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Fall Fun (after Fiestas!)

Time to plan your fall excursions. Art, Balloons, ‘You Pick It’ farms, it is all there to explore. These are several of my ‘must dos.’ Grab a friend and just get going! Click on the images for more information.

The Burning of Zozobra Friday, August 31, 2018, is a rain-or-shine event. It takes place at Fort Marcy Park.

Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque Balloon Park, October 6-14th

High Road Art Tour, September 22 & 23, September 29 & 20

What a way to spend a beautiful fall day in New Mexico. The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. It offers magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages.

This lovely scenery has inspired many artists and artisans who live along the High Road. We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy of this charming, centuries-old region. Always the last two full weekends of September, the 2018 High Road Art Tour takes place September 22, 23 and 29, 30.

On both weekends during the tour there will be farmers' markets set-up at Gaucho Blue in Peñasco and at High Road Art Gallery in Truchas.

We often make a first stop at Kathy Smith’s Nambe Trading Post. A jackpot of a gathering of authentic Indian and cowboy material culture, everything Made by Hand – by local artists and craftsmen from the surrounding pueblos and communities. Western Movie Costumes by Emmy award winning costume designer Cathy Smith, Navajo weavings, pueblo pottery, micaceous cookware, baskets, Plains Indian Bead and Quillwork, Historic Paintings, Old pawn jewelry and the contemporary jewelry of Jennifer Jesse Smith, antique saddles, clothing, Pendeltons, buckskin, beads, and much, much, more. One of the last historic trading post of the Real West and THE NEW SPIRIT of OLD SANTA FE.

"You Pick It" Raspberry Field is located about 93 miles from Santa Fe, about 1 ½ hours. Go early and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. LaCueva Farm.

"You Pick It" Raspberry Field is open from mid-August until mid-October, but THE CROP IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. Call or check the website before going to be sure the field is open. Field Hours: CALL FIRST to check on field conditions (575) 387-2900.

The field is typically open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am - 4pm. It is occasionally closed on either Mondays or Fridays, depending on field conditions.

Located in the beautiful foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the raspberry fields are grown with attention to every detail. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the crop, and customers often eat their berries straight from the vine.

Six different varieties of raspberry (Carolinas, autumn brittens and autumn bliss, heritage, polentas, and polkas) are grown on the ranch, each with a slightly different flavor and maturing at slightly different times.

Aspens in the Fall – take a drive up Hyde Park and hike Aspen Vista

From Fort Marcy, Aspen Vista is approximately 13 miles up Artist’s/Hyde Park Road. Views from the peak are spectacular. This is a popular trail for runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers, hikers and families with small children. The grade is mellow. Come early as the parking lot fills up fast even during the week. Weather changes fast, so be sure to dress in layers.

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