gate in the national wilderness area. The wilderness area continues north of the monastery as well, but hikers must cross the river to reach it. Hiking up into the sandstone mountains is a great adventure; there are dramatic slot canyons to explore, and around every corner another breathtaking view awaits. Look for faint trails leading off the road toward the cliffs, and in wet weather, be prepared for mud. If rain is predicted, stay out of the slot canyons, as flash floods can be deadly. The monastery asks that no one hikes alone on top of the mesa. These trails are hazardous, especially to inexperienced climbers. Visitors must leave their names with the guest master at the monastery if they intend to hike up on top of the mesa. In any case, it’s always a good idea to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return if you’re hiking in the wildness. If you decide not to make the 13-mile drive and to stay on N.M. 84, one mile past the turn to the monastery you’ll find Echo Amphitheater, a natural hollow in the cliffside. It’s a short hike to reach the amphitheater from the parking lot, where you can listen to your voice bounce around in longlasting echos. This is a good place for a picnic with the only noise that of echoes and the sound of an occasional passing car.
Coup de spa After a day of hiking, you may feel like a good soak and an excellent dinner. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, set on 1,100 secluded acres, is slightly more than 32 miles round trip out of your way home and well worth the detour. It’s also a terrific day trip in its own right — an easy and scenic 50-mile drive from Santa Fe. Set in harmony with nature among cliffs with several rock pools and a swimming pool, Ojo Caliente offers solace for body and soul. A gathering place for the Native peoples who lived in this area for thousands of years, Ojo has been a hot spring spa since 1868 — and is the only hot spring in the world to offer bathers four different, sulphur-free geothermal mineral waters: iron, arsenic, soda and lithia. The Artesian Restaurant serves food with an eye to health but not obsessively so, and the wine bar stays open late. The Ojo Caliente Gift Shop features work from local artisans: Felipe Ortega, known for his micaceous clay pottery; landscape painter J. Bowie Scott; metal worker and jeweler Shaesby Scott; and ceramist Logan Wannamaker.
IF YOU GO O EATING HOUSE 86 Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque, 505-455-2000. Thin-crust pizza, white tablecloths, pasta, entrees. POEH MUSEUM 78 Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque, 505-455-5041 www.poehmuseum.com. Small museum with a permanent Roxanne Swentzell exhibit and other changing exhibits. LA COCINA 415 S. Santa Clara Bridge Road, 505-753-3016. Large servings of Northern New Mexican-style food in a pleasant setting. ESPAÑOLA VALLEY FIBER ARTS CENTER 325 Paseo de Oñate, 505-747-3577, www.evfac.org. Hand-spun wools, beautiful yarns, handmade weavings, classes. ROMERO’S FRUIT AND VEGGIE STAND 19543 U.S. 85/285. Along with fruits and vegetables in season, find freshly roasted green chile, handmade tortillas and specialty beans. BODE’S STORE 21196 U.S. 84, Abiquiú, 505-685-4422. Since 1893. Pick up a sandwich or a green chile cheeseburger here while you fill up on gas. www.bodes.com
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OJO CALIENTE MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT & SPA 800-222-9162 .www.ojospa.com. Excellent restaurant, mind-and-body-soothing outdoor springs. Spa treatments available by appointment. ECHO AMPHITHEATER Four miles north of Ghost Ranch on U.S. 84/285. Natural amphitheater. MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT 801-545-8567, www.christdesert.org. Gift shop, meditation garden, restrooms and church open from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. See website for road conditions, to check times for Eucharist or to make reservations to stay in the guesthouse.
Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico