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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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!
Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the country, trailing only New York City and Los Angeles (per Santa Fe‘s tourism office). Though a little difficult to quantify this boast, it does seems plausible as the city has more than 200 world renown art galleries, with a significant number of them carry museum-quality art, some of it with museum-quality prices.
Few cities in the world have such a diversified collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other artworks by so many artists—alive or passed —available for viewing. Very impressive, even if you’re not a buyer, the art alone provides a reason to visit this unique and quirky historic city. Santa Fe’s art scene shows diversity including Southwest, Spanish colonial, Native American, and other art typical of the area, as well as artists of all genres and styles, from early-20th-century impressionism to African ethnography.
Canyon Road, just a five minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, meanders gracefully up a hill boasting beautiful pieces of art inside and out in dozens of the city’s galleries—it’s great fun to walk along this narrow tree shaded street, ducking in and out of shops any day of the year. Canyon Road though having “claim” to the majority of galleries, is not the only area of downtown Santa Fe that provides amazing art pieces to gather inspiration. Around the Plaza, on Paseo de Peralta’s eastern fringes and sprinkled around the newer rail yard area, also provide feasts for the eyes and imagination. Just about any street you wander near the Plaza, east or west, you’re likely to encounter an acclaimed gallery.
One gallery of special mention is the Governors’ Gallery located inside the New Mexico State Capitol building on Old Santa Fe Trail, just a stones throw away from Pueblo Bonito b&b. This not-so-well-known gallery brings intriguing exhibitions of art to the 4th floor of the State Capitol and can be viewed by anyone six days a week from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. Generally, all Santa Fe vacationers staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b are encouraged to visit this exquisite gallery as it provides an excellent snap shot of the quality of art coming into and out of Santa Fe, NM. Located just steps from our downtown Santa Fe b&b the accessibility is easy and the experience- memorable!
New Mexico Travel Hints for Santa Fe Trips- Spring Break, Family Travel, or Historic Travel Get Away.
Traveling to Santa Fe NM for Spring Break? Winter Ski Trip? Family Summer Travel? Opera Season? Here are New Mexico travel tips designed to make your Santa Fe vacation easier anytime of the year! A Get Away to Santa Fe anytime is a great time.
Albuquerque’s Airport “The Sunport” (ABQ) Most visitors arriving by air into Albuquerque will fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). All the major airlines fly into ABQ. Santa Fe is approximately 60 miles north, or about a 70 minute drive to Pueblo Bonito b&b, located in downtown Santa Fe!
Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) Santa Fe, NM has a small airport serviced by American Eagle flights from Dallas/Ft Worth and Los Angeles, or by private aircraft. The nearest large airport is ABQ, which most visitors rent a car and make the 60 mile drive north into Santa Fe while enjoying the majestic landscape of the Sandia, Jemez and Sangre de Cristos mountain ranges.
Amtrak New Mexico visitors traveling by train, find great convenience in visiting Santa Fe via the Lamy stop. Just a short 20 minute shuttle drive from the Lamy train station to Pueblo Bonito b&b front door! We highly recommend Amtrak as it provides a great travel experience for southwestern tourists who have the time and desire to creates a vacation memory never to be forgotten! Lamy shuttle information is listed on Amtrak website (see SAF).
Renting is a quick and flexible option for getting between Abq Sunport and Santa Fe. It can be very useful for enjoying other sightseeing opportunities as well- day trips to Bandelier, Pecos, Abiquiu, Chimayo, etc. Numerous rental car companies are located at ABQ Sunport. After renting a car, take I-25 north approximately 60 miles north to Santa Fe (there are 4 exits for Santa Fe). Getting to Pueblo Bonito b&b inn is easy. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit. Go to Cerrillos Road (about 2.9 miles) – turn right. Turn right onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Galisteo. Right at W Manhattan. Follow the big adobe wall which is on your right side to the first driveway, take a right and head into our secluded adobe compound -conveniently located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, NM.
Shuttle services are available between ABQ Sunport and Santa Fe. We recommendSandia Shuttle Express (888-775-5696). One-way or round trips are available – call Sandia Shuttle directly for exact rates, reservations and schedule information. This shuttle will pick you up at ABQ airport and drop you off at our door step any day of the week.
