Walk from the Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Pueblo Bonito to the Plaza, Loretto Chapel, State Capitol, and More!
Enjoy our complimentary area guide. Featuring popular Santa Fe attractions and surrounding area daytrip ideas. Our downtown bed and breakfast provides easy walking to all popular attractions including the Plaza, Palace of Governors, Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, Canyon Road, Lensic Performing Arts, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, St Francis Bascillica and much more!
Our friendly and professional staff are glad to assist our visitors in planning their Santa Fe visit or provide suggestions on things to do while in New Mexico. Just make a reservation with us and we can be your “go to” people! Our knowledgable staff is ready to create an unforgettable New Mexico vacation experience.
Santa Fe Attractions & Activities:
Northern New Mexico Native American Indian Pueblos:
- Nambe Pueblo 505-455-2036
- Picuris Pueblo 505-587-2519
- Pojoaque Pueblo 505-455-2278
- San Ildefonso Pueblo 505-455-2273
- San Juan Pueblo 505-852-4400
- Santa Clara Pueblo 505-753-7326
- Taos Pueblo 505-758-9593
- Tesuque Pueblo 505-983-2667
A Great Blog on daytrips to nearby Native American Pueblos can be seen here: BLOG!
- Santa Fe Glow Winter Lights Event at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill- (505-471-9103) Dazzling and magical light displays; live musical entertainment; hot toddies on Saturday nights.
- EcoVersity (505-424-9797) Offers hands-on classes in sustainability, natural building, gardening, and renewable energies.
- Loretto Chapel (505-982-0092) – home to the Miracle Staircase.
- Rodeo de Santa Fe (505-471-4300) this great June event features Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling and Bull Riding. Don’t forget Mutton Bustin and the Calf Scramble for the children. Occurs the third weekend each June.
- Santa Fe Farmers Market (505-983-4098) Every Saturday year round -easy walk from our inn. Fresh produce, handicrafts and delicious food.
- Santa Fe Fiesta (505-988-7575) Celebration of Santa Fe’s Historic Hispanic culture. Traditions dates back to 1692. Schedule your September Santa Fe vacation.
- Indian Market (505-983-5220) The world’s largest American-Indian art market, open the third weekend in August.
- Santa Fe School of Cooking (505-983-4511) Year-round Southwest cooking classes with excellent chefs.
- Santa Fe Southern Railway (505-989-8600) Train rides from the mission-style Santa Fe Depot to Lamy in vintage railcars.
- Spanish Market (505-982-2226) Admission is free to this celebration of Santa Fe’s Hispanic culture. Enjoy traditional foods, shop for handcrafted traditional arts from 300 local artists and enjoy wonderful music. Spanish Market takes place the last Saturday and Sunday in June.
- Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (505-476-1166) The largest international folk market in the country. Second week of July.
- Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta End of September and is an annual event featuring dozens of wineries and guest chef demonstrations and lots of mouth watering New Mexico chile dishes.
Sports & Recreation:
- Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe (505-955-4400) Municipal golf course for all skill levels. Just off 599 – West of Pueblo Bonito Inn.
- Nambe Falls & Recreation Area (505-455-4406) Outdoor park with waterfalls, fishing, boating, and hiking on Nambe Pueblo reservation.
- The Reel Life (877-733-5543) Equipment and guided fishing trips available. One block from Pueblo Bonito.
- Santa Fe Ski Basin (505-982-4429) 16 miles straight up into the Sangre de Cristos from Pueblo Bonito’s doorstep! Great for downhill skiers, snowboarders and snow shoers.
- Melo Velo Bicycle Rentals (505-982-8986) On Marcy Street in the downtown area, a few blocks from our inn. Offers bike rentals, tours, and trail drops. Santa Fe is a bicycle friendly city and is the host to Santa Fe Century Bike ride in May.
- Santa Fe Mountain Sports (505-988-3337) Offers bike rentals.
