Wild West Wagon Trail

In 1821, with Mexico’s independence from Spain, a vital trading route was established between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Coming to be known as the Santa Fe Trail, this only thoroughfare out to the Wild West was America’s first commercial highway west of the Mississippi River, stretching 900 miles across Kansas, the Great…

Decolores

Summer in Santa Fe is all about colores, colors. A rich palette simmering in every event across the “City Different.” This dazzling rainbow of hues arches over the streets, sidewalks, and adobe buildings in all its splendor; shining in the bustling markets, music festivals, world-class restaurants, cozy cafes, and eclectic crowds. It’s almost blinding; the…

Valle Grande

Did you ever behold the sight of an ancient super volcano? If you haven’t, let Valle Grande in Northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains be that place to take your breath away. That’s what I experienced overlooking this grandiose valley, spreading like a monstrous carpet across the Valles Caldera National Preserve. These 89,000 acres of the…

Southwest Chief

Have you ever thought of exploring America’s western frontiers on railroad tracks? If the travel bug bites, why not ride the Southwest Chief from America’s Heartland to the Pacific Coast? 2,256 miles of spectacular scenery. That’s what one of my nephews did not long ago. Out of Chicago’s Union Station, riding across the wide-open plains…

Sacred Waters

Pagosa Springs put a spell on me the minute my hubby and I rolled into this charming Old West town nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains in Southern Colorado. After a spectacular three-hour drive heading up north from Santa Fe on Highway 84, we had finally made it. I had heard so…