New Mexico Railrunner An economical way to arrive at downtown Santa Fe depot from ABQ Sunport. A commuter train which began in 2008, now runs from as far north as Santa Fe to as far south as Los Lunas NM, making many stops along the way. Passengers must take the city bus from ABQ Sunport to the downtown Albuquerque bus station (a stop on the NM Railrunner). Costs vary, but fare is approximately $6.00 from Albuquerque downtown to Santa Fe. Please check schedule, rates and policies directly at the New Mexico Railrunner website.
Though not recommended due to this transportation option being much less economical than alternatives stated previously, the Albuquerque Cab Company (505-883-4888) and Capital City Cab (in Santa Fe, 505-438-0000) will take you from ABQ Sunport to Pueblo Bonito b&b in Santa Fe and vice verse charging approximately $160-180 for the trip. This is a viable and reasonably priced means of transportation if you are flying in and out of the Santa Fe Airport however.
What to expect: Altitude and Weather
Altitude – Santa Fe’s elevation is 7,000 feet. Our air is very dry, and the sun is very intense. We suggest you wear a hat and use a high-SPF sunscreen liberally. Moisturizing products are also suggested. The altitude effects people differently and sometimes folks need a day or so to acclimate. We recommend you take it easy for the first couple of days, and always drink plenty of water. Alcohol consumption and exercise exertion are intensified at this altitude, so pacing yourself is a good idea.
Current Santa Fe Weather
On average, 300+ days of sunshine a year with low relative humidity can be expected for Santa Fe, NM weather. Our 7,000 foot above sea level elevation invites warm days and cool evenings during spring, summer and fall. Layering one’s outfits is advisable during winter months while a jacket or sweater is advisable other times, even during the summer. Sunsets are spectacular year round, but mostly in the fall, summer and spring. The Santa Fe Opera is well known for it’s unique amphitheater showcasing the summer monsoon lightening strikes in July & August- breathtaking!
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Navigating Santa Fe
Staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b allows the convenience of walking anywhere in the downtown historic area while avoiding the annoyance and expense of parking. We are located in a prime location, easy walking to Canyon Rd, the Plaza, Rail yard, Galisteo shopping, museums and some of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants. Cars are not needed except for daytrips or excursions. To visit Museum Hill you can drive, take the city M-route bus, walk (under one mile), take a cab or enjoy a pedi-cab. There are numerous car rental agencies in Santa Fe, as you may want a vehicle since it can come in handy if you decide to visit Santa Fe’s spectacular surrounding areas. Remember parking is free when staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b.
History Lovers delight in Santa Fe’s rich past. As New Mexico celebrates its Centennial (1912-2011), more than 400 years have passed and the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe, NM continues to offer vibrant and intriguing glimpses of past lifestyles and eras. Steeped in history -Santa Fe visitors walk historic streets, visit museums boasting history lessons on the occupation of ancient Anasazi, Spanish conquistadors and missions, the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe railroad boom, the wild west, and 20th century innovations like the Manhattan project, Espionage, and Artistic influences of the southwest. Visitors are able to explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs, a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life, centuries-old adobe and European-style churches, a historic working railroad, and the distinctive architecture of old downtown Santa Fe. With such a layered and diverse history, its no wonder Santa Fe draws visitors back year after year to uncover the fascinating past and experience the unforgettable present. As 2011 draws to a close, exciting events continue to bring opportunities to enjoy this delightful historic city. Come and join us… won’t you?
Santa Fe, NM November 2011 Calendar of Events:
Santa Fe Harvest Festival: Nov 1-23 Food lovers prepare! A culinary extravaganza featuring cooking classes at over 40 restaurants; chef and bartender competitions; as well as the Restaurant Relay (Nov 5) where servers race around the Plaza with loaded trays. Proceeds go to Cooking with Kids Children’s Charity.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshop: Travel Photography Intensive: Capturing the Essence of a Place November 4 – November 6, 2011 Capture the essence of the culture, landscape and character of stunning Santa Fe. Great for amateurs to advanced amateurs.
Land of Enchantment Centennial Special: Union Pacific’s vintage steam locomotive No. 844 will be steaming through New Mexico in honor of the state’s 100th anniversary of statehood November 4-9.
