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Old 06-05-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Tomorrow my husband and I are headed out to the Cabezon Peak area to release a few birds who have completed their bout of rehabilitation. We plan on heading up through Espanola and over, than back down through ABQ and home to SF.
I would like to make a day of it...with gas nearly $2.60 and all. Does anyone have some good thoughts on extra things to do...and especially a place to hit up for a good lunch break? Wildlife rich areas? Certainly appreciate some thoughts...and I'll even try to get some great photos, too!
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Yootó
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If you didn't have the birds along, and had time for a short hike, you could go up to one of the hot springs pools in the Jemez.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Actually...dragging in another situation, our anniversary (3rd....big whoop, I know ) is coming and I had asked a few people about springs and places like that around here! Some people said yay to Jemez and some said nay. I am going to look that up and see where abouts it is on our travels..its a great possibility! Thanks for the idea! However...I WILL spare you photos of THAT particular portion of our adventure.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Cabezon peak is about 60 miles NW from Albuquerque, going to Jemez Springs on the way up or back will add about 20 more miles. It is worth the trip if you have not been, I would go as far as the "Soda Dam" and head back. There are a few restaurants on the way. If you don't eat there, there are not any other places to eat on the way back till you get to Bernallio. I like Mi Casita, The Range is very popular.


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Old 06-05-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Hmmmmm. Did anyone read to post by someone else about Gilman Tunnels?? I saw Soda Dam on there..and was trying to figure out if the tunnels were on our way or not! It looks so neat! The post is called something along the lines of "Rode up to Gilman Tunnels". Looks so cool!! And certainly a great photo opp!
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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No, you don't go through the Gilman Tunnels on the way to Jemez, you will pass the turn off for them. It's maybe five miles out of the way. You could hit the on the way back from Jemez if you had time. I'm old and I take my time, lot of stops to just walk around, so I would take me almost two hours to Cabezon from Rio Rancho.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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I just did the Jemez part of your drive. I had lunch in Jemez at Los Ojos, went past
the Soda Dam up to the Jemez Falls trail and then hit the Gilman Tunnels on
the way home. I stopped in the parking lot of Spence Hot Springs to talk to a
couple of people and it seemed very busy.. I used to go there many years
ago back when it was unregulated and it's a neat spring, but seems like it may
be overwhelmed now because it's so easy to get to.

Gilman tunnel pics HERE..

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...n-tunnels.html


I want to head out to Cabezon soon, myself. That should be a really nice drive.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Ok..so hopefully I have this right. We are going to head out to Cabezon via the route to Los Alamos (or up through chili and Coyote and down is about same distance)... and when we come back we are going up through San Ysidro to the tunnels. Right? Wow, that is a treck! Anyone with additional suggestions/corrections would be great!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:13 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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We are going to head out to Cabezon via the route to Los Alamos (or up through chili and Coyote and down is about same distance)...
No, this is not about the same distance.

That is a 210 mile one trip if I understand you correctly. Google route:

from:Albuquerque, nm to:Gallina, Rio Arriba, New Mexico to:Cabezon Peak - Google Maps




ABQ to Cabezon Peak is 65 miles. I kind of assumed you would hit that first and get your business taken care of first. If there has been rain in the area you might have bad roads. Google route:

from: Albuquerque, nm to: Cabezon Peak - Google Maps



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