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Old 09-03-2007, 01:44 PM
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Looks like we might relocate to the Santa Fe area as my husband has a job offer pending there. I've always lived near the ocean, and though I find the Santa Fe area beautiful, I'm concerned that I'll miss seeing flowing water--and being in it. Does anyone know of places to swim or splash around in, other than in pools? I've heard that Cochiti Lake is polluted. Is it? What about Abiquiu? Can you immerse yourself in the rivers? Other hidden spots? Many thanks!
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:39 PM
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Ahoy Soon-to-be Landlubber!

I suggest . . .take up hiking! Santa Fe simply isn't known for its abundant flowing water. Abiquiu Lake is beautiful. Cochiti is worth checking out, but I can't help but thinking that it will disappoint.

But again, if you can't do massive amounts of open water, check out what we do have. Our Aspens are lovely, there are all manner of trails, and rumor has it that the Snowshoing is pretty good, too. When we get snow, and we're supposed to be getting plenty this winter.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:16 PM
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Check out delicious hot springs in the local area. I get a kick out of checking out Jemez Springs. Giggling Springs is a privately owned and operated hot spring near a river otherwise you can hike about 2+ miles into public springs. Very cool area!
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:18 PM
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Also... sorry... Durango, CO is a short drive from Santa Fe (roughly 3 total hours from Albuquerque). There are great rivers for rafting (fast rapids when seasonal) but even this time of year the river through town (Animas I think?) is awesome for tubing. If you ask at local car dealerships, several of them will sell for 10/20$ each a sizable tube for a day's lounging on the river. Very fun time, especially if you have an inflatable cooler!
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:54 PM
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yeah, I was an ocean dweller too, and the others are right- you're just not going to be satisfied with the amount and types of water here for swimming. So don't get your hopes up. BUT you can become a hotspring enthusiast and enjoy the many lovely hot watering holes around.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:14 PM
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We have Tingley Beach in Abq. Great if you also fish. Spend the day in Old Town ,then head to Seferino's on Central to get great Red Chile Enchiladas.Rest a spell and head to Tingley Beach. If you tire from Looking go to Defined fitness and steam and swim for 8 bucks.Not bad.
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