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If You Go – Northern New Mexico

How2GetThere

You can fly into Albuquerque Sunport, rent a car and drive about two hours north to get to Ojo Caliente. See below for the many things to see and do while staying in the Land of Enchantment.

Where2Stay

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
50 Los Banos Drive
Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
One hour from both Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.
Tel: 800.222.9162
www.ojospa.com

Pools: Open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rooms: $119 from historic hotel to $329 for Cliffside suites.
Extras: Private outdoor pools are $40 for 50 minutes, $120 for half-day,

Healing Waters:
Lithia Spring: The historic pump has been dispensing water since the 19th century. Lithium is believed to produce positive effects in mental balance, relieve depression and aid digestion.
Iron Spring: The warm, iron-rich water bubbles up from the natural pebble floor. Iron is considered beneficial to the blood and immune system, prevent fatigue and promote healthy skin tone.
Soda Spring: The rock walls in the enclosed soda “steam” pool create a soft echo to promote relaxation. Water from this spring is believed to relieve digestive problems and symptoms of arthritis.
Arsenic Spring: Arsenic water is believed to help relieve arthritis, stomach ulcers and a variety of skin conditions.
Mud Pool: As the special blend of clay dries, toxins are released from one’s pores, leaving a refreshed, clean feeling.

What2Do

The 356-yard par-4 No. 7 is typical of the undulating fairways, sloping greens, and contrasting landscape that make Black Mesa Golf Club so distinctive.The 356-yard par-4 No. 7 is typical of the undulating fairways, sloping greens, and contrasting landscape that make Black Mesa Golf Club so distinctive.

Black Mesa Golf Club
115 State Road 399
La Mesilla, New Mexico 87532
505.747.8946
http://site.blackmesagolfclub.com

Black Mesa was voted Golf Digest’s top new affordable course in America in 2004, and features one of the top pros around in Tom Velarde. The entire course is built with a degree of visual intimidation, making for spectacular scenery while demanding good course management. The 7,307-yard layout snakes through craggy sandstone ridges, along arroyos and over bluffs, with plenty of blind shots to test one’s faith.
The par-5, No. 16 has been dubbed “Stairway to Seven,” with lush green fairways contrasting the stark hills and arroyo that surround it.
Daily fees range from $62-$67, but pay the extra $20 for the cart.

Santa Fe

The charming capital city, situated an hour to the south, is renown for its distinctive adobe buildings, art and clothing boutiques, as well as some of the world’s best hotels and restaurants. Cultural treasures include the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Opera and Canyon Road galleries. July features the long-running Chamber Music Festival as well as the New Mexico Jazz Festival on the Plaza. Around Labor Day, check out the Thirsty Ear Festival, a three-day roots-music fest that takes over Eaves Movie Ranch, filming location for many Westerns.

Taos

More laid-back than Santa Fe, it, too, has been a magnet for artists and art lovers for more than a century. The Plaza boasts more than 40 galleries, boutiques and several restaurants.
Don’t miss: If coming from Santa Fe, stop at the legendary Sanctuario de Chimayo Church, where there is a well from which visitors can take a handful of dirt believed to be blessed with miracle qualities.

Ruins of the pueblo atop the Puye Cliffs, which were home to some 1,500 natives from about the 12th century until 1577 when drought finally forced the villagers to leave for locations nearer to the Rio Grande.Ruins of the pueblo atop the Puye Cliffs, which were home to some 1,500 natives from about the 12th century until 1577 when drought finally forced the villagers to leave for locations nearer to the Rio Grande.

Puye Cliff Dwellings
Santa Clara Pueblo
505.753.7326
www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/santaclara.html

On the Santa Clara Pueblo near Los Alamos northwest of Santa Fe, these “winter” homes were carved out of a 200-foot high cliff ridge, and extended for more than a mile along the south face. The ruins only recently reopened to the public.
What: There are two tours, one of the cliff dwellings, which involves a quick, moderate hike, or the Mesa Top Trail, which leads to the 740-room pueblo ruin where natives spent summers.
Don’t Miss: Petroglyphs can easily be spotted on the cliff walls from below.
Say what:  Guide Porter Swentzel is a colorful character not afraid to use humor to transport visitors back in time when living in or atop the cliffs was a way of life for some 1,500 Native Americans.

Gaming

Buffalo Thunder Resort, the state’s largest gaming complex (1.5 acres), includes a 395-room Hilton, 13,000 square feet of shops, 200 pieces of art by nationally renowned native artists, and a 36-hole golf course. Big Rock in nearby Español is much smaller, with 765 gaming machines and eight tables.

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