New Mexico: Balloon rides, natural wonders, Georgia O'Keeffe

Away from bustling Santa Fe and quirky Albuquerque, New Mexico offers stunning natural wonders, wide expanses of desert and mountains, and clear skies that guarantee endless days of sightseeing and outdoor fun.

On a recent trip, I got to experience all that, plus delicious food, a rodeo and a hot-air balloon ride.


I based myself at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, which is part of the Santa Ana Pueblo, a tribal settlement about a half-hour drive north of Albuquerque and an hour from Santa Fe. It's a luxury resort with all the amenities, plus regional cuisine and adobe-style architecture.

Tamaya is a convenient base for day trips. But you can also...