Category Archives: Towns

The towns & villages of Santa Fe County are filled with unusual and historic places. Explore Old West mining towns, visit the “Lourdes of the Southwest,” or experience what life was like in authentic Spanish colonial buildings from the early 18th century. It’s all part of what makes Santa Fe County “No place like home.”

Nambé

Nambe FallsIn the Tewa language, spoken by the people of the Nambe Pueblo, the word Nambé means “People of the Round Earth.” Few places in the State of New Mexico are as enchanting as this area and the nearby Nambé Falls. NM503 is the best way to experience Nambé as it winds its way east of of NM84/285, first following a river then passing through some working farmland, a vineyard and a small village. Much of Nambé is pueblo land and you will soon see signs for the pueblo-run Nambé Falls recreation area and the beautiful double-drop waterfall there.

The road through Nambé eventually meets up with the Taos high road and spectacular desert scenery. A nice day-trip would consist of a visit and hike to the Falls followed by a sidetrip for food to Rancho Chimayó, a short trip north of the Falls on NM503 in the village of Chimayó, or a stop at Gabriel’s Restaurant, a few miles south of Nambe on NM 84/285.

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

Estrella Del NorteBefore you reach the turn-off for Nambé Falls, visit Estrella Del Norte Vineyard‘s new tasting room which features the very best of Northern New Mexico’s wines. The Vineyard and Tasting Room are open 7 days a week for walk-in tastings, self guided tours, wine by the glass, gift shop and bottle sales.

Summer hours of operation:
10am–6pm, Monday through Saturday; Noon–6pm, Sunday
Winter hours: 5pm closing
Estrella Del Norte Vineyard
106 N. Shining Sun, Nambé, NM 87506
Call For Appointment: 505-455-2826
(Located 15 min. north of Santa Fe. Take Highway 503 east 7/10th of a mile to 106 N. Shining Sun)

 

Galisteo

Galisteo is located along the Galisteo Creek and is centered in the magnificent Galisteo Basin, a region in north-central New Mexico 15 miles south of Santa Fe. Ancient cottonwoods line the Galisteo River and give Galisteo a special ambiance. The all-adobe village, home to some 250 residents, boasts an incredibly diverse artist population, making up more than 10% of the town’s total population.

In the center of Galisteo is the historic church called Iglesia Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. The church has a long and rich history; it sits on the site of the ancient Tano Indian Galisteo Pueblo. Formerly called Santa Cruz de Galisteo, the pueblo dates back into at least the 1500s. The town of Galisteo itself was part of a Spanish Land Grant in the 1600s.

The Galisteo basin is fed by the Galisteo Creek. to the northeast lies the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and on the southwest lie the Sandia Mountains. Lying between mountain ranges and connecting the Rio Grande Valley with the Great Plains, the Galisteo Basin was used as a trade route by prehistoric and historic indigenous peoples and later by the Spanish explorers. The region is named for Galisteo Pueblo, one of nine pueblo ruins in the basin.

The Galisteo Basin is widely considered one of the most impressive archeological sites in the United States. Most of the sites are currently closed to the public. The most famous Pueblo ruin within the basin is San Cristobal Pueblo. From the 14th to the early 15th century, the pueblos in Galisteo Basin were trade centers. After 1680, the basin was abandoned. Read more about the history of the Galisteo Basin here.

Lamy

Although accessible by highway, Lamy is best reached by riding in a renovated southwestern style railcar on the Santa Fe Southern Railway www.sfsr.com. The 18-mile trip between Santa Fe and Lamy is made year-round, offering beautiful mountain views and old-world travel. Passengers can choose from many different riding options, one of which offers travelers the opportunity to ride atop the passenger car in an enclosed glass dome, allowing for 360 degrees of panoramic sights.

Known for its Old West feel, visitors to Lamy can explore the Depot area or even stay the night in a historic hotel and take the morning train back to Santa Fe. Lamy offers great opportunities for those who want the feeling of a ghost town with modern luxuries and can be experienced as either a day trip or its own vacation.

Driving Directions
From I-25, take exit 290 to US-285; follow the signs to Lamy.

Lodging near Lamy includes:
The Bobcat Inn (southeast of Santa Fe)
Crystal Mesa Farm B&B (Cerrillos)
Hacienda Doña Andrea (Cerrillos)
High Feather Ranch B&B(Between Cerrillos and Madrid)
Santa Fe Skies RV Park (Hwy 14)


Glorieta

The Civil War’s westernmost battle was fought at Glorieta in 1862. It was here that Union forces defeated Confederate troops at Glorieta Pass, eventually causing them to retreat from New Mexico. Since then, the integrity of the battlefield has been compromised by progress. New Mexico State Highway 50 runs through the battlefield, passing just three feet from the Pigeon’s Ranch building, the only remaining structure from the time of the battle. Preservationists are waging a campaign to reroute the highway and reconstruct the battlegrounds.

Today, Glorieta is a destination not only for history buffs but for soul searchers as well. With its inspirational mountain vistas, Glorieta is home to spiritual retreat facilities including the DEVA Foundation and the Glorieta Lifeway Conference Center, and the Glorieta Baptist Assembly.

Nestled in the Pecos Wilderness, Glorieta provides access to hiking and mountain biking trails among other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

From history to outdoor adventures, Glorieta has something to offer everyone!

Driving Directions
From I-25 North, take exit 299.

Lodging near Glorieta includes:

The Bobcat Inn (southeast of Santa Fe)
Santa Fe KOA (north of Santa Fe on I-25)
Santa Fe Lodge (south of Santa Fe)
Sleep Inn (south of Santa Fe)
Ten Thousand Waves (north of Santa Fe)


Cerrillos

The country’s oldest designated mining district once yielded fabulous lodes of turquoise, silver, gold, lead, and zinc. Cerrillos is part of the Turquoise Trail, a national scenic byway that connects former mining communities that lie between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Evidence of operation left by Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American miners provide insight into these cultures and the history of Cerrillos. A boomtown during the 1880s, movie studios have since discovered Cerrillos Old West authenticity. Just north of town, the J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch pays tribute to the town’s cinematic history.

Cerrillos Hills Historic Park, slated to open in Spring 2003, includes three prehistoric stone rings and a petroglyph at the peak of Grand Central Mountain. These sites, and numerous others in the parklands, are registered with the Museum of New Mexico’s Laboratory of Anthropology. For more information visit www.cerrilloshills.org.

Cerrillos is home to riding stables, a petting zoo, a mining museum, and several artist galleries and studios. Approximately 60 miles from Albuquerque and 20 miles from Santa Fe, Cerrillos is a perfect day-trip destination for visitors and New Mexico residents alike.

Driving Directions
From I-25, take exit 276A. Go east on Highway 14 to Cerrillos.

For more information on Cerrillos, please call
(888) 263-0003 or visit www.turquoisetrail.org.

Lodging near Cerrillos includes:
Crystal Mesa Farm B&B (Cerrillos)
Hacienda Doña Andrea (Cerrillos)
Heart Seed B&B (Cerrillos)
High Feather Ranch B&B (Between Cerrillos and Madrid)
Santa Fe Skies RV Park (Hwy 14)