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Skiing in Santa Fe: What You Need to Know

With the winter season just around the corner, skiers all over the nation are rubbing their hands together in anticipation. Icy breezes and winter snows also bring New Mexico’s ski season. Although many people do not picture exhilarating slopes when they think of New Mexico, the Santa Fe ski area offers some of the best ski trails in the southwest! If the idea of whizzing through challenging downhill slopes overlooking the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains excites you, then here is everything you need to know about skiing in Santa Fe!
If you enjoy our skiing in Santa Fe information, be sure to download our Free Vacation Guide for more thrilling activities you can enjoy during your trip!

Trails for Skiing in Santa Fe

Usually open by the end of November, the Ski Santa Fe Mountain offers several trails for every experience level. If you are new to skiing, you may find value in participating in the resort’s Snow Sport School. Here, you will learn how to enjoy the slopes safely by skis or snowboard!
If you are an experienced skier, you are sure to love the challenging and thrilling slopes scattered throughout the mountain. There are also 7 ski lifts available to transport you to your favorite trails.

Ski Rental in Santa Fe

There are plenty of options for renting everything you need for a successful ski trip throughout Santa Fe. Here are just a couple of our personal favorites.

  • Cottam’s Ski Shops: This rental company has been rated New Mexico’s favorite family-owned ski shop since 1976. They have achieved this by providing several locations throughout northern New Mexico and supplying only top quality ski equipment. We can guarantee you will be renting only the best through Cottam.
  • Ski Santa Fe Rentals: This rental is located right on the mountain, so you will not have to travel far for your gear. They make your rental experience convenient with a variety of services including overnight rental, storage, and much more. Most of their equipment also comes from well-known brands such as Volkl, Salomon, and K2.

Disc Golf Course

While the mountain is ideal for skiing in Santa Fe, there are also activities available to fall visitors! One of the most popular autumn attractions is the resort’s 18-hole disc golf course! This alpine environment course is one of the highest in the world, reaching 11,565 feet above sea level.
From September into the first weeks of October, a chair lift is available to transport guests to the higher points of the course. After October 10th, they can only be reached by hiking. This also provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy Santa Fe’s beautiful fall weather and scenery. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks, water, and sunscreen with you to the course!
Check out the map of one of the world’s highest disc golf courses now!

Enjoy a Superior Bed and Breakfast Experience Just Outside of Santa Fe

After your skiing in Santa Fe adventure, return to Casa Escondida, an elegant and secluded paradise in Chimayo, NM. Featuring traditional New Mexican charm, stunning scenery, and comfortable modern amenities, we are the perfect alternative to generic lodging options. Choose your ideal accommodation from our 9 guestrooms and enjoy a Mexican-inspired gourmet breakfast each morning. We provide everything you need for a memorable vacation you won’t soon forget! Find out how you can save with our tempting specials or download your Free Vacation Guide today!
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Ski, Snowshoe, Snowboard Equipment Rentals, NM, Casa Escondida B&B

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is your New Mexico winter vacation rental destination! Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast, which is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road to Taos). We provide Santa Fe area accommodations, which are ideal for your Santa Fe area vacation. We know that for most visitors, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in New Mexico may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of New Mexico tourist attractions, activities or adventures. Actually, New Mexico offers ALL of these activities for your New Mexico ski vacation and more. Whether you are new to outdoor winter activities or if you simply don’t want to be bothered hauling your own gear, we are happy to recommend some good equipment rental shops. Here, you can get outfitted to hit the slopes or the trails.

The following businesses have winter gear rentals available: Alpine Sports in Santa Fe (downhill, cross-country, snowboards, snowshoes); Cottam’s Ski Rentals in Taos, Angel Fire and Santa Fe (downhill, cross-country, snowboards, snowshoes, snowblades); New Mexico Bike N’Sport in Santa Fe (snowshoes, cross-country); Santa Fe Mountain Sports in Santa Fe (downhill; cross-country, snowboards, snowshoes); Ski Tech Ski Rentals in Santa Fe (downhill, snowshoes, snowboards); REI in Santa Fe (snowshoes). Many of these businesses also do repairs and tune-ups for the outdoor gear that you own. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is open year-round for your New Mexico family vacation.

