Thursday

We took the scenic route to Santa Fe, through the mountains with several stops along the way.

Coronado State Monument

Supposedly Francisco Vásquez de Coronado stopped near here in 1540 while he was searching for the cities of gold. We walked a short trail to see the pueblo ruins, and climbed a ladder into a reconstructed kiva. Our first stop was Coronado State Monument.
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playing the drum at the Coronado State Monument visitor center
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pueblo ruins near the Rio Grande
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Evan points out the next sign on the interpretive trail
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Evan climbs up the kiva ladder

Jemez Springs

We stopped at Jemez Springs for a soak in the natural hot springs, piped into tubs in the bath house. After lunch, we walked around Jemez State Monument to see ruins of a pueblo village from the 1500s and a Spanish church built in 1610.
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potty break on the way to Jemez Springs
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we stopped for (alternating) soaks in the bath house, fed by a natural hot spring
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Jemez State monument
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inside the ruins of a church built in the 1600s
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Valles Caldera

We stopped for a quick look at Valles Caldera, which collapsed after a volcanic eruption 50-60,000 years ago.
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Valles Caldera

Santa Fe

We arrived in Santa Fe in the late afternoon. After dinner, we strolled around the plaza.
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there were creepy talking ghosts in the second story windows above the Santa Fe plaza
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Santa Fe plaza at night
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St. Francis Cathedral at night