Things to do in Northern New Mexico
While fishing may be the reason you're coming here, there are plenty of things going on in northern New Mexico that you can include in your plans.
Pecos National Historical Park
Visitor Center: 505-757-7213
The park is located a couple of miles south of Pecos
Preserving more than 12,000 years of history, including Pecos Pueblo and Spanish mission ruins, Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts, the Forked Lightning Ranch, former home to movie star Greer Garson, and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta site, this national park provides a fascinating window to New Mexico's past. Pecos, a major trading center with the Plains Indians, was perhaps the greatest of the pueblos when Europeans arrived.
Pecos Studio Tour
End of September, dates not available yet
The 18th Annual Pecos Studio Tour
Artists from all around the Pecos area from Glorieta to the way up toward Tererro open their studios for you to see their work.
In Santa Fe and Beyond
Valles Caldera National Preserve
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is located in west of Santa Fe in the Jemez Mountains.The was a private ranch until 2000, when Congress created it from a well-known ranch known as “the Baca Ranch” in New Mexico’s volcanic Jemez Mountain Range. This 89,000 acre property is situated inside a collapsed crater. Studded with eruptive domes and featuring Redondo Peak (11,254 feet), this old ranch property is now being developed to explore a new way of managing public lands.
For the outdoors lover, the Preserve offers a variety of activities to the public: Fly fishing access to exclusive sections of San Antonio Creek and the East Fork of the Jemez River from spring to the fall; elk hunt hunts in the fall months, turkey hunts in the spring; hiking trails throughout the Preserve; and much more. Reservations and permits are required for most access, visit their website for more details.
We discovered the Preserve in 2010 and have returned several times. It is well worth the 1 1/2 hour drive from Santa Fe and makes a great day outing.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument
The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument is near Cochiti Pueblo, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It's a nice half day trip that includes a short hike and some spectacular geologic structures and vistas of the Rio Grande Valley.
"The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The national monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level.
The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a “pyroclastic flow.” In close inspections of the arroyos, visitors will discover small, rounded, translucent obsidian (volcanic glass) fragments created by rapid cooling. Please leave these fragments for others to enjoy."
Santa Fe Indian Market
August 20-21, 2016
The Santa Fe Indian Market is a 92-year-old Native art market. It is the largest and most prestigious Native arts market in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwest. The yearly event is held during the third weekend of August. Over 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork. The Indian Market attracts 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Santa Fe Opera
The 2016 season is July 1-August 27
Including: La Fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette, Capriccio, Vanessa
Believe it or not, there's time to spend a day learning to trout fish and still have time to get to the opera. Prepare you tailgate dinner. We've done it!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
October 1-9, 2016
If you haven't experienced the Balloon Fiesta, you have to give it a try.
The Mass Ascension at 7am is a phenomenal experience.