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Tesuque Pueblo Located just north of Santa Fe, this pueblo operates a casino… and an outrageous flea market that you won’t want to miss.

Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa Unique hot springs with four distinct naturally occurring mineral contents have been developed as a preeminent spa destination.

Santa Fe The oldest capital in the nation continues celebrating its 400 years of European influence through the end of 2010.

Northern Mountains Pueblo, Spanish and Anglo cultures have created major art markets in a land of stunning natural beauty and challenging outdoor recreational opportunities.

10 Ortegas Weaving Center Making coats, vests, purses and rugs, the Ortega family has been weaving non-stop in Chimayo since the early 1700s.

6 Santa Clara Pueblo Known for its ingenious potters and ancestral cliff dwellings, the Pueblo recently entered the new age of casinos and challenging golf courses.

25 The Springs Resort & Spa The heavily mineralized hot springs on the edge of the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, provide 18 pools of stress relief.



The Santuario de Chimayó east of Española, reputed as a healing site, the “Lourdes of America,” is an important Catholic pilgrimage center and National Historic Landmark.

12 Velarde Lynda and Jerry Burd, the new owners of Black Mesa Winery, continue to make wines in the tradition of the winery founders.


The Mandala Center A retreat for renewal, adventure and learning, this hidden treasure is nestled on a wooded slope overlooking Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Taos A significant destination for art, culture and history, the shear beauty and dramatic outdoor challenges of Taos create the ultimate getaway. 12 Wine & Dine Diverse dining opportunities



Ghost Ranch The mystic land of Georgia O’Keeffe.


Encantada is published annually by Zia Publishing Corp. P.O. Box 1248, 116 McKinney Road, Silver City, NM, 88062. 575-388-4444,,, President & Managing Director: Terri Menges. Vice President: Joseph Burgess. Staff Accountant: Arlyn Cooley. Designers: Debra Sutton and Terri Menges. Contributing Writers: Joseph Burgess, Lori L. Coon and Sophie Martin. Photography: Joseph Burgess, except where noted. Contributing Photographers: Ralph Erwin, Marty Mayfield, and Don Proudstar. Courtesy Photos: Black Mesa Winery, John Dunn Shops, Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa, The Mandala Center and Santa Clara Pueblo. Advertising Sales: Dawn Redpath, (575) 737-0675 NORTHERN NM & SOUTHERN CO

Encantada is a supplement to New Mexico Traveler and is manufactured and printed in the United States of America. ©Zia Publishing Corp. 2009. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher is prohibited. All submissions of editorial or photography are only accepted without risk to the publisher for loss or damage. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in the information provided. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

Raton Sitting on the mountain’s edge, Raton distinguishes itself with volcanoes, lakes and downtown preservation.

22 Las Vegas Sharing the history of the Santa Fe Trail, the Santa Fe railroad and Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, Las Vegas preserves a large inventory of historic structures and experiences.


photo courtesy The Mandala Center


photo courtesy Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa



photo courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo


photo courtesy John Dunn Shops




Mountains NORTHERN


World-renowned art markets, thousand year old continuous cultures, 400 years of New World history, some of the nation’s best skiing and white water rafting, unique natural hot mineral waters and arguably the best shopping in the universe are what distinguish North-Central New Mexico from the rest of the nation. below: The The remains of prehistoric civilizations in the northern mountains mingle with Native American Pueblo majestic Sangre de Cristo mounpopulations striving to preserve their ancestral drumbeat while forging ahead with twenty-first century eco- tains rise above Pueblo nomic interaction. Isolated Spanish villages have remained unphased by the influx of America’s top scientific Nambé near Española. minds, and somehow, prairie schooners, railroads and airplanes have kept pace with the rest of the country. But it’s the brilliant sunlight and the bluest of skies, jagged peaks and ski slopes, rivers tumbling through narrow canyons and colorful sandstone bluffs that continue to attract creative minds and visitors from afar. From the carving of ancient petroglyphs through modern graphic manipulation, the artistic spirit that lightly touches every facet of this land of deep spiritual enchantment grows stronger by the day. Discover your artistic niche or extreme physical thrill, hand in hand with Mother Nature herself…or just sit back and bask in the enlightening ambiance of New Mexico’s Northern Mountains.




