Santa Fe Community Orchestra Performances
December Santa Fe Travel events offer visitors easy opportunities to create memorable and affordable travel package. Free performances by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra occur throughout the year, but this year we highlight the following two. Each season, Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents five free concerts of classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible contemporary works and world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers. On December 2nd at 7:00 pm, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra proudly presents:
Educate Your Ear
Erkki Melartin: Greatness in the Shadow of Sibelius
in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus
Enjoy the musical talents of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra as they explore the first movement of Erkki Melartin’s fabulous, rarely performed Symphony No. 5- premier in 1916! Melartin wrote music rich in expression, romantic on the edge of modernism and full of lyrical melodies and rousing climaxes. Oliver’s engaging, informative commentary with musical illustrations by Santa Fe Community Orchestra takes one inside the music and the life and times of this wonderful, undiscovered Finnish composer- followed by a complete performance of the first movement. Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Educate Your Ear – it will change the way you hear!
Next, on our Santa Fe December Travel Event Calander the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Winter Concert on 4th at 2:30 pm:
Melartin: Symphony No. 5 (Sinfonia brevis), Op. 90
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Roberto Capocchi, guitar
in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday, December 3rd
|Snow falls have been delayed this season, but the enjoyment of incredibly beautiful fall days have been great- no complaints here! December is upon now and it’s time to wax your skiis because Ski Santa Fe opens officially December 2nd! Though all slopes will not be open many are: Midland, Easy Street, Pine Flats and the Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center have 20” of natural and manmade snow as of this writing. The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift, Pine Flats Conveyor Lift, and Chipmunk Corner Conveyor lift will also be open. Other facilities including La Casa Lodge, La Casa Café, Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop, BAZ Coffee Bar and Totemoff’s Bar and Grill will be ready to accommodate skiiers and provide a great outdoor snow experience. Join the folks at the Snow Sports School and Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center for a ski or snowboard lesson and get everyone’s season started right! We look forward to seeing everyone on the mountain. Just a 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown historic Santa Fe New Mexico- give us a call 1-800-4621-4599 for the BEST WINTER LODGING PACKAGE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE!
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day of the week, for more information log on to www.skisantafe.com
|Adult All Day||$62|
|Adult w/ Peak Plus Card||$37|
|Student All Day||$53|
|Student w/Peak Plus Card||$28|
|Child All Day||$48|
|Child w/Peak Plus Card||$23|
|Senior All Day||$50|
|Senior w/Peak Plus Card||$25|
|Military All Day||$59|
|AM or PM ½ Day||$50|
|2 Day Adult||$124|
*Prices are subject to change at any time as additional terrain opens.
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Ultra Santa Fe Trail Run: Sep 10, 2016
TIME: 4:00am – 7:00pm
The inaugural New Balance Ultra Santa Fe is set for September 10 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding the country’s oldest and highest elevation state capital. Racers will compete on trails through the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe County, City of Santa Fe Open Space and Nambe Pueblo as they complete different legs of the competition including the 50-mile, 50-kilometer, 13-mile, and a final uphill mile run.
INTERESTED? Varying levels of elevation and terrain challenge racers through the 50-mile course, navigating 14,000 feet of climbing and 28,000 feet of changing elevation. At the race’s highest point, it will take runners to higher than 12,000 feet above sea level. All races start and finish at Ski Santa Fe, which sits at an elevation of 10,330 feet and is located 15 miles from the city’s historic downtown.
WANT TO WATCH THIS FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF ATHLETICISM??
While racers are battling the terrain, spectators can set up shop at Ski Santa Fe to enjoy live music, a beer garden, chairlift rides as well as a variety of cuisine from La Casa Lodge food court. Ski Santa Fe will be the premier venue to watch The Uphill Mile, as it will bring runners directly underneath the chairlift as they make their way to the finish line.
For information visit www.ultrasantafe.com 505-629-9278
September Northern New Mexico Art Studio Tours!!
