Christmas in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful time. With mild evening temperatures, outdoor celebrations have become holiday tradition! Lighting the way to a festive month in December -especially on Christmas Eve- luminarias or farolitos are found prominently on top of adobe buildings, lining quiet streets, and ushering friends to welcoming homes and businesses along walkways and doorsteps. So what are Farolitos? Luminarias? Simply put, these are” candles of light” which symbolize the way for the Christmas family to find warmth, comfort, and protection. These “candles of light” are carefully placed in sand inside a small brown paper bag, providing a warm glow at night. Generally found in prominence beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving at lighting of the Christmas trees on the historic Santa Fe plaza and enjoyed throughout December. Santa Fe infamous “glow of luminarias” throughout downtown, the historic plaza and surrounding neighborhood areas is truly a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. Nighttime strolls in downtown Santa Fe are especially enchanting on Christmas eve when Canyon Road is lined with luminarias and spotted with farolitos (little bon fires) to provide warmth. Canyon road on Christmas eve creates lifelong memories for Santa Fe travelers as this famous holiday walk inspires carolers, hot chocolate vendors, good cheer, and warm greetings from friend and foe alike. Luminarias, lighting the way for Christmas strollers line the street, walls, and illuminate windows as well as walkways greeting guests, family and friends. A truly magical holiday community festival for all to enjoy is easy walking distance for guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b.
In the Beginning, Bonfires Led the Way
These little lights have their roots in the 1800’s. Small bonfires, like the current day bonfires on the corners of Canyon Road in Santa Fe (Farolitos), were used to guide people to Christmas Mass. Quite often they were set out during the final night of Las Posadas, the symbolic representation of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem walking from home to home before Jesus was born (replicated current day on the 2nd Sunday in December). In later days, children carried small farolitos as they reenacted Las Posadas with current “little lights” hung on trees in the plaza.
Use of Luminarias
Now a days people use luminarias to decorate the path to their door as well as outlining the roofline of their home with warm inviting electric luminaria lights. Historically, luminarias were a series of small bonfires lining the roads. As customs evolved from small bonfires to small paper bag lights, terminology has evolved as well and confusion as to what exactly a luminaria vs. farolito is. Farolito meaning small fire where as luminaria means small light. These two terms are now used interchangeably to describe the small paper bag lights that create a luminous wonderland in Santa Fe during December holiday season. Farolitos are much more risky as they are open fires vs. the small bagged light which are replicated for further safety by using small electric lights inside paper bags as can often be seen.
Making Your Own
Making luminarias, or farolitos, is fairly easy. Just purchase paper bags, votive candles and gather sand (dry). Crafty people may cut holiday shapes in the bags or textures on the top rim. Fill each bag with several inches of sand, then press a votive candle in the center of the sand so the flame does not touch the paper sides. We recommend lining your walk way and skip the more dangerous positioning of luminarias on your rooftop . Choose a dry night with very little wind so to prevent accidental ignition of bags. Luminarias usually burn about 4 hours before going out. You’ll probably be headed for bed about that time! So decorate, invite your friends and enjoy the ambiance and enchantment of true Santa Fe Christmas by bringing New Mexico traditions to your holiday decorating.
Thanksgiving in New Mexico is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating- yes lots of eating! A truly memorable and one of a kind Thanksgiving vacation to Santa Fe wouldn’t be the same without this all of the important aspect of tantalizing New Mexico cuisine! Over 150 restaurants to choose from in the downtown area alone provided plenty of options: creative, traditional, eclectic and more! Within a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b you’ll find (5 or less minutes) : Restaurant Martin, Galisteo Bistro, Rio Chama, Blue Corn Café; 10 minutes or less: La Casa Sena, Geronimos, The Compound to name just a few.
After dining with family and friends this holiday, New Mexicans can pay tribute to the spirit of the very first Thanksgiving by honoring Native American culture. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ (SWAIA) Winter Indian Market, held every year the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, features row after row of Native American art, handcrafted by more than 100 artists. (The larger Summer Indian Market, also run by SWAIA, features the work of more than 1,100 artists.) The fair, which dates back almost 100 years, also offers native cuisine, ranging from “Pueblo style oven bread and pies” to Navajo blue corn pancakes. Admission is free for this annual event, held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. November 24-25, Admission: $5.
