Christmas Travel to Santa Fe is a wonderful opportunity for families, couples, singles, young and old wanting to experience a special and holy holiday memory. Modern day religious traditions of the City of Holy Faith highlight past cultures of Spanish founders with downtown building roofs, walkways, balconies and windows decorated with farolitos anticipating the celebration of the Christ child. Past traditions handed down from the Catholic faith purposed these “holy lights” (made from paper bags, sand and votive candles) to illuminate the pathway for the Holy family. All the “magic” of the season comes alive in downtown Santa Fe as the City Different swirls with colorful lighted trees, garland wrapped portals, the sweet aroma of burning pine created by glowing crackles of romantic kiva fireplaces, while red chile ristras hang next to doorways welcoming weary visitors inside to enjoy tantalizing native cuisine. Tamales, Posole, Red and Green Chile as well as Biscotti’s (beez-coh-chee-tohs) dunked in a cup of coffee or served alongside a glass of wine are favorite holiday offerings in Santa Fe.
Holiday Festivities begin in November at Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Plaza. Community gathers to watch trees decorated in colorful Christmas lights turn to light the darkened plaza area ushering in the holiday season. Black Friday shopping proves fun, exciting and profitable as local merchants fill stores and picture windows with unique and beautiful items discounted for folks to surprise loved ones back home! After Thanksgiving and until the Christmas week begins, Santa Fe visitors can walk enchanting downtown streets all decked out with holiday lights, décor and smells (as described above) in a more peaceful, quiet serene atmosphere. The town is less occupied, yet offers all the historic culture and charm plus holiday events to enjoy with Santa Fe lodging special like that of Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn -Santa Fe ($99+ for downtown lodging complete with in-room kiva fireplace!).
When it snows, Santa Fe can transform into a wonderful wintry snow land! Ski Santa Fe located 3,500 ft above downtown in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn) offers downhill skiing, snow boarding and lessons for all ages Thanksgiving thru Easter.
Christmas Eve tradition features the historic Canyon Road, home to over 200 art galleries, a few shops and a handful of restaurants. Canyon Road and many of the downtown streets are closed to traffic while thousands of pedestrians stroll up and down Canyon Road with friendly greetings, spontaneous caroling, contagious smiles and utter enjoyment of the luminarias (piñon bonfires stationed along the street). People warming their hands over the bonfire, hot cocoa being sipped contently, flickering farolitos illuminating the way. It feels like the whole city has turned out for the festivities. Some shops and galleries are open offering hot chocolate, cider and cookies to share the holiday spirit. Worshipers attend Midnight mass at the
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi. This beautiful Catholic cathedral engulfs New Mexico traditions and in itself is a special place to spend Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day most places of commerce are closed, but several Pueblos dances are available to enjoy throughout the day. Tesuque, Santo Domingo and other nearby Pueblos offer the Santa Fe Holiday traveler an extra special opportunity to view sacred Native American dances. Festive costumes, rich history and celebratory atmosphere are certain to create a one of a kind memorable Santa Fe Christmas for travelers of all ages!
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One of Santa Fe, NM’s best kept travel secrets is visiting in September, October and November. Fall and Pre-winter travel dates provide cooler temperatures (70s, 60s and even 50s by Thanksgiving) and lessened crowds (a selection of more popular Santa Fe restaurants will not require an hour wait!). One can reasonably argue, springtime to be equally preferred boasting similar climate temps and discounted room rates, however fall festivals and breathtaking foliage create a special travel season for Santa Fe , New Mexico.
Where to stay – another coveted travel secret- is the “2013 Guest Favorite Inn” awarded to Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown. Nestled quietly next to the NM State capitol, this 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound creates a perfect travel package for history buff seeking to experience authentic Old Santa Fe accommodations. Mid-October thru Mid-May really highlight the glories of Pueblo Bonito Inn as each of it’s 18 enchanting guest rooms boast a working corner kiva fireplace! No need to imagine here. Slumber off to the real sound of crackling wood with a soft scent of pine providing a therapeutic ambiance of relaxation and enjoyment. Last, but not least the third best kept Santa Fe Travel secret is what to do… so many choices on any day of the week during the September, October and November months. We offer just a few:
SEPTEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Aug 31-Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend: Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts on the Plaza!
Sept 5, 7, 8: FIESTA de SANTA FE:*Burning of Zozobra- Thursday night celebration of burning of Old Man Gloom; Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas– Friday Fiesta Royalty reenactment; Food Booths; Band Stand on the Plaza; Parades- Friday, Saturday and Sunday day & night provide local culture through music, food, dance, arts and craft; Pet Parade: Saturday morning around the plaza locals share proudly their favorite pets in theme.
Sept 7: GREEN CHILI HARVEST FESTIVAL at SF FARMERS MARKET located at Santa Fe Railyard. Celebrate Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history in chili. Produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, and crafts. Every Tues & Saturday through November!
Sept 14, 15: PILAR ART STUDIO TOUR: In Pilar, NM.
FALL GOLD SALE at SKI SANTA FE in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains!: Enjoy mountain air, gold foliage and a trip aboard Ski Santa Fe’s Super Chief Quad Chairlift. Food by La Casa Café & Beer Garden by Santa Fe Brewing on the deck with live music. Great savings at Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop Pre Season Blowout Sale. Season Pass Sale.
