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Old 08-06-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Sante Fe during Balloon Festival - Go or no go??

We are camping at Gouldings (Monument Valley) on and will be leaving October 4 ( Saturday) and start our journey home to NC. We left Sept 2.

We planned on going to Canyon de Chelly and may or not be able to get a site (no reservations 1st come 1st served) so we may have to move on.

We are looking at Santa Fe, however this is ‘Balloon Festival/Season’. Is it worthwhile visiting Santa Fe when this is going on? We are not interested in baloons or riding on them. There is a hefty surcharge at the cg’s during this period so I am wondering if Santa Fe will be a ‘mob scene’ and we should perhaps avoid it.

The alternative would be to push on to Albuquerque and stay at a campground there. We are on our way home to NC after having been away 30+ days.

I guess my question is Santa Fe worth the surcharge and is it packed with people?
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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The Balloon Fiesta is in Albuquerque. We've been, our kids LOVED it. As an adult I was surprised I liked it to. It's not a yearly thing for us like it is for some, but of you are so close and in the area during Balloon time you've got to do it.

We stayed on site at the Balloon fair grounds. It's rally style RVing/parking...they really squeeze you in there. It was not overwhelming though and we do NOT like crowds. It's dry camping for $30/night. They have shuttles (city school buses ) to take you to the fair ground gates.

As a tip, wherever you stay the night before empty all you holding tanks and top off your fresh water tank. They have private companies that will empty/fill your tanks while parked for a hefty fee. Also, I don't remember them allowing you to leave and come back in with your coach. Once your parked, that's it no more moving around. Unless you want to pay all over again and park somewhere else!
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It would be a shame if you missed Canyon de Chelly since you are close at Gouldings! You may wish to check www.rvparkreviews.com for a couple other cg's in the Chinle area if the one in town is full. The reviews on these cg's is not great but once you close the door and shades how bad could they be for 1 or 2 nights?

Have fun. Safe travels.
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You may find it difficult to get a space at Santa Fe that week...even harder though in Albequerque. A neat experience.

If you want the area, might take one of the campgrounds in the valley just North of Santa Fe, or go on up to Taos.
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Or, you could go over to Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos for a beautiful place to stay and away from the crowds.
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