Santa Fe Ruins: What You Need to Know

New Mexico’s history stretches back thousands of years, so it’s no surprise that many remains of past civilizations can still be seen in the Santa Fe area today! Traveling to see the Santa Fe ruins is a fascinating experience, even if history does not appeal to you. The skeletons of small villages and towns tell incredible stories, and you will get to experience them in the exact place where those ancient people once stood. To get you started on your journey through time, here are the ruins you’ll discover near our bed and breakfast.

The Best Santa Fe Ruins to Visit

Tsankawi Ruins

As part of the Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi provides evidence of human presence dating back over 11,000 years. You will discover the ruins after a 1.5-mile hike along the mesa, a trail the ancestral Pueblo used to travel. After your trek, you will find yourself in a long forgotten village. Shards of pottery and remains of petroglyphs still litter the site, and the eerie quietness adds to the mysterious aura. Please note that the trail to the ruins is fairly rugged, so it is not recommended for those who cannot travel unpaved roads.

Puye Cliff

The Puye Cliff Dwellings are a National Historic Landmark and home to some of the most awe-inspiring cultural attractions. From the 900s to 1580 A.D., Pueblo Indians lived, farmed, and hunted in this land, leaving behind interesting cave dwellings. It is also the first of the ancient pueblo sites in the Rio Grande Valley to be excavated by Edgar Hewitt. There are 4 different tours for you to choose from during your visit, so you have the flexibility to pick the sites you are most interested in seeing.

Taos Pueblo

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Pueblo village that has been consistently inhabited for over 1,000 years! Traditional Native Americans and their families still live the village. Of course, you are welcome to visit and tour the premises. Experiencing the way of life of the Red Willow people in-person is a memory you will always remember, and the two-story village architecture is just as memorable. A great time to visit is during religious feast days in which dances and tribal rituals are conducted. You will be welcomed as an honored guest as they entertain you with riveting drum music and spiritual chanting. Before you visit, make sure to call ahead as the site can be closed for religious holidays or a death in the village.

Pecos National Monument

Pecos sites are Indian ruins near Santa Fe that were established and occupied for nearly 400 years. This is a self-guided tour that leads you to the Pecos Pueblo, Mission Church, and the ancient ceremonial center. You will also find a Civil War battle site, the Glorieta Battlefield, which was fought years before New Mexico was considered a state. This is a protected site and is recognized on the list of National Register of Historic Places.

Experience the Santa Fe Ruins and More Local Attractions During Your Stay at Casa Escondida

Located in beautiful and historic Chimayo, Casa Escondida encompasses authentic New Mexico and modern luxuries. Our eco-friendly rooms are perfect for a weekend or extended stay. You’ll also love the bountiful and savory breakfast we serve every morning. To enjoy more of Casa Escondida and Santa Fe attractions for less, check out our tempting bed and breakfast specials!
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