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!
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.Pueblo 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
Art Studio Tours in September
Sept 4, 5, 6, 2015 10 am-5 pm
Taos Studio Tour – Radiates out of Taos (90 miles north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 84/285 through Espanola then 68 to Taos). Suggestions: Leave our inn early morning (9-10 would be advisable), head straight to Taos Studio Tour and enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive! When finished at the art gallery tour, head home on the same route but stop: BLUE HERON – flight taste homebrew Beer; SUGARS BBQ – feast on best green chile cheeseburger in NM – honestly – no kiddin’!; wine taste at several excellent wineries (VIVAC, La Chipiradera, Black Mesa); then if there’s still time or energy, head to Chimayo, NM! Tour SANCTUARIO de CHIMAYO -largest pilgrimage in North America. Sanctuario dates back to 1600’s! Eat at RANCHO de CHIMAYO (best sopapillas in Northern NM) or stop at: ESTRELLA del NORTE Winery if you haven’t had enough fun for the day (sit enjoy the quiet, serene outdoor patio in a private oasis). GREAT TRIP!! ***** (5 STAR). Of course this trip can be taken anytime of the year even if Taos Studio Tour isn’t scheduled!
Pilar Studio Tour – The idyllic village of Pilar, NM is set on the banks of the Rio Grande! Pilar Artists open their homes, art galleries, and studios to showcase artwork in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, ceramic, pastel, silk painting and fiber art. Pilar Artist profile and tour map available here. Combine this tour with the Taos Studio Art Tour above and it’s suggestions!
Sept 12, 13, 2015 10 am – 5 pm
Alameda Artist Studio Tour – The village of Alameda is located north of Albuquerque on your way to Santa Fe or from Santa Fe to Albuquerque! Sleepy, quaint this little village is certain to offer unique, interesting and fun artwork to see and enjoy! Suggestion: Add Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to your day of exploration! You won’t be sorry J
Las Vegas Artist Studio Tour – North of Santa Fe along beautifully scenic I-25. Suggestions: Leave Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe early morning (after breakfast- don’t want to miss those famous red chile pork tamales!), drive to Las Vegas, NM passing gorgeous natural mountainous scenery and plain antelope herds! Enjoy the Las Vegas Artist Tour. Afterward, plan a visit to SALMAN RASPBERRY RANCH in La Cueva, NM- 50 minute drive (beautiful historic mill is located near raspberry fields for picking)- amazing photo ops! Return to Las Vegas. Eat at EL RIALTO (just of the Las Vegas Plaza); browse antique shops; get a drink at BYRON T’S SALOON in the historic PLAZA HOTEL; then head back home to Santa Fe, stop at LA RISA CAFE in Ribera NM for homemade pie, pie, pie- oh my!
Sept 19, 20, 2015 10 am- 5 pm
Pojoaque River Art Tour – Begin the Pojoaque River Art Tour at Than Povi Fine Art Gallery- 10 minute drive north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 285N into Pojoaque Pueblo. Suggestions: Combine Art Tour with visits to BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT; SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO and/or the hispanic village of Chimayo, NM! Add a stop at ESTRELLA DEL NORTE vineyard (award winning wine-tasting); DON QUIOXTE Distillery for Worlds Famous Blue Corn Bourbon or Blue Corn Vodka tasting! Adding these suggestions should provide a fun, full, well rounded day of Northern New Mexico vacation exploration, art appreciation and scenic beauty – compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe!
Pecos Art Studio Tour – Pecos Village is a short 15 minute drive south from PUEBLO BONITO BED AND BREAKFAST INN on I-25 North and is a favorite touring area for our Santa Fe visitors. Suggestions: Combine Pecos Art Tour with PECOS NATIONAL MONUMENT; then take a scenic drive north toward Pecos Wilderness with stops at PECOS FISH HATCHERY; BENEDICTIN MONASTARY; DALTON CANYON; TERERRO GENERAL STORE & RIDING STABLES (amazing hummingbird watching- such a treat!).
High Road Artisans New Mexico Art Tour – From Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Inn -Santa Fe, take US 285/84N through Nambe, left on 98 to Chimayo, right on 76. This scenic 30 mile New Mexico artists tour is in it’s 18th year and features renowned artists. Various art forms from traditional to contemporary with mediums from paint to wood will be shown. This tour takes place over 2 weekends: Sept 19,20 and 26, 27! Don’t miss out- book your rooms now for best availability. Suggestions: See Taos Studio and Pilar Studio Tours to help round out a delightful day of Santa Fe touring Northern New Mexico art studios!
Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe in the heart of downtown is THE only Santa Fe accommodations with owners who have served Santa Fe travelers for 30 consecutive years. Their knowledge of Santa Fe and surrounding areas combined with the MOST unique property in downtown Santa Fe (an original adobe pueblo-style property dating to 1860) distinguishes Inn at Pueblo Bonito from all other Santa Fe Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Innkeepers- Amy and Herb Behm offer a wealth of information, insight, suggestions and hospitality that make a distinctively memorable Santa Fe vacation for US Travelers. Give them a call and book now: 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that the Spanish encountered over 100 Pueblo Indian Tribes while exploring five centuries ago? Did you know that from those 100-plus tribes, 19 are still separate, independent entities, speaking their own languages and maintaining distinct traditions in our state of New Mexico?
Did you know that some Pueblo communities (‘pueblo’ is the Spanish word for town) such as Taos (famous for its 1000-year-old, multi-story adobes), Acoma (glowing atop a red-rock mesa like a real-life City of Gold), and Santa Clara (home of the Puye Cliff Dwelling, which offers guided tours year-round)?
Did you know others like San Ildefonso or Santo Domingo allow visitors daily without tours? Or that others only welcome visitors on Feast Days, when costumed, body-painted dancers gather in their plazas to perform time-honored ceremonies? Native American culture and traditions are a big part of New Mexico history and southwest pride. Come join us to experience these ancient, intriguing and beautiful people who have a rich tradition to be shared with you in your visit to New Mexico.
Saturate yourself in rich historic tradition in our downtown Santa Fe bed and breakfast -the Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Our inn was orginally built in 1860 and was a West Texas Circuit Judge’s private estate. In fact, the only Indian bread oven or horno (“horno” is Spanish for bread oven) is located on the grounds of our historic bed and breakfast! So to create an authentic historic New Mexico travel experience, don’t just stay – experience traditional heritage at the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.
Historic Santa Fe New Mexico- compliments of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico. The meaning of Santa Fe is “holy faith” in Spanish. 2014 population was 68,298. The city was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements came sometime after 900, and is now known as Downtown Santa Fe. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west. The village was called Ogapoge. The Santa Fe River provided water to people and is a seasonal waterway which was a year round stream until the 1700s. In 2007, the river was recognized as the most endangered river in the United States, according to the conservation group American Rivers.
Don Juan de Oñate led the first effort to colonize the region in 1598, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo México as a province of New Spain. Under Juan de Oñate and his son, the capital of the province was the settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros north of Santa Fe near modern Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (aka San Juan Pueblo). New Mexico’s second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, however, founded a new city at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1607. He called it La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi). In 1610, he made it the capital of the province, which it has almost constantly remained, making it the oldest state capital in the United States.
Santa Fe, 1846–1847
Except for the years 1680–1692, when, as a result of the Pueblo Revolt, the native Pueblo people drove the Spaniards out of the area known as New Mexico, later to be reconquered by Don Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe remained Spain’s provincial seat until the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. In 1824 the city’s status as the capital of the Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was formalized in the 1824 Constitution.
The Republic of Texas claimed Santa Fe as part of the western portion of Texas along the Rio Grande when it seceded from Mexico in 1836. In 1841, a small military and trading expedition set out from Austin, Texas, with the aim of gaining control over the Santa Fe Trail. Known as the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the force was poorly prepared and was easily captured by the Mexican army. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny led the main body of his Army of the West of some 1,700 soldiers into the city to claim it and the whole New Mexico Territory for the United States. By 1848 the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Colonel Alexander William Doniphan, under the command of Kearny, recovered ammunition from Santa Fe labeled “Spain 1776”, showing both the quality of communication and military support New Mexico received under Mexican rule.
American visitors saw little promise in the remote town. One traveller in 1849 wrote:
Today, Santa Fe is a testament to such preservation of rich history as well as a monument to the strength and wealth an environment gains through hardship; the City Different is a true oasis in the desert.
