Howdy all! I've got a friend coming to visit for several days, and am wondering--
What's your favorite thing to show visitors about Albuquerque? or do with visitors? We'll have a Balloon Fiesta day, and probably a visit to Taos and Santa Fe, but I've got a couple more days to fill up!
Trinity Site will be open the first Saturday in October. Then you can hit the VLA on the way home.
Bandelier! Everyone I've ever taken there said it was the highlight of their trip. Even less-physical folks can tour the main ruins and the drive up is beautiful. Acoma Sky City Pueblo is also a hit with most people and can be done as a day trip.
Closer to home, you can spend half a day walking around Old Town and then get cocktails at Seasons or St. Clair. I find that Sadie's is too hot for most out-of-towners and I now take them to El Pinto or El Bruno's for the New Mexican restaurant experience. I have found my visitors are underwhelmed by Sandia Peak and Petroglyph Monument.
Have fun and good luck!
DIdn't Bandelier experience heavy fire damage? It might not be a good year for there.
On the way to Santa Fe, the slot canyon near Cochiti is nice.
Good point! Some of the park is still open but much of it is not. It looks like the Tsankawi Trail is still open, though. It's very cool four-mile hike to some ruins but is not a good option for people who are afraid of heights.
I highly recommend Acoma. It is a great slice of the New Mexico pie landscape, culture, and history.
Also, take the railrunner to Santa Fe and walk to the Museums and have a tapas and margarita at the Coyote Bar.
Ojo Caliente is also a great trip, if you like to soak but is somewhat pricey. There is also 10,000 waves in SF too
Bike or walk along the bosque trail near the Nature Center.
Hike the North 10K trail to the rim in the Sandias.
Sometimes there are dances at the Pueblo Cultrual Center
If you go to Taos, take the high road and stop at the Santuario de Chimayo and then to the Ranchos de Chimayo restaruant. You may even be able to go into the church at Las Trampas and the road ends at the church at Ranchos de Taos.
Sorry, just got carried away. I could go on and on.