Don’t miss the celebration! Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States and continues to celebrate its 400th birthday through the end of 2010. There will be no better time to participate in the multicultural pageantry and arts that have drawn people to this site for centuries. The New Mexico Museum opened its doors for the start of the Santa Fe celebration Memorial Day weekend in 2009. The new museum includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the United States. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi also joined the anniversary celebration in the summer of 2010, when it, too, marked its 400th birthday. Originally constructed in 1610, a small adobe chapel protects the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary in the United States, brought this page: There is no from Spain in 1625. lack of creativity in The 50-acre Santa Fe Railyard that Santa Fe, one of the opened in 2009 with a 13-acre park, world’s largest art markets. There are claims the beginnings of a new com- three major arts districts mercial, residential and social with sculpture and performing arts district. New Mexico scattered throughout Railrunner train service the city. now joins Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and American Eagle offers nonstop daily flights between Santa Fe and Dallas. Named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the organization's Dozen Distinctive Destinations in America for 2009, Santa Fe provides a rich experience in the arts and culture. Coupled with the opportunity to celebrate its history through the end of December 2010, Santa Fe may well be the greatest party experience ever.

ATTRACTIONS Canyon Road. East of Paseo de Peralta. Originally a Native American trail into the mountains; now lined with unique shops, art galleries, artists' studios, restaurants and local hangouts. 800-777-2489 or 505-955-6200. EI Rancho de las Golondrinas. South of Santa Fe off I-25. Historical Spanish colonial village, now a living history museum, was a stopping point on EI Camino Real. Call for annual event schedule and tours, 505-471-2261. Hyde Memorial State Park. Eight miles northeast of Santa Fe. Camping, hiking and picnicking. 505-983-7175. Loretto Chapel. 207 Old Santa Fe Trail. Houses the miraculous staircase built by a mysterious carpenter believed to have been St. Joseph by the Loretto nuns. 505-982-0092. Museum Hill. On Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail. Home of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Museum of Fine Arts. 107 W. Palace Ave. Southwest, historical and contemporary art. 505-476-5072. Palace of the Governors. 105 W. Palace Ave. 17th century building on the Santa Fe Plaza housing historical exhibits. The oldest continuously used public building in the US. 505-476-5100. San Miguel Mission Church. 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. Dates back to first Spanish colonization. Rebuilt following Pueblo Revolt of 1680. 505-983-3974 or 988-9504. Santuario de Guadalupe. 100 S. Guadalupe. Mission museum exhibiting Spanish colonial art. 18th century shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. 505-988-2027.



Santa Fe is located at the junction I-25 and US84/285, the historic termination of El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail.


Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce (505) 988-3279 Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau (505) 955-6200 E4


Jun Jul

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival. 505-476-1250 New Mexico History Museum Opening. 505-476-5100 Rodeo de Santa Fe. 505-471-4300 Santa Fe Opera Season opens thru Aug 29. 800-2 Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas 505-471-2261



Santa Fe Int’l. Folk Art Market at Milner Plaza. 505-476-1197 Spanish Market on the Plaza. 505-982-2226 Summer Festival and Frontier Days at El Rancho de las Golondrinas 505-471-2261 Indian Market on the Plaza. 505-983-5220. Santa Fe 400th Anniversary begins 505-0956-1610

Oct Dec

Burning of Zozobra. 505-660-1965 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. 505-438-8060 Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. 505-471-2261 Winter Spanish Market 505-982-2226 Christmas at the Palace. 505-476-5100 Farolitos on the Plaza. 800-777-2489

Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market TESUQUE PUEBLO


ny local or regular visitor to the city different will tell you there are three things you have to do when you visit Santa Fe: See the plaza, eat green/red chili, and visit the famous Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market. Located just a few miles north of the tourist district and a few yards from the Santa Fe Opera, the well-known market is on a scenic location adjacent to the beautiful Sangre De Cristo foothills. Offering a wide variety of traditional New Mexican arts, crafts, and foods, the market also plays host to vendors and artists from over two dozen countries (including Pakistan, Guatemala, Africa, and Russia – to name a few). This vibrant gathering of wares and people has made the market a special destination as much for shopping as for entertainment. Between wandering the endless aisles of charming and exotic goods, taking in the fresh desert air, chatting with artists from all over the world, observing the eccentric locals, and dining on delicious regional and international dishes, visiting the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market is truly a feast for the senses. ENCANTADA TESUQUE PUEBLO



Written by Joseph Burgess


Pyue Cliffs were home to the ancestors of today’s Santa Clara Pueblo people, Puye Cliffs supported a population of 1,500 from 1100 to 1580 AD.



