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2013 Concorso Open Road Tours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 24–26. Three days of tours, open to all driving enthusiasts, can be purchased as a package or a la carte for any of the three days at $60 per day, per car. The fee includes lunch for two, decal, and tour book with turn-by-turn directions. Optional Happy Trails Happy Hours are Wednesday and Thursday afternoon upon return at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Print and complete the Open Road Tours Entrant Form and Liability Waiver and mail with your check to the indicated address.

Road Tour

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Turquoise Trail. Mountainair. Beyond.
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Georgia O’Keeffe. Taos High Road.
Thursday, Sept. 26: Prairie Meets the Mountains

Note: All drives will leave at 9:00am from the Southwest corner of the DeVargas Center parking lot, 153 Paseo de Peralta (near the intersection of Paseo and Sabino Street).

Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The Turquoise Trail winds southward through Madrid, an old coal mining town turned tourist magnet. Thriving. Thence head south for the Sandia mountains. An optional side trip winds up to the summit. The road is four-lanes (and cop heavy) down to I-40. G under that for a twisting drive through old Spanish Land Grants on to Mountainair. Lunch at the historic Hotel Shaffer. Thence east and north back to Santa Fe across largely empty and rather straight roads with The West all around.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
North through tribal country and the land Georgia O’Keeffe made familiar to gallery goers. Onward to Tierra Amarillo whose courthouse experienced a famous raid in 1967 when a lay preacher, inspired by a mystical dream in which he saw frozen horses melting in the sun, tried to reclaim old Spanish land grants that had been – he said -- illegally coopted. Then eastward across one of the most ideal highways in the country. Swooping, rhythmic, lovely. Stands of pine and aspen and mountain clichés. Some in Colorado. Uncrowded and peace-loving to Tres Piedras. Then to the incredible deep slash in the land with the Rio Grande flowing some 600 feet below the bridge. On to Taos and down (the best direction to take) the “high road to Taos”. (It’s “from Taos” today.) This tour best sums up the varieties of Northern New Mexico terrain.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Sometimes we call this “the Coast Tour”. If you imagine the prairie that stretches eastward to Oklahoma as a giant inland sea this road runs northward out of Las Vegas (the New Mexico one) following where that prairie “crashes” on the rising mountains. It looks indeed like a coastal scene. Northwest from Las Vegas, we go into the mountain town of Mora, then across the Sangres to catch part of the High Road and its charming Hispanic and Pueblo villages. Maybe you’ll spot unique wildlife in the open fields, or cowboys on a dogie search. Maybe a haunting emptiness. Different.

The Santa Fe Concorso Tour Committee looks forward to hosting three days of Open Road Tours in The Land of Enchanment. Please sign up early.

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