April 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Turquoise Trail B&B for People and Pets

"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.

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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.

Diablo Canyon – Near Las Campanas. 20 minutes from B&B. Ride the arroyo down to shore of the Rio Grande. Read more about Diablo Canyon in one of Susie's past blogs.

Caja Del Rio BLM access – 20 minutes from B&B. Very popular with endurance rides.

Galisteo Basin Preserve – Between El Dorado and Lamy South of Santa Fe on I-285. 30 minutes from B&B. Previous blog on the ride.

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.

Jacks Creek – Pecos Wilderness – Overnight camping with horse corrals available. 1 ½ hours from B&B off I-25. Read more about Jacks Creek in one of Susie's past blogs.

Rio Grande National Forest - Chama Wilderness - 2 hours North from B&B off I-284.

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