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Meticulously researched, with every recommendation based on personal experience, Frommer’s American Southwest is the only guide you’ll need to experience all the adventure and natural wonders of this amazing corner of the country. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you’ll find geat places to stay in every price range: luxury resorts, historic B&Bs, family-friendly motels, ranches, rustic cabins, and more.
We’ll show you all the sights, from dinosaur fossils and ancient cliff dwellings to Wild West saloons and Native American pueblos. You’ll rely on our complete coverage of the national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelly. Whether you’re looking for family fun or daredevil thrills, Frommer’s American Southwest will help you design the adventure that’s right for you.
|List of Maps||viii|
|1||The Best of the Southwest||1|
|1||The Best of the Natural Southwest||1|
|2||The Best Outdoor Activities||4|
|3||The Best Scenic Drives||5|
|4||The Best Native American Sights||6|
|5||The Best Family Experiences||8|
|6||The Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts||9|
|7||The Best B&Bs||10|
|8||The Best Restaurants||11|
|2||Planning Your Trip to the Southwest||13|
|1||The Regions in Brief||13|
|What Things Cost in Santa Fe||16|
|What Things Cost in Phoenix||17|
|4||When to Go||17|
|Calendar of Events||18|
|6||Health & Safety||25|
|7||Specialized Travel Resources||27|
|8||Planning Your Trip Online||30|
|Frommers.com: The Complete Travel Resource||31|
|10||Packages for the Independent Traveler||35|
|Life on the Open Road: Planning an RV or Tenting Vacation||38|
|12||Tips on Accommodations||39|
|14||Recommended Books & Films||42|
|Fast Facts: The American Southwest||43|
|3||For International Visitors||46|
|1||Preparing for Your Trip||46|
|2||Getting to the U.S.||51|
|3||Getting Around the U.S.||52|
|Fast Facts: For the International Traveler||53|
|4||The Active Vacation Planner||58|
|9||Llama and Mountain Goat Trekking||66|
|11||Skiing & Snowboarding||66|
|5||The Four Corners Area||70|
|1||Cortez: Colorado's Four Corners Gateway||70|
|2||Mesa Verde National Park||76|
|3||A Base Camp in Bluff: Utah's Four Corners Gateway||77|
|4||Farmington & Aztec: New Mexico's Four Corners Gateways||87|
|5||Winslow: Arizona's Four Corners Gateway||94|
|3||Where to Stay||112|
|4||Where to Dine||126|
|5||What to See & Do||135|
|Santa Fe Spas||140|
|9||Santa Fe After Dark||155|
|The Major Concert & Performance Halls||158|
|10||Touring Some Pueblos Around Santa Fe||160|
|11||A Side Trip to Pecos National Monument||165|
|12||Los Alamos & the Ancient Cliff Dwellings of Bandelier National Monument||165|
|13||Taking the High Road to Taos||168|
|Georgia O'Keeffe & New Mexico: A Desert Romance||173|
|3||Where to Stay||178|
|4||Where to Dine||187|
|5||What to See & Do||191|
|9||Taos After Dark||207|
|The Major Concert & Performance Halls||208|
|10||A Scenic Drive Around the Enchanted Circle||209|
|3||Where to Stay||217|
|4||Where to Dine||221|
|5||What to See & Do||224|
|6||Especially for Kids||227|
|10||Albuquerque After Dark||234|
|The Major Concert & Performance Halls||235|
|11||Touring the Pueblos Around Albuquerque||236|
|Pueblo Etiquette: Do's & Don'ts||238|
|Sampling Nature's Nectars||243|
|12||Also Worth a Look: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument||243|
|13||En Route to Santa Fe: Along the Turquoise Trail||244|
|9||Pueblos, Reservations & the Best of Northern New Mexico||246|
|1||Getting Outside in Northern New Mexico||248|
|2||Acoma & Laguna Pueblos||250|
|3||El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments||254|
|4||Gallup: Gateway to Indian Country||256|
|6||The Jicarilla Apache Reservation||262|
|7||Chama: Home of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad||263|
|8||Las Vegas & Environs||267|
|9||Cimarron & Raton: Historic Towns on the Santa Fe Trail||272|
|10||Capulin Volcano National Monument||276|
|11||The I-40 Corridor||277|
|Route 66 Revisited: Rediscovering New Mexico's Stretch of the Mother Road||279|
|10||UFOs & Carlsbad Caverns: Southern New Mexico from Top to Bottom||281|
|1||Getting Outside in Southern New Mexico||281|
|3||White Sands National Monument||289|
|4||Ruidoso & the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation||290|
|5||A Scenic Drive around the Lincoln Loop||297|
|The Incident at Roswell||300|
|7||Also Worth a Look: Fort Sumner & Environs||302|
