The 10 Best Things to Do in Espanola, United States

November 20, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Discover the best top things to do in Espanola, United States including Puye Cliff Dwellings, Sanctuario de Chimayo, El Santuario de Chimayo, Black Mesa Golf Club, Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Bond House Museum, Santa Fe Stables at Black Mesa, Tesuque Peak Trail, Deception Peak, Espanola Community Market.
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1. Puye Cliff Dwellings

300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532 +1 505-917-6650
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Puye Cliff Dwellings

The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.

Reviewed By Jane D - Madison, Wisconsin

We visited with family and had an interesting and informative time. There is a little museum and film that tells about the area native American culture. They drive you up to the top and you can either ride back down after the tour or climb down the side of the cliff. It is not dangerous but you should be able to handle steep stairs. The guide stays with you.

2. Sanctuario de Chimayo

15 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522-4028 +1 505-531-4889
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Sanctuario de Chimayo

Reviewed By kayaklady2 - Washington State

As an ex-Catholic, it was a little over the top, but obviously is an important place of healing for many. The setting is lovely. It is moving to see the photos and the crutches left in the church as people were "healed." I thought, "What harm?" As my two friends attended mass, I too photos of ice in the little creek nearby. Thousands of rosaries bedeck statues of Mary. It is very funky and beautiful and obviously has been quite meaningful to thousands of people... and if the holy dirt helps my friends with cancer, so much the better.

3. El Santuario de Chimayo

6 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522 +1 505-351-4889
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4.5 based on 547 reviews

El Santuario de Chimayo

The "Lourdes" of America, where miracles are thought to happen.

Reviewed By CO_sugarbear - Trinidad, Colorado

If you are in northern New Mexico you must make a trip to Chimayó. The chapel is very spiritual. Take the time to visit the grounds and take in the beauty and peace of the location. Learn the history of the location and believe.

4. Black Mesa Golf Club

115 State Road 399, NM 87532 +1 505-747-8946
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3.5 based on 55 reviews

Black Mesa Golf Club

Black Mesa is a high-desert links style layout that weaves its way around and over sandstone foothills on the Santa Clara Pueblo located thirty minutes north of Santa Fe. Designed by Baxter Spann, the course opened in 2003 to numerous accolades including "Best New Affordable Course" by Golf Digest and one of the" Top Ten Courses You Can Play" that debuted that year by GOLF Magazine. Since then, Black Mesa has been continually cited in the media for its challenging play for golfers of all skill levels, stunning panoramic views and exceptional value. The course has been rated in the various industry Top 100 lists since it opened. and was recently named one of the "Ten Most Spectacular Courses in the World" by LINKS Magazine.

Reviewed By Larry B - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Black Mesa has a well-deserved reputation for being a tough golf course. It is indeed tough. Fairways bend and swoop in unexpected ways, narrowing tightly for players who want to lay up. The greens are exceedingly well protected by traps and gullies. Also, ridges and swells abound on the greens. Finally, don't hit in the rough! Balls more than a few feet off the fairway may well be gone forever.
The only negative we saw were the sand traps. The course had received 3 1/2 inches of rain a few days before, flooding many of the traps. When we played, the traps had not yet been restored and were filled with dry mud and stones. I have to assume that this was a temporary condition. Otherwise, the course is a spectacular challenge.

5. Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

325 S Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM 87532-3523 +1 505-747-3577
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

EVFAC is New Mexico’s resource for fiber artists, enthusiasts and visitors. Stop by to shop, learn, visit, connect and find inspiration. EVFAC offers a hands-on approach to weaving. Designed to fit your skill level, anyone can craft a unique piece of handmade NM. No previous experience is required and a finished piece can be completed in just one session. Call to reserve - great for travelers!

Reviewed By MaryEllenM27 - Kalispell, Montana

This is a wonderful place to visit. Yarns or all kind and native weavings made from the endangered Churro Sheep. The weavings are unique and suitable for all kinds of home decor. At the right time of day you may see some of the Native...MoreSo glad you enjoyed our local selection! Next time you come back, join us for our annual Churro Week event and learn even more about these wonderful animals and the wool they give us.

6. Bond House Museum

706 Bond St, Espanola, NM 87532-2727 +1 505-747-8535
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5 based on 4 reviews

Bond House Museum

Reviewed By Rosanne R - Santa Fe, New Mexico

We shared stories from our book Women Marked for History at the Bond House Museum recently. We were amazed with the history of the Espanola Valley that is captured in this Museum. If you love New Mexico history, the Bond House Museum is a Must See! Phil and Rosanne Archuletta, Authors of Women Marked for History

7. Santa Fe Stables at Black Mesa

115 State Road 399, Espanola, NM 87532-3169 +1 505-231-7113
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5 based on 4 reviews

Santa Fe Stables at Black Mesa

Reviewed By bertocolliemom - Santa Fe, New Mexico

I recently spent two hours with Karen (the owner) on a trail ride through the beautiful countryside of the Santa Clara reservation. It was classic Northern New Mexico: big, blue skies, dramatic cliffs, and every color of green that one can imagine. My horse, Rosie, was a sweetie. Very responsive, but patient with my lack of skill. I felt absolutely safe.
Karen is fantastic. She has a great sense of humor and is very concerned with the welfare of the horses at the same time that she wants to be sure that riders get a good experience.
I signed up with Santa Fe Stables because they could accommodate a single rider for a modest extra fee. I initially hesitated when I read that the ride would include countryside along a golf course. Don't let this stop you! The golf course remains on the fringes of your view and defies most cliches about golf courses. It is a sustainable design that uses a special drought-resistant breed of grass developed by NM State University and is run by the Santa Clara pueblo tribe. The patches of brilliant green against the native landscape are gorgeous. I can't wait to go back!

8. Tesuque Peak Trail

1710 N Riverside Dr, Santa Fe National Forest, Espanola, NM 87532-8064 +1 505-753-7331
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5 based on 2 reviews

Located in the Santa Fe National Forest, this trail is used by cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts during winter, and hikers, mountain bikers and trail-runners in the warmer months.

Reviewed By Sanandanna - Ashford, Connecticut

We took the trail leading uphill and were rewarded with views at every peak. We went out about 2 miles, but clearly could see the trail kept getting more interesting. Very quiet.

9. Deception Peak

Espanola, NM
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4 based on 2 reviews

Deception Peak

Reviewed By amsdms - iowa

We chose a perfect afternoon to hike to the top of Deception Peak near the Santa Fe Ski Area. It was so nice, we hiked on to Lake Peak. Elevation gain of 2200 ft, starting at 10K. An unmarked, but easily followed trail up to the peaks. Start on Winsor Trail and follow the eastbound trail around 0.75 miles. A comfortable climb takes you along the Pecos Wilderness boundary, through conifer forest, meadows, a great overlook of Nambe Lake before the steep hike to the crest. It was such a perfect day, we scrambled across rocks for about 0.5 mi to Lake Peak. Retracing your steps back to the trailhead is advised. We tried a suggested route back of following the old ski lift and even though we made it back and quickly, we never picked up a trail.

10. Espanola Community Market

312 S Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM 87532-3520 +1 505-747-3006
Espanola Community Market

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