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Attractions, Lodging, and Dining

Espanola is our closest town and has several great restaurants, accomodations, a cultural center, and is centrally located between Santa Fe and Taos. It is also central to 4 historic pueblos; Santa Clara, Okay Owingeh, San Idelfonso, and Nambe. Visit or for travel and tourist info.
Many of the local pueblos have built casinos, resorts, convention centers, and golf courses for your pleasure. Some offer weekend entertainment and have well-known entertainers. Use the above link to check out what the pueblos have to offer.

The Valles Caldera National Preserve
is a haven for fishing, hiking, and offers fantastic views. The dormant volcano is one of the largest, being over 12 miles across in places. You can even see it using Google Earth.
Today it is primarily a wildlife preserve. Rides in this area are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to advance reservations. The Trust charges a $20 entrance fee for riding. Viewing the Caldera by vehicle, however is free and well worth the drive. Call
1-800-382-5537 for information or reservations. 

Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier is an ancestral pueblo village (ruins) dating from the 1100's A self guided tour takes you through the village, kivas,
The Long House, and up ladders to a ceremonial cave/kiva. Definitely worth seeing. The local pueblo at Santa Clara claims this as an ancestral village as well as the area known as Puye. Puye Cliffs have been recently re-opened after a long closure due to fire and remodeling. There is a great page at for info on this site.

Rio Chama Wilderness encompasses 50,300 acres in northwest New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated the land a wilderness in 1978 and in 1986 the Rio Chama, that flows through the wilderness, was deemed a Wild and Scenic River. The Continental Divide Trail passes through this wilderness and at Skull Bridge, where the Rio Chama passes underneath, you can choose to hike the Ojitos Trail through open sage. 

 Ojo Caliente Hot Springs is one of the oldest health resorts in North America and only 15 miles from Equine Escapes! They have several pools and private mineral baths as well. Indulge with a massage, facial, or milagro wrap. There are hiking trails in the hills behind the resort and Indian ruins. The toll free number is 1-800-222-9162

Shidoni Foundry, gallery and gardens are worth the visit. There is also an onsite glass-blowing foundry where you can watch items being created. Check the website for hours of operation and tours.

The Abiquiu area has much to offer. Fishing, boating, and swimming in Abiquiu Lake is always a welcome treat. Red Rock formations and visable strata make the valley around the lake a stunning surprise. No wonder so many movies have been made here using this area as a backdrop. Be sure to visit Echo Amphitheater as well as Ghost Ranch Conference Center and Museum. Georgia O'Keefe lived there many years. She also lived in the town of Abiquiu where you can tour her house.

Our area boasts several wineries. Closest is Black Mesa Winery ,followed by Santa Fe Vineyards, Vivac and La Chiripada. Take an afternoon and visit all four for wine tasting.

A diamond in the rou
gh is Kokoman's Liquor in Pojoaque. Every Saturday from 4-7 pm is wine tasting from around the world. 

The road to Lyden/ El Guique offers some spectacular petroglyphs on boulders of basalt. The boulders are on your left side as you proceed north on CR. 582. Starting in Chamita near Okay Owingeh Pueblo (formerly San Juan) follow road 582 north. The road roughly parallels the Rio Grande. The petroglyphs start just after the church in El Guique and continue for over one mile. The petroglyphs are mostly on private land so be sure to view from your car. Take a camera however. It is well worth the drive and only about 9 miles from here.

One of many spectacular petrogyphs near Lyden. 
In Espanola there are a variety of hotels.  The Santa Claran is the newest and biggest and has food, gambling, and a bowling alley. 

Inn at the Delta, located in Espanola is a truly southwestern inn. Large rooms with fireplaces, southwest decor and Jacuzzi baths are some of the amenities you'll find here. Pets are allowed For reservations call: 505-753-9466.

Ojo caliente Hot springs have several different options. They have the hotel, cabins, casitas, and RV parking. Take your pick.
They also have a fine restuarant, The Artisian. Only 20 minutes from Equines Escapes. Kick back here after your ride. One of Equine Escapes favorite local hangouts.

New Mexico Outdoor. Situated on a mesa, just minutes away, is a fully appointed 3 bedroom/2 bath new Rancher with horse corrals. Room to roam and views all around, enjoy this getaway that boasts it's own tennis club on site. High Desert Tennis is located at at New Mexico Outdoor and is a real workout at 6,300 ft elevation. A unique treat! CLOSED

Casita de Chuparosa is another nearby B&B style vacation home. Located in Abiquiu, the charming house boast over 123 rave reviews. Organic stocked kitchen, great views and horse facilities make this an inviting get-away for your next vacation.

Hacinda Las Barrancas is a great B&B near the pueblo of Pojoaque. Centrally located between Los Alamos, Bandelier and Santa Fe, this gracious establishment has a wonderful gourmet breakfast according to my customers that have stayed there.
They have spacious rooms, plenty of privacy, and great views. Give them a call at 1-800-455-2197 or 505-455-2197 to make reservations. CLOSED

La Cueva Lodge is the perfect palce to stay for a get-away in the Jemez Mountains. Close to Jemez Springs and the wild, natural springs of San Antonio. If you are interested in riding to the Hot Springs, this is the place. Close to the Valles Caldera, Los Alamos, and other attractions. 505-829-3300 or -1866-312-0102

Canon del Rio is another fine B&B in the Jemez mountans in the historic town of Jemez Springs. Closely situated to the famous hot springs of the Jemez, this B&B offers seclusion and relaxation in the hig country. 505-829-4377 or 505-829-4378.

Gallina Canyon Ranch is a wonderful, rustic getaway in the Rio Chama Wilderness area. They have 2 casitas and wonderful views. Great riding right on the ranch.
Gallina Canyon Ranch also raises organic Black Angus Beef.  


Here are a few recommendations on where to dine while in the Espanola Valley

EL PARAGUA is a famous northern New Mexcio restaurant featured in many travel and dining magazines. They feature local cuisine, steaks grilled over Mesquite, seafood, and a full bar.
Be sure to make reservations early, as this popular spot fills up quickly. In Espanola, right off Riverside Drive. 505-753-3211

Another popular restaurant for northern New Mexico cuisine is Rancho de Chimayo. Located near the famous Santuario de Chimayo, this establishment is well-known for its "Chimayo Red" chile plates. The area is also known for its many weaving shops and galleries. Weaving in Chimayo goes back 8 generations. 505-351-4444  or 505-984-2100.

For something different, try Jo-Ji's Sushi and Teppan Grill. The sushi is ocean-fresh and the Teppan grill offers an amazing variety of seafood, steak, fish, and combos. Located at 1508-B Riverside Dr. Espanola. 505-747-4113  Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Want a liitle bit of everything? Try the Painted Parrot Buffet at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. The buffet has an international flair offering Asian, Italian, Mexican, and American dishes.


If you happen riding here but staying in Santa Fe, here are a few of my recommendations:

Over 100 great Margaritas. They wrote the book!
New Mexican Food and lots of it.

Second Street Brewery
Microbrewery and Cafe
Live Music and Heated Patio
On Second Street near the tracks and the newly opened RailRunner Depot.
Watch the trains go by and enjoy hearty pub-style food.

Jinja's Bar and Bistro
Asian fusion. The best.
510 N. Guadalupe
Santa Fe

Cowgirl BBQ and Western Grill
Authenic Mesquite pit BBQ
Microbrews on tap
Live intertainment

Anazasi Restaurant
Contempary southwestern cuisine in a beautiful, relaxed setting.
4 Star - 4 diamond
Reservations recommended

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