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Meow Wolf and The Lightning Field of New Mexico

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Summer is officially here & we are excited to bring you the first installment in our travel series featuring Kristoffer Knutson, a Producer at MONO. Continue reading to find out more about his trip to New Mexico!

The Basics

A planned visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico turned into a unique opportunity to stay overnight in an art installation and a chance to marvel at the Very Large Array en route. 

Where to eat

The Green Chile Stew at Albuquerque’s Frontier Restaurant is a must-have if you’re passing through the area. Filled with 1970s nostalgia for the Southwest (and portraits of the “Duke”), this order-at-the-counter eatery near the University of New Mexico offers cheap eats and great atmosphere. Also, the Green Chile Apple Pie in Pie Town, New Mexico was incredible. Yes, it’s a real place. Population 186.

What to see

Meow Wolf in Santa Fe is beyond description. It’s an immersive, quasi-narrative experience that’s completely artist run. Funded by George R. R. Martin, it’s housed in an old bowling alley. But that doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Give yourself 3-4 hours to spend in this dreamlike play land. 

Where to stay

Airbnb is the best way to live like a local and get the real feel for a city. One spot in the foothills of Santa Fe offered panoramic views from the porch and hummingbird feeders that attracted dozens of flying friends. 

What to experience

Drive 2 hours SW of Albuquerque to see the Very Large Array. You’ll find 27 massive radio telescopes set in the high desert plains on tracks that configure into one giant astronomy observatory. The scale is immense.

What to pack

A camera. This trip is one you’ll want to share with others because they won’t believe it otherwise.

Tips & Tricks

Check for cancellations at Walter de Maria’s stunning Lightning Field installation outside of Quemado, NM. Maintained by Dia Arts Foundation and with extremely limited availability, it’s worth the overnight stay in a rustic cabin surrounded by 400 steel rods arranged in a grid across the plain. Storms are frequent in the area and the site-specific Land Art is meant to be experienced live. Pictures just don’t do it justice (and are frowned upon actually, shhhh).

What were you listening to on this trip?

Phoebe Bridgers/Stranger in the Alps was the perfect soundtrack for the sublime isolation of desert highways and wanderlust roaming.

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