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Pecos National Historical Park and Santa Fe

Pecos National Historical Park is an easy stop off of I-40 to stretch your legs and your mind.
Pecos National Historical Park is an easy stop off of I-25 to stretch your legs and your mind.Photo credit: Catherine Parker

The carful of kids are our way to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a Winter Break Ski Trip when we stop off at thePecos National Historical Parkfor a look around. This park is 25 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Interstate 25 outside of the town of Pecos; it’s a great place to stretch your legs and mind.

Pecos National Historical Parkis open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day; during the winter, it’s open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The admission is $7 per person, 16 years old and older or you can use your America the Beautiful annual pass ($ 80).

Pecos NHPfeatures a self-guided 1.25 mile easy hike that winds you around the pueblo and mission ruins. There is also a small museum exhibit and movie to watch about the native people.

My oldest loses her boot in the snow after running around like a crazy kid.
My oldest loses her boot in the snow after running around like a crazy kid.

The carful of kids love national parks but today the kids are really in love with all the snow on the ground at the park. They are running around like goons and my crazy kids from Texas don’t realize that they can lose their boots in the snow.

We take the hike, tour the museum, watch the movie and earn our Junior Ranger Badges all under an hour and a half. The carful of kids learn about theCivil War Battle of Glorieta Passand theSanta Fe Trail.

Shh! Don’t tell the kids they are learning during Winter Break.

Next stop historicSanta Fe. We take a walk around the square and see the sights–it’s especially festive at Christmas. There is plenty of shopping to enjoy with boutiques and galleries.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi next the the Santa Fe Plaza adds to the ambience I love.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi next the the Santa Fe Plaza adds to the ambience I love.Photo credit: Catherine Parker

The carful of kids really just like looking at all the holiday lights and luminarias that dot the downtown area.Santa Fe Plazais dripping with them, there are food carts with hot drinks if you need something to warm you up.

We walk by theCathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisiand take a picture. Unfortunately, it is not open but they feature special services during the holiday season.

It is getting a little chilly and we still have to rent our ski gear so the carful of kids load up and head toAlpine Sportsat 121 Sandoval St.

I like to rent our ski and snowboard equipment at an independent rental store. I have found over the years that the prices are cheaper and the equipment is nicer than at the resort.

My daughter and I got brand new ski boots this time–no smelly ski boots for us this year. With our ski and snowboard equipment in the back of the SUV, we are ready to hit the mountain in the morning.

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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