We have wonderful rooms available throughout the entire New Mexico winter sport season. We keep our outdoor hot tub running year-round as well. Perfect for a long soak after a day on the New Mexico slopes or trails. This is a great way to experience your New Mexico vacation spot. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a delightful New Mexico retreat. We are perfect for a romantic New Mexico getaway too. Contact Casa Escondida B&B to check room availability or to inquire about a reservation. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a environmentally friendly B&B , which provides Santa Fe area pet-friendly lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. Enjoy your New Mexico travels AND Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast! We look forward to having you as our guest!


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Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Birding in NM, Casa Escondida B&B

Participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count of New Mexico, while a guest at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a great annual bird count. This year it starts on Friday December 14th, 2012 and runs through Saturday January 5th 2013. While this is a worldwide event that stretches from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America, this winter there are more than 30 counting locations in New Mexico! Groups of bird-watchers will be counting every bird they see or hear! Even beginning birders can join in on the fun. Each counting group is led by a birding expert. View the Christmas Bird Count schedule and find a New Mexico location, date and time that you would like to join! Bring your Audubon Western Birds Field Guide book. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful guest rooms available throughout the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count period. There are many wonderful birding trails throughout Northern New Mexico that can be enjoyed year round. Join us and enjoy the birds of New Mexico! It is possible that not only could you see the Road Runner (the official state bird of New Mexico) but you could see that sneaky Wile E. Coyote too!

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New Mexico Vacation Deals, Monuments, Museums, Casa Escondida B&B

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast wants you to truly experience New Mexico during your vacation and save! Purchase your New Mexico Culture Pass today. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe (on the High Road), located in the historic village of Chimayo, NM. The New Mexico Culture Pass is one of the best New Mexico vacation deals around. Looking for a fun and interesting New Mexico getaway on a budget? The Culture Pass is only $25. You can visit many of the most desirable New Mexico tourist attractions and save! The Culture Pass allows you to visit all 6 of the New Mexico State Monuments (Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, Coronado State Monument, El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Fort Selden State Monument, Jemez State Monument and the Lincoln State Monument). PLUS, all 8 of the New Mexico State Museums (New Mexico Museum of Space History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History  Museum/Palace of the Governors).  Wow! That’s a total of 14 museums and monuments for one low price of only $25. It is like having your own New Mexico travel guide. You can buy your Culture Pass in advance of your New Mexico trip. Making your Culture Pass purchase is easy and it can even be done online. You can start using your Culture Pass whenever you want. On the day that you visit your first museum or monument, the pass will be validated. Your Culture Pass is valid for 12 months from that date. Just be sure to keep your pass in a safe place since it can’t be replaced if lost. The Culture Pass is offered by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful guest rooms available throughout the entire year. Remember that the holiday season is just around the corner. The New Mexico Culture Pass is the perfect gift to be given in combination with your Casa Escondida B&B gift certificate. The staff at Casa Escondida B&B look forward to your visit!
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Guided Segway Tour, Santa Fe, NM, Vacation, Casa Escondida B&B

Tour the historic Santa Fe plaza on a Segway, while a guest a Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast! Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). A guided walking tour of the historic plaza in Santa Fe has always been a common tourist attraction during a New Mexico vacation. However, given that Santa Fe is known as “the city different”, it isn’t surprising that you can now glide around town via your own Segway, while touring the historic Santa Fe plaza! Segway New Mexico now offers guided Segway tours. Your Santa Fe Segway tour begins with a Segway training session. Before you know it, you will be ready to roll through historic Santa Fe with your guide. Your Santa Fe Segway trip is about 1 ½ hours in length (including your training session). Kids are welcome too! The cost of your guided Segway tour is $89 per person.

