Along with many miles of hiking, my friends and I also took in a few sites and dined at many good restaurants. After we hiked both The Petroglyph National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument we headed on the Low Road to Taos. We certainly worked up a good appetite so we headed to town in Taos and had dinner at Doc Martin’s Restaurant at the Historic Taos Inn for tasty New Mexican food and of course drinks.
The next morning before heading to Taos Mountain Village we has breakfast at a diner that locals frequent as well as travelers – Michael’s Kitchen. Along with hearty breakfasts they also offer cinnamon rolls the size of dinner plates.
When we headed to Santa Fe we took the High Road and stopped at a small town named Chimayó. Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to see the tiny church there – El Santuario de Chimayó. There are many stories of miracles that have taken place there. The architecture itself is beautiful to behold.
After we visited the church we headed up to see the galleries. Streets and streets filled with all types of art – paintings, sculptures, textiles – a sensory overload! One gallery had a garden of sculptures and my favorite was the dancing elephants in the center.
Along the Trail we stopped at a former mining town to visit the shops and see the colorful buildings. I purchased a pendant made of Cerrillos Turquoise which is mined near by in New Mexico. Most turquoise today is mined in Nevada and all but one mine in New Mexico is in the southern part of the state. I was pleased to find a piece of this very green turquoise that was mined locally.
Our last evening in New Mexico we enjoyed cocktails at the roof top bar in our hotel before dinner.