Sept 21, 22:
*SANTA FE TRIATHALON: Sat 21st: 7:30 am Geneoveva Chavez Community Center: 5k run; 12 mile bike; 400 m swim.
*HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR: Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos with magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages
*POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR: A uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience, includes nineteen studios and thirty-seven artists and artisans.
*SANTA FE RENESSANCE FAIR: 10 am – 6 pm A community event with proceeds to support the homeless. Held at
El Rancho de las Golondrinas– a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum. 200 acres of historical recreations, including working gristmills, blacksmith, wheelwright and many other outstanding attractions of history to discover!
Sept 25-29: SANTA FE WINE/CHILI FESTIVAL: Demos and Testing’s; Parings and an Auction; Golf Tournament; Grand Tasting at the Opera House; Seminars and Luncheons; And so, so much to experience and enjoy in diverse cultures, foods and drinks!
Sept 28-29: HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR (2nd Weekend); POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR:
OCTOBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
October 5,6: *Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas– Bringing the harvest in with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas, bake fresh bread and much more! Sat/Sun 10-4.
October 5-13: INTERNATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA: Always a breathtaking event with mass ascensions; evening glows; races; rides; special shapes; pin trading and so much more for every age to enjoy. Take the rail runner from Santa Fe depot in the morning to avoid the traffic/parking and return via rail runner to Pueblo Bonito b&b. This allows you to see the fiesta on the perfect weather day!
October 12-14: ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
October 16-20: SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!
October 19,20: GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR– A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5.
NOVEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Nov 1-20: IT’S ABOUT TIME – 14,000 Years of History thru Art: New Mexico History Museum (short walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). Trace art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to present day. Native American, Hispanic and European American art. Exhibit emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood.
*Nov 2 & 24: SANTA FE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: Professional full-sized orchestra with volunteer chorus. Performance include: Nov 2: Voyages of Discovery; Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah (a must do for Thanksgiving visitors!).
Nov 7,8,9: TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE! An intimate writers conference open to writers of all genres.
Nov 8,9,10: Fuze SW 2013: Food and Folklore Festival- New Mexico Museum of Art. Folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and—of course—food! –
Nov 15,16, 22, 23: Greer Garson Theatre :‘Our Lady of 121st Street’. Comedy created by co-artistic director of New York’s Labyrinth Theatre Company. A group of acquaintances attend wake of former teacher (a nun) whose body was stolen. As the search for her corpse continues, we meet a cast of characters both hilarious and tragic.
Nov 24- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY in Santa Fe! You’ve never experiences Black Friday the Santa Fe way! Come host in the Holidays via New Mexico style. If it snows- the Ski Basin will open. If it doesn’t, the shops and cultural events will be in full force! No way you can loose by celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM. Great nightly and group rates always available at your favorite Santa Fe bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com
San Miguel Mission: also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico – a block from the historic Pueblo Bonito Inn. Claimed to be the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Mission was built around 1626. Damage sustained during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest for which the chapel served Spanish soldiers. Hand carved pieces located inside the chapel include a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Loretto Chapel– originally a Roman Catholic church, now privately owned and used as a museum with wedding chapel. A long time subject of legend, the “Miraculous Staircase” and circumstances surrounding it are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto as well as many visitors. In 1872, a convent chapel was commissioned to be built and named Our Lady of Light Chapel for the Sisters of Loretto. Designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in Gothic Revival style, ornately decorated with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France, the Loretto Chapel built on a smaller scale, bears close resemblance to Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. After the architect’s sudden death, and much of the construction finished, it was realized no type of stairway to the choir loft was provided. Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph’s intercession for nine straight days after which a stranger appeared at their door. Offering to build the nuns a staircase, but requiring total privacy he locked himself in the chapel for three months. Using a only primitive tools including a square, saw and warm water he constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The carpenter’s identity was never known for as soon as the staircase was finished he was gone. Witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, felt it was constructed as a miraculous occurrence by St Joseph himself. The mystery has never been solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, for no reports were made of anyone seeing lumber delivered nor of the man come and go while construction was done. Less than a five minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn– the Loretto Chapel is a must see when Mission touring Santa Fe.
Cristo Rey church (Spanish for Christ King), is a beautiful adobe example of historic New Mexico Mission architecture with notable Spanish colonial retablos and santos adorning its sanctuary. Used for worship, weddings and community events, this active Roman Catholic church quietly sits at the east end of Canyon Rd on the corner of Cristo Rey street. An easy five minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b as you peruse the famous art and sculpture work on Canyon Road.
Galisteo Mission the Pueblo of the Tanos (Galisteo Pueblo) was founded around 1250 AD. A thriving community of 1,000+ surface dwellings was situated on the west side of Galisteo Creek. This pueblo presented an impressive appearance to outside visitors for the time period. Once named “San Lucas” by Spanish settlers in 1590, Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo “Santa Ana” in 1600. In early seventeenth century again renaming occurred and the village became known as “Santa Cruz de Galisteo“. Franciscan brothers founded this first permanent mission among the Tanoan speaking people in 1612. It was the earliest mission in the Galisteo Basin as well as one of the earliest missions in New Mexico. This 17th century church was unique as it was built sufficiently wide – having three aisles with two rows of support columns leading from the sanctuary. Though it is not certain whom is responsible for the notable church design, Fray Pedro de Ortega, is thought to have contributed. Galisteo Mission is located a short, but beautiful 20 minute drive south of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn off Hwy 41 in Galisteo New Mexico.
