Santa Fe Touring and Day Trips

Creating a Top New Mexico Vacation Travel Experience!

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

New Mexico Travel

There are so many unique and culturally distinctive travel opportunities to create a top New Mexico vacation traveler experience. Anytime of year- spring, summer, winter or fall – historic southwest travel is an great adventure!  So how do you optimize and create the best unique historical New Mexico travel experience? We at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe serve thousands of Santa Fe visitors each year for over 30 years!  We are true experts in historic New Mexico travel planning. By providing authentic traditional Old Santa Fe New Mexico accommodations and assisting guests in packaging vacation travel time, we avail valuable insights and tips to assure a rare and unique Santa Fe travel experience! Off beaten path places like: shops, restaurants, parks, birding, hiking, skiing, historic ruins and sites, museums, petroglyphs, hidden treasures, day outings, Northern New Mexico pueblo touring, art studio tours, wine tasting, markets, antiques, historic mining and mill towns and villages, treasurers of the area, etc. are sure to create amazing one-of-a kind New Mexico top travel experiences! Inn at Pueblo Bonito’s unique and distinctive historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodations are perfect for an exceptional “home base” to tour Northern New Mexico! Every morning during breakfast hours, our guests can receive expert assistance in their days’ explorations of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Pecos, Las Vegas, Native American Pueblos, National Parks, historic sites, museums, restaurants, galleries, and other interests they desire to create a top New Mexico travel memory. A few important suggestions when planning your Santa Fe New Mexico travel vacation:

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Choosing A New Mexico Travel Base location:

First of all, deciding where to centralize your travel is highly recommended to maximize your experiences. Santa Fe is our top choice! It’s the most centralized location in Northern New Mexico to make day trips; see historic sites; visit pueblos; tour Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Ojo Cliente, Ghost Ranch, Pecos, Madrid, Galisteo, Dixon and many other sleepy Northern New Mexico villages. Santa Fe is the top destination city of New Mexico. Actually Santa Fe is #5 in US cities most requested for traveler information! That being said, our vast experience of the area and insights serve our guests well ! (more on top NM Travel destination)

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Santa Fe Travel

Santa Fe is the New Mexico state capitol and boasts over 400 yrs of prominent Southwestern history. Santa Fe is THE destination spot of New Mexico! Walking from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, guests access rich historic documentation of New Mexico- it’s land, people and government- in 3 minutes! Less than a half mile radius from the plaza a guest can easily walk to world class museums: Palace of the Governors; New Mexico History Museum; New Mexico Art Museum;  Contemporary Indian Art Museum; and Georgia O’Keeffe museum! The variety and diversity of native cultures that have influenced Santa Fe is well preserved in various and unique ways over the years. Santa Fe’s nickname “The City Different” is very appropriate- an indicator of the distinctive travel experience New Mexico visitors will have! No where else in the US is like Santa Fe, NM! It reflects a “time frozen in history” that’s been intentionally and painstakingly preserved to enjoy and share with modern day people. We mustn’t forget to mention other World Class Museums located on historic Old Santa Fe Trail referred to as “Museum Hill”.  These include: International Folk Art Museum;  Indian Cultural Museum; Wheelwright Museum and Spanish Colonial Museum all clustered together and nestled beside the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens! (Book Now)

Be Intentional when Travel planning: 

Uniquely historic Santa Fe lodging - Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Experience history in unique New Mexico accommodations at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Many options exist when choosing New Mexico lodging. Santa Fe Hotels; Santa Fe bed and breakfasts; Santa Fe Inns; Santa Fe Motels; Santa Fe vacation rentals- a huge variety of Santa Fe Accommodation choices!  Personal preference is the key here. Our preference is historic!  We recommend Historic Santa Fe lodging accommodations. After all you’ve chosen a city founded over 400 years ago! Historic preservation has been outstanding and there is truly no other city like Santa Fe in the US! The unique history, culture, cuisine, blending of Native American/Hispanic/Anglo influences make an exciting southwestern US adventure. So make the most of it!

  •  Walkable city: experience an old, funky, eclectic, odd, unexplainable combination of history and modernism within our streets, buildings and people that has earned it’s title “City Different”. You don’t want to drive or fight for parking- you want to walk the streets both daytime and nighttime! Walk past world class museums, shops, art, cultural events, cathedrals, 400+ yr old houses, fantastic restaurants, Native American street vendors, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more!

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

  • Accentuate Historic: Staying at newly constructed Santa Fe Accommodations just doesn’t make sense. Our preference is bias we admit… but designing an Authentic New Mexico Travel Experience on new just accentuate the New Mexico culture! Santa Fe alone was settled over 400 years ago- so in our opinion historic is what New Mexico is! This being said, Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast is our top choice! The epitome of authentic historic adobe pueblo-style New Mexico lodging, Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast dates back to 1860, when this area was part of the Texas Territories! Originally a Texas Circuit judge built a private estate with stables, servants quarters and horno (Native American Bread oven). All three of these original two foot thick adobe buildings have been meticulously preserved. Amazingly over the 156 yrs of it’s history, only three individuals have owned this massive adobe compound. Original builder was the Judge; 2nd Owner converted property to apartments and provided our name! Third (current family ownership) created Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! All the authentic, adobe architectural elements have been retained, thus providing historically
    Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

    Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

    accurate accommodations for Santa Fe travelers desiring a traditional Santa Fe travel experience! Our 18 charming guests rooms boast: original 2 ft. thick exterior adobe walls (1860); private baths with 1930’s viga beamed ceilings and mosaic tiled soaking tubs; in-room real wood burning kiva fireplace (not gas)! These one of a kind elements are not found in modern day, newly renovated luxury Santa Fe hotels or bed and breakfasts! We are the REAL THING- nothing fake about this Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (history Pueblo Bonito).

