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Old 08-24-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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I usually go to Santa Fe and then onto Chama area every September. My cabin that we rent is booked so were going in the first week of October instead. I love that cabin, it is at the Corkin's Lodge near the Cliffs. (Honeymoon type cabin) .

Anyway, this year I am going to take a different route instead of I 40, were going to drive across Oklahoma through the panhandle because you got to see it once in your life I believe. Go through Boise City, OK into Taos, NM. I am going to check out that side of the mountain for several days, driving to Raton and all over the place that many on this forum suggest moving to instead of Chama.

After several days we will drive through the mountain back to the lovely cabin I rent every year and do some fishing and relaxing and of course check the real estate out again in that area.

On the way home we'll hit the Governers Mansion area in Santa Fe and take the route I 40 back to Eastern Oklahoma to my Ranch. It is hard for us to get away because I have to hire people to feed horses and cows and take dogs to sitter. The list goes on.

Anyone have ideas of fun stuff to do near the Taos area, site seeing type stuff.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Red River has Oktoberfest in October, you might wanna check that out.
If you are going through Boise City you will come through Clayton, you might wanna check out the Dinosaur Tracks and stuff at the Lake while here, well worth it. If you need NM Maps you can get em posted from the State or pick em up at VIC's. For the forseeable future Clayton's VIC is Part time and closed mostly so get it before you come here if you plan on it. Itll be bitter cold up there that time of year. Check out the Vets memorial while you are there.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The state of New Mexico website has quite a lot of "things to do" type information.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: center of N.M.
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Default Chama and Oklahoma

They just finished Clearing last years snow in Chama and Winter coming there soon by October. The Only Store in Town the Roof caved in with all the Snow last Winter. If you like Chama and northern N.M. Debbie check out Ruidoso and Capitan and i would think theres LOTS more to do in these Areas and the winters arent as Severe. The Little Shops all around main street in Ruidoso ive always wanted to visit but theres so much to see all over Ruidoso and the Casinos and Racetrack and Museums and Art etc. September is the Perfect time to Visit these places although they had flooding in Ruidoso a few weeks ago im sure the Town is as Beautiful as ever. The Most Beautiful Super Center Wal Mart with Views is in Ruidoso. New Mexico is Funny each place you visit you could end up loving more then the Last. Santa Rosa is one of the Most Beautiful Little Cities in N.M. and has the Rio Pecos and lots of Lakes for Boating and Fishing and the Bike Rallys and Live Entertainment at the Park Lake who knows maybe ill play there lots coming up now at the end of the Summer and lots of the Little Towns have Festivals to raise money for the Church and they have live entertainment and food and dancing till all hours. The People in the center of N.M. are very Friendly. Check the Chamber of Commerce for Schedules and Activities. Visit the Park Lake the Blue Hole and other Lakes scattered everywhere. I like River Fishing for Cat but its been awhile since ive fished my interests are more into hiking and searching for Rocks and Artifacts and Dinosaur Bones and learning about History and of Course Playing Guitar and Singing but i love Fishing. Ft Sumner has a nice lake south of Santa Rosa and they have the Billy the Kid Museum and Grave and its on the Way to Roswells UFO Museum and Ruidoso. One of my Favorite places to visit is Roswell its a Small City everything you want is right there Friendly people and very little Traffic. The Winters are Great but the Summers are Hot but with little Humidity. Santa Rosa has Great Mexican Food Places and Great Prices on their Motels. Johnnys Comet Drive Inn is my Favorite place Johnnys been the cook and owner for Decades. pintada kid at webtv.net
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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We recently drove east -- leaving I-25 at Springer and taking that road that goes through Clayton -- what is it, 56? We were prepared for flat and boring -- and were surprised at how beautiful the scenery is. And we didn't really lose much time (compared to an Interstate) because the road is pretty straight, not much traffic and few towns.

If you go through Springer there is a cute little restaurant (great homemade bread) in the Brown Hotel. Breakfast and lunch for sure -- don't know if it is open for dinner.

I'd guess that the road that connects from Clayton to Raton (64?) is similar, but I've never been on it.

Either way, I suspect it will be a nice change from I-40.

Have a great time.

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Made reservation in Taos at the paragon inn for 4 days so we'll explore that area. An October Fest is on the list in Red River along with a Wool Fest on the same weekend October 3 -5th. I use to raise sheep until my girls went to college and I lost my help. Cattle are much easier although I preferred the sheep and I am a spinner and weaver (don't laugh, referring to the machines)plus have had my fun at shearing too. So I am looking forward to seeing that. Along with checking out the area for retirement (prices I mean) I want to see the Pueblo Village right there. I think it would be neat to see an Indian Village. Here in Oklahoma it seems everyone has some Indian in them but they are mostly on welfare. I always enjoy seeing the real Indian stuff.

I then have five days reserved at the same cabin I get every year. Now going into October, I hopefully will not get any snow on the way home!!! I'll be out of New Mexico but the 12th. I preferred going in September but if you ever try to find someone to watch cattle and horses and not steal you blind it is hard to find.

Look at a lot of real estate in the area of spingr and raton but I want to be in the trees and mountains just not high desert. We once lived in high desert when my husband was stationed in Utah, so I know what that is like.


After Chama I'll take 1/40 to get home in a hurry.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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When you're up in Taos, take the ride around the Enchanted Circle. If you imagine a clock, Taos is around 6, Angel Fire/Eagle Nest at 4, Red River at 12 and Questa at 10. It's beautiful either way you go around, and at that time of year, you'll have the fall colors. The Paragon Inn is fairly close to the Plaza - we love going to the Downtown Bistro for dinner. The Pueblo is nice - definitely buy some blue corn fry bread. They make it fresh. In Red River, I like eating at The Lodge (right across from the Bull o' the Woods Saloon. On the weekends, they have live entertainment in the bar area. Enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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We recently drove east -- leaving I-25 at Springer and taking that road that goes through Clayton -- what is it, 56? We were prepared for flat and boring -- and were surprised at how beautiful the scenery is. And we didn't really lose much time (compared to an Interstate) because the road is pretty straight, not much traffic and few towns.

If you go through Springer there is a cute little restaurant (great homemade bread) in the Brown Hotel. Breakfast and lunch for sure -- don't know if it is open for dinner.

I'd guess that the road that connects from Clayton to Raton (64?) is similar, but I've never been on it.

Either way, I suspect it will be a nice change from I-40.

Have a great time.
64 to Raton is a nicer drive (IMHO) than 56.
Brown has a fantastic Huevos Rancheros (sp) for breakfast, a must if you go there.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Another alternate rt from Boise City,OK would be to go west on rt 325 to Kenton,OK then head west thru NM on rt 456....rt 456 hooks up with rt 64 at Capulin ...make sure you gas up at Boise City as there's no gas stations (very few cars too) west of Kenton ...I like the scenery on rt 456 better but some people might feel safer on rt 64
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Thanks, do any of you guys live close to the Taos area. I do not mean in the town but say in a 40 mile circle of it?. Anyone live near the Chama area? I am wondering if it would be better for us to look on that side of the mountain as oppose to chama.
We want to live in the trees and not in the valley looking at the mountains is our main problem. if I am going to give up my ranch here I want mountains.
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