Dixon Studio Tour November 5,6, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; 30th Anniversary!
Nestled in the beautiful Embudo Valley, Dixon is home to a lively group of more than 50 artists who open their studios for the annual art studio tour. Painting, photography, jewelry, stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath, beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians.
Santa Fe Art Auction: November 12, 2011, 1:30pm at Convention Center in downtown Santa Fe, NM- less than a 10 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn! Auction Previews: 11th (10 am – 8pm); 12th (9am – 1pm). The Southwest’s Largest Auction of Classic Western Art presented by Gerald Peters Gallery.
Ski Santa Fe Nov 24- March Opening Thanksgiving weekend! New for 2011/2012 Season “Richard’s Run”. A Black diamond run accessible from Highline into Highline Glade, then crossing over Sunset Trail. One of the best kept secrets- this is a top notch ski area offering lessons for all ages and skill levels, child care, equipment rental, and snow!
Enjoy an exciting month of November travel in Santa Fe at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn with great winter specials- just in time for these exciting Santa Fe events and activities. November & December 2011- Pueblo Bonito is offering $99 Queen rooms, Sunday thru Wed evening; $109 Thursday and $129 Friday and Saturday. Just one reason we were recently voted “2011 Guests Favorite” Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast by bnbfinder.com! Offering a great value in Santa Fe lodging to make your Santa Fe visit experience the best it can be Call today 1-800-461-4599 or visit our website at www.pueblobonitoinn.com (Celebrating 25 years of serving Santa Fe visitors- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn).
Popular day trip suggestion for our Santa Fe vacation visitors who enjoy staying at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn is to enjoy a visit to one of the nearby natural hot springs. A short scenic drive to access one of the following natural hot springs is worth the time alone, but when coupled with the therapeutic, relaxing energies these waters provide, a special and memorable experience occurs that can only be experienced when taking an enchanting New Mexico vacation.
Please note many of these springs are located in remote destinations and may require a certain amount of hiking, climbing or other physical activity to reach. You should always check with the Forest Service or local ranger station before attempting to access these pools.
Ojo Caliente, located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required.
Montezuma Hot Springs, located northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
San Antonio Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10 minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
McCauley Warm Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. Accessible from either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway 4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs). Park at either location for the roughly 2.5 mile hike in to the springs. Large, shallow, warm pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures 85-90 F. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery not great soaking.
Spence Hot Spring, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Giggling Springs Hot Springs Jemez Springs, Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. Pool temperature is 102-104.
Jemez Springs BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs.
Several Pueblo Indian villages dating back between 1050 and 1150 originally inhabited Santa Fe, the capitol of New Mexico. One of the earliest known settlements, considered today as downtown Santa Fe, was a cluster of homes centered on the location called “the plaza”. Named Ogapoge, this Native American village spread for half a mile to the south and west. The Santa Fe river - a seasonal water way – was once a year round stream until the 1700’s. The river was recognized in 2007 as the most endangered river in the United States according to the conservation group American Rivers.
The name “Santa Fe” literally translated from Spanish means “holy faith”. The full name when founded was “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis”- translated means “The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi”.
In 1851, Jean Baptiste-Lamy arrived in Santa Fe and began construction of Saint Francis Cathedral and establishing El Colegio de San Miguel. This centrally located church, recently renovated is still a vibrant ministry of the catholic community in Santa Fe. El Colegio de San Miguel took 7 years to recruit Christian Brothers from France. A solid Catholic education was highly sought after by affluent young men from throughout the area- one of which was William H Bonney (aka Billy the kid). In March of 1862, the Confederate flag of General Henry Sibley flew over Santa Fe for a few short days until defeated by Union troops.
Santa Fe was originally envisioned as an important stop on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. However, as tracks were laid into New Mexico, civil engineers concluded it to be more practical to go through Lamy (a small village south of the city of Santa Fe). A branch line was completed from Lamy to Santa Fe in 1880. Three original conductor homes made from red brick were erected for Railway personnel and still stand on the corner of Galisteo Street and Manhattan just across from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroads extended a narrow gauge, called the “Chili Line” from the nearby city of Espanola to Santa Fe in 1886. The result of bypassing Santa Fe however created a gradual economic decline. This economic decline was reversed in part when the creation of a number of resources for the arts and archaeology occurred.