  • Personal preferences: Modern travelers wanting a historic location, but prefer New, Renovated, Full Service, Hotel- type accommodations providing features like: granite countertops bathrooms; wall mounted large flat screen TV’s; 24 hr restaurant and bar services; spa; valet parking; room service; exercise rooms; etc we recommend these fine historic downtown Santa Fe Hotels: The La Fonda, La Posada, Drury Inn, Hotel Santa Fe. Whatever your preference- we do recommend doing some homework tofind the perfect downtown Santa Fe historic lodging accommodation that’s right for you!
  • Cuisine: You are traveling- be open to new experiences. Remind yourself you left home0- everything is not the same! The region of the US you’re traveling is full of opportunities specific to local living. One is food! New New Mexico is famous for its’ chile -red or green! Enjoy this local favorite no matter where you travel in New Mexico- you  can sample native cuisine like: Tamales, Enchilada, Rejellenos, sopapillas, Chile stew, posole and more!
    "Smothered"- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    “Smothered”- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    NOTE: Diverse definitions exist for  “Mexican food” (TexMex, Mexico, Arizona….) so understand that New Mexican food is completely distinctive- it stands on its own! Green chile (not jalapenos). Red chile (not salsa). Christmas (red/green chile combo). Smothered. Traditional New Mexico cuisine incorporates all of these 4 nouns which must be tried by visitors to receive the full experience of a historic New Mexico vacation! (see more New Mexico traditional foods)

  • Architecture- New Mexico has a rich heritage which is accurately displayed in historic downtown Santa Fe. A “Plaza”- originally intended to be the central community gathering place is generally found throughout Northern New Mexico Pueblos, villages and city’s. Santa Fe is no different, but this plaza dates back to 1600’s (more on Santa Fe History). Adobe- a staple throughout the years in New Mexico architecture. Adobe is and hand formed mud cast bricks, sun dried, then stacked and covered in stucco. Adobe creates the  majority of historic landscape in downtown Santa Fe and outlaying village/towns. Santa Fe’s plaza and downtown historic district still boasts original building dating back to 1600’s (see more on adobe).
  • Convenience- choose a home base. A location which is easy to access, provides maximum dining, cultural and evening options, and surrounds you with local historic elements. Saving time fighting lines, finding parking, sitting in local traffic, or waiting for a table just isn’t the best use of valuable vacation time!  Center yourself in a historic location walking distance to great “basic” options. Experience the culture by walking to dining, entertainment, markets, shops, museums, historic sites, etc. Have more than one travel route option to/from your home base to prevent delays from unplanned event traffic, road construction, backup commuter traffic, etc.. Experienced, long time residents of the area know these tips and they are extremely valuable if needed!

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

  • Flexibility: Traveling isn’t always perfect so when making New Mexico travel plans, decide on sight seeing choices you prefer but be informed of other options around those main choices! Avail options an insights of off beaten path opportunities for our Santa Fe travelers adds a distinctive uniqueness to a New Mexico travel vacation! Staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn enjoy a combined 125  yrs of Northern New Mexico residency! Residency in New Mexico seriously increases our creative ability in designing  touring tips for Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests to enjoy. We’ve assisted annually returning guests to include up to three consecutive months worth of activities! Our regular return guests challenge us to be creative and informed as to Santa Fe travel options. Actually annual return guests will share new information with us at time for which we really enjoy. It’s true, we do have favorites. But new adventures are always welcomed! (see more Northern New Mexico travel secrets)            Book Now

Creating a top New Mexico vacation travel experience really isn’t hard if you’re in the right crowd! Experts come a dime a dozen. Research is plentiful. Aligning yourself with local hospitality professionals with a positive proven track record for 31+ years can be invaluable! We prefer a centralized location where you can feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. Lodging that exhibits local history, architecture and culture and meets your preference. Convenience to reduce travel stress. Accurately informed people who care and take pride in sharing their city- it’s distinctions and unique qualities. People with first hand wisdom and knowledge of the area you are taking valuable vacation time to explore and enjoy. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn invites you to explore Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico! We love our guests and sincerely appreciate sharing Santa Fe, New Mexico and it’s treasures with each guest which allows us this privilege. Please let us assist you in your accommodation planning. 1-800-461-4599 Once you’re with us, we can assist in designing your Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico touring options!  Book Now


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Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – #2 in Series


#2 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – See part one here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips.html

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Providing Santa Fe Travelers with Memorable Experiences for 30+ years!

Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS National Park Northern New Mexico.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

In north-central New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies a unique and breathtaking scenic geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. The location makes for a perfect destination for a Top Santa Fe day trip! Whether driving from Albuquerque Sunport to get to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe or departing Santa Fe to return to Albuquerque, we highly recommend this Top Santa Fe Day trip to make your visit memorable!  NOTE: Approximate drive time is 40 minutes.

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

Kasha-Katuwe or” white cliffs” as known in Keresan (the traditional language of the Cochiti Pueblo people) is now a US National Park that features large, tent-shaped rocks that hug steep cliffs of the Peralta Canyon. It is stated that these rocks were created from powerful forces of vulcanism and erosion, having been built up and then torn down to create a one-of-a- kind landscape. Theory states that during the last million years, a tremendous volcanic explosion northwest of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks spewed rock and ash for hundreds of square miles, leaving volcanic debris up to 400 feet thick. Over time, water has cut into these deposits, creating canyons, arroyos and other area features. Cone-shaped rock formations where wind- and water-eroded pumice and tuff deposits make for spectacular viewing. Formation tops feature hard, erosion-resistant caprocks which have protected the softer “tents” below over time. While uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet- something Santa Fe visitors will enjoy photographing and hiking in this slot canyon.


To create a TOP Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks day trip we recommend the following: Make a full day trip by leaving Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe after a hearty breakfast to include red chile pork tamales, then out of town South to I-25S (Albuquerque). Access to the park is via Cochiti pueblo. (Direction are below). Hiking and exploring this slot canyon can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2+ hours- the farther you hike into the formations the more amazing the tents! When finished in the park, back track through Cochiti Pueblo, but this time head toward the Santo Domingo Pueblo! An actively inhabited Northern New Mexico pueblo that will add to your Top Santa Fe Day trip adventure. Continue to head toward I-25  and take N toward Santa Fe or S  to Albuquerque. If returning to Santa Fe consider this side trip! Take highway 14 (Turquoise Trail)- officially a scenic byway, Highway 14 will take you past Cerrillos NM an enchanting old coal mining town and into Madrid, NM. This once popular and economically hopping town was originally founded to fund the energy war efforts. Coal mining companies came in which allowed settlers to stake claims and live in this small, but influential town years ago. After the war, the coal mines withdrew leaving the town virtually abandoned. Around the 1980’s this area became rediscovered by east coasts artists who have today made this sleepy little village a fun and funky visitors stop on the Turquoise Trail! We suggest planning lunch or happy hour at the Mine Shaft Tavern as they are known for their Madchile cheese burger (winner of Santa Fe Smackdow) and Madchile margarita!

Madrid, NM- Scenic byway 14.


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. Take the Cochiti Reservoir exit from I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). Travel 5 miles on a dirt road to the Tent Rocks parking area, which is marked with a sign. This is the only parking area for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.

Looking for New Mexico lodging in Santa Fe that creates a one-of-a-kind travel experience? Look no farther- Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn provides historic adobe downtown lodging that no other can replicate! Check out our history here:  Availability here: Special Travel Deals Here!

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Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips


#1 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – part 2 here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips-2-in-series.html

Compliments of: Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn.

Providing Santa Fe Travelers with Memorable Experiences for 30+ years!

Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

 BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT – A National Park in Northern New Mexico.

Bandalier National Monument

Photo acknowledgement: PDTillman

Remnants of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House Bandelier National MonumentA wonderful scenic 40 minutes drive from historic downtown Santa Fe and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Great for half day or full day trip up into the Jemez mountains in Northern New Mexico. Once in the park, guests walk through ancient Indian Ruins, view Native American petroglyphs and explore historic cliff dwellings and climbs on handcrafted kiva ladders. Ancient ruins date back to 1250 AD!  A novice skill level, one mile-long hike weaves Santa Fe day trippers past petroglyphs, masonry walls built into a cliff face to the pinnacle “long house”.  Ancestral Pueblo people left Frijoles Canyon sometime after 1250, for reasons unknown. Bandelier is our 2016 #1 Top Santa Fe Day Trip for visitors – you will very much enjoy this special New Mexico highlight. Pueblo people thrived in this area near Los Alamos in what is now Bandelier National Monument- 10,000 years ago. The Bandelier National Park covers 33,677 acres within Frijoles Canyon and is filled with lush pine forests, wildlife and clear blue skies.  An easy, enjoyable and certain to please Santa Fe day trip put first on our list of BEST Santa Fe Day Trips and Travel Suggestions!

