After driving nearly 2,000 miles in eight days, we found a rest stop in Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. We found excellent food with a Southwest flavor, more than 200 art galleries, and a city dominated by pueblo architecture. Santa Fe is the oldest and highest-elevation (7,200 feet) capital in the United States. It is quite dry here now, so it is hard to believe that monsoon rains are common in July and August.
In September, the city celebrates the oldest fiesta in the country and visitors at that time of year may be lucky enough to see the aspens in full fall color. Native American history and culture play major roles.
After a relaxing and enjoyable visit, we head north to Durango, Colorado for a few days.