photo courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo


he Pueblo of Santa Clara, a Tewa-language pueblo, was established around 1550. The ancestors of today’s Santa Clarans lived in nearby cliff dwellings and pit-house villages on the eastern slopes of the Jémez Mountains. With permits, visitors can explore the Puyé Cliff Dwellings, which includes the mesa-top village ruins of Top House and a restored kiva, or place of worship. Drought probably forced the native culture to relocate from Puyé to the Río Grande Valley, a mile south of Española on NM30. Puyé overlooks Santa Clara Canyon, one of the pueblo’s major attractions. The deep, tree-lined getaway includes several fishing lakes, campsites and picnic areas. The canyon is normally open seasonally, but call to insure its opposite: The Puyé Cliff are an availability due to continuing reclamation projects related to Dwellings ancestral home of the forest fire damage. Guided and self-guided tours are available Santa Clara culture. The site includes a large through the governor’s office, as well as the permits required for cluster of pit houses on the mesa. above: Santa accessing all pueblo areas. Clarans are well-known The pueblo is noted for its pottery, including wedding jars, for their exquisite pottery. redware, carved blackware, melon bowls and polychrome. Wedding jars are double-necked vessels with two mouths connected by a handle. Animal figures are included in some designs. Shop signs in the village direct visitors to the local potters and painters. Visitors to the pueblo are reminded that they must check in at the governor’s office. Photography, sketching and video recording permits are normally available throughout the year, except for feast days.



above right: Life inside the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino is an exciting as well as cultural experience. right: Black Mesa Golf Course just east of Española. opposite: A restored kiva in the Top House village, part of the Puyé Cliff Dwellings site. E8


photo courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo photo courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo photo courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo


he Santa Claran Hotel and Casino, operated by the Pueblo, is located in the heart of Española. The casino features 800 reel and video slot machines in a range of denominations and a variety of the hottest games including Hot Shot Progressive, Wheel of Fortune, Cash Express Penny Train, Video Poker, Zorro, Cash Fever and others.. There are ten table games including Black Jack, Ultimate Card Texas Hold 'Em, a Roulette Table, and a Craps Table. The property includes a 24-lane bowling facility, three full-service restaurants and an extensive banquet facility. Santa Clara also operates Black Mesa Golf Course, on NM 399 just east of Española. Designed by architect Baxter Spann, Black Mesa has a wild Irish links look to it and has received national acclaim for its challenging play. The course plays through dramatic sandstone ridges with the sacred Black Mesa visible from several locations. Each hole features characteristics that make it both strategic and memorable. The layout showcases distinctive bunkering, native arroyos as hazards, and green contouring in keeping with the scale of the natural landforms. “A great course tests both the mind and the body,” said designer Spann, “and this statement holds true for Black Mesa. From the first tee shot, you realize that mental strategy is essential, while the course's expansive fairways and greens allow it to be played more easily than it appears.”

Ortega’s Weaving



Nine Generations of Inventive Weaving, Perfected.

Chimayo Weaving is a tradition with roots deep in old Spanish

In 1948, David and José Ramon, with wives Jeanine and

Colonial New Mexico. In the early 1700s, Gabriel Ortega passed his

Bernardita, built the current Ortega Weaving Shop. David’s sons,

knowledge of weaving on to his son Manuel Pablo, thus beginning

Andrew and Robert, joined the business in the mid-1970s.

an unbroken family weaving tradition that continues to this day.

Today, Robert runs the daily operations of the Weaving Shop, while Andrew and his wife, Evita handle the adjacent Galería,

In 1900, Nicacio Ortega, Gabriel’s great-grandson, opened a

opened in 1983, offering traditional New Mexico products.

store to sell weavings as well as general merchandise. As time passed and people around the world began to discover New

As weavers for eight generations in the Chimayo tradition, our

Mexican craftsmanship and Chimayó weavings. Nicacio taught his

family appreciates the commitment that goes into creating hand-

sons to weave to keep up with the demand. Eventually, he hired

crafted 100% wool weavings of lasting beauty. We invite you to

weavers from other families in the area. Many of these same fami-

visit us at Ortega’s Weaving Shop and Galería Ortega in pictur-

lies are still weaving for the Ortegas today.

esque Chimayó to discover this unique tradition for yourself.





Barrel tasting 2010

Velarde BLACK MESA WINERY Black Mesa Winery is located in scenic northern New Mexico on the main highway between Santa Fe and Taos (El Camino Real). The historic setting serves as a backdrop for revitalization of the major New Mexican Wineries and vineyards which were prominent here for almost 400 years. Black Mesa's fancifully named wines, including Coyote, Antelope, Conejito White and Black Beauty, are blends recognized both locally and internationally. Varietal wines produced include Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel.



