This was a hidden surprise found near the Tesuque reservation off Hwy 84/285. The sculptures were all "one of a kind". The prices will keep you from dragging one off and taking home since most are bigger the a vehicle, but the price range is $3,000-$57,000. They are nice, but come on with the prices. A lot of the sculptures are bizarre to say the least, but heh, these are made up in "artists heads" maybe with a little influence from hallucinating. On the 8 acre grounds is around 50 sculpture of brass, copper, or steel.
The glass blowers are separate and create some nice pieces with prices being fairly decent for US standards.
This is a pueblo village that thrived many years ago. The remaining standing building is the mission church that was built in the early 1600's. It had a full complement of sleeping rooms, kitchen, animal pens and more. The Indian inhabited this area well before 1500's and by the time Spaniards arrived, there was a community over 2,000 people. They farmed and hunted in addition to trading on this route along Rio Grand river. before the Spanish got here and after. By 1838 there was no one left in the pueblo, and only 300 remained by then. The trail around the ruins is 1 1/2 miles and takes one+ hours to see and read monuments. -
Close to the Pecos ruins is Glorietta battlefield trail hike that depicts the Civil War battle between Confederates under Gen Johnson confronting Major Chivington. The battle spanned 40 miles over 3 days, and the north triumphed by taking the supply wagons of the Confederates. The hike is nice to view the sites. It is 2.1 miles south of the visitor center-you need the lock combo to get in
I took a couple of hikes along these trails that are located east of town-off Old Santa Fe Trail Road. They are easy to locate. Other hike trail are north of the city. Some hikes are easy and others can be moderately difficult.
The trailhead is located near St. Johns College, which is off CAnyon Road to the east of the downtown. The trail is 7 miles round trip, or if you can park a bit closer to the TH, it can be about 5 1/2 mile RT. Both connect at the trail. The first portion of 1+ miles is easy, but then the climb of 1850 feet starts to drag on you. For me, the elevation getting to 9200 feet causes windage issues, and heavy breathing, even though I am in shape for the hike, and prepared as best possible for the height issue. Views at the top are great and lays at the city in the valley floor.
The hike is an easy trek around the old reservoir that now is closed up since about 1960's. It is 100 years old, and did once serve the town for water needs. In mid 1900's the silt began to be a problem and it was better to close the reservoir than try to keep out the silt. The Santa Fe River still trickles through here at a slow pace; disappointing. The hike is rather mundane but you get out in the sun at least
There are a number of good artifacts and preserved history in the museum and the tour could be 1 plus hours to view and read. The death of a number of New Mexico residents took place in the Philippines due to the soldiers being students and when the war started they stayed to join up over there. They got captured when Japanese took over Philippines, and a number died along the death march, or after incarceration.
The Capitol structure is new and ornate with a lot of modern type amenities and contemporary look. It is the newest capitol structure plus the state is one of the last to come into the USA. It was built in 1966 and is the only rounded structure of the states capitols.
They have some wonderful paintings and sculptures throughout the building that is worth taking time to view.
This is the oldest church in the US and it dates back to around 1620. The Indian rebellion of 1680 burned the roof and damaged other portions. After reconquest of 1692, the church facility was rebuilt for the damage, and completed in 1710. The tower is from 1830 and the last update was in 1887. The church has been updated many times, but the foundation of adobe walls are still original.
The church is dating back to 1886 and is a mix of adobe and French Romanesque styles. It was the 6th church built on this site, and the chapel still dates back to 1714, and it houses the Madonna from 1625 date. Italian masons came here to do the construction stone work. One of the chapels was updated in 1967 to more modern times.
These are structures near San Miguel church, which also is very old at early 1600 time frame. The oldest house is said to be 800 years old-the one with the blue trim paint, but it was not open while I was there, and may not be open often. The others are 200 plus years old.
This is privately owned art museum and supported by donations and/or $5 entry fee. The building has only 3 rooms, and the art is scanty to say the least. They have local artists provide the work; some good and others not so good. Besides the weird type art, there is photography of various settings. While I was there a depiction of a Wisconsin Indian tribe from late 1800's to 1940's was shown in black & white photos.
It is open Monday-SAturday-but closed Tuesday from 10-5 and Sunday 12-5. Admission is a large $10 for the 1/2 hour or less tour. Sculptures in the garden out back is the best bet.
It appears all the tourists some here to walk around and look into shops. Very few seem to purchase goods from the locals, but certainly looking is part of the process. There must be 60-80 art shops and another 50+ eclectic shops to see and buy.
This is the place to congregate and take in the mix of cultures and activities. Daily there are Indians lined up along the outside of Governors Palace side on the veranda walkway-sidewalk-to sell all the typical wares they make and feature. Prices are fairly reasonable. In the square you will find other vendors of art, plus maybe someone playing an instrument for donations, homeless hanging out on the sunny days, and many tourists strolling around looking for something to do or eat. Surrounding the square are shops and restaurants on all blocks
This church was built in the late 1800's and is located in Santa Fe's historic Plaza. It became a basilica in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI. It is a beautiful church, and very popular since it's in the plaza. There is a huge fountain, a baptismal fountain, located in the center of the church, under the nave.
If you're in Santa Fe, come say your prayers here at this church. To sit and look around, admiring God's great works on this earth and the peace this sanctuary brings. Even in the midst of all the tourists outside.
Talk about being blown away. This place is an absolute treasure. You can all it folk art, primitivo, rustica...who cares... the quantity, the exhibits, the detail the creativity is not to be believed until you walk in. Located on Museum Hill a couple miles from Old Town Santa Fe.
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