole. Ancient people used to actually live in the holes! There were small ladders to climb, but there was also a much scarier area, where you climbed the steepest ladders I’ve ever seen up to a big cove near the top of the mountain. If you’re not afraid of heights, you’ve got to do it! I’m not “scared of heights,” but going up a ladder like that made me nervous. I’m glad I did it – the fabulous view of the canyon at the top was worth it!
Valles Caldera – This is a 13.7-mile wide volcanic crater! We got there just as a storm was passing by. The sun coming through the clouds was incredible.
Meow Wolf – Meow Wolf’s website says that they offer “immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.” The attraction was made up by “nearly 200 artists across all disciplines including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography and video production, virtual and augmented reality, music and audio engineering, narrative writing, costuming and performance, and more.” Kids would especially love this, but even my husband and I were entertained by walking around and taking it all in. Very different from anything we’d ever seen before! I tried to get in that washing machine but I couldn’t find a way to fit and was not willing to go head first like this innocent bystander. (These pics aren’t great – it was dark in there!)
And here are some other photos that didn’t fit into any part of this post. Just enjoy the beauty (and mini pony!):
So yeah – Santa Fe was full of gorgeous natural beauty and you should all go there!! Go!