Tag: New Mexico

Santa Fe Trail

The Santa Fe Trail starts in New Franklin (pictured above) and ends in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was used to transport goods from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe. The trail was also used to transport military… Continue Reading “Santa Fe Trail”

Santa Fe Trail (Western Terminus)

Visited: March 2018 Duration: 2 days Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico If you haven’t been following the Santa Fe Trail with us be sure to check out our other posts here: Santa Fe Trail Eastern Terminus Santa Fe Trail Central Route Santa Fe Trail… Continue Reading “Santa Fe Trail (Western Terminus)”

Santa Fe Trail (Mountain Route)

Visited: July 2020 and March 2018 Duration: 2-3 days Location: Cimarron Kansas to Las Vegas, New Mexico On this blog we will be following the Mountain Route of the Santa Fe Trail. We did this in 2 parts, we did the Kansas/Colorado sites on… Continue Reading “Santa Fe Trail (Mountain Route)”

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Visited: March 2018 Duration: 1-2 hours Accomodations:  None. This was an afternoon stop between New Mexico and Texas. Capulin Volcano erupted over 60,000 years ago producing 2 kinds of volcanic products: cinders/scoria (frothy chunks of volcanic rock) and lava flows. Today you can walk… Continue Reading “Capulin Volcano National Monument”

Fort Union National Monument

Visited: March 2018 Duration: 2-3 hours Accommodations: Las Vegas, NM (28 miles South of Fort Union) Fort Union was once a bustling community where soldiers practiced army drills, blacksmiths hammered out horseshoes and wheels for wagons. Traders traded items and news in English and… Continue Reading “Fort Union National Monument”

Pecos National Historic Park

Visited: March 2018 Duration: 2-3 hours Accommodations: Santa Fe, NM (located 25 northwest of the park) Pecos National Historic park holds years of history. It preserves the archaeological site of a 15th century Pueblo, Spanish missions, the crossing of the Santa Fe Trail, New… Continue Reading “Pecos National Historic Park”

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Visited: March 2018 Duration: 2-3 hours We arrived at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument around 8 am.  We were one of the first cars in the parking lot. We entered in the South part of the park coming from Hwy 22. At this part… Continue Reading “Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument”

Petroglyph National Monument

Duration: 2-3 hours For the next stop on National Park Trip Season 3: Spring Break edition we traveled north to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Petroglyph National Monument is located just off to the west of Albuquerque, directly north of I40. We headed straight to the… Continue Reading “Petroglyph National Monument”

New Mexico (revisited)

You really just can’t beat New Mexico!  It is a gorgeous state.  We chose to do Spring Break here because we LOVE to visit National Parks every summer but I just don’t want to do it in 100 degree weather.  We headed down in… Continue Reading “New Mexico (revisited)”

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Welcome back, the next stop we made on our Spring Break National Park trip was Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.  There are four different sites to visit at this monument: Abo, Quarai, Gran Quivira and the Headquarters/Visitor Center located in Mountanair, New Mexico.  We… Continue Reading “Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument”

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