We’ll spend much more time in Santa Fe tomorrow. Today we’re only passing through, but there’s no reason you can’t stop for lunch. I recommend the restaurant at the La Fonda Hotel. The beautiful adobe hotel is just off the old town plaza, and only a block from St. Francis Cathedral. There’s an indoor parking garage (remember to validate your ticket), and an absolutely beautiful restaurant, La Plazuela.
Above is a picture I quickly snapped of my table. The salsa was everything you would hope for, and the setting is perfect.
The large room is lit with skylights, giving you the feeling that you’re eating in an outdoor plaza.
As you head north out of town, you’ll pass through several Native American reservations, which all seem to have their own casino. One gambling establishment that stands out is named for the unusual geological feature, just across the street: Camel Rock.
There’s a parking area on the frontage road near Camel Rock, and a short trail that takes you near the formation. A fence keeps you from climbing on it, or from walking around to the other side.
Note: This trip was first published in 2006.