Tours in New Mexico
- Ancient Storytellers Tours is a unique, native-owned Organization that is committed to educating visitors about Northern New Mexico and the history of the Pueblo People. Their tours and cultural activities allow visitors to experience a truly educational and realistic view of Pueblo People as contemporary and indigenous people who value their language, culture and homeland.
- Astronomy Adventures Night Sky Tours (505-577-7141) Learn about the night sky Southwest lore with guided tours for groups of 2-200 people.
- Custom Tours by Clarice (505-438-7116) Full service event management and open air tram tours.
- Outspire (505-660-0394) Private, guided hiking or snowshoeing trips along Santa Fe’s forest trails.
- Pathways Customized Tours (505-982-5382) New Mexican history, culture, art, geology and flora presented in a guided tour.
- Santa Fe Guiding Company (505-466-7964) Guides and transportation for tours, ecology classes, hiking, skiing, biking and fishing.
- Santa Fe Mountain Adventures (505-988-4000) Guided hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and whitewater rafting trips.
- Wild Earth Llama Adventures (800-758-5262) Day hikes and guided multi-day wilderness treks for all ages and fitness levels.
- Randall Davey Audubon Center (505) 983-4609 From riverside riparian areas to piñon-juniper woodland, visitors explore different kinds of ecosystems and wildlife.
- Walk Abouts
Arts & Culture
- Art Adventures in the Southwest (505-986-1108) Personalized 3-hour outdoor art classes for all levels, with art materials supplied.
- Center for Contemporary Arts (505-982-1338) Arts organization that presents contemporary artists in a 5,000-sqaure-foot exhibition space.
- Palace of the Governors (505-476-5100) Deemed an official National Treasure circa 1610, this Southwest history museum is a must see–walking distance from Pueblo Bonito!
- Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts (505-827-4455) Exhibits Southwest artists, including Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keefe.
- Santa Fe Opera (800-280-4654) World-renowned amphitheater with productions running June-August. Shuttle pick up one block from our lodging.
- SITE Santa Fe (505-989-1199) Contemporary arts organization exhibiting local, national, and international art. 3 blocks from us.
- Shidoni Foundry and Galleries in the Village of Tesuque (505-988-8001) One of the greatest resources available for art collectors and sculptors. Five miles north of our inn.
- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic Performing Arts Center – short stroll from our bed and breakfast.
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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!
SANTA FE ANNUAL EVENTS 2015 Things to Do and See Santa Fe New Mexico Travel
(1st Quarter – January, February, March New Mexico Travel)
Provided by: Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn
Ski Santa Fe- February thru Easter weekend! All ages, ability who love the outdoors, great skiing and snowboarding, all in a friendly, professionally run ski basin (selected as one of the most affordable in the US)- come enjoy Santa Fe Ski Basin! Just 16 miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe. Great rates starting at $89+ in February at the Inn!
Lensic Performing Arts- Dates through March: List of performances please click here. Such a lovely venue- The Lensic Theatre- a renovated theatre from yesteryear to enjoy some highly acclaimed performances to enhance your Santa Fe travel in February, March or any season of the year!
Valentines Day/Presidents Day Weekend: Feb 14-16, 2015- Santa Fe is always an enjoyed romantic getaway- why not make it yours this Valentines day? Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn Valentines Day package begins at $129+ to include: in-room kiva fireplace, private bath, historic adobe pueblo ambiance, inviting hospitality and the best Breakfast Tamales you’ve ever tasted! This valentines day specials displayed here.
Winter ARTFeast February 20– 22, 2015:
Friday February 20: “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere“ – Jazz, Classic Cocktails & Designs by Patricia Michaels Hearty Appetizers by Walter Burke Catering Tickets $75 Purchase Tickets
Saturday, February 21, 6 pm Step Up to the Plate Gala Dinner, Paint-Out & Auction Three courses by Adobo Catering, Paired with Select Fine Wines And a dessert bar to die for! Tickets $175 Dinner Menu Purchase Tickets
Saturday & Sunday, February 21-22 Art of Home Tour 12 Dream Residences in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County Free Admission!!
