Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
We used to go to New Mexico every year as our road trip. From California it is a couple days' drive. Since cities and crowds make me literally ill, we would mostly go hang out in Indian Country. Not much of anyone out there. I go to the desert to feel lonely and windswept, not to stare at huge rock formations (which are cool but not why I go). Santa Fe is a bit over the top with wall to wall wealthy arty anglos, but Taos is still lovely. Both are high up and I've been snowed on near Taos in the summertime (in a tent!). That area is the heart of the old Spanish settlement of New Mexico. It has a fascinating history, as the Spanish colonized the area in the 17th century, ceded it to Mexico, which in turn basically abandoned it. So the hispanic people there developed their own religious customs and art in isolation, which still exist today. They are still isolated and poor there; nothing like it really exists anywhere else. Would love to go back but doubt I ever will.
I recommend Canyon de Chelley, Mesa Verde, and Zion.
Short horse lover