“Add On” Options for Santa Fe Day Tripping:

Nearby Places/Sites:

  • San Ildefonso Pueblo– We highly suggest pairing a Day Trip to Bandelier with a quick visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo. After exploring history, why not contrast an active living Native American Pueblo? Known for black on black method of pottery design made famous by Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso pueblo people are mutli-talented, kind hearted and welcoming. Be prepared to enjoy some beautiful handcrafts!
  • Santa Clara Pueblo– personal guided tours of the Santa Clara Puye Cliff Dwellings (similar to Bandelier). An option to consider – especially for returning Santa Fe visitors. Having a one-on-one interaction with a native Santa Claran guide can only prove to enhance any Day Trip experience of Northern New Mexico! Fee charged per person.
  • Santa Fe Golf at Towa Golf Course: off 285 in Tesuque, NM. 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf course with rolling hill fairways with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Santa Fe County! We don’t suggest making this your “destination”, but adding a half day of golf when in Santa Fe could be a lot of fun!
  • Bradbury Museum: in Los Alamos, NM. Extremely interesting, informative National History Museum documenting the Manhattan Project. Real film footage of the US  President and historic news broadcasts of the atomic bomb project. Exhibits highlighting benefits of our National Defense funding also presented.
Sopapilla "soft pillow"- served as bread with honey. New Mexico food

Sopapilla “soft pillow”- served as bread with honey- New Mexico Foodie delight!

Restaurants/ Wineries/ Distilleries (AKA: The Foodie Side of Santa Fe Day Tripping):

  • Gabrielle Restaurant: 285 in Tesuque, NM (10 min from our historic adobe Santa Fe Inn). Our favorite menu items: House margarita; Guacamole and chips; Chicken Chimi.
  • Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant- Highway 501 in Chimayo, NM. Our Favorite menu items: House margarita; Green Chile Chicken Enchilada with Sour Cream; Sopapillas
  • Estrella del Norte: Award winning Winery. Excellent side trip toward Chimayo, NM for an afternoon wine tasting! Lovely back patio/grounds and fun gift shop!
  • Don Quixote Distillery: 285 in Espanola, NM. Famous for NM Blue Corn Vodka or Bourbon! Great experience in spirit tastings. Blue Corn spirits make great gifts for folks left behind!
  • Blue Heron: Located on the plaza in Espanola, NM. Tasting house is features local home brews made fresh daily.
Pueblo Bonito Santa Clara Room - Romanticly Different!

Romantically Different!


Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn: Located in Santa Fe at 138 W Manhattan Ave. Uniquely, enchanting. Adobe pueblo-style bed and breakfast. TOP for two reasons:

  • 1. Most authentically preserved historic downtown Santa Fe lodging. A must do for enhancing a Native American Historic Santa Fe Experience! Traditional, authentic New Mexico adobe architecture- one of a kind! 154 yrs of southwest US history exudes from this privately owned estate turned bed and breakfast in 1986. True Santa Fe accomodations to transform a stay in Santa Fe,  New Mexico into a cultural, historic lodging experience! THE Best way to compliment a day trip to Bandelier National Monument!
  • 2. People! Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm have 30+ consecutive years at Pueblo Bonito and 55+ living in New Mexico living! We serve guests need: help plan, recommend, provide welcoming hospitality and everything that goes along with great Santa Fe Vacation Travel experiences! Guests know what to expect – the REAL thing! Real history. Real Adobe. Real wood burning kivas. Real people! Nothing phony or make believe here! Voted “Guest Favorite” over 8,200 properties in US and Canada (2011; 12; 13!  Rated “Excellent” TripAdvisor 2010, 11 ,12, 13, 14, 15!).

Our knowledge and insight into the region, culture, cuisine and travel in New Mexico is priceless. We make Santa Fe come to life! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599- You’ll be glad you did.

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Santa Fe NM- A Halloween Weekend Destination!

Halloween in Santa Fe

Considering last minute travel to Santa Fe for Halloween Weekend (Oct 30, 31)?  Well, if not…why not?  Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the USA and thus makes it a haunting option for Southwest travelers to consider! Consider these Ghostly options available to create a Santa Fe Halloween getaway for any age or “scare” preference!
Picture of ghost on stairs by Ghost Tours, Santa Fe
Thursday, 10/29: 
SANTA FE COMMUNITY GHOST TOUR GHOST WALK about Santa Fe. 6 PM – 1 3/4 HOURS.  $14 per person.
Reservations required to attend—call to book:  (505) 983-7774
Friday 10/30:
Santa Fe Ghost Tour (regular weekly Friday ghost tour) – subject to sufficient advanced reservations! Start time:  6 PM – 1 3/4 hours $14 per person. 
Reservations please call:  505-983-7774 
Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to Santa Fe Plaza Progressive Halloween party! Friday, October 30. Free 5-8 pm. Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. Enjoy music, a treasure hunt, ghost stories, tarot cards and more.  Full access to all museum exhibitions too.
  • The Museum of Art – the Fall of Modernism with Halloween Modernist-style.
  • Music of Big Swing Theory at St. Francis Auditorium. People dressed as dead artists and legends of New Mexico will make appearances. Kids can enjoy treasure hunts or participate in Katie May Be Morbid Card-Making.
  •  New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors -the Telling New Mexico. Discover people dressed as historical figures who offer clues to family-friendly puzzles.  Halloween masks of historical New Mexico characters.  Noted author and folklorist Nasario García will tell traditional tales of ghosts, witches and boogeymen in the Palace of the Governors at 6 pm.