Pilar Studio Tour– A Northern New Mexico Studio tour gem as Pilar Studio Tour calls itself the “jewel box of art tours”! A small show compared to other area tours which provides unique opportunities close to explore and experience! Stop off in Riconada for a homebrew beer flight tasting at the Blue Heron! Sept 3, 4, 2016
Pojoaque River Art Tour features studios in communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. County Road 84 ends at San Ildefonso Pueblo where you’ll find traditional Pueblo potters studios welcoming visitors. The El Rancho Community Center will provide refreshments and local artists displaying their work for the weekend too. We suggest combining this September Northern New Mexico Studio tour with a visit to Bandelier National Monument- make a full day of it! Sept 17-18, 2016
High Road Artisans Studio Tours of Northern New Mexico follows the High Road to Taos! This Northern New Mexico Studio Art Tour is scheduled for the last two weekends in September. An excellent time for Fall Foliage viewing as the leaves on mountains have turned yellow and temperatures are still balmy. 60+ studios beginning in Chimayó all the way to Vadito, on NM 518 open their doors to visitors! Art is not all you’ll find as a bounty of traditional fall foods are offered along the way! Make a stop at Northern New Mexico Award winning Winery Estrella del Norte- don’t forget your 2 for 1 tasting coupon- compliments of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Sept 24, 25, 2016
Pecos Arts Annual Studio Tour features 20 or so artists and is probably the smallest studio tour! But you know the ol adage “Good things come in small packages!”. The size makes a more intimate atmosphere allowing visitors to mingle more with artists! Works like paintings, ceramics, tin, jewelry, wearable art and more will be on display. Since you’re so close, take time to visit the Pecos National Historical Site (home to the archeological remains of the Pecos Pueblo). FYI: By reservation only, on Sundays the site offers a tour of Forked Lightening Ranch, former home of movie star Greet Garson and her husband, cattle rancher Buddy Fogelson. One of John Gaw Meem’s first architectural home designs. Another idea might be to ride up to the Pecos Wilderness area as the scenery is beautiful with extensive hiking trails and good fishing! You’ll find a Fish Hatchery as well as Dalton Canyon (you may recognize the name- associated with Billy the Kid gang). Sept 24,25, 2016
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival 2016
September 18-25, 2016 will be full of flavor, tantalizing smells, flowing wines and festive spirits! That’s the description of Santa Fe’s Wine and Chile Festival. This special September Santa Fe Travel event is always full of creativity for the foodie and the traveler! As one can imagine there’s some of the best tasting opportunities for Santa Fe foodies but did you know they’ve paired these treats with movies? Violet Crown and Jean Cocteau Cinemas will host a Wine & Food reception from 5-6:30pm followed by a viewing of three films showing each night at 7:00pm. Films like: A Good Year; La Pointe Courte; Red Obsession. Restaurant hosts like: Radish & Rye; Joseph’s Culinary Pub. And wineries like: Champagne Mumm; Flora Springs; Coppola Director’s Cut; Rombauer. This is just a tasting of what’s on the event menu for Santa Fe’s 2016 Wine and Chile Festival! Check all of them out here! This is a very popular September Santa Fe Travel event-but Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast still has enchantingly historic Santa Fe rooms available at a great value! Our accommodations reflect the traditions of the native people and the 400 years of history which Santa Fe is so well known for. After all, wouldn’t Santa Fe be steeped in southwest US tradition – smell the chile roasting! We provide Santa Fe accommodations that are different than anywhere else in the world! Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, New Mexico creates a true New Mexico vacation experience! BOOK DIRECT & SAVE NOW for best rates and availability:
Farmers Market Fall Fiesta
Santa Fe Farmers Market Fall Fiesta- Oct 1 Celebrating Local food, culture and community.
This delicious event is walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe. The Farmer’s Market Fall Fiesta will include locally-sourced feasts created by Santa Fe’s finest chefs, as well as live and silent auctions. Bid of gift certificates to Market vendors, amazing art and products, and fantastic experiences Add this fun evening event to your Oct 1 Travel Plans NOW! This is a popular event and tickets go fast.
So click here for more information and ticket purchases: https://farmersmarketinstitute.org/get-involved/attend-fall-fiesta-2016/
FALL FOLIAGE NEW MEXICO STYLE!
Fall is officially upon us! Bearing down are the cooler evenings, afternoon rains and the aspen trees prepare to present their full glory! End of September, beginning of October are best times to see Northern New Mexico’s fall foliage in the Sangre de Cristo mountain just 16 miles straight north of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe! Enhance any September Santa Fe travel experience by immersing yourself in one a short excursion for some of the most beautiful Fall Foliage viewing in the country! Room rates begin at $149.99/nt if you book direct but are limited! Combine your fall foliage exploration with our competitive Wine & Chile lodging package- a very popular time to visit Santa Fe so we suggest you Book NOW! Let us assist you (call 1-800-461-4599) for best room and date availability.
Santa Fe September Lodging Packages include Free: Taste of New Mexico package (see information on this page); Breakfast buffet; WiFi; Parking; Afternoon cookies! No hassle downtown parking at our inn- just park and walk anywhere in downtown (restaurants, plaza, historic sites, museums, galleries, Canyon Rd, Rail yard, Farmers Market and more!).
JULY SANTA FE TRAVEL TIPS: SPANISH MARKET- A MUST DO!
…Traditional Spanish Market – Summer
WHEN: July 30th & 31st, 2016: 8am – 5pm.
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza area.
Hours and Admission: 8 am- 5 pm: Free!!
The oldest, largest juried Spanish Market in the United States is celebrating with festivals, music, cultural events, food, stories and traditional historic lodging centered in and around Santa Fe’s historic Plaza- July 2016!
July brings up to 70,000 people (locals, visitors, collectors and enthusiasts) flocking to Santa Fe to experience this traditional Santa Fe Spanish Market event- you don’t want to miss! Hundreds of artists show works which is now known world-wide as the largest juried Spanish Market in the United States! The Spanish Colonial Arts Society proudly announces its 65th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the historic Santa Fe Plaza on July 30-31, 2016. We humbly invite you to join us at Santa Fe’s Inn at Pueblo Bonito –Santa Fe to experience this wonderful and exciting summer Santa Fe Market event. The first market took place near the Santa Fe Plaza in 1926. Today our market features authentic artistic traditions which can be traced directly back over 400 years with skilled artists and craftspeople creating breathtaking expressions of living traditions with their art as their only source of income. Styles and quality are differ and are far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces sold elsewhere in the USA. Market artists submit pieces and are then juried into the Market with youth mentored by current Market artists in specific categories.
250 Spanish Colonial Artists (approximately) from New Mexico and Southern Colorado take part in this enchanting event. Santa Fe’s downtown plaza is filled with exponents of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork. But that’s not all!
In addition, ¡Viva La Cultura! is a week long immersive experience of Santa Fe’s history, culture and modern daily life! Lecture series, tours, music, culinary events, movies and more are coordinated through cooperative activities with several Santa Fe organizations brining to life the Spanish Market, July 30-31, 2016. Music and performances are on Market stage throughout the weekend, a food court of local flavors and authentic, traditional lodging are provided to limited guests of the one and only Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe! Artist demonstrations, interactive art projects, books on Hispanic culture and a special Market Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are elements of Santa Fe’s Spanish Market you don’t want to miss! Walk to all of these special events and soak in the full experience of this 65 yr old traditional Spanish Market from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, while feasting on traditional Spanish breakfast items like red chile pork tamales and green chile chicken stew! Give us a call (1-800-461-4599) to make your end of July reservations while availability lasts at Santa Fe’s only 156 yr old historic authentic adobe pueblo-style b&b! Free parking. Easy walk to Market, activities, restaurants, museums, shopping and more! BOOK NOW ONLINE
Santa Fe Golf + July 4th = Fun!
July 4th Santa Fe New Mexico Travel Activities- Like Golf?
Celebrate July 4th in Santa Fe, NM! Golf lovers will enjoy a Holiday themed Golf tournament- just minutes drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM.
Dawn your best themed July 4th golf attire while playing the game you love and beat the pro! Make your July 4th New Mexico travel plans now and experience historic Santa Fe like never before! Enjoy a sunny, fun fill day of golf AND celebrate 4th of July AND immersing yourself in historic Old Santa Fe culture, cuisine and tradition at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe!
Light up the sky and watch those golf balls fly at the 4th of July Sparks Fly Golf Tournament in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, July 4th! A festive, holiday themed tournament celebrating our nation’s biggest holiday while playing in themed golf attire and contest to beat the pro! Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe – minutes drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe invites you to bring the entire family for a fun-filled gof golf, food and prizes.
What: 4th of July Sparks Fly Golf Tournament
When: Monday, July 4, 2016-9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Eligibility: Entry is open to all skill levels; first 120 entries welcome
Cost:$75 per player or $300 per four-some team; call the pro shop at 955-4400!
- Green fees;
- Prizes for best themed golf attire, beat the pro contest and tournament winners;
- Driving range usage;
View Golf Life video on Marty Sanchez Golf Course in Santa Fe, NM
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You remember Santa Fe… New Mexico! That romantic travel destination of the Southwest. Santa Fe, New Mexico that city ranked #4 in Top Ski Resorts in US and Canada. Santa Fe, New Mexico that delightful, exuberant, colorful, extraordinary adventure spot boasting Native American history, culture, and rich traditions. Santa Fe, NM the largest and most important art market in the country! Santa Fe New Mexico ranked as one of the top vacation adventure spots in the US! Santa Fe, New Mexico – Top 7 emerging food capitals in the US. Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked #6 as 2015’s Friendliest City in the US.
For all of the reasons above, Santa Fe is one of the best Valentine’s Day travel ideas you can think of!
Travel + Santa Fe, New Mexico = THE BEST VALENTINE’S GIFT!
Now you’re getting it! Combine that romantic spirit with the perfect Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe provides adventure travelers an historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodation. Creating an authentic, traditional New Mexico adventure travel experience is easy when your private guest room is encased with 2 ft thick adobe walls originally built in 1860! 18 private guest rooms boast hand formed real wood burning kiva fireplaces, nichos, corbels, and adorable deep soaking mosaic tiled baths with 1930 viga wood ceilings! Historically accurate. Delightfully distinctive. Uniquely perfect for any New Mexico adventure travel enthusiast! A Valentines Gift your loved one is sure to remember forever! BOOK NOW at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM Click for Special Offers
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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip
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.
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!
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.
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Santa Fe Ski Report
Courtesy: The New Mexican (Santa Fe’s News source!) By Dan Schwartz
Skiing Santa Fe New Mexico has never been better! Ski Santa Fe Mountain 100% open: 79/79 trails open! 7/7 lift open!
Come enjoy our powder packed downhill or snowboard skiing- and save! Ski Santa Fe NOW (see packages).
The North Central Regional Transit District on Christmas Eve will begin sending buses up and down the road to the Santa Fe ski resort, Ski Santa Fe, seven times daily until New Year’s Day.
Normally, the district’s Blue Buses drive to the Santa Fe ski area three times a day during the week, beginning from the South Capitol Rail Runner Station. But on the holiday schedule, buses will leave the station at 8, 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and at 1:15, 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. The buses stop at the Fort Marcy Recreation Complex and Hyde State Park before turning around at the ski area.
The fare is $5 each way, and riders must provide exact amount.
The transit district began running buses up Hyde Park Road in late September as part of an eight-month trial period. In the first week, it had 38 riders. But by Week 9, when the ski lifts began running, 69 people a week were riding the new route, and that number climbed to 158 in Week 12, with a day left to go.
“Numbers are running about 300 percent over what they had been” in the first week, he said.
To date, the transit district has spent more than $160,000 on the route.
Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, the city of Santa Fe’s tourism bureau, said Ski Santa Fe is one of the more underestimated ski areas in the country. It’s not as large as Taos, Vail or Aspen, he said, but this Santa Fe ski are has smaller crowds and cheaper tickets.
“And frankly, most ski towns have shuttles to take people to their ski areas, and I think Santa Fe should think of itself more as a ski town,” Randall said.
He said the transit district should measure the route’s initial success not by how many people ride the buses but by the consistency of its schedule.
There you have it! Another reason New Mexico skiers flock to Santa Fe Ski basin. Ski Santa Fe is open and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is ready to accommodate single to family ski travelers. Early Booking Skiiers Packages include: Breakfast tamales, downtown Santa Fe parking, Afternoon tea time, WiFi and a prime location to walk to your favorite watering hole, shop, museum or late night music entertainment. Give us a call 1-800-461-4599
Halloween in Santa Fe
- 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.
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 – 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!