Santa Fe Area 2014

As you can see in the map below, we had a detour of about 175 miles in our trip. We wanted to visit this area in Northern Central New Mexico Mountains, it is unique in culture and history. Los Alamos a sleepy tiny town, was the home of a private boy’s school in the 1930’s. That all changed when our government seized the desolate land and placed the labs, shop and test facilities of The Manhattan Project there. The rest is history.

The Las Alamos Laboratory has been repurposed with 2 missions.

  1. To continue reseach and development in the area of nuclear weapons. While we do not build new weapons (Our stockpile is shrunk about 90%), we do have to maintain and update our arsenal. Remember these are 50 years old.
  2. Our trip to The Bradbury Museum was most enlightening as to the history of atomic power and its future. They do a great deal of in medical and commercial uses.

General Groves and Dr. Robert Openheimer.


We are camped at Bandelier in the Juniper Campground. We are at 7,000 feet, temperatures at night dive into the 40s. Having no hook-ups is slightly compromised as the only site we could get our rig on has about 50% tree cover.

The $6/nite rate for Experienced Citizens is very nice, I would happily pay a little more it they would make RV sites a bit larger.

As you can see, there is plenty of room. I cannot move back any further least my transmission’s oil pan will hit the parking stop. Most of these sites are designed for tent folks or 18′ tag-a-long trailers. We are 38′.

This area is a hiker’s paradise. It has very well marked trails and access points.

I will be posting this blog from the Las Alamos Library. Anne-Marie discovered the statuary below, it is titled, Overdue.



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