Saturday, 10/31:  

HALLOWEEN PUBLIC GHOST TOUR  Start time:  5:45 PM1 3/4 HOURS.  RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL on Halloween!  $14 per person. Call(505) 983-7774 (Location given at time of reservation). 
Saturday, 10/31 and Sunday 11/1:
MCCALLS PUMPKIN PATCHOpen Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2015.  10:00 am – 6:00 pm$11.95 admission.  Fun for the Whole Family! Located south of Santa Fe in Morierty, NM, an easy 40 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe and worth the time! This lovely scenic drive winds you through beautiful ranch lands of the Galisteo Basin and through sleepy Galisteo, fall woodstockNM and Stanley, NM! A privately owned Halloween Wonderland has been created by the McCall family  making  for a great time for the whole family. Activities include:  a Pumpkin Patch to personally pick your own pumpkin; 16 acre corn maze; Pedal Kart race track; Country Store shop and bakery; hayride; Pig Races; Pumpkin Slingshots; Corn Cannons; a Miner’s Shack; and Paintball.
MCCALLS HAUNTED FARM– to include a Haunted corn field, Haunted barn, and Zombie Hunt!  7:00 – 10:00 pm Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2015.
Special discounts for Oct 30, 31 at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn! Book online directly with our inn and get a nightly rate beginning at $119+tx! To include: Charming historic adobe accommodation with private bath and in-room kiva fireplace! Free parking; breakfast buffet; afternoon tea; and WiFi. Walk from our Inn to your Ghost Tour or to one of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants, shops, galleries, or museum! Nothing Scary about this offer other than our rooms sell fast- so BOOK NOW for best selection of availability and rate! Limited Availability!
1-800-461-4599   www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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Fall Foliage Santa Fe Travel

Santa Fe Fall Foliage and Fall Colors

Santa Fe Travel Fall Foliage

New Mexico Fall Colors

Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the glorious southern Rocky Mountains, offers plenty of places to view the fall leaves changing colors. To find out where the fall foliage colors are in New Mexico during the season, you can access the National Forest Service toll-free fall color hotline beginning in September at (800) 354-4595. Here are our top picks for places to see the gorgeous scenery of fall and vibrant fall colors in New Mexico, nearby Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Fall Foliage and Fall Colors

Sangre de Cristo Fall Foliage

Santa Fe – Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is a great starting point for lots of beautiful drives-  in particular a trip up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is spectacular. Spanning two hundred miles from their origin in southern Colorado, to their ending point in Santa Fe, New Mexico, these mountains offer high peaks, traditional pueblos, peaceful meadows, alpine lakes, aspen forests and more. Especially during the fall, the mountains blaze with fall colors. Leaves begin changing somewhere around the third or fourth week of September, especially in the upper elevations and high valleys. Ski Santa Fe, just a 16 mile drive north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe offers chairlift rides up to the top of the ski basin for a scenic views and exceptional hiking on existing ski trails.

Jemez Mountains
North of Santa Fe, leaving Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe you will want to take Route 4 into the Jemez Mountains for magical color late in September. An area particularly beautiful during the fall when the intense golds and oranges of the changing leave complement the soaring red rock cliffs is definitely a must do! The nearby location of Bandelier National Monument, Painted Cave and Puye Cliff Dwelling can turn this daytrip drive into a full day or weekend adventure!  Pair this short trip with wine tasting at nearby Estrella de Norte winery on the road to Chimayo or spirit tasting at Don Quixote distillery just down the mountain outside of Los Alamos and create your own memorable Santa Fe Fall Travel Experience!

Galisteo Basin
South of Santa Fe, about 20 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b. Take I-25 to 285 south then head west toward the sleepy village of Galisteo NM. Surrounded in old oak and elm trees with aspens added into the mix you’ll find a glorious array of fall colors lining the meadow valley and rolling hills of this enchanting little village. Pair the fall glory of colors with the annual Galisteo Studio tour held this year (2015) on October 17 and 18 and you’re in for a real treat!

Sangre de Cristo Santa Fe Fall Foliage and Fall Colors

Sangre de Cristo Santa Fe Fall Foliage

Pecos Wilderness
South of Santa Fe heading I-25 N then into the village of Pecos, NM  via the Old Santa Fe Trail will bring you to another area of fall splendor and vibrant colors. This area is full of wildlife from fish in the Pecos river to Deer and Elk. The plentiful aspen and other leafy vegetation help keep the deer and elk populations alive through harsh winters in the Pecos mountains. Animals feed on leaves and new shoots from young aspens and the bark of taller trees but the glorious colors in the fall definitely are inviting to local New Mexico inhabitants as well.  Autumn’s shorter days and cooler nights quickly create vibrant pigments of yellow, red, and blue – which one can see in the red and purple of maples or the bronze or brown of oak and beech in this dense vegetation of the Pecos wilderness.

New Mexico Fall Foliage and Fall Colors

New Mexico Fall Foliage Santa Fe

Though color viewings can vary from year to year as seasons depend upon weather conditions….. I’ve heard it said that if New Mexico autumns are warm and rainy, leaves are less colorful- but to my knowledge that doesn’t exist this year! Views from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe show a full splendor of colors in the Sangre de Cristos! Our trip up to Ski Santa Fe and ride on the Big Chief chair lift to the top was spectacular; breathtaking; pictures on this blog simply do not pay God’s creation justice! Come join us and BOOK NOW to experience the full brilliance of New Mexico autumn enchantment!