Santa Fe became the headquarters for the School of American Archaeology mainly because the historic Palace of the Governors was provided for its homebase. The Museum of New Mexico was then established in 1909 as an agency of the school. Thus through the museum, the school took an early interest in promoting and preserving the artistic traditions of Southwestern Indians. Edger Lee Hewett (director of the school) and Kenneth M Chapman (an artist hired by Hewett), provided extensive support for Indian artists by offering studio facilities, as well as collecting and exhibiting their work. In 1922, the School sponsored the first Southwest Indian Fair, precursor of today’s world-renowned Santa Fe Indian Market which consistently features renowned artists like San Ildefonso black potter Maria Montoya Martinez.
1912 New Mexico became the 47thstate of the United State of America with Santa Fe as its capitol city. From1942-46, Los Alamos (40 minutes north of Santa Fe) was base to the Manhattan Project. Santa Fe assumed a vital role in providing support to non-essential military personnel with services, housing, provisions and entertainment. Manhattan Avenue (named after the project) is approximately three blocks south of Santa Fe’s plaza and connects to the rail yard district. This provided families with secure and convenient downtown Santa Fe housing while taking up residence in New Mexico and guarding Los Alamos. Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast located at 138 W Manhattan was at that time apartments which provided George Sanders (Robert Oppenheimers personal body guard), his wife and infant daughter a comfortable home (see photos).
Today Santa Fe, NM is a well known center for arts that reflect the multicultural character of its inhabitants and the city. Santa Fe is generally considered to be the second largest art center in the United States after New York City. The city and surrounding areas have a high concentration of artists, which have come over the decades to capture the natural beauty of the landscape and essence of Native American culture. A well known New Mexico based painter was Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in Santa Fe, but primarily in Abiquiu (a small village 50 miles from Santa Fe in Northern New Mexico). The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe is devoted to exhibitions of her work and associated artists or related themes. Opened in 2006, it holds over one thousand of her works in all media and is funded by a private foundation. O’Keeffe’s friend, well known western nature photographer Eliot Porter, died in Santa Fe.
Canyon Road, just a 5-minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn is notorious for the large number and high quality of art galleries all within a mile stretch. Described by Santa Fe visitors as “an art lovers Disney land” this is a major destination for collectors, tourists and locals. Canyon Road Art Galleries showcase a wide variety of styles from contemporary to Southwestern to experimental and include but are not limited to European, Taos, Masters, and Native American pieces. Breath taking outdoor sculptures line the street and galleries feature notable sculptors connected with Santa Fe like Allen Houser, Doug Hyde (studied under Houser), and Glenna Goodacre. Is it a wonder that Santa Fe is a designated UNESCO Creative City, and is considered one the best places in the world to shop specifically for Native American Indian arts and crafts?
In 2011 Santa Fe, NM was voted #2 Destination by Conde Nast reader’s choice award and #5 Most Popular North American Travel Cities by Travel+Leisure Magazine for the 10th consecutive year.Santa Fe is undoubtedly one of the most unique US travel destinations offered to New Mexico visitors. Santa Fe tourists enjoy numerous activities and events including high quality arts and culture, top notch native cuisine, breathtaking natural beauty, nationally ranked spas and museums, world history, US history and New Mexico history just to mention a few. Nick named “the city different” for a reason, its a unique place every American should experience at least once in their lifetime. Be warned however, the lure of the relaxed, laid back “manana” culture is intoxicating. How else better to experience the old world charm of historic Santa Fe than in a 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound turned Santa b&b- Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Call us today 1-800-461-4599 for a memorable historic Santa Fe vacation visit!
Credits: wikitravel.org as directly connected to pages from hot links provided; Santa Fe Countys Talk of the Town (Sea Bird Publications inc).
New Mexico Chile Facts
Did you know 7,000 years ago chile originated in Bolivia & Peru? Or that Columbus introduced chile into Europe around 1650? Did you know Europeans thought it was a spice, something like black pepper then ingeniously named it Red Pepper? The spicy unique flavor of chili has taken hold of palates across the world and particularly those in America. Did you know the state of New Mexico leads the US in the production of chile? Well, if you didn’t and want to learn more- read on!
Chile is classified as a vegetable when green and as a spice when dried and ground into a powder. Green chile can contain up to 6 times more vitamin C than a Florida orange, while Red chile can contain two times more Vitamin A than a carrot. Red chile is said to be hotter than green because of its extended exposure to the sun.
People once traditionally dried chile on the ground or on roof tops (which can still be observed today). Approximately 100 year ago experimentation with methods to keep chile pods cleaner and away from birds resulted in today’s version of the Chile Ristra (chile pods hung on a string). This method proved beneficial to elongating the shelf life of the delightful crop. Thus began the tradition of hanging the ristra in front of ones home, which soon turned into the popular belief that this was a welcome sign to visitors. It’s also believed that hanging a chile ristra in front of your door brings good health and fortune to those who occupy the home. Chile has more recently become a popular decorative element inside the home. Creativity has spawned many craft item in various shapes, sizes and colors (red, green and yellow). Popular chile rista shapes consist of wreaths, crosses, and hearts that are frequently paired with colored corn, shredded husks and dried flowers to make beautiful home décor.
New Mexico Chile Traditions
End of August ushers in harvest time for chile farmers in New Mexico. Cities and communities throughout the state celebrate this important harvest with diverse, yet always tasty festivals like the popular Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch New Mexico held over Labor Day Weekend; the Whole Enchilada Festival held in Las Cruces late September; Santa Fe’s Wine & Chile Festival as well as the Fiesta de Santa Fe held in the Capitol city mid to late September to name a just few. Though chile peppers are small in stature they are a huge part of New Mexico’s heritage, culture and are a central part to most loved New Mexico traditions and celebrations. The sweet fiery scent of roasted chilies filling the late summer and crisp fall air bring welcomed comfort to visitors and locals alike.
Sample of a typical New Mexico Chile Recipe that is simple and freezes well follows: Note: *This recipe and others can be found in the “Red Chile Bible” a book available for purchase from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast for $13.00 plus shipping/handling. Limited supplies available so order yours today 1-800-461-4599. Enjoy!
Pork with Chile Colorado*
3 Tbs. lard or vegetable oil 4 New Mexico chilies
1.5 lbs. boned pork shoulder, cut into 1” chunks
2 lg cloves garlic 1 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted & grounded
1 tsp. Mexican oregano ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt 2 cups rich chicken broth
Heat oil in large heavy pot and brown pork in batches over high heat. Remove to a plate. Wipe the dried chile with a damp cloth, discard the stems and seeds, and tear into pieces. Fry the chile in the hot oil until fragrant (about 5 minutes), stirring to prevent scorching. Remove to a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soften (20 or 30 minutes). Put chile in a blender with about ½ cup of the soaking water and the garlic, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and salt. Blend to a puree. Reheat the oil in the pot, and pour the puree into the hot oil. Sauté the puree, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Stir the stock into the puree, and then return the pork to the pot. Bring the stew to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and stew the meat slowly for about an hour. Remove the cover and continue simmering 30 minutes to an hour until the pork is very tender. Add more chicken stock, if necessary, to keep the meat moist. Serves 4.
Next, you’ll pass the Pecos Fish Hatchery (in partial operation) which is off to the left and on your way to Dalton Canyon. The Dalton gang (four brothers) were some of the boldest and most feared outlaws in the southwest and were last sighted in New Mexico after attempting train robberies in California. Watch for the signs and turn right into Dalton Canyon. You will find a delightful backdrop of colorful canyon rock splashed smooth by the Pecos river water and pooled to create a local favorite swimming hole. Take a splash or make a splash by skipping a smooth river stone across this peaceful, neck deep swimming hole. Regardless the degree of your wet & wild enjoyment, this area provides a great photo moment.
At this point, one can begin the journey home to Santa Fe or head to Cowles, NM and hike the Cave Creek Trail (an appropriate family hike, 6 miles out and back if the caves are the turn-around point). Heavily used by hikers and horses, this trail is lined with large, aged Douglas firs, aspens and wildflowers. Left to the trip planner’s final designs, this day trip from Santa Fe is truly a delightful experience for the mind, body and soul compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn.