April 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM
"With its abundance of various mountain ranges, national forest and BLM trails, Santa Fe is an ideal vacation destination for trail riding enthusiasts"
By Susie Morgan
Hoof Prints in Santa Fe
Susie Morgan is a lifetime lover of horses, the outdoors and lives for adventures. She lives in Las Campanas, and is reconnecting with horses after working 27 years in New York City.
Horse motels continue to multiply all over the country. Today, it is relatively easy to plan a road trip with your equine friends to explore new areas outside your backyard. Horse motels are ideal for trail riding enthusiasts to explore new trails and terrain, or to provide people hauling horses across country a place to rest the horses. With its abundance of various mountain ranges, national forest and BLM trails, Santa Fe is an ideal vacation destination for trail riding enthusiasts.
Just minutes south of Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail, across the street from the San Marcos Feed and Café, is the ideal combination: a newly refurbished bed and breakfast for travelers that have on-site facilities for their equine and canine family members on vacation.
This one bedroom, one bath casita has a private upstairs entrance, fully stocked kitchen, box stalls and/or five-rail paddocks for horses and kennels for dogs. The facilities include two round pens and a riding arena available to B&B guests. Located just feet off I-14, this is a gated facility with EZ access for a large trailer and off-street parking for large rigs.
Out-of-towners can ask the Innkeeper for guided trail ride, or just directions to trailheads to explore the diverse landscapes that surround Santa Fe. At an affordable $135 per night for the B&B, and special rates for week-long guests, the cost for horses is $20 per horse/night and $10 per dog; owners provide feed and care. For more information you can call Beth 505-930-1989 or Jim 505-920-5276.
So the next time you have equine friends coming for a visit, or if you are planning a trip to Santa Fe, consider seeing this part of the country from a different perspective – from the saddle of your own horse. Here are just a few of the diverse trail destinations.
Cerrillos Hills State Park - 10 minutes from B&B.
Caja Del Rio BLM access – 20 minutes from B&B. Very popular with endurance rides.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains - 30 minutes from B&B.
Sandia Mountains - 45 minutes from B&B.
Copper Canyon near Abiquiu – 1 hour from B&B.
Jemez Mountains – Valles Caldera Preserve – 1 ½ hours from B&B.
Jemez Mountains – Fenton Lake Area - 1 ½ hours from B&B.
Rio Grande National Forest - Chama Wilderness - 2 hours North from B&B off I-284.