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Vivac winery features mountain views!

Wineries provide additional fun on Artists Tours!

Late Fall New Mexico Art Studio Tours are as follows:

Blog compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast- Santa Fe– 1-800-461-4599

October 3,4, 2015 10 am- 5 pm

El Rito Studio Tour

Madrid & Cerrillos Studio Tour also Oct 10, 11, 2015

October 10,11, 2015

Abiquiu Studio Tour

October 17, 18, 205 10 am- 5 pm

Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour

Red Dot Art Weekend and Oct 10, 11, 12, 2015

Galisteo Studio Tour

Historic Galisteo Church viewable during Artist tour

Historic Galisteo Church viewable on Artist tour

October 23, 2015 3 pm – 7 pm; October 224, 2015 9 am – 5 pm

Eldorado Fall Artist Studio Show

November 7, 8 ,2015 9 am- 5 pm

Dixon Studio Tour

Late Fall artist’s studio tours are so much fun and visiting these special small villages and towns brings a whole new dimension and appreciation for local culture, art and cuisine! Let us make your October New Mexico Artist Studio Tour special with the following suggestions:

Abiquiu: Always a daytrip treat filled with breath taking scenery. Georgia O’Keeffe house tours could be possible and don’t forget Bode’s General Store– a great place to stop for homemade soup!

El Rito: What an amazing find this little Northern New Mexico village! Must see: historic El Rito church and sanctuary. Must Eat: El Farolito- best green chile in the state of NM! We recommend green chile chicken enchiladas with sour cream- mucho bueno. Bring cash- credit cards don’t go far in this remote little Northern New Mexico

Village of El Rito, NM

Village of El Rito, NM

village! After El Rito Studio tour, head toward Abiquiu via County Rd 155W and off to the north side you can see hints of eerie pastel white/grey limestone rock formations similiar to those known as the Plaza Blanca or “White Place”. See our blog on Plaza Blanca for more information!

Dixon: Wine tasting/hopping at  La Chipirdera Winery and Vivac Winery .

Los Alamos: Visit the Bradbury Science Museum  which documents the development of the atom bomb- very, very interesting. Bandelier National Monument (Must See)- ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and Indian ruins.

September visits in Santa Fe, NM

Sangre de Cristo Aspens

October is a gorgeous time of year to visit New Mexico! Aspens on the Sangre de Cristos are only 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast door step! Fall colors, hiking, art tours as well as Balloon Fiesta are all things to do in Santa Fe in 2015 October Santa Fe visits!  Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast offers outstanding October lodging specials too! All 19 room feature in-room kiva wood burning fireplaces to create a truly memorable Santa Fe visit experience. Call us and let us help you find the best availablity and rates:


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Santa Fe New Mexico Travel Secret: Plaza Blanca

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New Mexico Landscape – Plaza Blanca

Like many Northern New Mexico landscapes, Plaza Blanca is simply amazingly breathtaking! Sorry folks if more of a description is needed, but honestly it’s hard to describe. It’s unique. It’s surreal. It’s amazing and pictures just don’t do it justice. Pastel white/grey sandstone formations, offset with crystal cobalt blue New Mexico skies are extra special. Something seasoned Santa Fe visitors don‘t want to miss on their New Mexico vacation.

Experts on New Mexico Attractions

As Innkeeper of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe for over 31+ years, a native New Mexico born/ bred resident and Santa Fean for over 54 consecutive years, I am referred to as an expert in Northern New Mexico visitor travel recommendations. A title given to me by our guests! Guests returned year after year to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn for our unique Santa Fe accommodations and numerous other reasons. One of which is: our extensive and professional knowledge of the area. Rather than spending time acclimating to the area, then upon leaving realize all the things they didn’t get to do, our guests appreciate wise suggestions, tips, and New Mexico tourism recommendations. Helping guests skillfully create distinctively unique daily travel plans to experience today the things they will remember and cherish forever is gratifying! We serve thousands of return guests which can be a challenge, especially those returning multiple times each year! However, we try to rise to their challenge and provide unique local insights for new things to do, see and explore. Another top reason our guests return is their feeling of being “at home”- one of the very best compliment we could ever receive!Plaza Blanca

That being said, we have a great recommendation for the seasoned Santa Fe visitor:

Located in the Rio Chama River Valley of the Carson National Forest, north of Santa Fe on your way to Abiquiu, is an eerie pastel whitish/grey limestone rock formation known as the Plaza Blanca – or the “White Place.” Its 60-foot-high obelisks and out of this world spires have been the subject of many photographs and works of art over the years, including Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1940 painting entitled “The White Place.”