Ski Santa Fe- The 2012/2013 Ski/Snowboard season is currently scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. Since weather is one element mankind is unable to control, we hope that the “El Nino” weather pattern holds true for this season! An exceptional Family skiing experience begins in a city that has been in the top 10 tourist destinations for years. Ski Santa Fe appeals to snow enthusiasts who desire a great mountain experience and something more than a typical resort. Ski and snowboard in fresh powder all day, then take in world-class art, dining, and culture at night. Ski Santa Fe is conveniently located just 18 miles northeast of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn - Santa Fe (an easy 20-25 minute drive). Ski Santa Fe is in the Santa Fe National Forest; has a base elevation of 10,350′; peak elevation of 12,053′; vertical drop of 1,703′; average annual snowfall of 225″. Ski acreage is 660 consisting of 45 runs with 40% expert, 40% intermediate, and 20% novice. Snowboarding is allowed on 50% of trails. Lift lines are generally short and ticket prices affordable as compared to highly commercialized ski resorts.
The La Cienega Studio Tour. La Cienega is a lush valley about 15 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn and accessed from I-25. Once a Spanish land grant, this quaint little village is home to many different kinds of artists from painters, ceramic artists to sculptors and woodworkers. Thanksgiving weekend, these artists open their studios for tours and intriguing conversations! Nov 24, 25, 2012
Hiking! A year round family activity for which notable hikes near Santa Fe, New Mexico consist of:
*Aspen Vista Trail - Popular and easy trail in Sangre de Cristo Mountains located on Ski Basin Road at the 13 mile marker.
*Dale Ball Trails – A system of interconnecting trails for hikers that connect it to the Nature Conservancy Trail, the Dorothy Stewart Trail, and the Atalaya Trail.
*Atalaya Mountain Trail - Another popular trail leading toward the summit of Atalaya Mountain (9,000 feet elevation at the peak). This is a steep trail near the summit, and provides spectacular views of Santa Fe. Access is at the St Johns College parking lot which is less than a 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
*The Nature Conservancy Trail – One of the closest trails to Pueblo Bonito b&b- Santa Fe and access is from parking area on Upper Canyon rd. Ruins of an old dam are notable on this trail which runs along the original route of the Santa Fe river.
*Tent Rocks Trail – One of our favorites! A beautiful 40 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn and located in Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo. Prime viewing of exquisite rock formations await the moderately skilled hiker for which the park has been named.
A trail guide is available at the City of Santa Fe website.
Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. A convenient and short 20 minute drive straight up the snow capped mountain from Pueblo Bonito b&b’s front door! With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet which offers some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and provide a gateway for thrills including steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers. Local patrons and visitors from around the world join together to enjoy beautiful scenery while participating in this wonderful winter sport centrally located in Northern New Mexico. All ages, skill levels and ability find something for their taste, whether a first time skier/boarder or seasoned veteran, Ski Santa Fe offer complete services for all level of participants. Ski Santa Fe is family oriented, but those seeking a challenge can find their place on our mountain. Ski lessons are available for novice to achievement, in groups or individual. Check out the most current snow accumulations and conditions at Ski Santa Fe here.
Combine a fun filled and exciting winter activity like skiing/boarding with the lure of historic, romantic Santa Fe and you have a ski vacation suited for honeymooners, anniversary celebrations, family ski vacations, spring break travel, or a quick weekend get-a-way. Regardless of the reason, your time skiing in New Mexico is sure to be remembered for years to come! Santa Fe’s unique and diverse activities such as: shopping, dining, spa, museums, galleries, and arts provide that creative edge when designing southwest winter ski vacation. Fun is certain for the whole family. Romance and relaxation definite for the adult couple. Add the bonus that Ski Santa Fe offer FREE skiing to Seniors during the months of January and February! Ages 62 and over ski any day all day, all lifts during the months of January and February -for free!
Combine reasonable and varied ski ticket pricing of Ski Santa Fe with affordable Santa Fe accommodations at Pueblo Bonito b&b-and you have one of the most affordable and memorable winter ski vacation packages available in the United States! Winter visitors enjoy this historic, adobe pueblo-style b&b secluded within quite grounds and located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe- walking distance to plaza, restaurants, shopping, etc. Romantic kiva fireplaces highlight Santa Fe visitors experience nightly as these are a feature of every room or suite at Pueblo Bonito Inn.
