Santa Fe – Day 2

Petroglyph at Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyph at Petroglyph National Monument

Santa Fe, day 2, started out with BBQ at a local place near our hotel, Whole Hog Cafe. While the food was good, our favorite place is still Brother’s BBQ here in Denver. After a good lunch, we drove down to Albuquerque to see Petroglyph National Monument. There isn’t actually one main area of the monument; rather it is spread out over several miles throughout the area outside the city. Our tour began with a short hike up a small butte outside the city; there were many petroglyphs drawn into the volcanic rocks along the hike. We also had a great view of the skyline and the plains. We then drove to another section of the monument and hiked along a cliff wall. While there were a few petroglyphs in the beginning section, the most interesting area was at the end of the hike where several large drawings were very well preserved. We especially liked the woolly mammoth / large furry horned sheep drawing. We then traveled to Dos Hermanos to sample the red chile tamales. Cheap, filling, and tasty – the tamales made a great snack. After our spicy snack, we drove to old town Albuquerque and wandered around the plaza there. We preferred Santa Fe’s older, cleaner, more well-kept plaza, though Albuquerque does have some interesting museums that might be nice to visit. We ended the day at the Route 66 Diner, where we had wonderful country fried steak with brown gravy (which we learned was the authentic southern way to make the dish).

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