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Adobe bricks (mud bricks) are a long time New Mexico architectural building staple. Modern historic preservation efforts within Santa Fe’s historic district are to be commended for their preservation. New Mexico visitors travel with high expectations to see and experience ancient traditions of culture which adobe bricks encase and accurately preserve. Made of earth, traditional adobe bricks have a high clay content and straw mixture. If produced manually the earth mix is cast in open moulds onto the ground and left to be sun-dried, not kiln-fired. When used for construction they are laid up into a wall using an earth mortar. Before drying out, the finished walls are smoothed down and often a clay render applied as a surface coating.
Adobe brick building is an ancient technique common in the Americas and the Middle East. The oldest structural ruins made of earth date back to 8300 BC with some adobe buildings aged 800+ years still in use today! “Adobe” is a signature of Santa Fe New Mexico’s architecture and is beautifully preserved in many a historic building such as the De Vargas Street House (aka Oldest House in the USA). Built in 1200 CE, the original adobe home sits on the partial foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo. Modern day use as a museum provides New Mexico visitors a viewing of this ancient art of adobe building. The De Vargas Street House has quiet a history and is a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
The Palace of the Governors (1610) is an adobe structure located on the north side of Santa Fe’s Plaza. The Palace of the Governors served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The Palace originally served the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada,California, and New Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory the Palace became New Mexico’s first territorial capitol.*
“Adobe” is the Spanish name derived from the older Arabic “al-tob”, dating from the Moorish occupation of Spain. Adobe walls have a number of advantages and relatively few disadvantages. Adobe bricks are fireproof, durable and biodegradable! Adobe is a non-toxic building material and can provide sufficient thermal mass to ensure excellent thermal efficiency and low sound transmission levels through walls to create a general feeling of solidity and security. Due to the nature of clay and the drying process, adobe bricks exhibits good water resistance. It is important to provide weather protection to extend life to the adobe brick especially in exposed situations. Adobe can be cut relatively easily to provide for fittings or services like vigas, corbels, pass through, etc. Many people today find the pattern and texture of adobe walls very attractive as is the case at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Accurately highlighting traditional historic Santa Fe culture and adobe living, Pueblo Bonito was originally built in 1860. Once a private residence, now a popular downtown bed and breakfast. Its painstaking preservation efforts over the past 30 years has transformed this massive 2 foot thick adobe walled structure into a one of a kind Santa Fe travel experience! Adobe walls surround 18 guest rooms each with a traditional kiva fireplace and adorable mosaic tiled private bathroom-essential modern conveniences! Traditional room features include: colorful nichos vanities, natural wood floors and vigas, hand plastered nichos and bancos, hand carved corbels and much more. Santa Fe, New Mexico is a top historic treasure for US travel buffs wanting to experience a true slice of historic dating back over 400 years.
Whether you’re planning a New Mexico vacation, a Santa Fe visit or permanent relocation, you’ll come to realize that Santa Fe is “the City Different”. Why, you ask?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and while our town itself is smaller, more intimate- it boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
World Class art galleries and museums– 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!
Family entertainment, events, and festivals- Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market, Balloon Fiesta
Gourmet dining– Restaurant Martin; La Boca; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Osteria;
Unique local cuisine– tamales; green chile stew; posole; Indian Tacos; Green chile cheeseburger;
Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife- Santa Fe Opera; Lensic Theatre; Desert Coral; Aspen Ballet
History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture – Adobe, Kivas, Hornos, Vigas, Ceremonial Dances, etc.
World-class shopping- Santa Fe Plaza; Overland Sheepskin Company; Ortega Jewelers; Maloof Outfitters; Canyon Road
Easy access to nearby sites and day trips- Chimayo; Ghost Ranch; Abiqui; Pecos Wilderness; Taos Pueblo; Rio Grande Gorge
Easy walking around downtown, historic sites, cultural events, performances etc. Palace of Govenors; Oldest House in USA
Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.
No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious
minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe, New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when you sight them from the highways and byways.
Finally, Santa Fe has earned its nickname because it truly is different, in indescribable ways. There is a spirit here which defies definition, yet you feel it in the purity of the air, in the vivid colors of each season, in the deep blue of the heavens and the vastness of the night sky. There is an ethereal quality that turns mere neighbors into lifelong friends as locals take things a little slower, living by the unspoken code of “mañana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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Great mountain bike trails around Santa Fe make Spring break travel enjoyable while visiting New Mexico. These trails have easy access and can be enjoyed anytime of year, not just for spring break! Beauty surrounds the trails and varying terrains create the challenge you seek. Just another great reason to visit the city different- Santa Fe, NM!
