Posted from near Roswell, NM
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New Mexico State Capitol
New Mexico History Museum
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
We really enjoyed our 2-week stay in the Santa Fe, NM area. There are a variety of things to see and do while in the area. If you like to shop (and have lots of money) head down to the central Plaza area. There are literally shops everywhere. We can only hold so many items in our MH, so we tend to do less shopping and more "learning" when in an area.
We always enjoy visiting state capitol buildings, so we made this our first stop on August 30. Here's a tip if you'd like to visit the Capitol Building or the plaza for that matter. Since pay parking (either via meters or parking garages) is the norm in Santa Fe, I decided to see if a "cheaper" way to visit was possible. I found that you can park in the multi-story parking garage on the west side of the Capitol for free. We used this while touring the Capitol Building and while walking down to the Plaza area.
IMHO the New Mexico Capitol Building is not as elegant, nor as instilling as a central point of power, as most state capitols we've visited. It did have the greatest display of artwork, however, and this definitely seems to be a theme of Santa Fe in general. For me, nice, but not quite what I expect in a state capitol.
We felt that the museum was certainly worth the admission and gave us a lot of incite into the evolution of the State of New Mexico from early Native American times to "modern" times. It seemed to pull together many of the things we've learned in the past few years about the West in general, and about New Mexico in particular.
Okay, enough serious cultural exploring for today. It was time to get outside and do some hiking! Thanks to a recommendation from Pam we decided to visit the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on August 31. The Monument area is located approximately 50 minutes from Santa Fe Skies RV Park. The area is managed by the BLM.
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.
Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps
that protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost
their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating. While fairly
uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few
feet up to 90 feet.
Our 2 weeks visiting the Santa Fe area seemed to go by way too fast. There are many other things we'd like to see and do in this area. I'm sure that a return trip is in order in the future. Next stop Albuquerque!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!