The Santuario de Guadalupe originally built in 1781, located on Guadalupe St- just a five minute walk north-west of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, it is known as the “Soul of Santa Fe“. This historic mission church played a very significant role in religious, cultural, and traditional life of the people of Santa Fe. It is the oldest, still-standing church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the US and Canada. Located at the end of the Camino Real (the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest) which brought Spanish ancestors and the Franciscan friars who ministered and sowed seeds of Christian faith with a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This historic New Mexico mission is considered to be very holy. El Santuario de Guadalupe church is currently an art and history museum and contains the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Among the treasured works is Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the largest and finest oil paints of the Spanish Southwest, dated 1783 and signed by Jose de Alzibar, one of Mexico’s most renowned painters.Sanctuario de Chimayo – Located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico on Hwy 285/520 – a short 20 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito in the historic village of Chimayó, New Mexico – one can view this rustic and serene active Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most famous churches in New Mexico and North America. Known as a shrine and National Historic Landmark, El Sanctuario de Chimayo receives over 300,000 visitors a year and is called the most important and largest Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States. The walled courtyard entrance is one of the most photographed sites in Northern New Mexico and houses a small cemetery. This picturesque church, built of three foot thick adobe walls has a bell tower on each side with pointed caps and a metal pitched roof that were probably added in the 1920s. Thick, yet elegant wood doors were carved by 19th-century carpenter Pedro Domínguez while notable folk-art carvings and decorations can be found inside the sanctuary and narthex. Of special note, a small room called el pocito (the little well), located just left of the front alter, contains a round pit. This “round pit” is the source of “holy dirt” (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. The adjacent Prayer Room displays photographs, discarded crutches, and unique testimonials of those who have received healing. Recently added is the outside sanctuary needed to receive mass numbers of pilgrims on Good Friday and Easter walks.
Pecos Mission (aka: Mission Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula or Mission of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula) was a mission that served the people of Pecos Pueblo near Pecos, New Mexico. The first church at Pecos Pueblo is thought to have been built by Franciscan Fray Pedro Zambrano Ortiz around 1619. This isolated church was built along a narrow ridge, 400 m northeast of the pueblo’s main quadrangle, as the pueblo people would not allow construction closer to their dwelling sites. A permanent church was constructed outside the walls of the pueblo of Pecos, New Mexico in 1625. This church was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, wherein the Spanish were ejected from New Mexico. After the Spanish reconquest in 1693, a smaller church was built in 1717 for which the walls of this later church still stand on top of the prior church’s stone foundation. Ruins are located 25 miles south east of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito Inn off I-25 in Pecos National Historic Park.
Only in New Mexico… Only at the Santa Fe Opera! Combine an incredible facility, setting, riveting 2013 performance schedule and Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe’s extremely convenient location and affordability- who wouldn’t indulge in a world renown cultural event like the Santa Fe Opera? Highly recommended to New Mexico travelers staying at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe in June, July or August. So many reason to take advantage of this “Santa Fe must do“, here are a few!
Architecture: The SF Opera is admired for its blend of traditional Southwestern style and elegance. Less than 7 miles north of Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown Santa Fe, this striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater theatre has won several design awards. It’s widely recognized for blending contemporary design aesthetics with traditional building materials. Presenting a panorama of breathtaking background scenery, the Jemez Mountains to the west and Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east create a one-of-a-kind night “performance” of their own. The current theatre opened in 1998 and combines a total area 26,615 square feet of sweeping stage and mezzanine roofs which have a clerestory joining the two roofs. The “shape of the sound” inspired the roof concept has curves that follow the acoustic reflections of sound from stage to audience. Due to the unique roof size and design, it is capable of collecting rainwater- approximately 60,000 gallons can be stored annually and used to maintain the opera grounds!
Art & History: Designed by John Crosby in 1956, primarily with the goal to give American singers the opportunity to learn and perform new roles while having ample time for rehearsal and preparation, its first season opened on July 3, 1957. SFO is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for productions of standard operatic repertoire. Since its inception, the Santa Fe Opera has staged over forty American and eleven international premieres, and has commissioned nine new operas.
SFO General Director, Charles MacKay describes it best: “Finding the right mix of repertory is our challenge each year — with a world premiere, a new production of a rare Rossini masterpiece, an Offenbach comedy, classic Mozart and a beloved opera by Verdi, Santa Fe offers operas for the adventurous and the neophyte. To be sure, beautiful music abounds!”
Santa Fe Evening Entertainment: Enjoy the sites, flavors, sounds, arts and culture of Santa Fe during daylight hours and save night time hours to tantalize your senses at the SFO! Nightly performances always begin at 8:00 or 8:30 pm with optional tours prior and tailgating is always an option (a great way to make a memory)! Intermission always includes an indiscernible sunset and mountain views!
