• Tour 6 - Heart

      The Heart of Northern New Mexico

  • Pueblos • Restaurants • Trading Posts

    From Santa Fe to Española, “The Heart Of northern New Mexico” Pueblos, Restaurants, Trading Posts.

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  • 1. The Village of Tesuque. Turn Right on SF 73. Follow the sign to the Village of Tesuque. At the Tesuque Village Market turn Right and go one short block to the STOP sign. Turn Right onto Bishops Lodge Road then 1/2 mile to:

    2. Shidoni Foundry, Gallery, Sculpture Garden and Shidoni Arts Eight acres of outdoor sculpture, picnic tables and shade trees. Open daily, 8 am to sunset. Free. Self-guided foundry tours 12 to 1pm M-F. On Saturdays you can watch a bronze pour.

    3. Tesuque Glass Works (next door to Shidoni) Daily demonstrations of glass blowing. Shop carries contemporary glass. Open daily 9 to 5. Free. Back to SF 73, turn Right. Return to US 84/285. Turn Right and continue North.

    4. Pojoaque Pueblo Turn Right at the Stop light onto Viarrial Road and an immediate Left turn onto the Service Road. Stop at the Poeh Museum to see traditional and contemporary Pueblo arts and crafts. The Visitors Center Gallery sells Pueblo arts and crafts plus Navajo rugs and jewelry. North on the Service Road to Stop sign. Left on W. Guiterrez and Right on US 84/285. Take the 503 East Nambé Exit.

    5. Nambé Pueblo. Turn Right at the sign for Nambé Pueblo. The Pueblo of Nambé, established around the 1300’s, served as the primary cultural and religious center for the pueblo people. At the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Nambé Falls Recreation Area is open from dawn to dusk for camping, hiking and picnicking. Fishing at Nambé Lake is open to the public from March to September for a small fee. Nambé also has a herd of buffalo. Return to 503, turn Left. Turn Right on US 84/285. Continue North to: 6. Española, a growing city, retains its Tri-Cultural heritage and the hometown flavor of earlier times. Just now being discovered by tourists, it’s called the best-kept secret of northern New Mexico. Moderately priced motels, two new Casino Hotels, and a variety of B & B’s offer budget pleasing accommodations. Restaurants cater to a local clientele, serving generous portions of authentic New Mexican dishes. Don’t miss the Misión Convento and the Bond House (see pgs.10 & 11). There’s a new Mini Casino/Bowling Alley/Restaurant on Riverside Drive. Staying in Española puts you in easy reach of the wonders of northern New Mexico with hometown comfort that’s easy on the pocket book.

    6. ChimayÓ Trading Post The last authentic adobe trading post in the Santa Fe-Taos vicinity. Established by the Trujillo family in Chimayó, the business moved to Española in the 1930’s. Named to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties in 1992 and to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, it is one of the region’s most prominent historical attractions. Part museum, part store, still owned by the originial Trujillo family. NM 30 South from Española past Santa Clara Pueblo (see Trip 5) to 502, turn Left to:

    7. San Ildefonso Pueblo is famous for it’s Black on Black pottery and home of the famous potters, Maria and Julian Martinez. The Museum exhibit shows how traditional pottery is made. Many fine artists work within the Pueblo and you can visit the family owned shops. The people of San Ildefonso are descendents of the Mesa Verde communities. They settled this area in ancient times. East on 502 to US 84/285. South on US 84/285 to mile marker 175 and Camel Rock. Continue South to the sign marking a Right turn to:

    8. Tesuque Pueblo two miles West of the highway. The Pueblo is on the National Registry of Historic Places as a site of special architectural and historical significance. The area is being restored. This very traditional Pueblo graciously welcomes visitors. Leaving the Pueblo turn Right on US 84/285. On your Right, just before the Santa Fe Opera, is the famous Tesuque Flea Market. Make a Right onto the Flea Market grounds.