|8||Carlsbad & Environs||303|
|9||Carlsbad Caverns National Park||308|
|10||Socorro: Gateway to Bosque del Apache & the VLA||310|
|11||Oasis in the Desert: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge||314|
|12||Truth or Consequences||315|
|14||Deming & Lordsburg||325|
|15||Silver City: Gateway to the Gila Cliff Dwellings||329|
|16||Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument||333|
|17||Other Adventures in Gila National Forest||334|
|3||Where to Stay||340|
|4||Where to Dine||352|
|5||Seeing the Sights||364|
|11||Tucson After Dark||389|
|Performing-Arts Centers & Concert Halls||392|
|12||Phoenix, Scottsdale & the Valley of the Sun||394|
|3||Where to Stay||398|
|4||Where to Dine||416|
|Dining with a View||431|
|5||Seeing the Sights||432|
|Wild West Theme Towns||440|
|6||Organized Tours & Excursions||442|
|A Day at the Spa||450|
|10||Phoenix After Dark||455|
|Major Performing-Arts Centers||460|
|11||A Side Trip from Phoenix: The Apache Trail||462|
|En Route to Tucson||463|
|13||The Plains & Highlands of Southern & Eastern Arizona||465|
|1||Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument||465|
|2||Tubac & Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge||466|
|Starry, Starry Nights||472|
|4||Patagonia & Sonoita||474|
|5||Sierra Vista & the San Pedro Valley||477|
|8||Exploring the Rest of Cochise County||486|
|9||Payson & the Mogollon Rim Country||490|
|11||Greer & Sunrise Park||495|
|12||Springerville & Eagar||497|
|The Coronado Trail||500|
|14||Sedona & the Colorado River: The Best of Central & Western Arizona||501|
|4||The Verde Valley||513|
|5||Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon||516|
|Get Your Kicks on Route 66||535|
|7||Lake Mead National Recreation Area||536|
|Gambling in the Desert||538|
|8||Lake Havasu & the London Bridge||539|
|15||The Grand Canyon & Northern Arizona||544|
|3||The Grand Canyon South Rim||556|
|4||A South Rim Alternative: Havasu Canyon||575|
|Flying through the Canyon: Grand Canyon West||576|
|5||The Grand Canyon North Rim||578|
|2||Where to Stay||586|
|3||Where to Dine||593|
|4||What to See & Do||595|
|5||Las Vegas After Dark||598|
|Appendix||The Southwest in Depth||600|
|1||More than Desert and Saguaro Cactus||600|
|2||How the Southwest Was Won--And Lost||601|
|3||The Southwest Today--From Flamenco to Craps||607|
|4||Art & Architecture||608|
Planning a trip to a region as large and diverse as the American Southwest involves a lot of decision making, so in this chapter we've tried to give you some direction. Below we've chosen what we feel is the very best the region has to offer-the places and experiences you won't want to miss. Although sights and activities listed here are written up in more detail elsewhere in this book, this chapter should give you an overview of the highlights and get you started planning your trip.
1 The Best of the Natural Southwest
Monument Valley Buttes at Sunset (UT & AZ): These stark sentinels of the desert are impressive at any time, but they take on a particularly dignified aura when the setting sun casts its deep colors over them, etching their profiles against a darkening sky. Although the park generally closes before sunset, you can arrange a sunset tour-it's well worth the cost. See p. 82.
Rio Grande Gorge (NM): A hike into this dramatic gorge is unforgettable. You'll first see it as you come over a rise heading toward Taos. It's a colossal slice in the earth formed during the late Cretaceous period, 130 million years ago, and the early Tertiary period, about 70 million years ago. Drive about 35 miles north of Taos, near the village of Cerro, to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Fromthe lip of the canyon you descend through millions of years of geologic history and land inhabited by Indians since 16,000 B.C. If you're visiting during spring and early summer and like an adrenaline rush, be sure to find a professional guide and raft the Taos Box, a 17-mile stretch of Class IV white water. See "Getting Outside" in chapter 7.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM): One of the world's largest and most complex cave systems is located in the southeastern region of New Mexico. The 80 known caves have spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations. Explore the Big Room in a 1-mile, self-guided tour and then catch the massive bat flight from the cave entrance at sunset. See "Carlsbad Caverns National Park" in chapter 10.
