Blossom season

Shop for flowering trees and local art north of Santa Fe

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Just north on State 76 lies the village of Ojo Sarco. Treat yourself to a scenic shortcut here by heading west on Rio Arriba County Road 69, a dirt road (accessible by passenger car only in dry weather) that winds past adobe haciendas and orchards. After about 10 miles, you'll emerge on State 75, where you turn west to Dixon.

Before rolling back down State 68 and U.S. 285 to Santa Fe or other points south, swirl and sip at Dixon's La Chiripada Winery (1119 State 75; 505/579-4437) and toast your horticultural bounty with a glass of Embudo Blanco, a wine made from organic apples.

Tree tour

Tooley's Trees (trees from $38; 505/689-2400) is open 10-4 Fri-Sun through May. From Chimayo take State 76 east 7 miles and turn left on the dirt road just past milepost 15; look for gate #8.

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