April Spring Travel to Santa Fe’s Featured Event: Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow.
Recognized as North America’s largest pow wow. features. Native American competitions in singing and dancing with more than 3,000 participants. Aisles of shopping opportunities for visitors, Native American featured foods, music and traditional dress adorned by pow wow participants are all under one roof making an exceptional Santa Fe Spring Travel Adventure event for the whole family to enjoy. Rich in Native American and New Mexico culture and tradition- an easy addition to your Santa Fe spring travel planning.
April 25, 26, 27 of 2019 Gathering of Nations Pow wow will be held in Tingley Coliseum at the NM State Fair grounds in Albuquerque, NM- just a 70 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn in downtown Santa Fe, NM.
If making Santa Fe your April travel base, we recommend taking one day and adding this event as your primary destination for touring. Experience New Mexico’s architectural history first hand at the Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Santa Fe’s most authentic historic adobe pueblo accommodations. Originally built in 1860, this well preserved estate now features 19 charming guest rooms- each providing a true adobe living experience (you’ll literally
be encased by 2 feet thick of adobe (aka mud bricks)). Enjoy local breakfast f are of red chile pork tamales and green chile stew at the Pueblo Bonito b&b- something you won’t want to miss out on! Take the Railrunner (a commuter train with pick up 3 blocks from Pueblo Bonito) through distinctive pueblo land- not accessible to public by car. The beauty of the landscape and peacefulness of the train ride is an excursion in and of itself! Get off at the downtown Albuquerque depot and take the city bus transportation (included in your Railrunner ticket purchase) to Tingly coliseum (uber or lyft available if preferred). NOTE: the downtown ABQ depot is on Rt 66- nearby eatries, pubs and shops nearby. When you’re done, return to Santa Fe via Railrunner. Check the train’s schedule as it is limited in times (you must coordinate with the railrunner schedule).
After breakfast, take your own car and head to I-25 toward ABQ to I-40E to Louisiana Blvd S to fairground parking which is just past Lomas to the right. Take your time and enjoy the Pow Wow; food vendors; shopping vendors; performances, etc. When you’re done we suggest you return via the Turqoise trail (Hwy 14). You’d need to get back to I-40 and head East and just as you enter Tijeras, take Hwy 14 toward Madrid/Golden. This is a national scenic byway and weaves around the east side of the Sandia mountains. If you didn’t get enough Native American jewelry shopping at the Pow Wow- stop in Golden at the trading post (directly off Hwy 14 on right). Continue to Madrid (an eclectic abandoned mining village resurrected in the early 80’s and now boasts shops, galleries, boutiques, and more to see and enjoy. Mine Shaft Tavern would be a place to stop for a margarita, but we suggest saving your appetite for one of the two following restaurant suggestions:
Black Bird Restaurant- in Cerrillos NM (open Thurs-Sundays only). Cerrillos is an old turquoise mining village which recently has plaqued many of it’s main streets historic buildings. Black Bird resides on the left of the main entry street to Cerrillos and is the original tavern/bar of this unique historic village. You’ll enjoy a gourmet menu with choices to include: Buffalo, wild boar, antelope as well as local brews. Be prepared NOT to drink the tap water however, as it’s high in sulfer.
Bear Creek on Brewery- off Hwy 14 past Cerrillos, NM as you get closer to Santa Fe. This is a cool brewery open every day and offers selections of local beers/wines and some “to die for pizza”- not to mention desserts (green chile cheese cake, homemade peanut butter cups. Etc.). If you’re over the age of 90 you can eat free here!
Pow Wow Tip: FOOD: Make sure you try a Navajo Taco! A local favorite of native fry bread topped with red chile ground beef or mutton, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, etc. Mutton Stew- another cultural favorite- you’ll never have any better than when it’s made by those who perfected it!
SHOPPING: Talk to the vendor and get the story behind the handcrafted item. There’s always a meaning behind each emblem, design, stone, etc. Ask! They’re happy to share general information most of the time.
PICTURES: Don’t take any without permission- so ask first!
We welcome new friends and New Mexico travelers to join us for a great 2019 Spring Travel Adventure. BOOK NOW for best rates and availability at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn Santa Fe.