San Miguel Mission: also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico - a block from the historic Pueblo Bonito Inn. Claimed to be the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Mission was built around 1626. Damage sustained during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest for which the chapel served Spanish soldiers. Hand carved pieces located inside the chapel include a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Loretto Chapel- originally a Roman Catholic church, now privately owned and used as a museum with wedding chapel. A long time subject of legend, the “Miraculous Staircase” and circumstances surrounding it are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto as well as many visitors. In 1872, a convent chapel was commissioned to be built and named Our Lady of Light Chapel for the Sisters of Loretto. Designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in Gothic Revival style, ornately decorated with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France, the Loretto Chapel built on a smaller scale, bears close resemblance to Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. After the architect’s sudden death, and much of the construction finished, it was realized no type of stairway to the choir loft was provided. Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph’s intercession for nine straight days after which a stranger appeared at their door. Offering to build the nuns a staircase, but requiring total privacy he locked himself in the chapel for three months. Using a only primitive tools including a square, saw and warm water he constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The carpenter’s identity was never known for as soon as the staircase was finished he was gone. Witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, felt it was constructed as a miraculous occurrence by St Joseph himself. The mystery has never been solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, for no reports were made of anyone seeing lumber delivered nor of the man come and go while construction was done. Less than a five minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- the Loretto Chapel is a must see when Mission touring Santa Fe.
Cristo Rey church (Spanish for Christ King), is a beautiful adobe example of historic New Mexico Mission architecture with notable Spanish colonial retablos and santos adorning its sanctuary. Used for worship, weddings and community events, this active Roman Catholic church quietly sits at the east end of Canyon Rd on the corner of Cristo Rey street. An easy five minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b as you peruse the famous art and sculpture work on Canyon Road.
Galisteo Mission the Pueblo of the Tanos (Galisteo Pueblo) was founded around 1250 AD. A thriving community of 1,000+ surface dwellings was situated on the west side of Galisteo Creek. This pueblo presented an impressive appearance to outside visitors for the time period. Once named “San Lucas” by Spanish settlers in 1590, Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo “Santa Ana” in 1600. In early seventeenth century again renaming occurred and the village became known as “Santa Cruz de Galisteo“. Franciscan brothers founded this first permanent mission among the Tanoan speaking people in 1612. It was the earliest mission in the Galisteo Basin as well as one of the earliest missions in New Mexico. This 17th century church was unique as it was built sufficiently wide – having three aisles with two rows of support columns leading from the sanctuary. Though it is not certain whom is responsible for the notable church design, Fray Pedro de Ortega, is thought to have contributed. Galisteo Mission is located a short, but beautiful 20 minute drive south of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn off Hwy 41 in Galisteo New Mexico.
The Santuario de Guadalupe originally built in 1781, located on Guadalupe St- just a five minute walk north-west of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, it is known as the “Soul of Santa Fe“. This historic mission church played a very significant role in religious, cultural, and traditional life of the people of Santa Fe. It is the oldest, still-standing church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the US and Canada. Located at the end of the Camino Real (the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest) which brought Spanish ancestors and the Franciscan friars who ministered and sowed seeds of Christian faith with a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This historic New Mexico mission is considered to be very holy. El Santuario de Guadalupe church is currently an art and history museum and contains the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Among the treasured works is Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the largest and finest oil paints of the Spanish Southwest, dated 1783 and signed by Jose de Alzibar, one of Mexico’s most renowned painters.Sanctuario de Chimayo – Located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico on Hwy 285/520 – a short 20 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito in the historic village of Chimayó, New Mexico – one can view this rustic and serene active Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most famous churches in New Mexico and North America. Known as a shrine and National Historic Landmark, El Sanctuario de Chimayo receives over 300,000 visitors a year and is called the most important and largest Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States. The walled courtyard entrance is one of the most photographed sites in Northern New Mexico and houses a small cemetery. This picturesque church, built of three foot thick adobe walls has a bell tower on each side with pointed caps and a metal pitched roof that were probably added in the 1920s. Thick, yet elegant wood doors were carved by 19th-century carpenter Pedro Domínguez while notable folk-art carvings and decorations can be found inside the sanctuary and narthex. Of special note, a small room called el pocito (the little well), located just left of the front alter, contains a round pit. This “round pit” is the source of “holy dirt” (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. The adjacent Prayer Room displays photographs, discarded crutches, and unique testimonials of those who have received healing. Recently added is the outside sanctuary needed to receive mass numbers of pilgrims on Good Friday and Easter walks.
