Santa Rosa Travel Guide

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Santa Rosa Things to Do

  • Route 66 Auto Museum

    One of the pleasures of a US road trip for us is discovering the off-beat attractions as well as the major historic sites and natural wonders – and Santa Rosa’s Route 66 Auto Museum is an excellent example! Owner Bozo Cordova has amassed a wonderful collection of classic cars and Route 66 memorabilia, and has turned his passion into a great...

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  • Historic District

    There are several buildings of historic and architectural significance in the town, lots of them along old Route 66.

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  • Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church

    This church building is a new one for the parish of the old Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church. Even though it is a newer church I found it very pretty.

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  • Guadalupe County Courthouse

    Santa Rosa is the county seat of Guadalupe County. The old courthouse was built in 1909. I found it historically and architecturally interesting. There was a nice gazebo and a nice monument on the grounds.

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  • Power Dam Lake

    This is a haven for all watersports fanatics. Jet Ski, swimming, boating, diving, fishing you name it. Santa Rosa is known as the City of Lakes which is pretty surprising in a desert.I arrived at the height of summer when most sensible New Mexicans were indoors enjoying the aircon. I arrived at the weekend, however and there were a few hardy souls...

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  • The Blue Hole

    This is a natural wonder, smaller than I first thought, 60 feet across, but a clear blue water filled hole which is a magnet for scuba divers. It's called an artisian well, which brings clear spring water to the surface with a constant temperature of 61oF which is a bit chilly for me. The divers all flock here to practise and obtain certificates....

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Santa Rosa Restaurants

  • Varied Menu; Average Preparation

    This restaurant serves a variety of American and Mexican dishes. I had Catfish fried in corn meal. The breading was a bit much but the fish was pretty good overall. The mashed potatoes and gravy was good. The decor had pictures of old Chevys and a nice mural celebrating Route 66. Average. The catfish was average.

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  • On Route 66

    Well, it was recommended to me by the Motel 6 receptionist. The restuarant has a long tradition being started by Carmen and Jose Campos in 1956. He passed on in 1990. It was a stopover for hungry truckers serving biscuits and gravy and chicken fried steaks.I liked the menu, it is like a small newspaper which gives you a potted history about the...

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  • New Mexican Cuisine at this Diner

    A nice place to stop for food if you're traveling along I-40his greasy spoon has good New Mexican cuisine which incorporates green chiles and hot red chiles. The enchiladas are very good and make sure to leave room of a slice of fresh baked fruit pie! Green chili enchiladas, fruit pie (price range includes pie...make it less than $10 if you don't...

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Santa Rosa Shopping

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    by toonsarah Written Jan 8, 2012

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    If you’ve enjoyed your visit to the museum you will want to buy a souvenir perhaps, and one more reasonably priced (and easier to get home) than one of the classic cars. The shop has a large collection of Route 66 related items, including t-shirts and other clothing, model cars, shot and beer glasses, various signs and of course model cars. We only bought a few postcards but I enjoyed browsing around.

    It’s also worth a browse to see the additional museum items displayed here. I particularly liked some of the old photos of the road at the height of its significance.

    There’s also a small café but we didn’t have anything here. I did however make use of what I have learned to call when in the US the “bathroom”, and I loved the light switches there, so just had to take a photo – photo three.

    In the gift shop Signs in the gift shop Light switch in the loo ;-)
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Santa Rosa Sports & Outdoors

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    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Nov 4, 2002

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    Many divers and swimmers flock to the town of Santa Maria during the summer months. This is not the most ideal place in the world to dive - but considering it's in the middle of a desert it's the closest place to practice for many people in the Southwest. Blue hole is a bell shaped spring that reaches a depth of 81 feet, use your dive tables though because the town is at 4000 feet elevation. A grate covers a hole in the bottom as several divers have lost their lives by diving too deep. They get sucked into the current of the underground river that flows beneath - not a pleasant way to perish.

    Equipment: Never dived before - so you probably should know what you need better than I do. You do however need a permit from city hall to dive - this I do know.

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