Santa Claran Hotel Attractions
Sport, Shopping and Sightseeing
Your rewarding time at Santa Claran Hotel • Casino can also include extra fun, sport, shopping and sightseeing. We hope you take advantage of the complete experience that's always yours to enjoy!
Black Mesa Golf Club
Information/Reserve a Tee Time: (505) 747-8946 / www.blackmesagolfclub.com
An 18-hole course designed by Baxter Spann and ranked as one of America's top 50 by Golf Magazine, Black Mesa Golf Club is a jewel of northern New Mexico. Test your skills and let your spirit breathe on flowing fairways beneath rocky ridges next to the sprawling, mountainous valley.
Puye Cliff Dwellings
Information: (888) 320-5008 / www.puyecliffs.com
Home to the ancestors of today's Santa Clara Pueblo people, Puye Cliffs once supported a population of 1,500 from the late 900s to the late 1500s A.D. Now a National Historic Landmark, Puye Cliffs features authentic cliff dwellings, early Pueblo architecture, an original 1800s Harvey House and a stunning panorama of northern New Mexico.
Enjoy a drive along the Puye Cliffs Scenic Byway for sweeping views of the Santa Clara Native Americans' historic areas as well as northern New Mexico's landscapes and natural wonders.
If you'd like to have breakfast or a light lunch on the way to the scenery, stop in at the Puye Cliffs Welcome Center at the foot of the sacred Black Mesa on Highway 30 and Santa Clara Canyon Road.
The Santa Clara Pueblo
People of Warmth, Strength and Tradition
The people of the Santa Clara Pueblo are a federally recognized Tewa Indian tribe located on the west bank of the Rio Grande River 25 miles north of Santa Fe and one mile from Espaņola.
The original Pueblo of Santa Clara was established sometime in the 1400s. With a population of 2,800, today's Santa Clara Pueblo - "Kha-'Po Owingeh" (Singing Water Village, also known as Village of Wild Roses) - was built around 1580. It has a base of 57,000 total acres with lands ranging from 5,500 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande Valley to nearly 11,000 feet in the Jemez Mountains.
The tribe traces its ancestors to prehistoric villages and cliff dwellings west of the current village. Puye Cliff Dwellings is one site that the Pueblo occupied from approximately 900 A.D. to the late 1500s.
The first contact between the Spanish and Santa Clara Pueblo took place during the Coronado Expedition (1540-1542). The explorers established a settlement near the current-day Pueblo village in 1598 and then moved their headquarters close to what is now Santa Fe in 1610.
Facing increasing religious persecution, the Pueblo tribe united and revolted against Spanish rule in August 1680. They succeeded in driving the Spanish from New Mexico and keeping them out until the conquistadors' return in 1692. The Spanish ultimately defeated the Tewas in 1694.
After the re-conquest, the Spanish did not persecute Pueblo religion as they had before. Pueblo lands were protected under Spanish and Mexican rule and further preserved under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, when New Mexico came under United States rule.
Today, Santa Clara Pueblo remains a vibrant representation of centuries of distinctive art, culture, language, tradition and hospitality. The village also maintains its own form of government that has been recognized by Spain, Mexico and the United States.
Annual feast days with traditional dances are open to the public on San Antonio Day (June 13) and Santa Clara Feast Day (August 12).
Big Rock Bowling Center
Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 10am-midnight
Information/Reservations: (505) 747-BOWL (2695)
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Big Rock Birthday Parties
Bring friends and family for big fun on 24 lanes! The Big Rock Bowling Center is also great for kids' birthday parties. Open seven days a week!
Santa Claran Gift Shop
Hours: Sun-Tues, 10am-8pm; Weds & Thurs, 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 10am-midnight
Browse for snacks, beverages, toiletries and souvenirs, as well as arts and crafts by local artisans.