Whatever your reason or goal you need to achieve- Santa Fe, Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn and Ski Santa Fe offer the most affordable packages to meet your Winter Fun in the Sun- Santa Fe Ski vacation needs. Come join us…. the skiing is great! 1-800-461-4599
Santa Fe , NM- the perfect place to catch that indescribably festive holiday spirit that will ring true through the 2012 New Year. Northern New Mexico travel prior to Christmas and through New Years provides guests with many opportunities to experience a magical vacation get away. Santa Fe travel in the winter months avails festive Holiday performances, winter Art Markets, outdoor activities and more for New Mexico visitors such as:
December 2011- Santa Fe Farmers Market: Every Saturday: 8am-1pm.Fresh and yummy locally grown fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, cheeses, grass-fed meats, baked goods, body care and herbal products, and so much more.
Ski Santa Fe- Open till April 8th offers a family fun ski vacation for all skill levels. Skiers & snowboarders love the short lines and convenience this ski basin offers to Pueblo Bonito b&b which offers ski/lodging packages! Click here for free lift tickets!
December 7th: Sneak preview of PBS Billy the Kid documentary. Panel discussion with producers, authors and historians at Palace of the Governors- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
December 9th: Christmas at the Palace. Enjoy an evening with hot cider, live music, entertainment, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Palace of the Governors. Donations encouraged.
December 10th: Light Among the Ruins. The Ruins of San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church and Giusewa Pueblo will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. The program will included Native American flute music, Jemez Pueblo dancers, and refreshments. Free Admission
December 11th: Las Posada en Santa Fe. Traditional Christ child play and candle-lit procession around the Plaza to the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Free admission.
December 12th : Pojoaque Pueblo “Our Lady of Guadalupe and Matachines** Dances“. Various dances held on this Native American Pueblo only 20 minutes north of Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast.
December 13th: New Mexico’s Stumble to Statehood. Presented by The School for Advanced Research by Jon Hummer 505-954-7203
December 17 & 18: Rail yard Artisans Market Special Holiday Faire: wide variety of products from herbal beauty to handmade guitars. A family friendly event complete with live music, delicious food at the café. Saturday 3pm-7:30pm; Sunday10am-4pm, in the Market Pavilion in the Rail yard- 7 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn.
December 18th: Royal Music. Enjoy the sounds of the season at this annual free concert featuring the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and Brass with special-guest choral director Linda Raney. Lensic Performing Arts Center, just a 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast inn.
December 21st: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Southwest’s Monumental Ruins- Join Adam Johnson as he speaks on “Preservation in the Early 20th Century: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Monumental Ruins of the Southwest,” at noon at Palace of the Governors. Free
December 24th: Christmas Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm held by Santa Fe Concert Association. A Christmas Eve program featuring Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Don’t show up without a ticket! 505-988-1234
Santa Fe’s Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The streets of the Eastside Historical District are lined with farolitos, luminarias, carolers, cheerful holiday celebration and good cheer. A must do once in your lifetime event for all ages to enjoy. Canyon Road Farolito Walk is less than a 5 minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b.
Kewa Pueblo (formally Santo Domingo) Christmas Eve Mass at midnight preceded by traditional dancing 505-465-2214. Kewa pueblo is a 25 minute drive south from Santa Fe off Hwy 25 toward Albuquerque.
December 25th: Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) and Picurus Pueblos- Matachine** dancing. **The Matachines dance (Spanish matachin, or religious dancer) is very popular in Mexico and Northern New Mexico. The Matachine dance is a religious dance intended to venerate either Mother Mary, a saint, Christ, or God the Holy Trinity. Dressed in festive Native American costume, the chief characters are El Monarca, the monarch (Montezuma); the captains (Montezuma’s main generals); La Malinche, or Malintzin, the Indian mistress of Hernán Cortés; El Toro, the bull, the malevolent comic man of the play is dressed in buffalo skins with buffalo horns on his head. Characters also include Abuelo, the grandfather, and Abuela, the grandmother. The Matachine dance portrays the desertion of his people by Montezuma, Malinche luring him back with her wiles and smiles, the final reunion of king and people and the killing of El Toro, who is supposed to have made all the mischief. The most basic symbol of the dance is good vs. evil, with good prevailing. Montezuma and la Malinche represent good, and the bull represents mischief. Hernan Cortes, represents Satan or evil. Costumes, rattles, arches and bows are all blessed by a priest.