White Sands National Monument (NM): Located 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument preserves the best part of the world's largest gypsum dune field. For a truly unforgettable experience, camp over-night so that you can watch the sun rise on the smooth, endless dunes. See "White Sands National Monument" in chapter 10.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ): The name is misleading-this is actually more a zoo and botanical garden than a museum. Naturalistic settings house dozens of species of desert animals, including a number of critters you wouldn't want to meet in the wild (rattlesnakes, tarantulas, scorpions, black widows, and Gila monsters). See p. 364.
Saguaro National Park (AZ): Lying both east and west of Tucson, this park preserves "forests" of saguaro cacti and is the very essence of the desert as so many people imagine it. You can hike it, bike it, or drive it. See p. 368.
Desert Botanical Garden (AZ): There's no better place in the state to learn about the plants of Arizona's Sonoran Desert and the many other deserts of the world. Displays at this Phoenix botanical garden explain plant adaptations and how indigenous tribes once used many of this region's wild plants. See p. 432.
2 The Best Outdoor Activities
Hiking (throughout the region): What's unique about hiking in the southwest is the variety of terrain, from desert to alpine forest to badlands to canyons. In Utah, you can hike right past all three stone formations at Natural Bridges National Monument (see "A Base Camp in Bluff: Utah's Four Corners Gateway" in chapter 5). Some of our favorite places for a hike in New Mexico are the El Malpais badlands (see "El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments" in chapter 9), the hauntingly sculpted rock formations at Abiquiu that artist Georgia O'Keeffe made famous in her paintings (see "On the Road: What to See & Do on U.S. 84 South" under "Chama: Home of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad," in chapter 9), and White Sands National Monument (see "White Sands National Monument" in chapter 10).
In Arizona, a hike down into the Grand Canyon or Havasu Canyon is not for the unfit or the faint of heart, but will take you on a journey through millions of years set in stone. This trip takes plenty of advance planning and requires some very strenuous hiking. See "The Grand Canyon South Rim" and "A South Rim Alternative: Havasu Canyon" in chapter 15.
Ballooning (NM & AZ): With the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque bringing more than 750 balloons to the area, Albuquerque has become the sport's world capital. Fortunately, visitors can let loose the tethers and float free, too. Most of the operators are located in Albuquerque; see "Getting Outside" in chapter 8 for recommendations. Ballooning is also popular in Arizona; see "Getting Outside" in chapters 11 and 12, and "Getting Outside" under "Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon" in chapter 14 for ballooning companies in Tucson, Phoenix, and Sedona.
Horseback riding (NM & AZ): New Mexico's history is stamped with the hoof, originating when the Spanish conquistadors brought horses to the New World. Riding in New Mexico still has that Old West feel, with trails that wind through wilderness, traversing passes and broad meadows. Some of the best rides are in the Pecos Wilderness and on Taos Pueblo land. See "Getting Outside" in chapters 6 and 7.
Cowboys still ride ranges all over Arizona, and so can you if you book a stay at one of the many guest ranches (formerly known as dude ranches). You might even get to drive some cattle down the trail. After a long or short day in the saddle, you can soak in a hot tub, go for a swim, or play a game of tennis before chowing down. See chapters 11, 13, and 14.
Mountain Biking (NM & AZ): Forget Moab-too many other hard-core mountain bikers. Almost anywhere you go within New Mexico you'll find trails. We've hooked onto some fun old mining roads in the Black Range down south and explored sage forest on the rim of the Taos Gorge in the north. See the "Biking" sections under "Getting Outside" in each New Mexico chapter, especially Taos (chapter 7).
In Arizona, among the red rocks of Sedona, you can pedal through awesome scenery on some of the most memorable single-track trails in the Southwest. There's even plenty of slickrock for that Canyonlands experience. See "Getting Outside" under "Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon" in chapter 14.
River Rafting (NM & AZ): Whether you go for 3 days or 2 weeks, no other active vacation in the region comes even remotely close to matching the excitement of a raft trip. In New Mexico, the wild Taos Box, a steep-sided canyon south of the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, offers a series of Class IV rapids that rarely lets up for some 17 miles, providing one of the most exciting 1-day whitewater tours in the West. See "Getting Outside" in chapter 7. In Arizona, nothing beats a Colorado River rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Sure, the river is crowded with groups in the summer, but the grandeur of the canyon is more than enough to make up for it. See "Other Ways of Seeing the Canyon" under "The Grand Canyon South Rim" in chapter 15.