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available for your visit to Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. So the next time you wonder what there is to do in Santa Fe, put a guided Segway tour on your list. Casa Escondida B&B is happy to assist you with your reservation.

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Fall Foliage, Santa Fe, NM Autumn Leaves Color, Casa Escondida B&B

Make Casa Escondida B&B your fall foliage destination for northern NM. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area B&B, located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). This is the perfect location for your fall foliage trip to see the best colors of the autumn leaves. When you make your reservation at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, we are happy to provide you with a fall foliage report. We can also recommend some of the best New Mexico fall color drives. Of course, peak fall color will depend on weather conditions but we can make sure that you experience the best of the fall leaves that are available during your fall foliage vacation. Fall is fabulous! Experience our glorious aspens , our dazzling cottonwoods and the clean, clear, crisp fall air. We can also recommend some of the best fall color hikes. There is the Dale Ball trail system if you are in town, in Santa Fe or venture up to the Aspen Vista Trail. The 8,000 square mile views of the valley below are spectacular from this trail! Casa Escondida B&B has trail guides available for your use during your stay.
We look forward to seeing your fall foliage pictures. We would love it if you would post your photos of the fall leaves on the Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast Facebook page! The Jemez Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Casa Escondida B&B await your arrival. We have wonderful guest rooms available for your fall vacation but book your room now. Fall is a very busy time of year. We look forward to having you as our guest!


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May 20th, 2012 Annular Eclipse, New Mexico, Casa Escondida B&B

View a rare annular eclipse on May 20th, 2012 while a guest at Casa Escondida B&B, a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast. We are located in historic Chimayo, New Mexico. New Mexico is a prime viewing area! As a result, people are traveling from afar to be here for this event. Book your room now at our Santa Fe lodging establishment, for this astronomical happening! This is the first annular eclipse that will be visible in the US in over 18 years. An annular eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse. An annular eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun. When the sun and the moon align like this, the moon creates what appears to be a “black hole” in the center of the sun, which results in the sun looking like a ring of fire! Be aware that this type of eclipse is much brighter than a solar eclipse. So be safe when viewing the annular eclipse. Buy special eclipse glasses, use a solar filter on your binoculars, camera or telescope or make a pinhole camera. An annular eclipse turns sunbeams into little rings of light. You can visualize this phenomenon on sun-dappled ground (such as beneath a leafy tree). Under these conditions, you can see hundreds of circular shadows cast upon the ground.The eclipse time is just before sunset, if you are viewing it from our New Mexico bed & breakfast. It will be on the western horizon. The maximum eclipse will last just over 4 minutes. The bonus of viewing the eclipse from New Mexico is that the sun will still be in deep partial eclipse at sunset, which will make for some fabulous and unique photo opportunities.  If you are outside of the prime viewing area, the
eclipse will be partial. Those observers will see a crescent-shaped sun as the Moon passes by, off-center.
Join us! We have rooms available for this rare astronomical event!
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April 21-29, 2012 is FREE National Park Week! Casa Escondida B&B

It’s true! April 21st – April 29th, 2012 is FREE National Park Week. Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is located in historic Chimayo, New Mexico. In only 40 minutes travel time from Casa Escondida B&B, you will find Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier protects over 33,000 acres of beautiful canyon and mesa country. It also hosts ancient ruins, petroglyphs and abundant wildlife. This is just one of the many National Parks that you can visit for free during this week. While a guest at our Santa Fe area bed and breakfast, we invite you to explore the natural beauty, rich history and diverse culture of northern New Mexico.
Bandelier, Capulin Volcano and Fort Union are New Mexico National Monuments that are all delightful daytrips from Casa Escondida B&B. In addition to the National Monuments of New Mexico, there are also National Historical Parks like Pecos and Chaco Culture.  You can visit all of these sites and more during Free National Park Week, without paying a single entry fee. Many park-related restaurants, gift shops and tour operators will offer specials during the fee-free days as well.

So reserve your stay at Casa Escondida B&B now. We are happy to assist you in planning your Free National Park Week adventure here in northern New Mexico!