Pecos Mission (aka: Mission Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula or Mission of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula) was a mission that served the people of Pecos Pueblo near Pecos, New Mexico. The first church at Pecos Pueblo is thought to have been built by Franciscan Fray Pedro Zambrano Ortiz around 1619. This isolated church was built along a narrow ridge, 400 m northeast of the pueblo’s main quadrangle, as the pueblo people would not allow construction closer to their dwelling sites. A permanent church was constructed outside the walls of the pueblo of Pecos, New Mexico in 1625. This church was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, wherein the Spanish were ejected from New Mexico. After the Spanish reconquest in 1693, a smaller church was built in 1717 for which the walls of this later church still stand on top of the prior church’s stone foundation. Ruins are located 25 miles south east of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito Inn off I-25 in Pecos National Historic Park.
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 is Santa Fe known as “The City Different“?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and our town itself is smaller, more intimate- yet Santa Fe boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
*World Class art galleries and museums
*Family entertainment, events, and festivals
*Gourmet dining; Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife
*History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture
*National Parks and natural beauty abound
*Easy access to nearby sites and day trips
*Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality
*Easy convenient, walkable downtown with historic sites, cultural events, performances etc.
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 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 “manana”. 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
Thanksgiving in New Mexico is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating- yes lots of eating! A truly memorable and one of a kind Thanksgiving vacation to Santa Fe wouldn’t be the same without this all of the important aspect of tantalizing New Mexico cuisine! Over 150 restaurants to choose from in the downtown area alone provided plenty of options: creative, traditional, eclectic and more! Within a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b you’ll find (5 or less minutes) : Restaurant Martin, Galisteo Bistro, Rio Chama, Blue Corn Café; 10 minutes or less: La Casa Sena, Geronimos, The Compound to name just a few.
After dining with family and friends this holiday, New Mexicans can pay tribute to the spirit of the very first Thanksgiving by honoring Native American culture. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ (SWAIA) Winter Indian Market, held every year the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, features row after row of Native American art, handcrafted by more than 100 artists. (The larger Summer Indian Market, also run by SWAIA, features the work of more than 1,100 artists.) The fair, which dates back almost 100 years, also offers native cuisine, ranging from “Pueblo style oven bread and pies” to Navajo blue corn pancakes. Admission is free for this annual event, held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. November 24-25, Admission: $5.
Ski Santa Fe- The 2012/2013 Ski/Snowboard season is currently scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. Since weather is one element mankind is unable to control, we hope that the “El Nino” weather pattern holds true for this season! An exceptional Family skiing experience begins in a city that has been in the top 10 tourist destinations for years. Ski Santa Fe appeals to snow enthusiasts who desire a great mountain experience and something more than a typical resort. Ski and snowboard in fresh powder all day, then take in world-class art, dining, and culture at night. Ski Santa Fe is conveniently located just 18 miles northeast of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn - Santa Fe (an easy 20-25 minute drive). Ski Santa Fe is in the Santa Fe National Forest; has a base elevation of 10,350′; peak elevation of 12,053′; vertical drop of 1,703′; average annual snowfall of 225″. Ski acreage is 660 consisting of 45 runs with 40% expert, 40% intermediate, and 20% novice. Snowboarding is allowed on 50% of trails. Lift lines are generally short and ticket prices affordable as compared to highly commercialized ski resorts.
The La Cienega Studio Tour. La Cienega is a lush valley about 15 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn and accessed from I-25. Once a Spanish land grant, this quaint little village is home to many different kinds of artists from painters, ceramic artists to sculptors and woodworkers. Thanksgiving weekend, these artists open their studios for tours and intriguing conversations! Nov 24, 25, 2012
Hiking! A year round family activity for which notable hikes near Santa Fe, New Mexico consist of:
*Aspen Vista Trail - Popular and easy trail in Sangre de Cristo Mountains located on Ski Basin Road at the 13 mile marker.
*Dale Ball Trails – A system of interconnecting trails for hikers that connect it to the Nature Conservancy Trail, the Dorothy Stewart Trail, and the Atalaya Trail.
*Atalaya Mountain Trail - Another popular trail leading toward the summit of Atalaya Mountain (9,000 feet elevation at the peak). This is a steep trail near the summit, and provides spectacular views of Santa Fe. Access is at the St Johns College parking lot which is less than a 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
*The Nature Conservancy Trail – One of the closest trails to Pueblo Bonito b&b- Santa Fe and access is from parking area on Upper Canyon rd. Ruins of an old dam are notable on this trail which runs along the original route of the Santa Fe river.
*Tent Rocks Trail – One of our favorites! A beautiful 40 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn and located in Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo. Prime viewing of exquisite rock formations await the moderately skilled hiker for which the park has been named.
A trail guide is available at the City of Santa Fe website.
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.