We took I25 east around the edge of the Sangre de Christo mountains through some fabulous scenery, but unfortunately a combination of bugs on the windscreen and driving straight into the sun stopped me taking any photographs.
Our first stop in Las Vegas, New Mexico was the visitor centre in the old train depot. The lady there was charming and gave us lots of information about things to do and see in town as well as good restaurants and coffee shops to try.
We found a parking spot just off the plaza, in Las Vegas unless it is posted there is no time limit on street parking. There are some lovely old buildings
This boarded up old building was once Navajo Textiles Inc. and during WWII was where parachutes were packed.
We enjoyed a milkshake and coffee inside Plaza Drug another lovely old building, this is the inside.
While I was in the visitor centre, the Plaza hotel was recommended as somewhere to be sure and visit.
Friendly staff actually encourage you to enjoy looking around inside the hotel, this is the main entrance.
During the 1800’s, I forget when exactly, this was the home of the Governor of New Mexico.
The grass on the plaza had only been down a month or so when we visited, it was a lovely shady place to sit and we spent some time chatting to some very nice people we met. The parks staff were busy mowing (not something we’re used to seeing in New Mexico) and the smell of new mown grass and hot sunshine was just gorgeous.
The band stand.
This sculpture in honour of Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores to Our lady of Sorrows Parish and Mothers Against Drunk Driving was erected on 21 July 2012.
One of the recommendations for lunch was a place on the plaza that makes its own burgers and fries from scratch, Plaza Burgers, we tried it and they were delicious.
Sadly we ran out of day and never got to visit the railroad side of town that we’re saving for our next trip to this area. Of course if we hadn’t spent so long chatting on the plaza……………………..
Have fun, we are!