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    Default Las Vegas to New Mexico

    Arriving in Las Vegas Oct.2 and heading out the next day in a rental car. We want to see GC and then go on to New Mexico. We plan on taking in Old Town in ABQ and then on to Santa Fe, Los Almos and Taos. We have to be back in Las Vegas NV by Oct. 11. We expect to put in some long days on the road to see as much as possible.

    Any suggestions on routes or sights along the way. I've heard of the Enchanted Circle and Turquoise Trail any info on these routes would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Spectacular and Subtle

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon certainly qualify as spectacular in anybody's book, but there is much more in northern Arizona and New Mexico that would be more subtly appealing. In New Mexico, such venues would include Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, Taos Pueblo, the art communities in Santa Fe, and the Turquoise Trail. Those are certainly not exhaustive lists and you should have no trouble filling your days.


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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Default Balloon Fiesta week

    Hi rick.

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta starts this Saturday, and will run through next weekend. It’s well worth the effort to get up early and attend. If you haven’t booked a hotel room in ABQ as of yet, it would be a good idea to do as soon as possible. The balloon fiesta is the biggest event of the year here, so getting a good hotel room at this late date might require some hunting around.

    Quote Originally Posted by rick390
    I've heard of the Enchanted Circle and Turquoise Trail any info on these routes would be appreciated.
    The Turquoise Trail is the back road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, running along the east side of the Sandia Mountains, then up through two old mining towns, Madrid and Cerrillos. The Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park is a nice place to spend some time, and you can drive up the mountain to Sandia Crest.

    The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway takes you through Eagle Nest and the Moreno Valley, one of the most beautiful places in the state. Another popular scenic drive in northern NM is the “High Road” from Santa Fe to Taos, through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

    Have a great trip!

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