I was nearing the end of my day, looping around New Mexico north of Albuquerque, when I arrived in Santa Fe. As usual, the city was crowded and difficult to drive around, and since I had seen it all before, I decided to try something different. I thought I’d drive up to the Ski Santa Fe area, in the mountains above the city, just to see what I could see.
The truth is, it wasn’t worth the drive. Most of the road is heavily forested, and even though it’s only about 16 miles from the city, it’s a steep climb, around a lot of curves (which you’ll see in the Drivelapse video, down the page). I only found a couple of overlook spots.
This is the limited view from the Aspen Vista Picnic area. A bit further…
… and there’s a slightly better view at the side of the road, just before you arrive at the ski area.
The panoramic view is nice, and through the haze you can see Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Sandia Peak, along with some other mountains. A scratched-up interpretive sign helps you sort out what you’re seeing:
From this viewpoint, I drove on to the ski area. The road dead-ends here, looping around and sending you back the way you came.
Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from downtown Santa Fe to the Ski Santa Fe area: