"There was so much sky, more than at sea, more than anywhere else in the world." Willa Cather
One of the best day trips from Santa Fe...
...is to Bandelier National Monument. The detached Tsankawi section of Bandelier is near Los Alamos; it's 11 miles north of Frijoles Canyon on NM 4. This large unexcavated ruin on a high mesa provides sweeping views of the Rio Grande valley, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, and the Jemez Mountains to the west.