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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Contemporary Side of Santa Fe

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4. Insider’s Tip


Adjust to the elevation before attempting to see natural wonders like the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  

With rock formations and natural beauty in abundance, it’s tempting to conquer the great outdoors as soon as you land. But at 7,000 feet above sea level, you need to start slowly and take steps to adapt. Hit the galleries on your first day, and then, once your lungs have adjusted to the oxygen level, drive to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of the city. The park’s cone-shaped rock formations were formed by volcanic eruptions more than 6 million years ago and today offer breathtaking scenery.


Published on May 26, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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