By Eileen Richardson

Trail of the Mountain Spirits Here is another scenic byway to check out when you come to visit the state of New Mexico.

This one is scenic but right in line with the New Mexico personality; it is also a spiritual journey. It is spiritual because on it you will discover places where spirits of many types of people have left their mark. They are the native peoples, miners, Spanish explorers, mountain men, and homesteaders.

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By Eileen Richardson

The Pueblos of New Mexico were different than many Indian tribes in America that accepted government intervention in their everyday life.

The Pueblos in New Mexico were given the right to remain in their homelands and treated as sovereign entities by the Spanish colonists. The United States’ policies towards the pueblos grew out of the pattern of relationships first established by the Spanish.

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By Eileen Richardson

The Turquoise Trail There are many day trips to take in New Mexico, but one of the closest to Santa Fe and one of my favorites is the Turquoise Trail. NM 14 is a scenic byway off the main Interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

It offers 4 quaint towns to stop in that are a major part of New Mexico’s history.

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By Eileen Richardson

Taos our smaller neighbor to the north of Santa Fe is 2 hours away. It is a lovely drive up old Taos Hwy with great views crossing the Rio Grande and seeing how some still live in tiny homes as their ancestors did.

Taos is on the Taos Plateau against the western side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Elevation is 6,695 feet.

The town began with the Pueblo that is at least 700 years old today.

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By Lance Kinser

True Adventure in the Old West! Last August I took my family on a riding vacation to the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. My wife and had had both ridden a little and our two children (Boy age 10 and Girl age 12) have had lessons off and on for the past two years. We were looking for a real Western adventure and a chance to expose the children to the beauty of nature.

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By Eileen Richardson

The history of Santa Fe is multidimensional and encompasses the three cultures of the Mexican, Spanish, and Native American.

The interesting and unique part of these histories is that they all exist simultaneously today in the visible Santa Fe.

A day or two of walking in the downtown area will allow you to see some of the highlights of these histories.

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By Eileen Richardson

Although Santa Fe has been known as a great romantic destination for couples and single adults, the truth is that there is plenty for children to experience and enjoy. We will start with the playgrounds around town you can get to with your children. They are rated by age category.

Then we will explore some less known museums and monuments that are kid friendly, more commonly known places for kids and day trips for kids.

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By Eileen Richardson

In 1949 in Santa Fe Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson married oilman E.E. Buddy Fogelson. They owned a 13,000 acre ranch along the Pecos River which is about 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe. The ranch was called Forked Lightening Ranch.

Here Greer Garson began her love affair and left her mark on New Mexico.

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By Eileen Richardson

If you have visited Santa Fe and the area you might have noticed what a great place it appeared to be for horseback riding.

You may not hear about horse ranches or horse shows as part of the Santa Fe charm, but to many of its residents it is a way of life.

Southwest history is full of the Spanish Vaqueros, Indians and Cowboys who rode the beautiful vistas of this part of the Southwest on their beloved horses.

Read more: Raising and Loving Horses in Santa Fe

By Eileen Richardson

Another unique quality of Santa Fe, New Mexico is the style of dress. This includes both men and women and can be seen in shop owners and many people working in the high end hotels or restaurants, but not with the typical Santa Fean on a workday.

It is a style that you see mostly for special occasions. You will see the vibrant colors and textiles on men and women that are reminiscent of Mexican weavings and embroidery.

The cowboy boots, denim and buckles of the American West are also very often seen in Santa Fe. The silver and turquoise of course is everywhere in jewelry, clothing, belts and accessories. This is of course is the Pueblo Indian influence. The more Provincial Spanish influence in the clothing can be seen in the ruffles of the skirts, blouses and hair accessories.

Read more: Santa Fe Clothing & Dressing Style