December 25-28th: Christmas Harvest Dance on Laguna Pueblo follows a 10:00 am mass at Laguna Village.
Christmas Celebration – Zia Pueblo
Holy Innocents Day (Children’s Dance) on the Picurus Pueblo on December 28th.
December 29 & 30, 2011: Brandenburg Holiday, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; J.S. Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm Sponsored by Santa Fe Concert Association. Relax, enjoy and surround yourself with the joys and memories of the past year with anticipation of the New Year yet to come. A perfect beginning to an exciting future! 505-988-1234
Fire and Ice New Years Eve Celebration in Los Alamos. An evening of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a small fireworks show at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Celebrate NEW YEARS EVE! Book 3 night -complimentary bubbly!
January 6, 2012: 47 Stars: Mark the Centennial. The New Mexico History Museum commemorates New Mexico’s 1912 entry into the Union with 47 Stars, a collection of exhibits that includes the officially unofficial 47-star flag. 47 Stars includes long-term exhibits and a tongue-in-cheek front-window installation to help celebrate the state’s Centennial.
Grand Centennial Ball -Once-in-a-lifetime, black tie ball to celebrate New Mexico’s Statehood. “Take a Step Back in Time for the Future of New Mexico.” All proceeds from the ball will help establish the Centennial Children’s Legacy Fund.
January 7: Shoes for Santo Nino- an expression of the fabric of northern New Mexico, its culture and its traditions. A story written in the 1930s by NM author Peggy Pond Church is brought back to life with full-color illustrations by Santa Fe artist Charlie Carrillo @ Lensic.
Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible: An epic work of art. Features portions of the first modern-day Bible entirely handwritten and illuminated in 500 years. World-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords, serves as the project’s artistic director from his scriptorium in Wales. Also on exhibit will be a page from an original Gutenberg Bible. A series of lectures, musical performances and calligraphy workshops accompany the exhibit. New Mexico History Museum- 10 min walk from Pueblo Bonito. Thur April 7, 2012.
January 15: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Viennese Joy at the Lensic. Guest Conductor Guillermo Figueroa and soloist (TBA); Strauss, Pizzicato Polka; Waldteufel’s Les Patineurs, Strauss’ Blue Danube and more…Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.
January 27: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: BRAHMS- Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; Cecile Licad, piano Felix Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture; Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15
January 28: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: Classical Recital @ Lensic
January 29:CLASSICAL WEEKEND: MENDELSSOHN @ Lensic Santa Fe Pro Musica Ticket Information/Times: (505) 988-4640
January 28: Santa Fe Souper Bowl XVIII. Come, decide which of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants has the best soups! A benefit for The Northern New Mexico Food Depot. Guests will thrill in the competition, grab fabulous silent auction items and have an opportunity to buy a cookbook featuring soup recipes from Santa Fe’s finest chefs.
For the 20th year in a row world travelers who subscribe to Condé Nast Traveler magazine have voted Santa Fe, New Mexico as one of their favorite travel destinations in the United States. Santa Fe, NM was selected as the third most popular travel city in the U.S. after Charleston and San Francisco! Santa Fe joined many desirable travel towns in this years 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Fe held the third spot as well in 2010. More than 28,000 reader’s voted for thier favorite travel cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel-service providers from around the world for the magazine’s 24th annual poll.
“All Santa Feans should be proud of this recognition,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. “The annual poll is generated 100 percent by the magazine’s readers, meaning that each of the city’s restaurants, lodgers, retailers, galleries, performers, attractions, and service providers have a hand in the award.”
Cities were rated on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.
Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the poll each year since 1992 when Santa Fe was just a write-in candidate but received enough votes from the magazine’s readers to be chosen the number one travel destination in the world!
The “Top 10 US Cities” as ranked in the 24th Annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards:
1. Charleston, SC
3. Santa Fe
6. New York
The results of the poll will be featured in the November Condé Nast Traveler, which goes on newsstands later in October, and appear on the magazine’s web site.
