Santa Fe – Kuaua Pueblo – and Balloons
Balloon Fiesta Day 3: Morning Balloon Fix
We slept in this morning and missed the Dawn Patrol. Then we found out that it was cancelled when we went for breakfast. Cool! Didn’t miss anything.
The balloons did launch, so we still got some good pictures.
Sandia Mountain Tram (NOT!)
We drove up to Sandia Mountain after breakfast, but there was a wait of over 2 hours, so we decided to get an earlier start tomorrow for the tram. Instead we decided to drive up to Santa Fe. Some of the Escapee Hop attendees took the train but we wanted to include the dogs so we drove up.
It’s only about an hour to drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque. Weather was nice and it was an interesting drive going by all the different Pueblos. We parked a few blocks away from the old downtown area, got coffee at a quaint shop about half way to the old city square. They were very dog friendly and brought out some water for the thirsty pups. It is the oldest capital in the US – founded in 1630. And at an elevation of 7189 ft. it’s the 10th highest city in the United States!
The old city square was busy with a dance group all dressed out in Spanish-American costumes. Lots of music too!
Route 66 & Kuaua Pueblo – Coronado Historic Site
We got off the freeway just outside of Santa Fe to drive on old Route 66. We drove through many small towns. There are several Pueblo tribes and nations throughout this area. We happened to see a sign for Coronado Historic Pueblo and took a short detour to see it. Kuaua Pueblo was first settled about 1325 when approximately 1200 people settled the area. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado named the pueblo in 1540 while he was searching for the cities of gold. Coronado is on the banks of the Rio Grande river.
Great place to visit. Managed by the New Mexico State Park system it is another dog friendly place.