At Rancheros de Santa Fe, we strive to preserve the feel of country camping, while providing modern amenities. We are blessed with a lovely setting in a pinion-juniper forest at 7200 feet elevation. Warm days and cool nights, starlit skies, low humidity and no mosquitos make for a wonderful camping climate. We are located 10 miles from Old Town Santa Fe- a scenic drive on the Old Las Vegas Highway and Pecos trail.
This past winter brought a lot of snow to our area. We expect to have wildflowers, great hiking conditions, and low risk of forest fires this year. Upon request, we can provide you with information on our favorite hiking and mountain biking trails in the area. Although we do have a short hiking trail in the back of our property, there are several trail access points within a few miles of the campground.
Santa Fe is a very old city- founded in 1610 by Spanish Colonists. It is a city that has a look different from any other city in the U.S. – often referred to as “The City Different.” Santa Fe is regarded as one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., and the world. You will enjoy strolling the narrow streets of the old town and the plaza, unique shopping and art galleries, and maybe visit some of our wonderful museums.
Santa Fe is also known as a great restaurant town. While we are famous for Northern New Mexico cuisine, there are offerings of foods from all over the world. And yes, the green chile cheeseburger reigns supreme here. These days, we also have some good restaurants located in our part of the county, just a mile or two drive from the campground.
Northern New Mexico is also home to eight Pueblos — these are small towns or villages that have been continuously occupied by Native American tribes for 1000 years- truly the oldest settlements in America. You are able to visit the pueblos most days, and a real treat is witnessing one of the ceremonial dances that occur at different times of the year.
National Monuments worth visiting in our area are the Pecos Historic Park, Bandelier, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. The Valle Grande National Preserve is located in the Jemez Mountains above Los Alamos. Speaking of Los Alamos, which is also near Bandelier, the birthplace of the atomic bomb features the Bradbury Science Museum.
There is a lot to do here, so we hope you can stay for several days. Reservations are recommended. A listing of all the events is not practical here, but the visitor’s guide as www.santafe.org has a calendar of events for the entire year.
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