SABROSO RESTAURANT AND BAR, Located in a cozy, 150 year-old adobe northeast of Taos in the village of Arroyo Seco, serves American and Mediterranean-accented cuisine and a bistro fare. Cooking on an applewood-fired grill, Chef Timothy Wooldrige prepares steaks, lamb and fish. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. Chef Timothy studied culinary arts at Paul Smith’s College in Lake Placid, NY and L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD under White House Executive Chef Mesnier. His career has included Executive Chef at Capital Hilton in D.C. and Executive Chef and Food/ Beverage Director at Ponte Vedra Beach Club, FL. Chef Timothy’s Filet Mignon is top 5% choice Blank Angus and he offers Prince Edward Island mussels and Delaware Blue Point oysters, Sabroso style. Chef Timothy



GRAHAM’S GRILLE Located in the Taos Historic District was created by Lesley B. and Peter B. Fay to convey a fun, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Their healthy, flavorful comfort food includes creative dishes prepared from scratch at prices that are unintimidating. Cage-free chicken, fresh wild-catch fish and a wide assortment of fresh vegetables are offered.



Doc Martin's Restaurant is an acclaimed dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc's is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards for over 20 consecutive years accompanied by the fabulous Regional New American fare served. Many guests enjoy Doc's Sunday Brunch special event and holiday menus. Occasions such as wine dinners, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day are not to be missed.

Bon BonAppetit Appetit

Chef Zippy White With over 400 wine selections, our world class wine list has earned Wine Spectator's "Best Of" Award of Excellence for twenty consecutive years.

Enjoy unique breakfast treats with homemade chorizo sausage, blue corn and blueberry hotcakes with Vermont maple syrup or the Kit Carson specialty featuring poached eggs served over yam biscuits and topped with a savory red chile sauce. Doc's offerings of classic chile rellenos with salsa fresca, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese cream sauce, macadamia encrusted halibut with chipotle and mandarin orange, organic beef ribeye with green chile polenta cake and a succulent rack of lamb with organic vegetables and seasonings are sure to intrigue the palette. Specialty wine pairings complement the savory dishes and tantalizing desserts prepared by pastry chef, Gayle Glanz.

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte • Taos, NM 87571 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte • Taos, NM 87571 Phone: 575.758.1977 • Reservations 888.518.8267 • Reservations 888.518.8267 Phone: 575.758.1977 Fax: 575.758.5776 • Fax: 575.758.5776 •



Chef Lesley Let Chef Lesley Fay guide you through her exciting and healthy creations in her cookbook, featuring “honest, not fussy, fresh recipes” that come Straight from the Heart.

Chef Lesley Fay grew up on a Southern California farm, attended the California Culinary Academy and, with husband Peter B. Fay, owned and operated a restaurant in Sonoma Valley before stepping up to Taos. Healthy ingredients, an intriguing seasonal menu and customized preparation are a few of Graham’s perks. Favorites include baked macaroni and cheddar with fireroasted green chile and hickory smoked bacon, and grilled salmon risotto with a pink grapefruit, orange and avocado salsa.


Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa


he 1100-acre Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is one of the nation’s oldest and certainly most popular centers for natural health and rejuvenation. It is the world’s only known natural hot springs with a combination of four unique, sulphur-free, mineral waters including iron, arsenic, lithia and soda, each providing various health benefits. Most recently the resort finished a massive renovation and expansion that includes a new reception building, expanded spa, new lodging units plus a cozy Wine Bar and Lounge adjacent to the upgraded Artesian Restaurant. New Mexico’s first congressional territorial representative, Antonio Joseph, opened Ojo as one of the first natural health resorts in the United States more than 140 years ago, and the spa has celebrated successful operation ever since. The health resort has become more accommodating over the years since its rustic beginnings with the addition of twelve new

LOCATION ATTRACTIONS Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Suites, cottages, hotel, private homes, full-service spa, restaurant, gift shop, wine bar and lounge. The Artesian Restaurant. Serving wine and beer. Menu items to include: Grilled Artichoke, Cowboy Caesar Salad, Pork Oso Buco, Chile Seared Sea Scallops and many Southwestern Favorites. Wine Bar menu includes Green Chile Fries, Homemade New Mexican Pizzas and Angus, Buffalo and Vegetarian Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries. Full-service Spa. Offers a full-array of soothing and restorative therapies including nurturing massage and rejuvenating face and body treatments.



Ojo Caliente is located 24 miles north of Española on US285, featuring centuries old hot springs flowing from four distinct mineral sources.