History Lovers delight in Santa Fe’s rich past. As New Mexico celebrates its Centennial (1912-2011), more than 400 years have passed and the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe, NM continues to offer vibrant and intriguing glimpses of past lifestyles and eras. Steeped in history -Santa Fe visitors walk historic streets, visit museums boasting history lessons on the occupation of ancient Anasazi, Spanish conquistadors and missions, the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe railroad boom, the wild west, and 20th century innovations like the Manhattan project, Espionage, and Artistic influences of the southwest. Visitors are able to explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs, a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life, centuries-old adobe and European-style churches, a historic working railroad, and the distinctive architecture of old downtown Santa Fe. With such a layered and diverse history, its no wonder Santa Fe draws visitors back year after year to uncover the fascinating past and experience the unforgettable present. As 2011 draws to a close, exciting events continue to bring opportunities to enjoy this delightful historic city. Come and join us… won’t you?
Santa Fe, NM November 2011 Calendar of Events:
Santa Fe Harvest Festival: Nov 1-23 Food lovers prepare! A culinary extravaganza featuring cooking classes at over 40 restaurants; chef and bartender competitions; as well as the Restaurant Relay (Nov 5) where servers race around the Plaza with loaded trays. Proceeds go to Cooking with Kids Children’s Charity.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshop: Travel Photography Intensive: Capturing the Essence of a Place November 4 – November 6, 2011 Capture the essence of the culture, landscape and character of stunning Santa Fe. Great for amateurs to advanced amateurs.
Land of Enchantment Centennial Special: Union Pacific’s vintage steam locomotive No. 844 will be steaming through New Mexico in honor of the state’s 100th anniversary of statehood November 4-9.
Dixon Studio Tour November 5,6, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; 30th Anniversary!
Nestled in the beautiful Embudo Valley, Dixon is home to a lively group of more than 50 artists who open their studios for the annual art studio tour. Painting, photography, jewelry, stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath, beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians.
Santa Fe Art Auction: November 12, 2011, 1:30pm at Convention Center in downtown Santa Fe, NM- less than a 10 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn! Auction Previews: 11th (10 am – 8pm); 12th (9am – 1pm). The Southwest’s Largest Auction of Classic Western Art presented by Gerald Peters Gallery.
Ski Santa Fe Nov 24- March Opening Thanksgiving weekend! New for 2011/2012 Season “Richard’s Run”. A Black diamond run accessible from Highline into Highline Glade, then crossing over Sunset Trail. One of the best kept secrets- this is a top notch ski area offering lessons for all ages and skill levels, child care, equipment rental, and snow!
Enjoy an exciting month of November travel in Santa Fe at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn with great winter specials- just in time for these exciting Santa Fe events and activities. November & December 2011- Pueblo Bonito is offering $99 Queen rooms, Sunday thru Wed evening; $109 Thursday and $129 Friday and Saturday. Just one reason we were recently voted “2011 Guests Favorite” Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast by bnbfinder.com! Offering a great value in Santa Fe lodging to make your Santa Fe visit experience the best it can be Call today 1-800-461-4599 or visit our website at www.pueblobonitoinn.com (Celebrating 25 years of serving Santa Fe visitors- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn).
Popular day trip suggestion for our Santa Fe vacation visitors who enjoy staying at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn is to enjoy a visit to one of the nearby natural hot springs. A short scenic drive to access one of the following natural hot springs is worth the time alone, but when coupled with the therapeutic, relaxing energies these waters provide, a special and memorable experience occurs that can only be experienced when taking an enchanting New Mexico vacation.
Please note many of these springs are located in remote destinations and may require a certain amount of hiking, climbing or other physical activity to reach. You should always check with the Forest Service or local ranger station before attempting to access these pools.
Ojo Caliente, located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required.
Montezuma Hot Springs, located northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
San Antonio Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10 minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
McCauley Warm Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. Accessible from either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway 4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs). Park at either location for the roughly 2.5 mile hike in to the springs. Large, shallow, warm pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures 85-90 F. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery not great soaking.
Spence Hot Spring, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Giggling Springs Hot Springs Jemez Springs, Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. Pool temperature is 102-104.
Jemez Springs BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs.