Santa Fe Restaurant Week: February 22 -March 1, 2015. Specials for lunch and dinners served at participating restaurants in downtown and around Santa Fe. Combine this cost saving item with Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast February special and enjoy Santa Fe on a budget!! Spring Break Santa Fe: US Spring Break dates differ dependent upon what area of the country you reside. Santa Fe is always a great option and offers so much for Spring Break Travelers interested in exploring the historic Southwest. Driving to the Grand Canyon? Spend sometime in Santa Fe! Love to hike, ski, explore ancient Indian dwellings? Santa Fe is the place! All ages, cultural backgrounds, interests can easily be stimulated with a Spring Break to Santa fe and Pueblo Bonito Inn. Make plans now for a Santa Fe Spring Break you’ll always remember! 1-800-461-4599
One might think winter holidays consist of only three specific days of the year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Santa Fe, also known as the “City Different”, holds true to its name. A consecutive 30+ day period hosts in the holidays- Pre-Thanksgiving through New Years! A festive, holiday menu of music, cuisine, shopping, special events and more for locals and New Mexico visitors alike.
Holiday festivities begin mid-November with Handel’s Messiah. On Thanksgiving Day, activities can include giving thanks and worship, enjoying friends or family, strolling down quiet, quaint streets of downtown Santa Fe, feasting upon tantalizing cuisine prepared by Santa Fe’s top Restaurateurs, hiking in glorious landscapes like Tent Rocks or enjoying opening day of Ski Santa Fe- to list just a few! Folks of all ages enjoy relaxing and reflecting on this quiet and fun (always fun!) Thanksgiving holiday. Friday after thanksgiving (aka: Black Friday) ushers in a busier time with great pre-Christmas bargain shopping, downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing at Ski Santa Fe, Pueblo Feast Dances, and of course the lighting of the plaza! (Always a joy filled, well attended celebration of awe inspiring lights and decorations of the downtown Santa Fe plaza- see photo). Between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, Santa Fe visitors enjoy a quieter, more peaceful time period filled with discounted hotel rates (Pueblo Bonito b&b inn offers a $99/nt rate with in-room wood burning kiva fireplace!). This slower time of the travel season is when folks can begin preparations of the heart, mind and soul for the upcoming holidays. Many holiday specific arts and culture events help usher in this holy time of year:
Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah: Lensic Performing Arts Center: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Guest Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney, and renowned guest soloists Devon Guthrie, Joseph Beutel and Joshua Dennis. A musical rite of the holiday season, this Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners after more than two-and-a-half centuries.
Nov 27: Ski Season Opens – Enjoy a day of skiing at Ski Santa Fe! Voted #1 Best Deal for US Ski areas- a great ski experience for all ages and skill level, yet not as commercialized allowing for short lift lines, great snow conditions, excellent cafe service and just 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. After a full day of exhilarating snow skiing, return home to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea, romantic fire in your in-room kiva fireplace and easy stroll to dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants!
Nov 28: Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Plaza. Walk to/from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!
Nov 28: Black Friday- Shopping on the plaza and around downtown Santa Fe is no problem! There are so many unique, distinctive, and rare items to select from for your Christmas shopping lists. If you can’t find that challenging person a great gift in Santa Fe, it probably doesn’t exist! Pueblo Bonito gift shop offers discounts off all inventory for guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (jewelry, pottery, rugs, baskets, knives, and more!).
Nov 28, 29. 30: 11th Annual Circus Luminous at the Lensic Performing Arts Theatre: A more recent favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition featuring local acrobats, clowns and aerialists. Walk to performance from Pueblo Bonito Inn-Santa Fe, NM
Nov 29, 30: SWAIA Winter Indian Market- all about community. A perfect blend of exuberant, long established holiday spirit of Santa Fe and beautiful, creative Native arts, traditions and culture.
Dec 12: Christmas on the Plaza- 30th anniversary of this beloved Santa Fe event, with hot cider, live music, entertainment and a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus. At the Palace of the Governors. Free, family event.