From Ojo Caliente, return south on US285 and west on US84 to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, or travel north 30 miles on US285 to Tres Piedras and west 30 miles on US64, crossing the Rio Grande Gorge bridge to Taos.


Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (800) 222-9162 or (505) 583-2233

Pueblo and Cliffside suites, six of which have private outdoor soaking tubs. There are eleven newly built Plaza Cottages in addition to the eight renovated North Cottages, plus the enhanced Historic Hotel and two private homes: Casa de Ojo House and The Adobe House. All of the new construction has emphasized the latest in “green” technology and conservation. Of course, the waters are what make Ojo Caliente unique. Ten meticulously maintained mineral pools, including three outdoor private pools and a seasonal mud pool, are considered to be beneficial for a number of physical conditions. The four distinctly different natural hot water sources combined with spa therapy provide an amazing opportunity to enhance healthful living and relaxation in an uncomplicated setting. Ancient pueblo ruins on the grounds indicate use of the waters for centuries by native populations. Ojo Caliente which means, “hot eye” was named by Spanish explorers while searching for the Fountain of Youth in the 1500s, noting that the local Native American inhabitants believed the waters “were given to them by their gods.” Ojo Caliente was re-discovered by Zebulon Pike in 1807 as he was being marched to Santa Fe under arrest for exploring New Spain without permission. Ojo Caliente is located just one hour from Taos and Santa Fe. opposite, from top right: A refreshing waterfall provides soothing relaxation to a guest in the cliffside pool which is supplied with water containing high iron mineralization. The New Wine Bar & Lounge provides a charming and relaxed environment serving a fine selection of local and imported wine and beer as well as an enticing Bar Menu. The Cliffside Suites have a private back patio with outdoor soaking tub facing the stunning cliffs. inset: Cliff backlighting allows for intriguing evening soaks in the iron/arsenic pools. above: The private outdoor pools are complete with kiva fireplaces. Photos courtesy Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.




Ageless Beauty & Mystique


radled by the rugged peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Taos has become a center for both the arts and the ultimate in outdoor experiences. Streets lined with galleries, shops, quaint coffee houses and hotels touch the creative spirit within each of us. Huge cottonwood trees, seasonal flowers and crackling fireplaces warm the atmosphere of this high altitude plateau year round. An impressive collection of museums showcase the region’s diverse cultures and multifaceted pool of talent. The shear mysticism of Taos, a centuries-old melding pot of cultural development, natural this page: New highest beauty and an endless supply of brilliant sunshine, has captured the hearts of America’s artists, Mexico’s peaks dominate writers, historians and anyone else who simply want to experience the essence of New Mexico’s the artistic appeal of Taos, captured in enchanted spirit. The multistoried structures of Taos Pueblo, occupied for a millennium, the bold this view from US285 west of the adobe walls of St. Francis de Asis church and the stark contrasts created by the river and its gorge Rio Grande Gorge. fill portfolios and manuscripts with the jewels of this high desert destination. For winter sports, the Enchanted Circle includes the adrenaline-charged slopes of Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Sipapu and Angel Fire and ice-fishing at Eagle Nest Lake. High speed lifts, snowmobiles and hot air balloons complete this plein air sketch of a perfect winter getaway. Summer activities are no less challenging. White water rafting, fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback and llama treks, and yes, lifts are still running and the nightlife steaming. Live music, excellent food, wine, a round of Las Vegas style gambling and a hot rock massage provide an incredible diversion to sore muscles.



Rio Grande Gorge Hot Air Balloon f lights Taos, New Mexico Pueblo Balloon Company 575-751-9877 •

ATTRACTIONS Gov. Bent House & Museum. 117A Bent St. Home of first territorial governor. Old family furnishings and frontier artifacts on display. 505-758-2376. Millicent Rogers Museum. 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd. New Mexico art, history and cultural exhibits. 505-758-2462. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. 11 miles northwest of Taos. 650 feet above the Rio Grande River. Taos Pueblo. Designated as a World Heritage Site. 505-758-1028. Taos Ski Valley. Ski school rated No.1. Vast system of trails for beginning, intermediate and expert skiers. 505-776-229l.




Retreat style lodging inspires the human spirit…

Aug Sep


Georgia O’Keeffe stayed here, as well as many other notables, such as, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Martha Graham and Carl Jung.