Opera Shuttle Service: A comfortable ride to the Opera offering an early or later Santa Fe shuttle ($20 round-trip) for Opera goers with pickup location options just a few blocks walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn-Santa Fe. Early shuttle arrives 2.5 hours prior to Opera performance for patrons to attend the Preview Buffet or first Prelude Talk. Later shuttle arrives to Opera 30 minutes prior to start of performance. Purchase directly from SFO at least 48 hours in advance and do tend to sell out early. www.SantaFeOpera.org
2013 Schedule Opera– Santa Fe, NM
The Grand Duchess of Gerostein/ Offenbach– A sexy, spoiled aristocrat has an eye for a young cadet at the local military academy. There’s just one problem: He’s already engaged. This means war games- portrayed through a tuneful hilarious romp! 8:30 pm June 28; July 3, 6, 12, 19; 8:00 pm July 30; Aug 7, 15, 21, 24
The Marriage of Figaro/ Mozart– The magic of romance and the genius of Mozart make for an evening of total enchantment. Not-so-secret passions collide and love is everywhere- but who’s hiding behind the chair? 8:30 pm June 29; July 5,10; 8:00 pm Aug 3, 8, 13, 20, 23.
La Traviata/ Verdi-With some of the most famous melodies in all of opera, Verdi’s music provides a beautiful depiction of lovers tragically caught between the ways of the heart and the ways of the world. 8:30 pm July 20, 24 8:00 pm July 29, Aug 2,5,10,16,22
La Donna del Lago/Rossini- Who is the mysterious lady of the lake? That’s just one of the secrets revealed in Rossini’s most romantic masterpiece, a showcase for bel canto singing adapted from one of Sir Walter Scott’s most popular novels. 8:30 pm July 13, 17, 26; 8:00 pm Aug 1, 6, 14
Oscar/Theodore Morrison– Based on events from the controversial life of Oscar Wilde, this world premiere work illuminates the human side of this literary genius. 8:30 pm July 27; 8:00 pm July 31; Aug 9, 12, 17.
TICKETS START AT $30!! Ticketing/performance details: www.SantaFeOpera.org
Preferred Lodging: Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe– 2012 Guest Favorite b&b 1-800-461-4599
Whether you’re planning a New Mexico vacation, a Santa Fe visit or permanent relocation, you’ll come to realize that Santa Fe is “the City Different”. Why is Santa Fe known as “The City Different“?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and our town itself is smaller, more intimate- yet Santa Fe boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
*World Class art galleries and museums
*Family entertainment, events, and festivals
*Gourmet dining; Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife
*History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture
*National Parks and natural beauty abound
*Easy access to nearby sites and day trips
*Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality
*Easy convenient, walkable downtown with historic sites, cultural events, performances etc.
Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.
No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when sight them from the highways and byways.
Finally, Santa Fe has earned its nickname because it truly is different, in indescribable ways. There is a spirit here which defies definition, yet you feel it in the purity of the air, in the vivid colors of each season, in the deep blue of the heavens and the vastness of the night sky. There is an ethereal quality that turns mere neighbors into lifelong friends as locals take things a little slower, living by the unspoken code of “manana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at
While visiting Santa Fe, NM and staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, we invite guests to experience the vibrant and diverse offerings of Santa Fe events, activities and festivals. Whether your New Mexico vacation consists of a weekend getaway, an extended vacation, group gathering, or family reunion don’t miss out on Santa Fe events happening year round! Beginning in January with Ski Santa Fe to enjoy outside activities like skiing, snowboarding or snow shoeing in the Sangre de Cristo mountains to markets on the historic Santa Fe Plaza in August, to Holiday festivities in December – enjoy New Mexico’s rich culture and history and art! Santa Fe’s Art Galleries are open year round offering a plethora of creativity and awe inspired works from around the world. For more information, please visit the Santa Fe Visitors Bureau.
Ski Santa Fe – Thanksgiving thru Easter
Nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, an easy 18 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn and the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States with base area elevation of 10,350 feet. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet and some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and are a gateway for thrills including steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladded tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers. Skiers’ and Snowboarders alike enjoy this annual Santa Fe event beginning Thanksgiving through Easter dependent upon snow falls. Whether a first timer or seasoned veteran, Ski Santa Fe offers complete services for all levels of participants. Families of all ages, challenge seekers and sun lovers always enjoy this annual Santa Fe activity.
Santa Fe Souper Bowl – Santa Fe Convention Center
With 30 or so restaurants in attendance, this Santa Fe event occurs each January! The Santa Fe Souper Bowl is a great way to sample numerous Santa Fe restaurants like La Boca, Epazote or taste some of New Mexico’s best wines as well as raise money for hunger-relief in Santa Fe.
ARTfeast – Santa Fe galleries – February 22-24, 2013 ARTfeast features fine art coupled with delicious food prepared by local chefs. Held at a few Santa Fe galleries in late February, ARTfeast provides support to art programs in Santa Fe’s public schools. ARTfeast is a weekend of artful events with culinary delights and drinks.
Santa Fe Farmers Market -Railyard -Every Saturday and Tuesday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This Santa Fe activity is year round. Fresh and yummy locally grown fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, cheeses, grass-fed meats, baked goods, body care, herbal products, and so much more!
Railyard Artisan Market– Railyard Farmers Market – Every Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Railyard Artisan Market features local artists and craftspeople from New Mexico, as well as food and entertainment! Great Santa Fe Event to enjoy year round!
Santa Fe Restaurant Week – Santa Fe Restaurants –Feb 25- March 3, 2013 Santa Fe Restaurant Week gets bigger and better each year! 60 or so restaurants participate and offer daily lunch or dinner discounts, fee samplings and unique dining experiences in and around downtown Santa Fe. This event easily compliments any Santa Fe visitors March vacation experience as exploring the vibrant tastes of Santa Fe cuisine is always a pleasure!