Dec 14: Las Posadas. This traditional Hispanic tradition re-created Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging the night Jesus was born with a candle-lit procession around the Santa Fe Plaza.
Dec 14: Holiday spirit is highlighted with The Santa Fe Symphony’s annual afternoon of Christmas favorites! This celebratory performance feature Guest Conductor Jason Altieri, Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada and Associate Conductor for the Reno Philharmonic, as The Symphony performs Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Yon’s Gesù bambino, Faith’s Brazilian Sleigh Bells, White Christmas by Irving Berlin, Wendell’s Little Drummer Boy (Bolero), and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.
Dec 19-24: A Baroque Christmas: Loretto Chapel. Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. Music by Back, Handel, Vivaldi and Traditional Carols. 6&8 pm each evening. Santa Fe Pro Musica is a nationally recognized musical organization that remains steeped in its commitment to community.
Dec 20, 21: The Nutcracker: Lensic Performing Arts Center. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker“. Children of all ages marvel at the whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic. Ballet, flamenco, Chinese silk dancing, and an aerialist allow the cast of 60 dancers, actors, and circus artists to create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones.
Dec 21: Holiday Open House: Celebrate holidays with music, refreshments, and Gustave Baumann marionettes at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
Dec 24: Christmas Eve Concert: Family Concert Series at 2pm & 5pm Lensic Performing Arts Center. The magic of the season is captured with two of the most cherished orchestral works of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 performed by the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra and conducted by Joseph Illick, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played by 13-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Emily Bear.
Dec 24: Canyon Road Farolito Walk. A work of art itself! Annual celebration which is uniquely Santa Fe. Lit by traditional farolitos and luminarias, Canyon Rd is arguably never more beautiful than on Christmas Eve. visitcanyonroad.com
Dec 28, 29: Music for the Royal Fireworks: St Francis Auditorium. Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra.Telemann Water Music; Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, “Autumn” for the Four Seasons; Vivaldi Conterto in F Minor, “Winter” from the Four Seasons; Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Dec 31: New Years Eve Concert. Lensic Performing Arts Center: Guaranteed to bring in the New Year in grand style! An early-evening concert featuring the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Illick, playing Beethoven’s joyous 1st Symphony, and renowned violin soloist Vadim Gluzman playing the incomparable Bruch Violin Concerto. Soprano Ava Pine will delight you with her ravishingly beautiful voice, thrilling coloratura, and sensual singing in selections by Handel and Lehár. Enjoy free parking for this event when staying at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- less than 5 minute walk to the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Canyon Road is a short 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn (four blocks just off Paseo de Peralta). Art lovers would think they died and gone to heaven as they enjoy a scenic walk east from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Heading east toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and pass the New Mexico State Capitol building. A quick stop inside the New Mexico State Capitol provides a real treat as one of the largest and most extensive art galleries in the US – “The Governors Gallery”- can be found. The grounds of the New Mexico State Capitol boast ornate bronze and marble sculptures by well known artists such as Allan Houser, Doug Hyde, and Glenna Goodacre. All this and only a half block from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Continuing on this art exploration walk to Canyon Road, two other of Santa Fe’s most famous Art Galleries: Nedra Metucci Fenn Gallery and Gerald Peters Art Gallery can be enjoyed. Both are located just before the start of the Canyon Road on Paseo de Peralta. Museum quality art fill these two pre-Canyon Road galleries as well as more than 84 Fine Art Galleries sprinkled along the mile of Canyon Road itself. Abundant, creative and elegantly displayed, Santa Fe visitors will find breathtaking art pieces inside and outside including over 84 Fine Art Galleries, 6 restaurants, and 12 Designer Jewelry, boutiques and shops. There are many a reason why Canyon Road is a must see when visiting Santa Fe, NM. It’s no wonder this self described one mile “Disneyland of Art” is more affectionately called “the Trail of Abundance” and is considered as THE top art destination in the United States!