Spring Arts Celebration. 505-751-8800 Santa Cruz Feast Day at Taos Pueblo. 505-758-1028. Spring Arts & Crafts Fair. 800-732-8267 Annual Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally/Run. 800-732-8267 San Antonio Feast Day Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo. 505-758-1028 San Juan Day Corn Dance. 575-758-1028 Annual Rodeo de Taos. 800-732-826 Toast of Taos Wine Festival. 800-732-8267 Autumn Run Car Show. 575-758-1405 Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival. 800-732-826 Taos Pueblo San Geronimo Day. 575-758-1028 Switch on the Holidays. 800-732-8267 Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachina Dance. 505-758-1028 New Year's Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade at Taos Ski Valley. 800-732-8267


Taos is located at the junction of US64, NM68 and NM522 between New Mexico’s highest peaks and deepest gorge.

240 Morada Lane • Taos, New Mexico 87571

575-751-9686 • 800-846-2235 fax: 575-751-0365 E:mail: •


Town of Taos (877) 587-9018 Taos Chamber of Commerce (575) 751-8800 Taos Convention Center (800) 323-6338


108 Kit Carson Rd, Suite F Taos, New Mexico 87571




JUNE • Taos Solar Music Festival

JULY • Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Taos Fiesta AUGUS T • Autumn Run Classic Car Show • Taos County Fair SEPTE MBER/ OCTOBER • Taos Fall Festivals SEPTE MBER • Taos Fall Arts & Crafts Fair OCTOBER • Taos Mountain Balloon Rally NOVEMBER/ DE CEM BER • Yuletide in Taos DE CEM BER • Festival of Trees Lighting of Ledoux JAN UARY • Taos Winter Wine Festival FEBRUARY • Ernie Blake Day at Taos Ski Valley APR IL • Taos Home & Garden Expo MAY • Taos Spring Arts Celebration ENCANTADA TAOS


photo by Ralph Erwin




Coal Camp, Cowboys and Cars. May-Jun Sugarite Fishing Derby Jun Raton Rodeo Jun-Aug Shuler Theater Summer Repertory Season; Music on Main Street Jul Santa Fe Trail Int’l Balloon Rally, 4th of July Fireworks Show



Aug-May Shuler Theater Performing Arts Season Sep Raton Volksmarch Nov-Dec City of Bethlehem Holiday Lights Show. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. For more information on these and other events, visit

one of the best preserved volcano cones in the world. 575-278-2201 Shuler Theater 95th Anniversary! Downtown Raton. 575-445-4746 Raton Museum Downtown Raton. Relics from the area's ranching, mining and railroading past. 575-445-8979 Raton Municipal Golf Course Nine hole course nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. 575-445-8113 Historic Downtown Walking Tour Over 95 significant buildings on this easy, level walk. For maps, visit the Raton Museum or Raton Visitors' Center.


Raton Visitors' Center 100 Clayton Road. 575-445-2761

photo by Marty Mayfield


mountain getaway on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, Raton is the gateway between New Mexico and Colorado. With a rich mining and ranching history, Raton is a gem from the past. above: The historic Visit the historic Shuler Theater, now celebrating its Schuler Theater celebrated its 95th 95th Anniversary with a full season of theater, dance and music. During Anniversary in 2010. the summer, the Kaleidescope Players present their annual professional below: Balloonists from all over the summer repertory theater season, and in the fall, winter, and spring, the country fly every year at the Santa Fe Shuler plays host to performing artists from around the world. Trail International Outdoor enthusiasts can camp, hike, fish, and horseback ride in Balloon Rally, July 4th weekend. Sugarite Canyon State Park, home to an historic coal camp and named one of the top ten state parks in the US by Camping Life magazine. Or test your skills at the NRA's Whittington Center, the most comprehensive shooting facility in the country. Set in 52 square miles of gorgeous mountain scenery, the Whittington Center is open to the public for a full range of outdoor sports. ATTRACTIONS Get your fix of local history at The Raton Sugarite Canyon State Park 12 miles from downtown. Camping Life magazine Museum and by walking through Raton's downTop Ten State Park. (575) 445-5607 town, a designated historic district that includes NRA Whittington Center over 95 significant buildings. First and Second South of Raton on NM Highway 64. (575) 445-3615 (800) 494-4853 Streets' antique stores are a must-visit for the Capulin Volcano Nat’l Monument canny bargain hunter. 30 miles east of Raton on NM 64/87. Features

