We spent a most enjoyable week at Hyde Memorial State Park. It’s a great location just 8 miles from Old Town Santa Fe, and there are miles of hiking trails in the park and all along Hyde Park Rd going up to the ski area.
Views from the 3+ mile Circle Trail, which takes you to a 9400’ overlook. It was a steep climb up but didn’t seem so bad. Maybe we’re finally adjusting to the altitude.
We spent one afternoon walking around Old Town and the plaza doing a little window shopping. The architecture is interesting but it is just one shop after another of Indian jewelry, pottery, blankets, home decor, clothing boutiques, etc. Hard to believe they sell enough of that stuff for all those places to stay in business.
We did eat at a couple of excellent restaurants. Marble Tap Room overlooking the plaza, (or Rooftop Pizza, same food just on the other side of the building without the view) has great beer and some really good pizza. Try the blue corn crust, it’s delicious. Thanks to our Lazy Daze friends Martha and Bernie for recommending it. Sorry you were out of town so you couldn’t join us!
We also did breakfast at Santa Fe Baking Co Cafe. We shared blue corn pinion and whole wheat banana nut pancakes. It was way too much to eat but really good and they have free WiFi so we took advantage of it to check email and look up a few things. It’s amazing how much we rely on the internet these days, and miss having it at our fingertips.
Hyde Memorial State Park is a bit different from the other NM state parks that allow you to stay 3 weeks. Here you are limited to 7 nights in the power sites and 2 weeks in the dry camping areas. The ranger said the park is very popular and just about full every weekend, so I guess they are giving everyone a chance to get a site.
We thought about staying longer and moving to the non hookup sites, but many of them are unlevel or not long enough for us. It is also very shady which would make it hard to get much solar. Plus the park is having a water shortage so the one spigot in the RV area is locked. We learned you have to get the ranger to turn on the pump and unlock the spigot if you want water. Same for the dump station. Luckily we filled our water tanks before we left Coronado Campground, thinking we were going to be staying in the National Forest, so we were very conservative and managed the week without needing water or the dump until we left. In spite of that we would definitely stay here again if we ever come back to Santa Fe.
We’ve moved on near Taos. More on that later…