Dale Ball Trails: Central
Seven + miles of trails which include reconditioned older trails with newer sections that are great fun. Little more climbing than North section with not as smooth of tread. Make sure you try the connector trails to vary distances and experiences.
New trails with six or seven of many more miles to come. Condition is tricky, technical single-track twisters through pinoned woods in foothills over looking Santa Fe. Tread is fast and good. Keep an eye out for soft shoulders and tight switchbacks. The outside loop runs five miles with cut-off trails to vary distances. Another system is in the works and will stretch south to Atalaya mountain trail adding about 17 more miles.
A 5-mile trail, mostly for hikers. If you don’t mind some hike-a-bike it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well.
10-mile loop for advanced riders. This trail starts with a good climb and ends with ripping technical downhills. Weekends arecrowded with hikers and bikers and many downhillers who shuttle to the top and kamikaze down. This trail offers great technical terrain, stream crossings, gorgeous scenery, and is a memorable ride for advanced riders in the Santa Fe area.
Caja Del Rio
Great rolling terrain trails for beginners, with numerous choices for distance. These trails are built on volcanic rock, making for a unique surface. None of the trails are real technical. Novice or entry-level riders can enjoy them. Caja Del Rio offers spectacular views from the plateau.
Apache and Baldy Trail Loop
A moderately difficult, year round, 6-mile loop for mountain bikers. The trail follows the ridgeline, then drops to follow an old road, then switchs back down to Apache Canyon to trail 176. A steep incline back up the ridgeline finishes the trail with a moderate incline back to the road.
Glorieta Center Trail
A difficult 5-mile trail up to Glorieta Baldy mountain bikers. High elevation of 10,000+ feet. This trail is used moderately to heavy, and offers a number of unique attractions. Detailed trail descriptions are available at entrance gate to Glorieta Conference Center. Beginning at the trailhead, a grassy road follows the stream up a canyon, then climbs to a rocky area. The trail continues through forest, and eventually gains the ridge between Ruiz and Glorieta Canyons. Much of this trail follows an old road. The last mile or so, it becomes considerably steeper and narrower, switching up the southwest slope on the mountain. Keep going up hill to the top!
When is the best time to vacation in Santa Fe? Well one can argue this question as Santa Fe offers so much diversity in so many realms (landscapes, culture, art, theatre, cuisine, history, outside and inside activities, etc). However, my favorite time is between September and November. During these months, temps can be 80s, 70s, 60s and even the 50s as Thanksgiving nears. Hotel rates drop mid-October and mid to low seasonal rates begin in November, December, January and February. Skiing (downhill, cross country and snowboarding) starts the end of November, which is a real treat! One can argue that springtime in Santa Fe, New Mexico has similar climate temps and hotel rates are classified in mid-season range. The fall festivals however make September thru November a clear winner. Summer temps rest between the 60s and mid-80s, no wonder this is peak season for New Mexico travelers which take hotel rates to high-season range and make availability tighter. Who can resist those amazing summer festivals though- some of the best in the world come to show art at Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market and others. Winter can be chilly with daily highs reaching the upper 40s and evening lows creeping into the 10s. But the sun’s rays are constant, even during winter days, which make the sunshine days so appealing. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in Santa Fe is 80 annually! I’ve enjoyed many a winter day where temperatures has hit
the 70’s! Just don’t forget the sunscreen if you‘re outside skiing, hiking, touring, etc. as the sun is intense! Santa Fe is definitely unique. It’s a wonderful place to get away to, spend time, immerse yourself in any time of the year…. So to sum it up: The best time of year to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico is whenever you’re able! Any month, any season, any day of the week – Santa Fe is open offering: Stores, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, historic sites- all available to visitors 12 months a year! World class exhibits, pueblo tours, cultural events, art, art and more art! So many options to choose from- let Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe, NM help you plan that memorable Santa Fe vacation. Our staff has over 50 years of combined living experience in the City Different! Call us directly at 1-800-461-4599 and make reservations to enjoy the only historic adobe pueblo-style compound nestled in downtown Santa Fe who has won 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Guest Favorite bed and breakfast award”! You’ll be glad you did…