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craazyjose
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Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Driving to Telluride in late July and considering spending a day or two in Santa Fe. Anything cool to see or do there? Will have 2 kids with us. I've been the Santa Fe before for work, but didn't stay long.

The plan now is to spend 1-2 day in Ouray first and do some off roading, hiking, etc and the drive around through ridgeway to Telluride. Would appreciate recommendations for things to do in the general area.


WestEndGirl
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Alpine loop in Ouray. Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride (all we did was stop for lunch). Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.


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vilma4prez
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Meowulf is great. But you need to buy tickets now.

Dr. Fields good is a great restaurant in Sante fe.

There is a little market in old downtown Sante fe with some of the cheapest bull skulls I've ever seen. Like $75 for unpolished horns.

Head to Taos. Cool little town


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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
In Telluride, have a drink at the Sheridan Hotel bar. Take the free gondola up to Red's and have a drink or dinner, or just enjoy the views. On the gondola ride towards Mountain Village, Mount Wilson can be seen in the distance (that's the mountain on the Coors beer cans). Go fly-fishing. Rent mountain bikes and ride the trails. You can rent a jeep in Telluride and take it up above the falls towards Ouray (you can cross the gap at the top of the mountains and go all the way across, if the road is open). At the top is an old deserted mining town. Visit Telluride Music - cool instrument shop. Telluride Brewing - just outside of town. Durango is a cool town as well. Mesa Verde is a must-see.
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JDMMonroeTiger
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
The train from Durango to Silverton and back. The kids would love it. Also, the mountain biking in Telluride is really fun.
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GITiger66
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Thanks guys. What are your thoughts on Mesa Verde with kids? My two are 7&11 and I’m not sure if they would get much out of it.


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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
You might want to check the construction going on at MVNP. I recall reading some of the major attractions are currently closed due to construction.


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GumboDave
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Santa Fe:
Hike Tent Rocks area. Get there early because it gets crowded.

White water raft the Rio Grande south of Taos. Do the Taos Box section. Amazing rafting trip.


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ElderTiger
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You can rent a jeep in Telluride and take it up above the falls towards Ouray (you can cross the gap at the top of the mountains and go all the way across, if the road is open).


If this is the one I’m thinking about, this is a great ride BUT YOU BETTER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING !!!!!


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In Santa Fe go to the town square and visit the Loretto Chapel and see the famous staircase. Worth it for sure.


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TeddyPadillac
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
I'd bypass New Mexico altogether and spend all your time in beautiful Colorado. New Mexico is a shithole. Beautiful scenery, but it's like a third world country in most places. I haven't been to Taos, but i hear good things about it as far as outdoor activities go.
Enjoy the drive through New Mexico and into Colorado and how the landscape changes from red rock desert to lush forest. That's my advice as someone who has made the drive 4 times now from Baton Rouge, soon to be 5th.


Nodust
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Chaco canyon near Farmington is extraordinary. Not sure if young kids will appreciate though.

Santa Fe wasn’t that impressive to me. Not bad not great.


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craazyjose
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Thanks Teddy. Where do you normally stop along the way? We are leaving Baton Rouge and planning to get to at least Amarillo, possibly all the way to Santa Fe on the first day.
Haven't made this drive in about 20yrs, any input would be appreciated.


TeddyPadillac
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When we go, we try to get to Santa Fe the first day. It's about 15 hours if you don't stop much. Santa Fe is also at a high elevation, around 7500', so it helps staying there the first night if you plan on doing some hiking at elevation on your trip.
I can get to Wichita Falls in my truck on one tank, but i have an ecodiesel, and that's kind of a place you want to fill up near no matter what b/c it'll be a lot of nothing after that.


Look i'm sure there are great places in New Mexico. Like I said, the landscape is beautiful. But there is a lot of nothing throughout the state. Always make sure you have gas when passing through b/c you can go almost 100 miles without a gas station in some places. We came back and went from Santa Fe to Lubbock/Abilene. We always try to take different routes to see new things. I'm lucky I had a good bit of gas b/c i didn't fill up near Santa Fe b/c i had over a half a tank left, and by the time i got to Vaughn i still had 200 miles to empty, so i didn't fill up. Well we literally didn't see another gas station for 118 miles after that.
The other thing is there are a ton of abandoned towns all over New Mexico, and the little ones that aren't abandoned, look like something you'd see in Mexico, not America.


That's my .02 on New Mexico. I literally just talked to another guy on a recent trip rafting, he was our guide. he had traveled a good bit and lived in New Mexico and asked me what i thought about it, and i said "i don't mean to be rude, but it seems like a shithole" and he smiled and said that's exactly how i feel about it. Beautiful landscape, and i'm sure there's nice places to go, but passing through to go to SW Colorado, i'd just much much rather spend all my time in SW Colorado than any extra time unnecessarily in New Mexico.

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hogfly
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Not to be an a-hole, but your take on NM is lame. Jemez area is amazing. Ghost Ranch. Turquoise Trail. Glorietta, Taos, Red River. I could go on and on. At one time,‘I might have saiid you were right about the majority of the state, but then I went to Las Cruces, and that area is absolutely gorgeous as well.

I also like that there’s actual interesting culture in New Mexico, unlike Colorado, which tends to be pretty transplant heavy without a deep history/culture.

But if you don’t like high desert and don’t spend the time to drive up to altitude, then I can see how NM might appear to be unattractive.


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hogfly
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
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I'd bypass New Mexico altogether and spend all your time in beautiful Colorado. New Mexico is a shithole. Beautiful scenery, but it's like a third world country in most places. I haven't been to Taos, but i hear good things about it as far as outdoor activities go.
Enjoy the drive through New Mexico and into Colorado and how the landscape changes from red rock desert to lush forest. That's my advice as someone who has made the drive 4 times now from Baton Rouge, soon to be 5th.


Lame AF. New Mexico is way cooler than Colorado from an interesting culture perspective. Food is way better. Colorado is gorgeous, but it’s pretty bland from a history and culture perspective.

It’s okay. You can say it. Brown people make you nervous.
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TeddyPadillac
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I don’t care what color they are. it looks like something you’d see in Mexico.
New Mexico is full of poor Indians, and a couple rich ones with casinos.
I interacted with one person in New Mexico during the 4 trips through it, to get a flat fixed, and he was extremely nice and didn’t even charge me to patch my tire even though I insisted he charge me something.

I feel bad driving through the majority of it seeing the places most people live wondering what the hell these people do to make money since they are many miles from anything other than minimum wage jobs.


I’ve said it twice now, it’s a beautiful landscape, and I’m sure there’s nice places to have adventures at, but what I seeing driving through is mostly shithole.


LSUHeights
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
I get it.

If you're from LA and live in a poor State, you maybe don't want to visit another poor State.

Texans driving thru LA to FL probably think the same as you.

But we all know LA has more culture and more interesting people than FL and maybe the same thing could be said about LA/Texans driving to CO through NM but NM has the scenery to help.

The San Juans are amazing and dramatic and are far better than the Front Range but NM has some postcard pictures as well.
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hogfly
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
Truth. Lake Providence and Talulah LA both look like 3rd world countries... but the cypress swamps are beautiful.


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tiger91
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re: Santa Fe/Southwest Colorado - Things to do
I second the train. We went to Mesa Verde but I didn't go to the dwellings (was pregnant and they suggested no) but the train was awesome.

We also went to the chapel that has the Miracle Staircase (I could be remembering the name wrong) built by a carpenter that people assume/relate to St. Joseph. It was gorgeous.

Edit -- didn't read comments before posting. Oops.
This post was edited on 6/12 at 2:58 pm


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