Civil War Weekend The Battle of Glorieta Pass was one of the most important battles of the Civil War in the Southwest which took place in March of 1862. Re-enactment dates of this annual Santa Fe event are in May but can vary. New Mexico’s role in the United States Civil War is re-enactment at the battles of Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon at Rancho de Las Golondrias near downtown Santa Fe and Pueblo Bonito Inn. This historic Santa Fe event features military drills, cannon firings, and more all within 15 minute drive of Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
Eldorado Studio Tour – May 17-19, 2012 90+ artist studios can be explored on this unique and local art tour which is so close to Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! An impressive array of art work features stained glass, digital art, fiber arts, paintings, sculptures & photography. Santa Fe visitors can examine and buy art pieces from artists directly on this tour!
Native Treasures Indian Art Festival – Santa Fe Community Convention Center – May 25-26, 2013
Shopping more than 180 established and emerging artists from Native American pueblos and tribes features beautiful jewelry and art pieces. A late May weekend is traditional for this Santa Fe festival which benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Included is a preview and benefit cocktail party on Friday eve.
Santa Fe Century – May 19, 2013
Cycling through natural beauty of northern New Mexico landscapes and clear, blue skies! This annual Santa Fe event draws more than 2,500 bicyclists for a memorable 100-mile ride down historic Turquoise Trail, across the Ortiz and San Pedro Mountains, into quaint Galisteo, then back to Santa Fe! Optional rides of 25, 50 and 75 miles are available for bicyclist too. The third Sunday in May is traditional for this Santa event to take place.
Rodeo de Santa Fe – Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
Pueblo Bonito b&b is a loyal sponsor of the annual Santa Fe rodeo held in late June. Since 1949, this special Santa Fe event features traditional rodeo competitions from barrel racing to bull riding. A sanctioned PRCA event, the Rodeo de Santa Fe kicks off New Mexico’s rodeo circuit and is always family friendly. Mutton Bustin’ for kids, the carnival midway, a parade held in downtown Santa Fe, with food, souvenirs and of course beautiful Rodeo Royalty to enjoy! Performances on Thursday thru Saturday eves around 6:00 pm traditionally.
The Santa Fe Opera – The Santa Fe Opera House –June 28 – August 24, 2013
2013 Santa Fe Opera season is certain to be exciting! Featuring 5 new productions, one of which is a world premier performance held at The Santa Fe Opera House. Opening the season, opera enthusiasts will be thrilled by the ebullient mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role of Jacques Offenbach’s hilarious The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. Next, The Marriage of Figaro provides an endless appeal to audiences and scholars alike with its beautiful music and story of redemptive love. La Donna del Lago -Rossini’s most romantic masterpiece will be performed by the fabulous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role for which has earned her acclaim in world opera capitals including Milan and Paris. La Traviata – Verdi’s tenderest and most intimately observed depiction of love reveals the hypocritical realities behind a gorgeous facade of the Parisian demi-mondaine and brilliantly illuminated by stage director and designer Laurent Pelly. As anticipation builds, The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Oscar by composer Theodore Morrison’s opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde is certain to round out a memorable Santa Fe Opera season.
Art Santa Fe – Santa Fe Convention Center 50 or more Art Galleries bring together this festive Santa Fe art fair which features works from around the world. Art collectors, artists, and representatives showcase work by acclaimed masters as well as emerging artists.
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market – Milner Plaza on Museum Hill – July 12-14, 2013
Emerging as one of the top Santa Fe Markets, New Mexico visitors will enjoy, artists from around the world who travel to Santa Fe to sell their crafts. Weavings, woodcarvings, pottery, paintings, beadwork, and jewelry are all available to Santa Fe visitors at the largest international folk art market in the United States. Santa Fe Folk Art Market is truly an inspiration boasting a wide variety of creativity from around the world. Santa Fe is the perfect host location as it is the only place in the U.S. designated by U.N.E.S.C.O. as a Creative City of Design & Folk Art.
Pancakes on the Plaza – Santa Fe Plaza – July 4, 2013 Get up early on July 4th and walk down to Santa Fe Plaza from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Enjoy freshly made hot pancakes with butter and syrup along with live music, dancing, kids entertainment, art booths, antique car show and lots of local people in this annual Fourth of July Santa Fe event. In the evening gaze into the clear skies over Santa Fe for a community firework display at Santa Fe High School.
Santa Fe Wine Festival – El Rancho de las Golondrinas
New Mexico is the country’s oldest wine-producing region, inviting you to savor a glass of Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier or other varietals than our annual wine festival in early July. You can purchase bottles to take home from more than a dozen New Mexico vintners. There’s also live music, food, and handmade arts and crafts for sale as well.
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show – San Juan, New Mexico
Fans of Native American art and culture adore this annual Santa Fe event, held in mid-July at Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo). Hundreds of artists from pueblos and tribes around the country gather to celebrate their heritage, selling an amazing array of arts and crafts and participating in ceremonial dances. Founded in 1972, this popular Santa Fe festival draws crowds who appreciate that it’s organized by Native Americans and held on Pueblo land.
Traditional Spanish Market – Santa Fe Plaza – July 22-28, 2013
A popular Santa Fe event, the Traditional Spanish Market features an impressive collection of santos, tinwork, textiles, & furniture, all hand-crafted by New Mexican artists using traditional tools and techniques. This annual Santa Fe event takes place in late July on the Santa Fe Plaza, while the winter market occurs in December in downtown Santa Fe.
