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March 21st, 2014 | 10:39am

Spring Hikes Near Santa Fe, New Mexico

Spring is one of the best times to get outside and enjoy a hike. The trails are thawing and blossoming with new life, and the gentle spring sun warms your face and back just enough to make you rejoice in the great outdoors! If you've been jonesing for some outdoor adventure then look no further, our Loretto Curators Sue and Georges Mally of Santa Fe Walkabouts share their favorite places to hit the trails this season!

Chimney Rock, Abiquiu – located on Ghost Ranch property, Chimney Rock is a 3 mile round trip hike with stunning views of the landscapes that captured Georgia O’Keeffe’s heart and imagination. The hike starts behind the Museums and is rated easy to moderate although there are a few steep sections, as you ascend from 6500 feet to 7100 feet, where you may need to take a break and catch your breath, especially if you’re visiting from sea level. Once you reach the top of the mesa, enjoy the views of the Cerro Pedernal (Georgia O’Keeffe’s mountain) and the picturesque spire called Chimney Rock. 

Chimeny Rock Hike Near Santa Fe
Walking at a leisurely pace, the hike should take between 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Check in first at the Welcome Center – there is a $3 per person suggested conservation fee – and pick up a trail guide.

Chimney Rock is one of our favorite hikes in the early spring, although you could hike it year round. In March or April, the temperatures are still cool and Ghost Ranch is not yet teeming with summer visitors. Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe and then get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Abiquiu.

Red Dot Trail, White Rock – starting from the top of White Rock Canyon, off Piedra Loop, the Red Dot Trail, or Pajarito Springs Trail, takes you down to the Rio Grande River, dropping approximately 850 feet in elevation. Round trip, the distance is only 2.5 miles but the hike is rated moderately difficult because of the steep and occasionally rocky path. We love this hike because, along the way, you’ll see petroglyphs, an enchanting spring, a lovely waterfall and, of course, the Rio Grande River.

Red Dot Trail Near Santa Fe
The hike itself should take about 3 hours round trip although one should really take a picnic lunch and enjoy sitting by the waterfall (quite a novelty in New Mexico!). For the more adventurous, there are cairns that lead to a place called Newspaper Rock where you can view more petroglyphs. 

This hike is best done in the spring when the temperatures are cooler, and the risk of running across a rattlesnake is lower. We rate it as one of our favorite hikes because of the striking views, the petroglyphs that give an insight into the world of the Pueblo Indians, and the calming presence of water.

Painted Cave, Bandelier National Monument – a strenuous backcountry hike at Bandelier National Monument, this is an all day excursion that takes you to a very special site, a cave set about 30 feet up from the canyon floor covered with pictographs left by Ancient Pueblo Indians and probably by Spanish shepherds. The hike, if you start near St. Peter’s Dome, is 13 miles round trip with approximately 2,500 feet gain in elevation. 

Painted Cave Trail Near Santa Fe
It’s best to hike this trail in late April/early May once the Santa Fe National Forest has opened all of their secondary roads and it is advisable to take a high clearance vehicle to the trailhead.

Aside from being able to view pictographs, you’ll get an appreciation of the volcanic formations in the area and you’ll be able to view three types of juniper (one seed, Rocky Mountain and alligator).

Allocate about 8 hours for the hike and, as with any outdoor adventure, be prepared. Take enough drinking water, pack a lunch, and dress appropriately. Also remember to check in with the rangers at Bandelier and make sure you have the appropriate permit. Yes, this hike requires some planning but it is definitely worth it.

About the authors: Sue and Georges Mally are the owners of Santa Fe Walkabouts, a Santa Fe Adventure and Tour service. They work closely with the Inn and Spa at Loretto as outdoor curators, offering their insight and expertise into navigating Santa Fe’s hiking trails and cultural monuments.

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Posted by Sarah Sims

March 7th, 2014 | 10:38am

Spring Art Hopping in Santa Fe

The Inn and Spa at Loretto recently partnered with Karla Winterowd of Winterowd Fine Art to help curate art experiences in Santa Fe. This art partnership offers guests the opportunity to connect further with the Art and Soul of Santa Fe™ both on and off property using the thoughtful insight of one of Santa Fe’s premier art experts.

Just in time for spring, new works of art from the Winterowd gallery were recently installed in our foyer, deluxe two bedroom suites and Penthouse suite. The new work offers each space a fresh aesthetic and provides guests with yet another opportunity to experience art in Santa Fe.

Loretto Foyer Artwork Emilio Lobato

As we think about what spring brings to the City Different we are invigorated by the thought of spending warm sun-filled days meandering the galleries along Canyon Road, or discovering innovative new exhibits at one of the city’s many art museums.

Santa Fe Gallery Hopping

The renewal and promise of spring provides a host for new ideas and enthusiasm for Santa Fe’s artists. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy the new works of art taking stage on gallery and museum walls all over town.

Art Galleries Canyon Road Winterowd Fine Art

We invite you to come explore and celebrate the amazing creativity only found in Santa Fe. Read below to discover Karla's springs must-do art events and prepare for a colorful spring escape to Santa Fe!

  • The famed Georgia O’Keeffe Museum takes a fresh look at O’Keeffe’s work created from her 1939 trip to Hawaii. The exhibition is titled The Hawai'i Pictures. You will find tropical floral paintings alongside a concurrent exhibition of Cottonwood tree paintings by O’Keeffe titled Abiuqu Views. Both exhibitions are up through September 14th
  • The New Mexico Museum of Fine Art focuses in on the Santa Fe Arts Colony in an exhibition titled Southwestern Allure opening April 25. It examines artists who visited and helped establish our city as an artistic center in the early 20th century and is up through July 27. Opening March 7th begins a year-long rotating exhibition titled Focus on Photography. There will be solo shows, theme shows and the photo lab so visitors can learn more about photographic processes. Visit and engage in the exchange of ideas & become part of the conversation with others.  
  • One of the main art attractions of Santa Fe is the 200+ art galleries.  No matter what time of the year, it is a feast for the eyes. The Santa Fe Gallery Association hosts two engaging events this spring. ART MATTERS | Sustenance - March 14-23 features in-gallery dining with art exhibitions and critical discussions.  Later in April you will find ART MATTERS | Curated. Please see all the gallery events related to ART MATTERS at the SFGA website. 
  • In May, the Canyon Road Merchants Association will host their popular annual event titled Passport to the Arts, May 9-11. You will find special art exhibitions, painting demonstrations, & live music. The headline event is the Artist Quick Draw and live action on Saturday. Come see the artists create art and then purchase a work of art at the live auction. 
  • Santa Fe’s cutting edge contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe features a feast for the senses.  Their spring show titled FEAST and is up through May 18th.  This radically different exhibition challenges the viewer to reconsider their experience of our social, commercial and political structures around food. 

If you have any particular questions about Santa Fe’s multi-faceted art scene, please feel free to email your questions to: 

About the author: Karla Winterowd is the owner of Winterowd Fine Art on Canyon  Road, and works closely with the Inn and Spa at Loretto as an art  curator, offering her insight expertise into navigating Santa Fe’s diverse art scene. In addition, Karla serves as a board member and treasurer for the Santa Fe Gallery Association.

Ready to book your art escape? Check out our NEW Art and Soul of Santa Fe™ Package!

Posted by Sarah Sims

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