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Annie’s Adventures: Day Trippin’

HAPPY SUNDAY FUNDAY! Don’t know what to do today but want a change of scenery?  Never fear, I’ve got you covered. Whatever you are looking for it’s only a hop, skip, and jump away. I’m about to give you some of my favorite day trips/ quick weekend getaways, depending on how much time you have.

ruidosoIt’s fall and the leaves are changing and the weather is perfect! Take a trip to Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, or McKittrick Canyon to get your tree fix. You could take a trip to Ruidoso and try out the two new zip lines they have.

If that is not enough of an adrenaline fix for you then you might enjoy some snowboarding or skiing. There is also some great fishing in Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, if that tickles your fancy. Ruidoso also has some really good antiquing and horse racing.

There may be more things to do in the small town of Ruidoso, but I’ve got to say Cloudcroft is a much prettier area. Ruidoso is pretty – don’t get me wrong – but Cloudcroft has a more luscious looking forest in my opinion.

Take note, Ruidoso does have the most drop-dead gorgeous camping spot I have found so far. It’s called Monju Lookout and it’s a bit of a hike up the mountain in a truck but oh so worth it. So perfect in fact that I woke up early to voices outside our tent.

cloudcroftWhen I got up to see what all the commotion was about, I found out that people were waiting for us to wake up and leave so they could have their wedding ceremony where our tent was. Can’t make that up…lol.

Looking for a more quiet area to get in your fall photos and maybe a great hike? Check out McKittrick Canyon, it’s about a an hour and a half or 2 hour drive up Montana. If you go there but don’t plan on camping, please do me a favor and at least get out of the car and enjoy the gorgeous view of the Guadalupe Canyon, my favorite canyon around.

Again, you can camp there if you have the time and wake up the next day and head a mile up the road to McKittrick Canyon. It has a beautiful winding road that leads to the park entrance. This is one of my favorite places to come for trees and an amazing hike. There is a house about half way up the trail which makes for a great place to stop and have a bite or press on to the gorge where they also have some picnic tables for you to stop and enjoy your lunch or just take a break.

Along this trail you will also come across a running stream and some perfect photo opportunities.

Maybe you’re looking for a romantic getaway. Maybe it’s a birthday, anniversary, or your loved one is about to go on deployment and want to have one more romantic time together before they ship out. This is one of my favorite trips to recommend and you can do it as an overnight trip or day trip depending on how much time you have.

Head into Las Cruces and stay at Hotel Encanto, splurge and get the jacuzzi room, you can thank me later. Then plan on having dinner at Savoy De Mesilla and finish the meal with the nitrogen ice cream. After you are fully stuffed it’s back to the room to “watch tv.”

The next day wake up and enjoy one more soak before check out and then have brunch at Bite of Belgium. They have authentic mini Belgium waffles that are to die for. My recommended dish is the gouda, mushroom, and ham omelet with two of their small waffles. It will melt in your mouth. After that, swing by The Chocolate Lady in Old Mesilla and get some snacks for your next destination, (get the pb Ritz dipped in chocolate and chocolate dipped graham crackers, so good!).

After this stop head to T or C to Riverbend Hotsprings for a dip. Make reservations prior and ask for the Cielo Room, it’s not too hot and not too cool so you can sit longer in the water. We usually only go for about an hour dip and then we’re ready to go eat again lol. If you have a monster appetite like me then head to Hatch, NM. and stop at Sparky’s for the cherry to your sundae.

 Are you the adventurous type? Head to Santa Fe and make your reservations with Kokopelli Rafting and they will pick you up in Santa Fe, take you on a guided rafting tour with lunch provided in Taos and then bring you back to your hotel in Santa Fe. You can’t beat that!

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Courtsy: NPS

If you are just looking for a cool hike then check out Dripping Springs right up the road in Las Cruces, or head to Sitting Bull Falls between McKittrick Canyon and Carlsbad. No joke, it’s an actual waterfall right up the road from us. You can’t camp there but you can hike in or drive in and the park closes at sun down.

Maybe you want something different and a little unusual. Head to Rock City just outside of Silver City. It is so neat to see all the rock formations and you can also camp there if you’d like. Psssst –  Silver City has some awesome antiquing too but go on a Saturday when more stores are open.

You could also head to the Gila to camp, hike, and check out the Indian cave dwellings.  This is a very cool experience and it has that taste of adventure while you walk inches from the edge of the mountain while looking at the dwellings. You can also get some great hunting and fishing done in the Gila.

 I only gave you a few ideas so if you want more locations to check out make sure to follow me on Facebook. You can also message me and tell me what you are looking for and I will help you design a trip to your liking.

As always, safety 1st! Have fun and be safe!

-Annie’s Adventures

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About Chris Babcock

Editor in Chief: El Paso Herald-Post, horizoncity.com Chris began his long journey in Journalism back in the early 70’s. Armed with a Bell and Howell 8mm camera and tape recorder. Chris would go on to document such events as the great plastic dinosaur attack on Tornillo, GI Joe’s dramatic rescue of Barbie from a backyard mud pit and a massive toy train derailment caused by Godzilla. FULL BIO

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