What's not to love about the idea of a summer trip to
"We have music every night at different venues. We have galleries, we have museums, we have hiking, we have the mineral (baths at)
Some of what
Among the spectacular things to check out: the
There's trout fishing in the Rio Grande and its tributaries. There's wildlife watching as well -- animals making their homes there include
Another well-known spot attracting lots of visitors is
Luxuriating in the spas can be relaxing, but for a more active experience, trekking can be relaxing as well. And it's made easy if it's a llama and not the hiker carrying the gear. Wild Earth Llama Adventures offers customized single- and multi-day excursions to less-visited wilderness areas of the
Llamas carry the gear, moving at a noncompetitive pace appropriate for all fitness levels.
On overnight trips, guides and hikers set up base camp, then take day trips to lakes and mountain peaks, while guides talk about uses of native plants as well as local wildlife history and ecology, according to the website.
"Hiking with llamas is a great way to get out in nature and explore the outdoors," says
Ski resort activities
Although it might not be the first destination that pops into one's mind when planning a summer trip,
Other summer activities at the resort include disc golf, as well as mountain biking through the
On Saturday nights, local musicians play live music at the ski resort, too. "There's not anybody Über famous or anything, but it's still great," says
Griffin also recommends a stop at the easy-to-overlook
Also very near the town of
In 1992, the pueblo was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designating it one of the most significant historical cultural landmarks in the world. Although this summer's annual powwow has recently passed, visitors still visit the pueblo for
On the water
A way to combine river rafting with learning more about pueblo life is to try out Los Rios River Runners' offering: the Native Cultures Feast & Float.
Los Rios, among the oldest whitewater rafting companies in the state, employs guides whose certifications exceed requirements, according to its website.
While one guide is rowing the raft along a tranquil passage of the Rio Grande, a Native American interpretive guide shares Pueblo history during the 90-minute float. Afterward, passengers eat red or green chile stew, posole, calabacitas, fry bread and Indian tea, served by a Pueblo Indian family. A pottery demonstration or dancing can be arranged to cap off the night.
With all of that to do,
"There are so many different activities for every age group," Rowlinson-Elliott says. "It's a really great way to get a vacation in
For more information on prices, parking, hours of operation and other useful information elaborating on the travel tips in this story, go to each organization's website:
ojospa.com Los Rios River Runners: losriosriverrunners.com
Llama trekking: llamaadventures.com
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