Contemporary Hispanic Market – Lincoln Avenue
The Contemporary Hispanic Market is the largest Hispanic art event in the country, featuring innovative work by more than 100 artists drawing. Showcasing Hispanic heritage and New Mexico traditions, this summer market is held on Lincoln Avenue near the Santa Fe Plaza at the same time the Traditional Spanish Market in July.
Lavender and Herb Fair – El Rancho de las Golondrinas
When the lavender flowers bloom around the historic museum El Rancho de las Golondrinas, it’s time for the annual Lavender and Herb Fair in July. If you’re a lavender lover, this is the Santa Fe event for you. You’ll learn all about the herb, from culinary to medicinal use.
SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2012 – Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Recognized as the nation’s premier fairs for outstanding contemporary arts and design in New York and Chicago, the 2012 SOFA’s Western edition returns to the Santa Fe Convention Center in August.
Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous – Palace of the Governors Courtyard
Experience mountain life during this annual celebration of 19th-century life in New Mexico. Held in early August, buy authentic and reproduced items from people dressed up in 19th-century clothing. Enjoy live music from the era, while your family participates in games and activities.
Wheelwright Museum Benefit Auction – Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Held in late August, this annual auction benefits the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The Santa Fe event features historic and contemporary Native American art, while guests enjoy silent and live auctions.
Whitehawk Antique Shows – Santa Fe Community Convention Center
This annual set of antique shows is held mid-August, becoming a popular Santa Fe event for serious collectors and browsers alike. Beginning with 3 days of the Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show, the show features ethnographic and tribal art from around the world, and is followed by 3 days of the Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show.
Santa Fe Indian Market – Santa Fe Plaza
Don’t miss this internationally-famous market, held at the end of August. If you’re a fan of Native American art and culture, this is the Santa Fe event for you! With 1,000+ artists selling their pottery, weaving, jewelry, and basketry, enjoy a variety of art on the Santa Fe Plaza. Enjoy fry bread, roasted corn, and Navajo tacos as you enjoy Pueblo dances, live music, and shopping. Get there early – this Santa Fe market typically draws 100,000 visitors from around the world!!
Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival – Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
A Santa Fe festival in late August, dance the weekend away during the Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival in Santa Fe. Featuring all kinds of musicians who have mastered the bluegrass banjo, mandolin, clawhammer, and fiddle, you can’t miss this lively Santa Fe event, sponsored by the Southwest Pickers.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair – El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Bursting with entertainment, join the cheerful crowds as you watch jousting, sword fighting, and Celtic games. Buy shields, blades, and cloaks from vendors while feasting on turkey legs during this mid-September Santa Fe fair!
Burning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta – Santa Fe Plaza and various venues
Occurring in mid-September, the streets are filled with joyous shouts during “Viva la Fiesta”, the oldest community event in the United States. The week-long festivities honor the reoccupation of Santa Fe led by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692, a dozen years after the Pueblo Indian Revolt. Beginning with the Burning of Zozobra, the fiesta rids everyone’s troubles from the past year. In addition, guests embrace music, dance, food, a Children’s Pet Parade, religious ceremonies, and more. Blending cherished traditions and joy, Fiesta is a favorite time for visitors and locals alike!
Pilar Studio Tour – Pilar, NM – Early September
Pilar is a charming village along the Rio Grande just 75 minutes north of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn in downtown Santa Fe. The Pilar Studio Tour features a handfull of talented local artists who make pottery, wearable art, paintings, and more unique creations.
Pojoaque River Art Tour – Pojoaque River Valley – Mid-September
The annual Pojoaque River Art Tour takes place in the scenic Pojoaque River Valley- an old farming community just 16 miles north of Pueblo Bonito b&b in Santa Fe, NM. Nearly 20 artists open their studios which include Pojoaque and San Ildefonso pueblo residents and artists.
High Road to Taos Art Tour – Last Two Weekends in September
The High Road Art Tour is a destination and an event. Each fall artists of Northern New Mexico open their studios and galleries for two consecutive weekends for the High Road Art Tour. Trees of gold and an autumn cobalt sky offers one of the loveliest drives in the loveliest of seasons for this annual tour. An historic daytrip from Pueblo Bonito b&b that winds through tiny, old Land Grant villages and rural countryside offering nearly 60 stops to see woodcarvers, painters, jewelry makers, wind chimes creators and more!
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta– Downtown Santa Fe Venues – Sept 25-29, 2013
This popular annual fiesta has become a favorite for food and wine enthusiasts throughout the United States. Late September brings this featured Santa Fe event with more than 110 wineries, nearly 50 Santa Fe restaurant chefs who participate in seminars, cooking demonstrations, as well as luncheons, winemaker dinners, and the famous Grand Food & Wine Tasting. Can’t forget the Gruet Golf Classic!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park – Early October- 9 days
Just a short 66 miles south of Pueblo Bonito b&b the worlds largest gathering of hot air balloons fill the sky with mass ascesions in early morning, balloon glows in the late evening and competitive events for balloon enthusiasts. This spectacular annual fiesta has been known to bring in 800,000 visitors over the 9 day New Mexico fiesta!
