Stock up on supplies at local stores in Cuba to the north or Jemez Springs to the south, then venture into theSanta Fe National Forest. Both towns offer hospitable gateways to this National Recreation Area, wild and scenic rivers and a National Scenic Byway.
Head west from Bandelier National Monument on Hwy 4 to findabundant camping spots in ponderosa pine forests or alpine meadows. Along the Jemez River is Las Conchas Campground and also near Jemez Springs is Jemez Falls Campground. Redondo Campground is one of the largest sites in the area, but more remote sites are nearby. North along Hwy 126 toward Fenton Lake is San Antonio Campground, which is handicap accessible and offers fishing.
Cochiti Lake has three separate recreation areas, two with campsites. The camping area on the west side of the lake includes a boat ramp, courtesy dock and 34 sites with electric hook-ups.
Beginning cyclists will find a peaceful ride beneath the shade of cottonwoods on a relatively flat trail that winds through the Rio Grande Bosque near Corrales.
Intermediate and advanced riders can explore Guacamalla and Paliza Canyons. The 7-mile Jemez Canyon Overlook offers sunny meadows as a reward for climbing steep hills. Off-road adventures can also be found in Placitas, especially along Tunnel Springs Road in Las Huertas Canyon, at mile marker 5 on Route 165.
An easy 10k ride is found along Forest Road 445 just past mile marker 2 on the south side of Hwy 165.