The Plaza Blanca’s unusual landscape invites contemplation. Many visitors have stated that the white stone towering pillars and gnome-like hoodoos feel almost spiritual in nature. Getting to the surrealistic cliffs and columns of Plaza Blanca requires good hiking shoes. There is a three or four mile trail leading to it through New Mexico badlands, up steep washes and over mesa tops. The terrain which is best described as desolate, is marked only by an occasional Cholla cactus and Tamarisk plant. We suggest plenty of sunscreen, water and batteries for your digital camera! Location of Plaza Blanca is approximately 18 miles south of Ghost Ranch, within hiking distance of Dar al Islam. It is also near the Plaza Blanco Ranch at 41174 Fictitious Street, Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510. Plaza Blanca can be seen from U.S. Highway 84 to the north when approaching Abiquiu from the east. The trailhead begins at the end of the El Rito Road turnoff.Plaza Blanca 1Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is Santa Fe, New Mexico’s premier historic, adobe, pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm and staff have over 100+ years of New Mexico residential experience and are professionals in providing warm, inviting, Northern New Mexico hospitality. Let them help you create a memorable historic Santa Fe experience! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com



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Things to do in Santa Fe – Museums in New Mexico

New Mexico is rich in history, thankfully, there are numerous museums in Santa Fe that allow you to explore that history through art and culture.  Check out our list below!

Santa Fe Museums

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-946-1000

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts – 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 505-983-1777

New Mexico History Museum – 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-476-5200

The New Mexico History Museum- Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico History Museum

New Mexico Museum of Art – 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505-476-5072

Palace of the Governors – 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505-476-5200

Historic Palace of Governors on Santa Fe Plaza.

Historic Palace of Governors on Santa Fe Plaza.



Santa Fe Museum Hill

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture – Museum Hill 710 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa Fe New Mexico 505-476-1250

Museum of International Folk Art – 706 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-476-1200

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art – 750 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-982-2226

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian – 704 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-982-4636

Santa Fe Botanical Garden 715 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill 505-471-9103


Center for Contemporary Arts 1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe NM 505-982-1338

Inn at Pueblo Bonito Santa Fe "Guest Favorite b&b"

Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe

Never a dull moment for Santa Fe Travelers! Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe prides itself in providing historic Santa Fe accommodations, warm hospitality and valuable assistance in designing your Santa Fe New Mexico tour explorations (free of charge with stay!). Details make the difference between a nice vacation get a way and a memorable experience to last a life time!    Call us today at: 1-800-461-4599

www.pueblobonitoinn.com    pueblo@pueblobonitoinn.com


Compliments of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM

“Guests Most Favorite Santa Fe bed breakfast”- 2011, 2012, 2013

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Santa Fe Travel – Wine Tasting in Northern New Mexico.

Northern New Mexico Winery tours suggested by Inn at Pueblo Bonito - Santa Fe.

Northern New Mexico Winery tours suggested by Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe.

Planning a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico? Details can make the difference between an excellent Santa Fe travel experience and just an enjoyable one! Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast Santa Fe serves thousands of New Mexico travelers year round and we are committed to providing guests with knowledgeable and accurate “details” of the Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico area to maximize our guests vacation travel experience! Our valuable services are not easily replicated as Pueblo Bonito’s innkeepers have 80+ consecutive years of Santa Fe wisdom and tips to share. Our friendly and personable staff also bring 50+ combined years of local Northern New Mexico living experiences to assist guests in planning daily activities- like wine tasting! So in this spirit we offer fun, easy and unique day trip ideas you can add to your travel itinerary through Northern New Mexico. We will focus on Northern New Mexico and Santa Fe wineries:

New Mexico Wineries

Northern New Mexico has many award winning and fun wineries all within a short drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe, NM! No matter the preference of wine styles one may prefer, they offer a large variety. From bold, hearty reds to delightfully sweet dessert specialities, one is certain to fine the perfect wine to enjoy. While most grape production is located in southern New Mexico, the micro-vineyards of Northern New Mexico luxuriate in the intense efforts given to their cultivation, creating the rarest and most unique wines of the state. From Abiquiu to Dixon to Pojoaque and Nambe some of the most interesting wines can be found minutes from Santa Fe’s most popular bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito!

Black Mesa has 2 locations! Velarde and Taos.

This winery and and tasting room are located just 45 minutes north of Santa Fe in the village of Velarde. This tasting room features nice grassy areas for picnics and views of the Rio Grande as well as resident cats! They are known for their award winning wine “Black Beauty” for which is one of my personal favorites! Their Taos location across from the Harwood Museum is also just down the street from RC Gorman Art Gallery (a well known New Mexico artist). Relax on the pet-friendly patio or enjoy live music by local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights.

Northern New Mexico Micro-vineyard

Northern New Mexico Micro-vineyard

Blue Heron Brewing in Rinconada, NM

A funky, fun Northern New Mexico experience! This is Herb’s favorite. Offering fine brews, flights, wines and cheese! Enjoy a pint at the pub or fill a growler to take home. An excellent stop on your way home from a Taos day trip following the Rio Grande. Also an excellent stop after an exhilarating white water rafting excursion with Kokopelli Rafting tours!

World's only Blue Corn Bourbon at Don Quixote

World’s only Blue Corn Bourbon at Don Quixote


Don Quixote in Santa Fe county, but located in Pojoaque, NM.

Wine and Spirit tasting and sales along with gourmet chocolates! Famous for their Blue Corn Vodka and Blue Corn Gin. A short drive north from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast- Santa Fe- but worth the trip. The scenic drive is lovely and you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine in the courtyard or in the large territorial style show room.

Estrella del Norte in Nambe, NM

Lovely grounds featuring many special events, but always room to enjoy a top rate New Mexico wine in the courtyard! Gift shop and wine sales, just a short trip north from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe. Excellent stop on your way home from a visit to the famous Sanctuario de Chimayo!

Award Winning Wines at Estrella del Norte Winery

Award Winning Wines at Estrella del Norte Winery

La Chiripada in Dixon, NM

Producer of award-winning wines for 33 years. Tasting available 7 days per week. Art gallery. One block from the Dixon plaza! A fun native, cultural experience.

Vino del Corazon in Santa Fe (short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn)

Locating in downtown Santa Fe surrounded by art galleries, shops and history! The wine tasting room is perfect to enjoy an excellent New Mexico wine and more! Open Tues – Sat 12:00- 5:30; Sun 12:00 -5:00.

Vivac winery features mountain views!

Vivac winery features mountain views!

Vivac in Dixon, NM

Located between Taos and Santa Fe, this tasting room offers a full list of options and an in-house chocolatier! Beautiful patio surrounded by vineyards to drink in the mountain views. Happy Hours 4-7 Spring/Summer/Fall.


“When assisting guests with their daily Santa Fe touring and day trip plans, I love to add in options for eating and wine tasting as these special stops can add so much flavor and enjoyment to great destinations like Chimayo, Taos, White Water Rafting, Bandelier National Monument or Los Alamos!” says Amy Behm innkeeper and owner of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe.


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Santa Fe Travel- Historic sites: The Cross of the Martyrs

Cross of the Martyrs

Cross of the Martyrs

The Cross of the Martyrs is an easy, enjoyable, and often-overlooked historic monument site just northeast of downtown Santa Fe plaza. This iconic site is a great idea for guests of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito to enjoy during their Santa Fe vacation.  The Cross of the Martyrs is excellent for an evening stroll, Sunday city view, or an anytime free history lesson of Old Santa Fe! The vantage point at the top offers dramatic views of The Plaza, the entire city and valley it’s located in, as well as a glorious sunset viewing! Among all of these views, the peek into the history of the oldest capital city in the United States is the best reason to make incorporate it into your Santa Fe to do list.

The walk or “hike” up to the top is not an arduous climb, but it does take moderate fitness. A consistent inclined brick walkway provides a series of switchbacks interspersed with steps that climb to the ridge above Paseo de Peralta in Hillside Park. The project was a gift to Santa Fe visitors made on it’s 375th anniversary (Santa Fe is currently over 400 years old as of 2015). Handrails and sure footing on the commemorative walkway are abundant with ample reasons to stop, read,  and catch your breath; a series of display plaques offer interesting historical facts to provide momentary diversions from the climb. Remember that Santa Fe’s elevation is more than 7,000 feet above sea level.

View from Cross of Martyrs- Santa Fe.

View from Cross of Martyrs- Santa Fe.

The twenty chronologically ordered plaques give visitors a glimpse into the events shaping Santa Fe’s blending of primary cultures (Native American, Spanish and Anglo). The walk accurately paints a journey through history starting at 500 AD to our modern era. At the top of the walkway, a bricked plaza area reveals a steel cross – erected to honor the 21 Franciscan Friars killed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  April2015 116

The Pueblo revolt of 1680 was organized at the Taos Pueblo and led by Popé – a San Juan Pueblo medicine man- and was a mass insurrection by natives of the area pueblos against the Spanish interests. Popé became the ruler of all the pueblos of New Mexico for a dozen years as result of the successful revolt that killed 400 Spaniards and caused the survivors to flee to El Paso del Norte (El Paso, TX.) While the revolt did not remove the Spanish from the area permanently, it did cause changes in the way the Spanish dealt with the Pueblo Indians after 1692.

A cobblestone platform surrounds the cross. The site is a wonderful place for reflection, to take in the city views, or to take sunset photos of Santa Fe. Picnic tables are available nearby, offering the opportunity to take extra time to just relax and enjoy the beauty of the place and moment.

Top of Cross Martyrs- Santa Fe.

Top of Cross Martyrs- Santa Fe.

Getting to The Cross of the Martyrs from the Inn at Pueblo Bonito is simple: a guest would head to the Plaza, taking East Palace Avenue to Paseo de Peralta. From there, you would go left on Paseo de Peralta and follow it past Tommy Mascione park (to your right) and the Santa Fe Girls Club. Just past the entrance to the Girls Club is the entrance to the walkway on your right side. Legal parking places are at a premium but can be found on the street surrounding Tommy Mascione park.

On Fiesta weekend, a candlelit procession to The Cross of the Martyrs from Saint Francis Cathedral occurs after a special Mass. Fiesta weekend is celebrated the weekend after Labor Day in Santa Fe, NM.

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