photos courtesy The Mandala Center

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WRITTEN BY LORI L. COON t is our pleasure to invite you to The Mandala Center nestled on the slopes of the Sierra Grande overlooking Capulin Volcano National Monument. Antelope roam and eagles soar to accompany your own spirit of adventure in this ancient and enchanted land. Sunsets are spellbinding and the silence surrounds you under breathtaking views of star-studded nights. This remote setting is home to The Mandala Center and calls to the hearts of artists, spiritual seekers, healing professionals, teachers, soul searchers, nature enthusiasts and anyone who sets out on a pilgrimage to learn more about themselves, the world around them and the deeper meanings in life. The Journey began in 1989 when Tish Hewitt built the Casa Mandala as her personal retreat. In 1996, her daughter Anna Wolfe, incorporated the facility as a nonprofit educational retreat and interfaith sanctuary for people consciously seeking deeper connection with their life callings, personal passions, creativity, spiritual understanding and transformative processes. The Mandala Center offers personal retreats for individuals, a year-long program of workshop retreats on a variety of subjects and facility rentals for groups and organizations seeking a supportive and comfortable destination for their own agendas. Our bed capacity at the Center is 24, meals can be prepared for groups and internet service is available in our main center. There is an Artist Nook Cabin on the ranch for guests or artists-in-residence and there are acres of land to hike on the mountain side. Call or visit our new website:


UPCOMING RETREATS May 21-23 Exploring Your Dreams with Irene Clurman and Michael Tappan June 4-6th Painting with Soft Pastels with L. Martin Pavletich June 3-6th Ancient Images/Modern Icons: Art Making and the Divine Feminine with Sheila Hennessy and Mary Saracino June 11-13 Return to Wholeness: Nourishment for Women Cancer Survivors with Carol LaRue

July 19-248-11 Ancient Peruvian Teachings with JoAnna Dodgson July 19-24 Micaceous Clay Pottery Workshop with Jicarilla Apache artist Sheldon Nunez-Velarde July 29-August 1 Embodying the Silence with Jim Reale and Susan Rush September 3-5th Peace Within Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Healing with Cancer Myron Eshowsky

Sept 17-21 International Day of Peace Event Mystical Arts of Tibet Sand Mandala Peace Pole Dedication, Art as Meditation and more. Sept 24-26 Pilgrimage: Following the Yearnings of your Heart with Tom Ehrich Check for our Photography and Contemplative Writing and "Listening to the Voice Within"retreats in October.

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Las Vegas Over 900 Buildings on the National Historic Register


photo by Andy Kingsbury courtesy Raton Chamber of Commerce

as Vegas rests on the gentle eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the edge of grass-laden prairies that stretch into forever. Authentic and original, Las Vegas is home to over 900 buildings on the National Historic Register, including the state's largest number of intricate Victorian homes and the Plaza Hotel's classic Western ambience. Historical artifacts, clothing, and photographs can be seen at the Las Vegas City Museum, housed in a 1940 WPA building, and the nearby this page: The wellpreserved historic office of the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. districts of Las Vegas A stroll through the Arts and Cultural District reveals an array of aes- include venues for local performances thetic riches from carved wooden saints and softly painted retablos to the and social gatherings. opposite: Fort Union bold works of modern minds. The local cuisine emerged from a melding was the “guardian of of the two cultures that first met at the river Gallinas, offering dishes the Santa Fe Trail.” from Northern New Mexican to sophisticated American. Music from Mariachi to the classical voices of the New Mexico Highlands University choir echo from the Plaza Park's gazebo as local dancers salsa and two-step during cool summer evenings. Las Vegas counts natural hot springs, mountain hiking trails, striking architecture, and a rich blend of culture as some of its finest offerings. Once the biggest and baddest of the Old West towns, Las Vegas hasn’t lost the best of what it has always been: a jewel on the Santa Fe Trail.



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ATTRACTIONS Fort Union National Monument. Established in 1851 as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. 505-425-8025 Pecos National Historical Park. Open Year Round. 505-757-7200 City of Las Vegas Museum & Rough Rider Memorial Collection. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm 505-454-1401 ext. 283 Historic Plaza Hotel. Built in 1882, one of the most beautifully restored New Mexico Hotels! 505-425-3591

EVENTS Jan 1 Feb 14 Apr 24 Jun 12 Jun 12 Jul 1–4 Jul 23–25 Aug 7-15 Aug 7–8 Aug11–14 Sep Sep 11 Dec 4 Dec 11

