I started off by taking a little side trip to Bandelier National Monument which is near the town of Los Alamos. This park was set up in the 30's and is named after the first anthropologist to study the area at the turn of the century. The area is criss-crossed with countless deep canyons that make for great places to hide out and set up a well protected settlement. The ancestral Puebloan peoples established a ground based pueblo village and cliff dwellings in the park area. Eventually the area was abandoned in favor of new lands, but the local Natives Americans claim decent from those peoples and a still inhabited modern pueblo named San Ildefonso is only ten miles away. This place is really cool because you can climb up into the reconstructed cliff dwellings and get a sense for what it was like back then. I've been to other parks with excavated and original dwellings that they don't let you get into and have to be satisfied with looking from the outside.
The trip to Bandelier took up most of the first day. The weather turned cold and a storm front moved in overnight. The next morning I checked the ski report and a fresh foot of snow had been dumped on the Santa Fe's so I knew I had to hit the slopes. My trusty snowboard was getting mighty lonely sitting in the rack on the van and hadn't seen any action since Park City last month. So off I went to Ski Santa Fe!
This resort is only 14 miles up the road from downtown, how sweet is that?! If I lived here, I'd be up there every day. The snow was phenomenal. I missed out on the famous fluffy snow in Utah, but found some here! I'm still debating about going to Taos, but If I do they have even more ski parks there. Hmmm, Taos is looking better every minute. : P
I'm hoping the weather turns nicer, I want to see some of the famous Santa Fe architecture and some cultural venues. Stay tuned for more action...
There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. This region is rich in Native American culture, along with Spanish and Anglo history. You would need to spend some serious time up here to see even half of it.