Nature Lovers Will Be Obsessed With These 16 Santa Fe Hotels

Andrew Collins | February 06, 2018

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of around 7,000 feet, Santa Fe is in the heart of some of the best terrain in the Southwest for hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fly-fishing, and skiing. It's possible to find completely secluded inns and hotels just steps from hiking trails and wildlife viewing that are also an easy hop from Downtown. These properties are all great choices if you wish to awaken each morning in New Mexico's glorious wilderness and national parks.


Hampton Inn & Suites Los Alamos

Why it made the list

Although this chain hotel is set in a small residential community that's home primarily to employees of nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory, it's also the closest accommodation to Bandelier National Monument, and just down the road, you'll find one of the best views of the Rio Grande and Santa Fe in the distance at White Rock Overlook.

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Casa Escondida B&B

Why it made the list

You're right off the stunning High Road to Taos at this inviting B&B in the scenic village of Chimayó, about a 30-minute drive north of Santa Fe.

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Bobcat Inn

Why it made the list

You probably won't spy any actual bobcats on the grounds of this serene B&B located about 8 miles south of Downtown Santa Fe, but on this 10-acre property rife with piñon and ponderosa pines, you may see all sorts of other wildlife, from hummingbirds to coyotes. The property sits up high and offers great views of the Ortiz Mountains.

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Rancho de Chimayo Hacienda

Why it made the list

This rambling, historic B&B is in the heart of the small village of Chimayó, which is along the famously scenic High Road to Taos. There are plenty of hiking trails nearby, and this is also a good base if you're planning a whitewater rafting trip in the Rio Grande Gorge.

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Canon del Rio Retreat & Spa

Why it made the list

A tiny spa getaway overlooking the clean waters of the Jemez River, Canon del Rio also affords guests panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It's a great base for hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, and other recreation at nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve as well as hot-springs hikes along the river and day trips to Bandelier National Monument.

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Elk Mountain Lodge

Why it made the list

This log-cabin-style inn high in the Jemez Mountains is one of the closest accommodations to Valles Caldera National Preserve and is also close to fishing, hiking, and soaking in natural hot springs. It's not uncommon to see elk, bears, and eagles nearby.

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Rancho Nambe

Why it made the list

Set on 20 acres of towering pine trees and wild meadows, this small B&B inside a historic hacienda is well off the beaten path, making it a lovely spot to stargaze at night and enjoy the sounds of nature during the day. It's close to the famously scenic High Road to Taos as well as hiking at Nambe Falls.

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Rancho Gallina Inn

Why it made the list

One of the only accommodations along the rural and picturesque Turquoise Trail, Rancho Gallina is popular with hikers and cyclists—the innkeepers even have maps for bikers on the inn's website. The serene property is far from the hubbub of Santa Fe, and one of the favorite on-site activities is soaking in the hot tub under the dark night sky.

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Ravens Ridge

Why it made the list

This lovely art-filled B&B about 5 miles south of the Plaza is on a quiet property off an unpaved road in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos. The gardens attract myriad birdlife, especially hummingbirds, and there are several great trailheads located within a short drive.

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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

Why it made the list

Outdoorsy visitors who also desire luxury favor this posh resort in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, about a 15-minute drive northeast of the Plaza. The staff here is extremely knowledge about the many activities nearby, from mountain hikes to fly-fishing.

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Cliff River Springs

Why it made the list

For nature lovers, this hidden gem on a 1,200-acre patch of untrammeled high-desert wilderness is the ultimate getaway for serenity seekers. The helpful innkeeper provides maps of several spectacular hikes that pass right through the property, and there are also numerous recreational opportunities within a half-hour drive.

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