Polar Bear Plunge at Storrie Lake. 505-425-5204 Las Vegas WinterFest. 505-454-3238 Synergyfest Luna/Highlands Ann. Customer Car Show. (505) 429-0425 Las Vegas Celebrates the Art. (505) 425-1085 122nd Annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. (505) 426-5163 5th Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Places with a Past Historic Sites Tour & Heritage Week. (505) 425-8803 San Miguel County 4-H Rodeo. (505) 454-1497 San Miguel/Mora County Fair. (505) 454-1497 Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues. (505) 454-6771 Sabor de Las Vegas. (505) 425-3745 21st Annual Electric Light Parade. (505) 425-8631 Holiday Historic Home Tour. (505) 425-8803

ONGOING EVENTS Second Saturday Artwalk. (Second Saturday of every month) (505) Montezuma Castle Tours. (505) 454-4221 Glimpses of the Past from Fort Union. (505) 425-8025 NMHU Ilfeld Auditorium. (505) 425-3238 Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge. (505) 454-6115

LOCATION Las Vegas is located on I-25, between Fort Union National Monument and Pecos National Historic Park on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.


Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (505) 425-8631 or (800) 832-5947 ENCANTADA LAS VEGAS


Ghost Ranch Georgia O’Keeffe Country ABIQUIU & SANTA FE


biquiu is the heart of Georgia O’Keeffe country. The internationally famous and fiercely independent artist lived the last 37 years of her life among the colorful sandstone bluffs that were carved by the Rio Chama. Her home and studio can be toured in the tiny village of Abiquiu. Plaza Blanca in the village, is also the subject of many artists and photographers, but please respect the rights of local villagers. O’Keeffe’s earlier home at nearby Ghost Ranch is now a 17,000 acre retreat and conference center that includes the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, both open to the public. There are also hiking trails and a fascinating dinosaur quarry at the center, which is managed by the Presbyterian Church. The inspirational mystique of this this page: The colorful sandstone relatively isolated region perhaps has bluffs along US84 between Abiquiu been a factor in its diverse spiritual draw and Ghost Ranch the artistic for a Benedictine monastery, the inspired genius of Georgia mosque at Dar al Islam and an Eastern O’Keeffe and those who have followed. Greek Orthodox monastery at the foot of Pedernal Peak. Numerous regional lakes include Abiquiu Lake on the Rio Chama. Boating, water skiing, fishing, picnicking are among the lake’s activities. There are ancient ruins of the Pueblo Indians in the area, and Echo Amphitheater, carved by nature, is just west of the lake.


Oct 9-10-11 Abiquiu Studio Tour. 505-685-4505


Abiquiu is located on US84, 22 miles northwest of Española and 10 miles east of Ghost Ranch.


Ghost Ranch (505) 685-4333 E24


photos courtesy The Springs Resort & Spa


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o mold the stay to revolve around your expectations, with the opportunity to create one of life’s rewarding experiences. That’s your assignment. The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, will enhance your ability to achieve success with 23 pools of flowing, natural, hot mineral water, a river tumbling straight out of the Colorado Rockies, a non-mineral lap pool and Jacuzzi, options for rejuvenating massage and a hotel featuring deep, plush mattresses. With all the amenities of a Roman bath- above: Terraced to house, you can reach a state of mind and body that perhaps you thought overlook the beautiful San Juan River, The was impossible. Springs offers numerhot pools to The 30-acre complex by itself can fill your stay, but if you possess an ous choose from. below: adventuresome spirit, you can ski or hike the slopes of nearby Wolf Creek All hotel guests receive compor ride horseback over the trail system of the San Juan Mountains. At the limentary 24-hour very least, you should browse the shops and galleries of Pagosa Springs access to the soaking pools and and treat your discriminating palate to its fine restaurants. plush spa robes for As one can imagine, the highly mineralized “healing waters” of the The use during their stay. Great Pagosa Hot Spring were frequented by Native American tribes and discovered by the White Man in 1859. Since the early 1990s, visionary planning and attention to detail is turning The Springs into a top destination in the world of relaxation and rejuvenation.

ATTRACTIONS The Springs Resort & Spa The Springs Resort hotel offers 79 rooms from Standard, Deluxe, EcoLuxe accommodations. The Springs Day Spa & Salon Combine the naturally hot therapeutic mineral waters of our soaking pools with body treatments, facials, nails, hair and skin services for the ultimate in health, relaxation, and pampering. EcoLuxe Conference Room Fully equipped with state of the art equipment. Adventure Packages A large array of adventure packages from Train rides to Jeep Tours.


Encantada 2010-2011  

This stylish lifestyle magizine highlights area residents, homes, entertainment and business interests of this historical northwestern New M...

Encantada 2010-2011  

This stylish lifestyle magizine highlights area residents, homes, entertainment and business interests of this historical northwestern New M...