3 The Best Scenic Drives
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (UT & AZ): This valley of sandstone buttes and mesas is one of the most photographed spots in America and is familiar to people all over the world from countless movies, TV shows, and commercials that have been shot here. A 17-mile dirt road winds through the park, giving visitors close-up views of such landmarks as Elephant Butte, the Mittens, and Totem Pole. See "Bluff: Utah's Four Corners Gateway" in chapter 5.
High Road to Taos (Santa Fe, NM): One of New Mexico's primo experiences, this road traverses through the mountains from Santa Fe to Taos, passing by chile and apple farms in old Hispanic villages. Stop in Chimayo to see unique wool weaving, in Cordova, to find lovely woodcarvings, and in renegade Truchas, where life remains much as it did a century ago. Most importantly, the route traverses the base of New Mexico's grandest peaks. See "Taking the High Road to Taos" in chapter 6.
Turquoise Trail (Albuquerque, NM): Meandering through the broad Galisteo basin, this is the scenic route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The two-lane road traverses through piñon-studded hills and old mining towns such as Madrid and Cerrillos, where 2,000 years ago Native Americans hammered turquoise and silver from the hills. Today artists and craftspeople have revived the towns, with a few museums, restaurants, and inns adding to the charm. See "En Route to Santa Fe: Along the Turquoise Trail" in chapter 8.
Lincoln Loop (Ruidoso, NM): Elegant art, ancient petroglyphs, and Billy the Kid memorabilia draw road warriors to this 162-mile loop in southeastern New Mexico. It begins in the mountain resort town of Ruidoso and cruises to Lincoln, where travelers can "walk in the footsteps" of the notorious punk, Billy the Kid. Next it passes a vast lava field, imaginative petroglyphs, through the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and back to Ruidoso. See "A Scenic Drive around the Lincoln Loop" in chapter 10.
The Apache Trail (east of Phoenix, AZ): Much of this winding road, which passes just north of the Superstition Mountains, is unpaved and follows a rugged route once ridden by Apaches. This is some of the most remote country you'll find in the Phoenix area, with far-reaching desert vistas and lots to see and do along the way. See "A Side Trip from Phoenix: The Apache Trail" in chapter 12.
Oak Creek Canyon (Sedona, AZ): Slicing down from the pine country outside Flagstaff to the red rocks of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon is a cool oasis. From the scenic overlook at the top of the canyon to the swimming holes and hiking trails at the bottom, this canyon road provides a rapid change in climate and landscape. See "Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon" in chapter 14.
Mount Lemmon (Tucson, AZ): Sure, the views of Tucson from the city's northern foothills are great, but the vistas from Mount Lemmon are even better. With a ski area at its summit, Mount Lemmon rises up from the desert like an island rising from the sea. Along the way, the road climbs from cactus country to cool pine forests. See "Getting Outside" in chapter 11.
4 The Best Native American Sights
Ute Mountain Tribal Park (CO): These ruins differ from others in Colorado because they're located on the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation, and the only way to see it is on a guided tour conducted by members of the Ute tribe. You'll see ruins and petroglyphs similar to those in Mesa Verde, but with an informed personal guide and without the crowds. See p. 75.
Mesa Verde National Park (CO): Home to the most impressive prehistoric cliff dwellings in the Southwest, Mesa Verde (Spanish for "green table") overwhelms you with its size and complexity. The first national park set aside to preserve works created by humans, it covers some 52,000 acres just outside Cortez. Among the most compelling sites are Spruce Tree House, Square Tower House, and Cliff Palace, a four-story, apartment-style dwelling. See "Mesa Verde National Park" in chapter 5.
Hovenweep National Monument (UT): This deserted valley contains some of the most striking and most isolated archaeological sites in the Four Corners area-the remains of curious sandstone towers built more than 700 years ago by the Ancestral Puebloans (also known as Anasazi). These mysterious structures still keep archaeologists guessing. See p. 80.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (UT & AZ): For most of us, Monument Valley is the Old West. We've seen it dozens of times in movie theaters, on TV, and in magazine and billboard advertisements. The Old West may be gone, but many Navajos still call this home. A Navajo guide will give you the Navajo perspective on this majestic land and take you into areas not otherwise open to visitors. See p. 82.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM): Owned and operated as a nonprofit organization by the 19 pueblos of New Mexico, this is a fine place to begin an exploration of Native American culture. The museum is modeled after Pueblo Bonito, a spectacular 9th-century ruin in Chaco Culture National Historic Park, and contains art and artifacts old and new. See p. 224.
Petroglyph National Monument (NM): This site has 25,000 petroglyphs (prehistoric rock carvings) and provides a variety of hiking trails in differing levels of difficulty right on the outskirts of Albuquerque. See p. 227.
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