Any day, any month, any year, visitors find delight in a visit to the art on Canyon Road. Special events only add more distinction and zest to an already pleasurable experience. The following are just a few Canyon Road Special Events for 2014:
February – ArtFeast Edible Art Tour- Annual event featuring delectable food and art offerings.
May 2-11, 2014: Passport to the Arts- Festivities include Art Quick Draw, Live Auction, Music and Cocktail Reception.
October 17, 18, 2014 : Historic Canyon Road Paint Out - artists working in a variety of media at this event – including sculptors, weavers, jewelers, and carvers who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the painters.
Christmas Eve on Canyon Road. Annually this Transforming itself into a work of art itself during this annual celebration that is uniquely Santa Fe! Farolitos & luminarias light Canyon Road which makes Christmas Eve arguably the most beautiful night of the year in Santa Fe.
Autumn Update 2013: Government Shutdown
It is an absolutely gorgeous first day of October, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM! The weather is fabulous as the aspens are changing to vibrant autumn colors, walking and hiking trails have been repaired after the much needed September rains, and hiking is good in areas that are open! Current government closures have effected a few popular national parks, but in actually there are so many beautiful outdoor places in and around Santa Fe to enjoy, it has not hindered our guests vacation enjoyment! Note the following closures and open areas as of 10.1.13:
*Bandelier National Monument . Questionable if no-pay trails like Cerro Grande or Burnt Mesa are accessible.
*Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and Pecos National Monument
*Campgrounds and bathrooms in Santa Fe National Forest. Trails are still open however with the exceptions of previous closures due to recent flooding & fire damage.
*Orilla Verde, Santa Cruz Lake and Wild Rivers Recreation Areas.
*Santa Fe National Forest trails. NOTE: Carefully park outside any locked campground gate and enjoy your hike. Bathrooms are closed. See Aspen Viewing “Event” below. Sangre de Cristo Mountains – 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn.
*Ghost Ranch- its trails are gorgeous right now. Okeeffe house tours available too!
*Dale Ball Trails- hiking, mountain biking, etc. minutes from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
*Randall Davey Audubon Center – nature so close – less than 2 miles from Pueblo Bonito Inn. Hiking trails available too.
*BLM recreation areas which do not have developed facilities (like Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site) are open.
*Cerrillos Hills – off turqoise trail- a lovely area just outside Santa Fe on Hwy 14. 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. *Hyde Memorial State Parks in Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. *Rancho de las Golondrinas-open for Harvest Festival Oct. 5 & 6. Limited “winter hours“ otherwise. *Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta- annual event enjoyed by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests. 10/4-13/13.
OCTOBER SANTA FE EVENTS:
*Fall Aspen Viewing at Ski Santa Fe- Oct 5- 13. Scenic Chair lift rides (10am to 3:30pm-last ride down). 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM.
* ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
*SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Oct 16-20
*GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5. Oct 19 & 20.
For the 20th year in a row world travelers who subscribe to Condé Nast Traveler magazine have voted Santa Fe, New Mexico as one of their favorite travel destinations in the United States. Santa Fe, NM was selected as the third most popular travel city in the U.S. after Charleston and San Francisco! Santa Fe joined many desirable travel towns in this years 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Fe held the third spot as well in 2010. More than 28,000 reader’s voted for thier favorite travel cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel-service providers from around the world for the magazine’s 24th annual poll.
“All Santa Feans should be proud of this recognition,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. “The annual poll is generated 100 percent by the magazine’s readers, meaning that each of the city’s restaurants, lodgers, retailers, galleries, performers, attractions, and service providers have a hand in the award.”
Cities were rated on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.
Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the poll each year since 1992 when Santa Fe was just a write-in candidate but received enough votes from the magazine’s readers to be chosen the number one travel destination in the world!
The “Top 10 US Cities” as ranked in the 24th Annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards:
1. Charleston, SC
3. Santa Fe
6. New York
The results of the poll will be featured in the November Condé Nast Traveler, which goes on newsstands later in October, and appear on the magazine’s web site.
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.
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.