Right about this time last year some innkeeper friends and I took a ride up to visit our Legislators in Santa Fe at our Capital Building, commonly and appropriately called “The Round House”. It was my first outing after having spine surgery in November, and I was so happy to get out of the house for the day. I was also please that we all decided to take the train up instead of driving. We are all used to driving everywhere in New Mexico, because the state is huge, (over 121,000 sq miles), everything is very spread out, and up until now, driving was the only way to get to Santa Fe unless you had a horse. We just weren’t used to there being any other way to get around.
There is now a train called the Railrunner that travels from Belen, south of Albuquerque, to Santa Fe. This corridor, which also includes Rio Rancho and Bernalillo, is where most of the people in the state live and work, so it was high time to have some mass transportation. This is a big plus for tourism as well, and I encourage my Albuquerque bed and breakfast guests to ride the train to Santa Fe for the day. Not only is it a pretty drive, but it also it passes through three New Mexico Pueblos along the the Rio Grande Valley, and it’s a much more interesting ride than driving up Interstate 25.
Santa Fe is the oldest municipality in the United States, and with that come a parking problem, as the roads are old, narrow, provide no parking, and will get you lost. Santa Fe does come to the rescue though, providing shuttle service right from the train station to the Plaza, Roundhouse, Museum Hill and everywhere else you need to be.
The best part of this all is the cost…just $8 round trip for the ride from the Journal Center Station on the north side of Albuquerque. You may save a buck if you make it even easier and get your tickets online.
Save gas, save the environment, sit back and enjoy the scenery. Ride the Railrunner.
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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!