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Three day itinerary

Wichita, Kansas
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Three day itinerary

We have a very last minute opportunity to head to NM for three full days, coming from Kansas direction. I've looked around the forums some trying to decide what city to go to and what to do, but there is a lot of options! Anyone recommend one location in northern NM that would be great for three days with hiking, scenic drives, biking, rafting, other similar activities? Not too much into museums. I think if I can get help pinpointing a location, I can build an itinerary from there! Thank you!!

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1. Re: Three day itinerary

I'd look at Red River or Taos... BUT there may be forest service closures due to extreme fire danger. Not sure if Carson NF (that region) will close, but Santa Fe NF just announced Stage 3 and will close the forests on Friday June 1.

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2. Re: Three day itinerary

TAOS area, great hiking in Taos ski area. Stop in Arroyo Seco at Taos Cow. QUESTO has good trails too. We are just furnishing our stay. Dowtown Taos is touristy, we found it perfect after the shops closed for dinner and evening stroll.

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3. Re: Three day itinerary

3 days is a very short time for this area. When exactly is this last minute opportunity?

Also be sure to read through this thread about the National Forest areas and the closures since you are interested in outdoor activities. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60958…

You could stay near Bandelier National Monument...at the Los Alamos Hampton Inn for example that puts you in a central location for outdoor activities in Bandelier, up at Taos, Georgio O'Keefe country etc. Santa Fe is fabulous and interesting...for a visit but since you seem more interested in more rural places and no museums the area north of SF as mentioned above is normally a good choice.

Taos could work very well as a home base too, that is nearer to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Drive, Questa etc. http://enchantedcircle.org https:/…hiking https:/…

Another place that is sort of central as a home base for the above, is the Buffalo Thunder resort. At times they have some great rates because its also a Casino.

1...Taos and the Taos Pueblo, an International Heritage site. Use the High and Low Road routes, one on the way up and one on the way back. Visit Santuario de Chimayo, the Nambe Trading Post, Truchas on the High Road. The Ranchos de Taos, with its famous adobe church, the Taos Drum Factory, the Rio Grande valley drive with a stop at Gabriel's near Buffalo Thunder for dinner all on the Low Road. Gabriel's is award winning and one of the best restaurants in NM. Great food and ambience both inside and out on the patio. https://www.trover.com/hiking/taos-pueblo-nm

2...Bandelier National Monument for ancient cliff dwelling ruins and hiking where the trail is open. Combine with Los Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum, plus a drive over to the Valles Caldera area for scenery, hiking and possibly elk. You have to take a free shuttle down to Bandelier NM from White Rock at this time of year....you cannot drive your car down.

3...Tent Rocks/Kasha Katewe National Monument for fabulous geologic formations and a small slot canyon...a very nice hike for photos. Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. https://www.tripsavvy.com/visiting-tent-rock…

4...Pecos Ruins National Historic Park for great ruins and a nice hike. https://www.nps.gov/peco/index.htm Combine with a side drive down to Madrid and Cerrillos on the Turquoise Trail...hippy dippy shopping and the famous Mine Shaft Tavern, an original old Western Long Bar. Cerrillos is where the original turquoise mine was located...an interesting rock shop there and a small petting zoo...not much else.

5...Georgia O'Keefe country. Abiquiu and the Rock areas she painted at the famous Ghost Ranch located just a few miles north of Abiquiu. There is a nice hiking trail at Ghost Ranch, https:/… Lunch at Bode's gas station and general store...featured on TV. https://bodes.com Or at the Abiquiu Inn.

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