Several Pueblo Indian villages dating back between 1050 and 1150 originally inhabited Santa Fe, the capitol of New Mexico. One of the earliest known settlements, considered today as downtown Santa Fe, was a cluster of homes centered on the location called “the plaza”. Named Ogapoge, this Native American village spread for half a mile to the south and west. The Santa Fe river - a seasonal water way – was once a year round stream until the 1700’s. The river was recognized in 2007 as the most endangered river in the United States according to the conservation group American Rivers.
The name “Santa Fe” literally translated from Spanish means “holy faith”. The full name when founded was “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis”- translated means “The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi”.
In 1851, Jean Baptiste-Lamy arrived in Santa Fe and began construction of Saint Francis Cathedral and establishing El Colegio de San Miguel. This centrally located church, recently renovated is still a vibrant ministry of the catholic community in Santa Fe. El Colegio de San Miguel took 7 years to recruit Christian Brothers from France. A solid Catholic education was highly sought after by affluent young men from throughout the area- one of which was William H Bonney (aka Billy the kid). In March of 1862, the Confederate flag of General Henry Sibley flew over Santa Fe for a few short days until defeated by Union troops.
Santa Fe was originally envisioned as an important stop on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. However, as tracks were laid into New Mexico, civil engineers concluded it to be more practical to go through Lamy (a small village south of the city of Santa Fe). A branch line was completed from Lamy to Santa Fe in 1880. Three original conductor homes made from red brick were erected for Railway personnel and still stand on the corner of Galisteo Street and Manhattan just across from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroads extended a narrow gauge, called the “Chili Line” from the nearby city of Espanola to Santa Fe in 1886. The result of bypassing Santa Fe however created a gradual economic decline. This economic decline was reversed in part when the creation of a number of resources for the arts and archaeology occurred.
Santa Fe became the headquarters for the School of American Archaeology mainly because the historic Palace of the Governors was provided for its homebase. The Museum of New Mexico was then established in 1909 as an agency of the school. Thus through the museum, the school took an early interest in promoting and preserving the artistic traditions of Southwestern Indians. Edger Lee Hewett (director of the school) and Kenneth M Chapman (an artist hired by Hewett), provided extensive support for Indian artists by offering studio facilities, as well as collecting and exhibiting their work. In 1922, the School sponsored the first Southwest Indian Fair, precursor of today’s world-renowned Santa Fe Indian Market which consistently features renowned artists like San Ildefonso black potter Maria Montoya Martinez.
1912 New Mexico became the 47thstate of the United State of America with Santa Fe as its capitol city. From1942-46, Los Alamos (40 minutes north of Santa Fe) was base to the Manhattan Project. Santa Fe assumed a vital role in providing support to non-essential military personnel with services, housing, provisions and entertainment. Manhattan Avenue (named after the project) is approximately three blocks south of Santa Fe’s plaza and connects to the rail yard district. This provided families with secure and convenient downtown Santa Fe housing while taking up residence in New Mexico and guarding Los Alamos. Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast located at 138 W Manhattan was at that time apartments which provided George Sanders (Robert Oppenheimers personal body guard), his wife and infant daughter a comfortable home (see photos).
Today Santa Fe, NM is a well known center for arts that reflect the multicultural character of its inhabitants and the city. Santa Fe is generally considered to be the second largest art center in the United States after New York City. The city and surrounding areas have a high concentration of artists, which have come over the decades to capture the natural beauty of the landscape and essence of Native American culture. A well known New Mexico based painter was Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in Santa Fe, but primarily in Abiquiu (a small village 50 miles from Santa Fe in Northern New Mexico). The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe is devoted to exhibitions of her work and associated artists or related themes. Opened in 2006, it holds over one thousand of her works in all media and is funded by a private foundation. O’Keeffe’s friend, well known western nature photographer Eliot Porter, died in Santa Fe.
Canyon Road, just a 5-minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn is notorious for the large number and high quality of art galleries all within a mile stretch. Described by Santa Fe visitors as “an art lovers Disney land” this is a major destination for collectors, tourists and locals. Canyon Road Art Galleries showcase a wide variety of styles from contemporary to Southwestern to experimental and include but are not limited to European, Taos, Masters, and Native American pieces. Breath taking outdoor sculptures line the street and galleries feature notable sculptors connected with Santa Fe like Allen Houser, Doug Hyde (studied under Houser), and Glenna Goodacre. Is it a wonder that Santa Fe is a designated UNESCO Creative City, and is considered one the best places in the world to shop specifically for Native American Indian arts and crafts?
