Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

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Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe NM 87506


Phone | (877) 848-6337

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, located just 15 minutes north of the historic Plaza of Santa Fe, is New Mexico’s largest and premier destination resort. Offering a getaway experience unmatched in the region and located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the resort offers stunning vistas of the raw, natural beauty of New Mexico that provide a sense of tranquility and awe. Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino draws heavily on its natural surroundings and history and is the only resort in the state of New Mexico to be fully themed with Pueblo architecture and décor. Buffalo Thunder combines the magic and mysticism of Santa Fe with legendary Hilton hospitality and Las Vegas style gaming. And with 395 guestrooms, inclusive of 96 suites, the resort is the perfect home for groups of all sizes and profiles.

Within a short distance of Buffalo Thunder lie destinations such as Taos, Los Alamos and Red River. But the allure of Santa Fe is undeniable. Named for the 9th consecutive year as one of Conde Nast’s “Best US Cities”, Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the United States. An intoxicating blend of culture, cuisine, art and nature, Santa Fe provides a back drop for meetings and events that is unrivaled. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Santa Fe is both the nation’s oldest sitting state capitol as well as the highest. A vibrant fabric of hundreds of years of history and cultural fusion makes Santa Fe a place unlike any other.

More than just a beautiful place to gather, Santa Fe and Buffalo Thunder combine to provide experiences that move the mind, body and spirit of our guests. A visit to Buffalo Thunder becomes a life experience.


Buffalo Thunder features accommodations that bring the cultural and artistic elements of the Native Pueblo and Santa Fe to every space. Guest rooms are furnished with hand-carved wood pieces and decorated with unique art and design that were created specifically for our resort. This incredible ambience is complimented with Hilton’s signature “Serenity Collection”- Serta luxury beds, high thread count sheets, Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source’s bath and body products, an MP3 compatible clock radio, a Cuisinart coffee maker, plus in room safe, internet, voice mail and mini bar. Most of our rooms feature balconies for taking in the incredible scenery, sun rises and sun sets.

A special retreat, Buffalo Thunder’s Executive Level is a private floor that features upgraded amenities, a variety of suite room types, stunning views, and access to the Executive Lounge.

Meeting Space

Buffalo Thunder features Northern New Mexico’s most dynamic conference space. With 66,000 square feet of indoor space and multiple outdoor options, the resort can accommodate events of 10 to 2000. The resort’s space is anchored by side by side ballrooms of 16,250 and 10,000 square feet. A flexible and spacious foyer connects the ballrooms to several breakout spaces and all meeting rooms are on the same level and in close proximity to parking, load in facilities and onsite audio/visual offices. The resort even features an onsite wedding chapel.

Meetings are made easy at Buffalo Thunder, which features the very latest in technology solutions, flexibility, and renowned Hilton hospitality. The resort features an onsite IT Manager and onsite audio/visual solutions through Presentation Services. The conference center is wired with Cat 6, fiber optic and T3 capacity which makes everyone from a wireless environment to virtual conferencing a snap. A renowned culinary team can provide mouth-watering menus and dazzle guests at every meal. And, our events management team is here to insure that every experience it touched with magical Hilton hospitality.

Recreation and Activities

Onsite shopping, professional grade tennis courts, an indoor and outdoor pool with food & beverage service, a children’s activity center and the fantastic Towa Golf Club are but a few of the many recreational options at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Towa Golf features 36 holes of the most spectacular golf in Santa Fe. Co-designed by Hale Irwin and Bill Phillips, Towa also offers a driving range, putting greens and club house with retail, dining and professional services.

Buffalo Thunder is also home to the luxurious, Native American-themed Wo’ P’in Spa. Wo' P'in features a full menu of skin and body treatments plus signature journeys- each infused with a seductive, natural energy and a selection of signature Wo' P'in fragrances that lead to personal healing, harmony and peace. 12 treatment rooms, full salon services, retail offerings and a state of the art Precor fitness facility await!

The casino at Buffalo Thunder offers Las Vegas-style gaming onsite. The casino features 1,200 slot machines, a poker room, 22 table games plus entertainment, player services and a non-smoking area.


Gastronomes can indulge their every culinary fantasy at Buffalo Thunder. From Mark Miller’s signature Red Sage Restaurant to the ever-popular Starbucks, Buffalo Thunder offers a taste for every palate. The resort features 9 food, beverage and entertainment venues. The casino level features a deli for meals on the run, the Turquoise Trail Bar and Grill, and the upscale Blue Tower Lounge with live music, signature cocktails and VIP services. On the resort level, guests can enjoy Starbucks, the Mica Restaurant for breakfast and lunch, the 350-seat Painted Parrot Buffet for lunch and dinner or the famous Red Sage Restaurant which combines the Wild West with the southwest for an incredible dinner experience. The resort also features 24 hour in-room dining, a lobby bar and seasonal Pool Grill.

An army of culinarians welcome our convention and event planners. With the ability to serve over 2000 people at a time, meetings of any size will find that the dining options and menus are nearly limitless.

All photos © Cornell & Company / Mike Wilson 2008