Harvest Festival – El Rancho de las Golondrinas – Early October
A living history museum dedicated to the heritage and culture of Spanish Colonial New Mexico, celebrate the harvest during this annual Santa Fe festival in early October. Held at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas, learn to string chile ristras, crush wine grapes by foot, and grind sorghum with the help of burros. Enjoy freshly cooked tortillas while shopping arts and crafts from local artisans. This annua Santa Fe Festival is one the whole family will enjoy. Experience New Mexico’s vibrant culture.
Abiquiú Studio Tour – Abiquiú, NM
Santa Fe vacationer enjoy over 70 Abiquiu artists on this annual art studio tour. Breathtaking mountain views of the Chama River Valley painted with golden cottonwoods creates a memorable day trip from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn in Santa Fe. A 40 minute drive to the historical spot where Georgia O’Keeffe once lived and worked. Featuring paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art, and much more.
Galisteo Studio Tour – Galisteo, NM
Third Saturday and Sunday annually in October
Delightful and quaint the sleepy village of Galisteo lures visitors to enjoy 30+ artists living in beautiful old adobe homes in the Galisteo basin. Gold and amber leafed trees boast fall colors creating a picturesque autumn environment for strolling dirt roads to enjoy a wide range of items. Open studios include antiques, painting, pottery, sculpture, weaving as well as bake sale items and self tours of the historic Galisteo Church. This traditional New Mexico village comes alive during this annual Santa Fe art tour. Just a short 20 minute drive south of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. http://galisteostudiotour.com/
Dixon Studio Tour – Dixon, NM – First Weekend in November
An abundance of artists (50 or more) open studios in November for this annual art walk event and tour. A stunning 45 minute drive north of Pueblo Bonito b&b takes you through Embudo Valley to Dixon, NM. Creative works not limited to ceramic, wearable art, local wines, roving musicians photography, and jewelry are featured in this picturesque village.
La Cienega Studio Tour – La Cienega, NM (about 10 miles southwest of Santa Fe off I-25) – November 24-25, 2012; Nov 23-24, 2013
30+ New Mexico artists open their studios for this annual art tour southwest of Santa Fe. Paintings, photography, fiber arts, sculpture, glass, and jewelry can all be viewed and purchased on this Santa Fe Art event tour.
Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase – Santa Fe Community Convention Center – Nov 23-24, 2012; Nov 22-23, 2013
Santa Fe holiday shopping begins Thanksgiving Weekend! Treasures of all kinds created by Native American artists from around the United States show at this annual Santa Fe Market. Hosted by Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) – both Winter and Summer Indian Santa Fe Market events feature popular artists showing off rare talents and one-of-a-kind pieces by acclaimed Native artists.
Santa Fe Film Festival – December 6-9, 2012
This relatively new Santa Fe festival celebrates the creative spirit by showcasing films made in the southwest, independent American-made narrative films, films made outside the U.S., documentaries, and art films. A four day schedule offering workshops, panels, parties, and awards have made the Santa Fe Film Festival a popular annual Santa Fe event attracting film professionals and fans alike.
Contemporary Hispanic Winter Market – Santa Fe Community Convention Center – Dec 5-6, 2012; Dec 7-8, 2013
This Annual Santa Fe event provides a rare opportunity to meet some of the best Hispanic Artists in New Mexico. Personal interaction with these creative artists is a highlight of the Annual Santa Fe Market showcasing original paintings, prints, sculptures, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving, and much more. Each year prior to Winter Spanish Market the Spanish Colonial Arts Society holds ¡Celebración! – an exciting Art and Travel Auction and Dinner on Friday night.
Las Posadas – Palace of the Governors – Early December
This candle-lit annual Santa Fe event occurs at the beginning of each December ushering in the Christmas season. This tradition includes a version of the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for lodging in Bethlehem to give birth to Baby Jesus. The procession proceeds around the Santa Fe Plaza and ends at the Place of the Governors courtyard where community join together to sing of carols and feast on cookies! Free to public.
Canyon Road Farolito Walk – Canyon Road – Dec 24- Annual Santa Fe Event
Celebrating the holiday season on Canyon Road Farolito Walk, lighting up the hearts and souls of the crowds who walk this famous path every Christmas Eve. Small, sand-filled bags contain votive candles that softly glow on this enchanting night as they line neighborhood streets and adobe walls. Carolers sing for joy as they warm themselves around small bonfires during the night.
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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.
Planning a Santa Fe vacation of 3 or more days? We seriously encourage you to add this day trip to your itinerary. With so many and diverse sites to experience and enjoy in and around Santa Fe, one must make choices to make the most out of travel time allotments. Thus, this Santa Fe day trip is designed to highlight the natural beauty of surrounding areas, convenience, and native American culture and history which is rich in influence of Northern New Mexico.
We begin this memorable day trip after a restful night sleep from one of many Santa Fe lodging providers. We recommend Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast which most recent was voted 2012 “Guest Favorite bed & breakfast” from over 8,500 properties throughout the US and Canada. This enchanting yet affordable b&b provides the perfect historic adobe pueblo-style Santa Fe lodging in a quiet downtown compound to create a memorable Santa Fe vacation experience. Prior to departure, make sure you have good walking shoes, a water bottle and light snack as we will be exploring some exquisite sites which may not have food sales when you need it.
