Hiking meets history in the spectacularly scenic southeastern corner of Santa Fe County. Walk through Native American ruins and Civil War battlefields. Play to your heart’s content in a wonder of wilderness. Hang out in an historic railroad town that’s back on track with new life.
Grab your hiking or biking gear and head out to the Galisteo Basin Preserve. Almost 30 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are surrounded by nearly 10,000 acres of Savannah grasslands, sandstone formations and a pristine wilderness.
Then stop in Lamy, once a major railroad stop for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad with a Harvey House hotel, a saloon and a Mission Revival-style train depot. Stop in the Legal Tender Saloon & Eating House. Built in 1881, the historic building has been lovingly restored and now draws crowds the way the old saloon once did. The long oak bar gleams beneath glowing chandeliers, and a side dining room once used for poker games beckons.
A seat on the patio gives you a view of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which pulls into the original depot across the street twice a day. Friendly locals and visitors make this a place you cannot miss.