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Le Lecheria Railyard (Bandilier National Monument)

Le Lecheria Railyard (Bandilier National Monument)
Le Lecheria Railyard (Bandilier National Monument)


March 18, 2024

La Lecheria Railyard, Santa Fe, New Mexico

La Lecheria Railyard

At a very busy train station, in a recently renovated area of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is La Lecheria Railyard – the first place winner of the 2023 Santa Fe Reporter “Best of Santa Fe” (I have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive). A clean, modern-looking shop with interesting paintings on the wall (available for purchase) and attractive menu boards. It is a beautiful shop designed to relax and enjoy their craft ice cream. There were books, including children’s books in a basket, which I imagine get a lot of use when trains are late.

“Old School Good” is painted on the wall to sum up their ice cream ingredient philosophy of no stabilizers, no artificial flavorings and no preservatives. La Lecheria had a interesting variety of classic and seasonal ice cream flavors and also sold baked goods and coffee (they are near a train station). the seasonal flavors included ‘Chai’, ‘Butterscotch Miso’ and ‘Red Chili with Toasted Piñon’. I sampled the latter one- a pinon nut comes from pinon trees that mainly grow in New Mexico and surrounding areas – a traditional important desert food source.. The ice cream had an interesting flavor and just a small kick – I liked it, but knew my wimpy ability to handle spice did not warrant a full cup. I ordered a scoop of mint chocolate chip and a scoop of Irish Slammer. The mint chocolate chip had a nice texture with a good number of bitter chocolate chips – the strong bitterness of the chocolate seemed to lessen the mint sensation, but the overall effect was quite enjoyable. The Irish Slammer was a special flavor for St. Patrick’s day – Guinness and Baileys flavored – another delightful flavor with a slant from the traditional.

La Lecheria Railyard

The shop is one to add to your itinerary in Santa Fe – great ice cream, relaxing atmosphere, friendly service.

In the area: Today we started out visiting Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos north of Santa Fe, Yesterday we drove up to the park, when it was drizzling in Santa Fe, snowing in Los Alamos. We were surprised it was closed, but when we saw the steep drop offs on the park roads, we understood!

Bandelier National Monument – New Mexico has so many national and state parks, it was difficult to decide which ones up visit. Bandolier National Monument was a good choice. It tells the story of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived in the area for a millennia starting as hunters and gatherers and eventually turning to agriculture. The geology of this area, formed from volcanic ash, compressed into rock, which eventually, through water and wind, formed holes. The Ancestral Pueblonian people enlarged the holes, charred the ceilings (to make them stronger) and made them their homes. Eventually they built structures in front of the holes to further enlarge the living area.

Bandelier ‘apartment house’

Bandolier National Monument allows visitors to see inside of these structures including their sacred Kivas. The park also had hiking trails in the surrounding canyons and mesas which we also visited. This is an amazing and fascinating place to visit.

Written by bourbiza mohamed

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