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People tend to think of the Northeast for “leaf peeper” tours to see the trees changing colors. But parts of the Southwest also offer lovely fall foliage. In New Mexico, the northern part of the state is a good bet. Visit the areas around Santa Fe, Taos, or Jemez Springs for some lovely fall colors. The Pueblo Bonito Bed and breakfast Inn has more detail on some of these areas, if you scroll down on this page. The National Forest Service offers a toll-free fall color hotline beginning in September at (800) 354-4595, or visit their webpage.
Thanksgiving also marks the opening of the ski season in Santa Fe and at many other ski resorts!
Santa Fe Activities
If you’re more interested in cultural events, Santa Fe offers a lot of options over Thanksgiving weekend:
Circus Luminous November 25-27: a mix of acrobatics, drama, and circus arts.
The Winter Indian Market November 26-27: over 200 artists, plus music, native dance, and performing arts.
Christmas tree lighting on the historic Plaza on November 27: music, caroling, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa.
For more Santa Fe events in November, December and beyond, visit the Santa Fe What’s Happening website.
Arizona, Texas and More
Elizabeth Rose offers ideas for spending Thanksgiving in the Southwest in this travel article. Learn where to stay, what to eat, and what to do from Arizona to Texas to Colorado.
What kind of vacation traveler are you? Do you prefer to be active, relax, see the sights, or all of the above?
Take some time to relax and read this holiday season! Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues.