San Ildefonso – Pueblo Bonito Inn Suite #20
Cozy and warm. This inviting Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast queen suite shares a portal with our Tewa suite. Great for families needing two units! It has carpeting with one queen bed in the bedroom; a queen futon and corner kiva fireplace with a flat screen cable TV and Taos-style chair in the sitting room; white washed vigas; large round wooden table with two chairs; rust colored mexican tile in full kitchen; bath with tub and shower; lots of room in the closets; WiFi internet access and phone. Private backyard with table, chairs and umbrella- great for good weather months! Small, well behaved dogs are allowed in this suite only if kenneled while owners are out! (extra charge for pre-approved pet).
The entire staff was super – from the gracious owners, Herb and Amy, to our new-found friends Phyllis and Strelsa (staff). Extremely friendly and helpful people. Clean
Background – San Ildefonso People
The San Ildefonso Pueblo is situated north of Santa Fe and is home to about 500 residents. The most striking physical feature of the pueblo is the Black Mesa. The Rio Grande River cuts through the pueblo, providing plenty of water for irrigation. This is a Tewa- speaking pueblo, which had a history of growing corn and beans. They stored thier harvest in pots and covered with rawhide. There are several archeological sites on the pueblo, which has been occupied since 1300 AD. The Spanish attacked the pueblo in 1694 and the tribe sought refuge on the top of Black Mesa, where they successfully repelled the Spanish advance. Eventually the tribe surrendered, and the pueblo population was decimated by disease. By 1864 there were only 161 pueblo members left. A smallpox outbreak in 1918 took the population below 100. This pueblo is unique vigas and columned porches. Today there is a nearby dam that supplies irrigation water to grow corn, beans, squash and chilies. Many of these items can be seen drying on lines in the backyards of people’s homes.