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Jan 12, 2019 14:47:44   #
Rich1939 (a regular here)
 
Architect1776 wrote:
Besides dealing with your camera you might wish to take the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which is a bit further north of Taos. Assuming you are driving just take back small roads and there is so very much to see in the whole area you will wear your camera out.

That is great suggestion if you will be there in late May. Opening day is 5/25/19
There are 2 routes to get there from Taos, the longer route, by about 30 mins, is the more picturesque.

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Jan 12, 2019 15:10:56   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
Rich1939 wrote:
That is great suggestion if you will be there in late May. Opening day is 5/25/19
There are 2 routes to get there from Taos, the longer route, by about 30 mins, is the more picturesque.


I didn't know when it opened but remember it.
I know the southern half better of NM. But have spent considerable time in my Wrangler all over it.

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Jan 12, 2019 15:16:23   #
Rich1939 (a regular here)
 
Architect1776 wrote:
I didn't know when it opened but remember it.
I know the southern half better of NM. But have spent considerable time in my Wrangler all over it.

you can never go wrong with that recommendation. In a USA today survey the C&TS RR was rated the #1 tourist railroad in the country.

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Jan 12, 2019 15:44:26   #
EdU239
 
New Mexico Dave wrote:
So, just a slight change to the many answers provided earlier in the discussion regarding wind and weather in NM. I am a current resident just to the northwest of ABQ, and have lived here for 18 years. Previous to that I lived in southern Arizona for 16 years. We DO have strong winds in the spring, lasting from March into late May. The winds set up the weather pattern that will eventually bring rains in July through September. I think that I might disagree with comments on "May should be fine in terms of wind and dust." Some of the worst dust storms I have ever seen here in NM have been in May. Just providing local comments from someone living here, and if you practice camera safety and caution, changing lenses in protected areas (like in the car) should not present problems. You will LOVE your visit, and welcome to the Land of Enchantment!!
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Thank you very much! It looks we will be there towards the end of the windy season, but will be prepared and pay attention to the weather forecasts.

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Jan 12, 2019 15:47:15   #
EdU239
 
photonaut wrote:
I am a native New Mexican and have photographed all over the state. Dust is really not a problem. However, I do advise you to take a small brush of some type to simply dust off the outside of your camera and lens after any trip out. This is a good precaution anywhere you are, but NM does tend to be drier than what you are used to, and a quick dust off is a good idea.

One of the more spectacular areas of the state is the monument called KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS. I can assure you it will be time well spent to visit this site. As it is on the Cochiti Pueblo land, you should check the website below to make sure it is open. The pueblo closes it on feast days and other pueblo celebration days. But it is open and easily accessible most days of the year.

It is about a half hour drive south of Santa Fe and well worth it.

Please visit the site using the link below. I do believe you will find it to be one of the most special places anywhere, not just in NM.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/kktr

Have a wonderful time. I know you will.
I am a native New Mexican and have photographed al... (show quote)


Thanks for the advice and the recommendation.

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Jan 12, 2019 18:17:02   #
adamsg
 
Going to the usual tourist spots in New Mexico will not expose you to dust problems. Our family spent many summers there and I did a lot of film photography - Nikon F and a telephoto and wide angle. I never experienced any issues with dust and we even did a lot of hiking and exploring various pueblos. Don't worry about this and enjoy a wonderfully photogenic state.

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Jan 13, 2019 14:00:14   #
anderzander
 
Taos is still unique but Sante Fe is inundated with galleries, old town is definitely worth seeing, Route 66 runs through the heart of Albuquerque, probably not spelled correctly, but great food in the old town area as part of Route 66.
If you go north from Sante Fe, you can swing by Ghost Ranch, "The artist Georgia O'keef", but I would highly recommend Los Alamos, (Atom Bomb" the history is well worth it and the Bandelier National Park, which is actually Indian Ruins, is a must. Not that far from downtown Los Alamos, there is also a bar in the middle of Smiths Food Store, rather unique. Motels are abundant. The heritage park which is part of the fair grounds, if I remember right, has a lot of history, especially the room dedicate to Bill Gates and Paul Allen, you know, Microsoft.

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