In 2011 Santa Fe, NM was voted #2 Destination by Conde Nast reader’s choice award and #5 Most Popular North American Travel Cities by Travel+Leisure Magazine for the 10th consecutive year.Santa Fe is undoubtedly one of the most unique US travel destinations offered to New Mexico visitors. Santa Fe tourists enjoy numerous activities and events including high quality arts and culture, top notch native cuisine, breathtaking natural beauty, nationally ranked spas and museums, world history, US history and New Mexico history just to mention a few. Nick named “the city different” for a reason, its a unique place every American should experience at least once in their lifetime. Be warned however, the lure of the relaxed, laid back “manana” culture is intoxicating. How else better to experience the old world charm of historic Santa Fe than in a 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound turned Santa b&b- Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Call us today 1-800-461-4599 for a memorable historic Santa Fe vacation visit!
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Next, you’ll pass the Pecos Fish Hatchery (in partial operation) which is off to the left and on your way to Dalton Canyon. The Dalton gang (four brothers) were some of the boldest and most feared outlaws in the southwest and were last sighted in New Mexico after attempting train robberies in California. Watch for the signs and turn right into Dalton Canyon. You will find a delightful backdrop of colorful canyon rock splashed smooth by the Pecos river water and pooled to create a local favorite swimming hole. Take a splash or make a splash by skipping a smooth river stone across this peaceful, neck deep swimming hole. Regardless the degree of your wet & wild enjoyment, this area provides a great photo moment.
At this point, one can begin the journey home to Santa Fe or head to Cowles, NM and hike the Cave Creek Trail (an appropriate family hike, 6 miles out and back if the caves are the turn-around point). Heavily used by hikers and horses, this trail is lined with large, aged Douglas firs, aspens and wildflowers. Left to the trip planner’s final designs, this day trip from Santa Fe is truly a delightful experience for the mind, body and soul compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn.
This exciting day trip can easily include an optional hike, so bring proper shoes, bottled water, sun hat and screen and a map. An easy hour plus drive north from Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn, takes you to one of the most beautiful red rock areas of Northern New Mexico. This naturally beautiful area was much of the inspiration for famous southwestern painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Begin this New Mexico day travel adventure, with your first stop at Bode’s General Store and pick up a few items for a picnic lunch. Great sandwiches are hand made at this well known locals general store. Phyllis- our resident Abiquiu expert highly recommends the BLTAT (bacon-lettuce-tomato-avocado and turkey- quite a mouthful if by name alone!). As sandwiches are prepared, take a quick gander across the street and up the hill where lies the Village of Abiquiu. Take time to stop and meet Napoleon Garcia, the official “area welcome center“. This colorful gentleman is an interesting story teller for as a child Napoleon worked for Georgia O’Keeffe. Sharing many a memory or tale about this intriguing woman and her life while he was a boy, you may gain a new perspective on Georgia. Next, hopping back in the car to continue down the road (toward the dam) to Abiquiu Lake. You will come upon a great picnic spot overlooking this 4,000-acre lake on the Chama River. A scenic high walled canyon of the Chama River runs above the main body of the lake which is about 3 miles long.Enjoy that tasty Bodas picnic lunch amongst the quiet, pristine beauty of this enchanting area. Don’t forget a photo or two as memories like this just aren’t available every day! After lunch head off to Ghost Ranch.
Hikers need to check out information on Chimney Rock, Box Canyon, Kitchen Mesa, or Piedra Lumbre hikes available at the Reception Desk of Ghost Ranch. Don’t want to hike? Then visit the living museum! A exhibit of conservation, ecology and heritage immortalized by the painter Georgia O’Keeffe. As you begin your return travel toward Santa Fe, don’t miss Echo Amphitheater. This natural stone amphitheater was hollowed out of sandstone by ages of erosion and is just down the road from Ghost Ranch. Still looking for more? Try the Christ in the Desert Monastery who’s church, meditation garden, gift shop and restrooms are open till 5:00 pm (take 151 and go about 15 miles). Now your day should be winding down so you need to head back home to Pueblo Bonito Inn for warm hospitality and some refreshing afternoon tea. This day trip provides a full or half day of exploration, beauty and New Mexico enchantment. Enjoy!