Southwest Family Roadtrip Day #1: Winsor Trail

Now that we are living in a small town of a little over 4000 people, I am determined to keep my boys traveling the world. As much as we have dreamed of buying a home. It can be a bit scary to be committed to a location forever. At times that thought can be overwhelming. Anyways we are on a mission to help our kids see all that is out there beyond the midwest. Don’t get me wrong I love the midwest. We have traveled all around it and while we planned on moving to the pacific northwest someday our dreams have changed. This summer we took our boys on a journey that would end with the Grand Canyon. I hope you follow along as we go from  Santa Fe to Petrified Forest to the Grand Canyon and everything in between!

Day 1 began in Santa Fe, NM:

We checked into a cabin at Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground off old Las Vegas Highway. Technology has become such an important part of our days so we wanted to reconnect with nature on this trip. This campground was perfect for that! However with a nightly movie and a swimming pool, we were still able to have some relaxing fun for our pampered kids.


We began our Southwest Family Road Trip  by hiking in the Santa Fe National Park. We have some friends that live in Santa Fe who hike Winsor Trails often so that’s what we chose to do. When we kept driving past some of the other popular (and very crowded) spots along the way up to Winsor Trail, I knew we made the right decision. The best part about hiking is enjoying the peace and quiet that more secluded spots can offer. We only passed a handful of people on the way up.


Since we are new to high altitude along with 3 kids, we made our top at the middle for the first time. I am hoping next time we can make it the rest of the way when the boys are older. Winsor Trail is 10.9 miles and is  160 feet climb. At the top (or mid-point top if you are continuing on), take a deep breath. Then look straight ahead…



Then to the left…


Then to the right…

winsortrails3Then look down! This serene sight was worth the hike up. It was so glorious to see such beauty that the photographs cannot even capture how magnificent this view truly was.


The trip down was a lot easier to enjoy some of the hidden treasures since we were no longer huffing and puffing from the high altitude.


While we reminded our kids that we do not pick or move anything in a national park, we did an I-spy along the way down looking for bugs, plants, rocks, and other wildlife that we could find. It helped us make it an even more leisure trip down Winsor Trail.

santafecollage2Do you enjoy hiking? I would love to hear your favorite spot to enjoy the natural wonders!



  1. Pam says

    We enjoy hiking. There are a lot of great state and national parks near us so we can hike in a variety of places without a long drive!

  2. Angelic Sinova says

    Family road trips are the best. Oh my gosh, those views are amazing! I’m a huge traveler and I love exploring new places. The world is such a beautiful place.

  3. says

    I love hiking! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and remember doing lots of hikes out there. I’m in the Midwest now, but we still have some good hiking trails. Probably not many that will get me over 140 flights of stairs though! 😉 Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and make me want to visit there, too!

  4. Jeanine says

    Love the photos. It looks like a beautiful trip. I love hiking but haven’t been in so many years. Would love to do it at a place like this. Looking and takin all that beautiful outdoors in … would be lovely.

  5. Kendall says

    What a fun time this must of been! I love taking hikes, and I definitely would love to see this trail! Have fun!

  6. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    I love hiking and would love to hike there. That trail looks amazing and a great one to hike.

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