I’m hooked! There just isn’t any other way to say it. I am absolutely hooked on the New Mexico Rail Runner … a fabulous train ride from Belen, Los Lunas, Albuquerque and Bernalillo to Santa Fe … and back.
Once upon a time in my past I lived in Milwaukee and traveled almost weekly the 90 miles from downtown Milwaukee to downtown Chicago. It took 90 minutes and certainly beat fighting the traffic. I’d read a book, listen to music and just watch the scenery.
I’d forgotten all of that until I hopped on the New Mexico Rail Runner for a ride to Santa Fe. It all came back to me. Why drive when it is a whole lot cheaper to ride the rails? Why drive and watch the road when you can ride and watch the scenery? Why not just ride and read a book? Talk about stress relief … the Rail Runner did all of that for me and a whole lot more!
When you get off the train in Santa Fe you are just a couple minutes walk to the Plaza. Or you can hop one of the shuttles that will drop you off just about anywhere you want to go downtown and the surrounding area. Off to Buffalo Thunder or Taos? The Rail Runner connects in Santa Fe with shuttles to those place and a few more as well. (Check with your final destination for a timetable.)
On this trip you’ll pass through Reservation land that you can’t see from I-25, which means you’ll see part of New Mexico that you wouldn’t see otherwise. And all of this takes just about 90 minutes from Albuquerque to Santa Fe …and the same time back. Yes, that’s a little more time than it takes to drive. But the ride is oh so relaxing!
Take the Rail Runner up to Santa Fe …or down to Albuquerque … for dinner and more. It might be just the ticket for you. It was for me and, now that I’m hooked, the Rail Runner will be my first choice for transportation to Santa Fe … and back.
If you’re heading to Santa Fe from the Southern part of the state … or coming down to Albuquerque from the North, think about parking and riding the Rail Runner. In Albuquerque the train stops in two locations downtown … the primary stop is at the main train station at Central and 2nd. Just a quick walk to anywhere down town. I think even Wylie Coyote and the Road Runner would approve. It’s clear that I do!