St. Francis Cathedral is certainly one of Santa Fe’s most photographed landmarks. It’s also well-lit at night, so you’ll be able to get some good pictures, even after dark.
However, I soon realized that there’s not much traffic, and not very many lights in Santa Fe’s old town square. That meant only a few streaks of taillights on the road leading up to St. Francis…
… and not a lot of excitement in the town square. That, coupled with the chilly weather, quickly chased me back to my hotel for the night.
Day 6 Begins…
As I hit the road, early in the morning on Day 6, I once again found myself driving aimlessly through Santa Fe’s labyrinth. Purely by accident, I came upon a couple of landmarks that I had missed on my previous visit.
Santa Fe is home to the oldest church in the United States. The walls of the San Miguel Chapel were built around 1610–a full 10 years before the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Don’t expect to take a good picture of the chapel early in the morning, though.
A block away from the old church is the New Mexico capitol building–the only round state capitol building in the 50 states.
This is the point where, on this trip, I departed from Route 66. After all, I had to turn around sometime. The good news is, I’ve hit many more sections of Old 66 on other trips. So, if you’d like to continue to follow Route 66, use the search box to find another destination. If you want to follow the rest of this trip (north into Colorado, then east through Kansas and Missouri), keep reading.
Just beyond the Tesuque Pueblo, US 84/285 passes the Camel Rock Casino. You’ll want to take this exit, and cross over to the west-side frontage road, to get a good look at the odd rock formation from which the casino received its name. Yep, that’s a camel.
Something else that’s impressive at Camel Rock is the view. Those distant mountains surround the town of Los Alamos.
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.