Heading north on St Francis Drive (NM 285) out of Santa Fe you will find yourself heading straight into the breathtaking natural beauty of the Jemez Mountains. Just a short 9 miles north of Santa Fe you will enter the Tesuque pueblo. Farming is the primary activity of Tesuque men, while women are known to produce brightly colored pottery highlighting traditional design themes for decorative figurines (story teller dolls). Tesuque pueblo is considered one of the most traditional of the Tewa speaking pueblos and dates back to 1200 AD. It is one of the smallest Northern New Mexico pueblos but is rich in tradition. Known for a reverence of religious ceremonies -the excellence in costume and execution of dance rituals – can be a special treat for visitors. Popular Tesuque dances are held in November (Harvest Dance) and December (Deer & Buffalo Dances).
Boarding north of the Tesuque Pueblo is the Pojoaque Pueblo (known as “where the water cuts through“). This pueblo dates back to 500 AD and has always maintained a strong cultural identity as it was known by its Tewa speaking neighbors as “The Gathering Place”. Though not as popular for tourist viewing as other nearby pueblos, the Poeh Cultural center is responsible for teaching Native Studio Art to Indian students as a process of culture regeneration. Annual dances are open to the public in December and January on their plaza.
Santa Clara Pueblo (known as the valley of the roses) just 24 miles north of Santa Fe and 1 mile southwest on NM 30, offers visitors many attractions including tours of the pre-historic Puye Cliff Dwellings and fishing. There are few places in northern New Mexico that can compare to the majestic beauty of the Santa Clara landscape. The Santa Clara pueblo has a strong tribal government and prosperous economy. This pueblo has high regard for education both tribal heritage and modern education. Some dances and community festivals are open to the public. In honor of patron St Clare, Harvest and Corn Dances are performed in August while in June, St Anthony Feast Day dances feature Comanche Dancing.
Southwest of Santa Clara, the San Ildefonso pueblo is 15 miles north of Santa Fe on 502 and is the most famous New Mexico Pueblo. Known for its black-on-black pottery technique which was originated here, then revived in the 1920’s and is now famous primarily because of potter Maria Martinez. These pueblo people have lived at this site since 1300 AD and retain ancient ceremonies and ritual tenaciously as well as tribal dancing. The Buffalo Deer dance is a particularly important festival performed during harvest time. Highly valued among the San Ildefonso people is education for which Tewa is primary spoken and English is secondary. A high percentage of high school graduates attend college or vocational school.
Ohkay Owingeh (aka San Juan) has a well known art center where visitors may watch artists work in a variety of art forms- jewelry, pottery, textile, etc. Other works from over 100 artists may be purchased. This pueblo has a two part social system- a winter people and a summer people- thus numerous ceremonies take place throughout the year and can provide an interesting aspect for visitors. For example, the Deer Dance is to provide prosperity for upcoming year and is performed by winter people in January or February. Humor is an important element and can be seen in dances like the Buffalo, Basket and Cloud performed throughout the year and will have traditional clowns accompany and tease the serious dancers. The Ohkay Owingeh people have a complex and fascinating cultural history. Their physical world is divided in 3 parts. First: the village and surrounding land belongs to the realm of women. Second: the hills and mesa surrounding the village is both men and women realm. Third: all that is beyond the second (all that is of hunting and protection from the hostile outside world) is exclusively the realm of men. All dances and ceremonies are centered around this division and relate to various aspects of seasonal and daily life.
Our last stop on our Santa Fe daytrip to immerse ourselves in Native American New Mexico history and culture is Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier’s history extends back over 10,000 yrs. Nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons to settle here in Frijoles Canyon. By 1150 AD these people began building more permanent settlements. Reminders of these past times are still evident in the park as are the strong ties of the modern Pueblo people. By 1550 the Ancestral Pueblo people moved from homes here to pueblos along the Rio Grande (Cochiti, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo). In the mid-1700’s Spanish settlers with Spanish land grants made their homes in Frijoles Canyon. In 1880 Jose Montoya of Cochiti Pueblo brought Adolph F. A. Bandelier to Frijoles Canyon to show his people’s ancestral homelands. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson enacted legislation to create Bandelier National Monument. Between 1934 and 1941 workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked from a camp constructed in Frijoles Canyon and built the road into Frijoles Canyon, the visitor center, a new lodge, and miles of trails. Several years during World War II the park was closed to the public and the Bandelier lodge was used to house Manhattan Project scientists and military personnel.
As we leave Bandelier National Monument, heading back to Santa Fe, take a moment and enjoy the breathtaking vistas and colors of the land. It’s indescribable as is the sunset if you are lucky enough to time your return just right. May we make one last suggestion? After a full day trip of memorable New Mexico Pueblo hopping, stop in at Gabrielle’s Restaurant in Pojoaque- best guacamole in New Mexico. Made fresh at your table with crisp chips and a frosty margarita are definitely a refreshing and delicious respite. To get to Gabrielle’s you’ll take the first exit off of NM 285 after Buffalo Thunder and cross over to the left. Take an other left at the stop sign to access frontage road and Gabrielle’s is off to the right. NOTE: When you leave the restaurant take a moment to look at the land formations and color serrations just behind Gabrielle’s. They are breath taking! After your camera has run out of batteries, your ready to return home to Pueblo Bonito b&b and put your feet up, relax and rest comfortably in your welcoming adobe pueblo-style casita complete with kiva fireplace (or air conditioner as the season dictates). Hope you enjoyed the trip! We’ve enjoyed having you along with us on our Santa Fe day trip to New Mexico Pueblos within 30 miles of Santa Fe, NM!
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