Saturday, October 16, 2010

Enchanting Jemez Springs

Because so many of our guests are repeat visitors to both Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast and our sister property, The Madeleine Inn, we are always on the lookout for new adventures for our guests.  Greg, the 'cowboy' innkeeper at Hacienda Nicholas, spends most weekends scouting in and around Santa Fe for new sights to recommend.  He recently spent a day in Jemez Springs, a little piece of heaven on earth just an hour's drive from Santa Fe, and returned with spectacular photos, including this image on the left, along with a greater appreciation for New Mexico's scenic beauty and history.

The Jemez Mountain Trail offers incredible vistas and photo opportunities, from breath-taking red rock mesas to the hot springs bubbling up throughout the Valley.   The area is also rich in history and culture.  Make sure you visit the remains of a Spanish Mission built in 1621, and as well as the ruins of the Jemez Pueblo.

 After a day of touring, you can choose to soak au natural in any of the four hot springs administered by the US Forest Service (call 575.829.3535 for current conditions and accessibility) or relax in a charming facilities of the Giggling Springs , the oldest bath house in the area.



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