Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe

12 09 2018

Trailer Ranch RV Resort, Santa Fe

Our next stop on our Northern New Mexico “loop” is in Santa Fe where we’re parked in sites T-6 & T-7 at Trailer Ranch RV Resort.  These are two back-in, full hookup sites located against the eastern wall.  Unlike some Texas RV resorts where you park on the gravel/grass, here you park on the cement slab and have a gravel patio area.  There’s also a shady grass strip that runs behind all of the trailers that makes for good shady relaxation during the heat of the day.  The water and electrical connections are on either side of this strip, so some rigs will require extra hose or electrical to reach these connections.  The RV Resort is located on south Cerrillos Road, about 6 miles from the central plaza.  Public transport, with a stop right outside the Resort, takes about 20 minutes to make the trip to the central bus station about 2 blocks from the plaza.  While the Resort is convenient to everything downtown, the traffic noise along Cerrillos Road is notable.  But, for access to the many dining options between the RV park and downtown, we’d probably stay here again.  Behind the Trailer Ranch is a large 50+ mobile home park with a few RV spaces.  Availability of these spaces would reduce the traffic noise considerably.

On Wednesday we decided to visit the “Margarita Trail”,  a unique tourism Santa Fe concept dedicated to highlighting some of the best hotels, restaurants and drinking establishments in the city.  With over 30 participating bars and restaurants, it’s easy to find someplace nearly anywhere around Santa Fe. And, of course, there’s an app for that!  We started our “trail” at the lobby lounge at La Fonda, one of the oldest hotels in the city.  After purchasing our passports (for $3) which are stamped at each location, we ordered up their Don Rael Margareta.

La Fonda Hotel, Bell Tower

Finishing our first stamping, we moved to the Bell Tower at La Fonda for their Bell Ringer Margarita.  From here we visited the rooftop bar, Bar Alto,  at the Drury Plaza hotel for their signature Sangre de Cristo Sunset Margarita.  We finished our tour at the Coyote Rooftop Cantina enjoying their Norteno Margarita along with several wonderful appetizers and a great view over Santa Fe. On Thursday, having our fill of Margarita’s, we hopped on the city bus to The Railyard, a newly renovated historic area of art galleries, restaurants and a world class Farmers Market.  We enjoyed the outdoor patio and a few brews at the Second Street Brewery at the Railyard.  The Railyard  also provides the northern terminus of the Albuquerque to Santa Fe Rail Runner commuter rail service.  Next, we’re off for Ojo Caliente…more from there.

Rail Runner at the Railyard, Santa Fe


Santa Fe Skies RV Park

28 02 2016
Site I-4, Santa Fe Skies

Site I-4, Santa Fe Skies

Good Morning from Santa Fe, NM.
We’re parked at Santa Fe Skies RV Park, where we last visited in October on the way to Balloon Fiesta 2015. We first visited this park in 2010 when we were in the truck camper. The full review is here: SANTA FE SKIES

This park occupies a great location looking toward the north over Santa Fe.  The evening lights and the city in the rising sunlight is beautiful. The grounds are still well-kept and the showers & restrooms immaculately clean. They also seem to have a interesting growing collection of antique engines and road equipment. But, the formerly wonderful WiFi has been reduced to a network that doesn’t support much of anything. I connected, tried a few browser pages and quickly disconnected. We’re not sure if we were just in a prime spot back behind the registration building, or if the network maintenance has fallen by the wayside. However, just as back in October, this visit offered no solution to the WiFi problems other than a cellular connection. However, this is just a quick overnight. Tomorrow we’ll continue south to Albuquerque where we’ll turn west along I-40. Our next stop will be western New Mexico as we head toward Phoenix – more from there!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

7 10 2015
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

We’re enroute to Albuquerque for the world famous Balloon Fiesta!  Our first stop is at the Alamosa KOA.  Fairly typical for a KOA, our $37 buys us a fairly flat, gravel space with electric & water – and in this particular site, a bit of a privacy break with a tree and some sage brush on our slide-side.  Facilities appear to work well, the nearby bathroom is clean but the shower house has a bit of a locker room smell – not particularly inviting.

Our second stop is to a familiar RV park, Santa Fe Skies.  We first visited Santa Fe Skies in the truck camper back in 2010.  Our “thumbs up” impressions sticks – this is a nice park, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, with great facilities.  Our $50 here (we’re close enough to Albuquerque to feel the effects of Balloon Fiesta pricing) gets us a fairly long pull-through site (Aster #7), very tight with a huge coach to our curb site and fortunately no neighbors on our slide-site. The site had electric, water and sewer.  Normal rates at this Good Sam park run about $35/night.

Santa Fe Skies RV Park

Santa Fe Skies RV Park

Arriving at Balloon Fiesta on Thursday morning for the 2nd weekend, we find the Premium and Standard RV spaces very full.  With 5 rigs in our group, it’s not immediately clear that we’ll even be able to park near each other.  But, “Bob”, the friendly and more than accommodating organizer finds us a perfect spot in the last row of the standard (dry camping) area.   With new, more stringent fire regulations being enforced, we’re unable to build the previously planned compound with our trailers encircling an open social space.  But, after a bit of finagling of a couple of the trailers, we’ve built an acceptable space that will accommodate all 12 of us.

Our past few trips to Fiesta have brought some fairly miserable weather conditions and plenty of event cancellations. This year’s final weekend is a beautiful example of why Fiesta is held in Albuquerque in early October.  With cool, clear morning skies and afternoon temps in the 80’s, we’re treated to Special Shapes and Mass Ascensions every morning of our visit.  Only 2 Balloon Glows  end up being cancelled due to winds.   On Saturday, the Music Fest kicked off with performances by Two Way Crossing, Gloriana and The Band Perry.  Splurging on “Premier Seating” for $50/seat, we enjoyed an enclosed seating area, a nearby bar and easy access to a huge line of porta potties.  Well worth the extra $’s – especially on an afternoon when the temps were pushing into the low 80’s.  After the concerts we hang around the Fiesta grounds, grabbing some dinner from the Midway and watching one of the largest Balloon Glows in Fiesta history.

On Sunday morning, after viewing the Farewell Mass Ascension from the RV lot, we are making preparations for watching the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders.  With lots of awnings, towel and blankets we manage to make a shady spot for all 12 of us to crowd around a much-too-small TV screen.  After a tight game, but Denver finally squeaking by, we begin to wrap up Balloon Fiesta 2015, bidding good night and good bye to those that have early plane flights and therefore will be departing the Fiesta RV lot way before sunrise.  It’s been a great 44th Annual Fiesta – with good times had by all.

As it typical, we’ll stop on the way home – this time at another favorite southern Colorado State Park – Lathrup.  Impressions of Lathrup are here:  LATHRUP STATE PARK.  This may well be our last trip of the 2015 RV season.  After winterizing and storing the camper away for the winter – we’ll be back on the road next spring as we hit the road to escape the end of the winter weather…more then.