The Best Things to Do in Northern New Mexico

Area Attractions

At Santa Claran Hotel Casino, you’re just a short drive from northern New Mexico’s best attractions and things to do. Let us be your relaxing home base as you experience the rich culture and traditions of the Española Valley.

To make arrangements for a visit to any of the attractions below or for additional recommendations on activities in the area, please stop by the front desk.

Black Mesa Golf Club

Golfers Teeing Off at Black Mesa Golf Club

Black Mesa Golf Club

115 State Road 399
La Mesilla, NM
(505)367-4700 •

Designed by Baxter Spann, this 18-hole course is ranked among America’s top 50 by Golf Magazine. Enjoy a majestic desert golf experience onrolling fairways extending through mountainous valleys and dramatic sandstone ridges.

In addition to individual tee times and foursomes, the club can accommodate any size or type of tournament or outing. Amenities include a full pro shop, driving range, short game practice area, two putting greens and the Black Mesa Grill.

To learn more, please download the Black Mesa brochure.

Puye Cliff Dwellings

Puye Cliff Dwellings

Puye Cliff Dwellings

Highway 30 and Puye Cliffs road
Santa Clara Pueblo, NM
(505)917-6650  •

Visit a place that exists somewhere between earth and sky. Once the ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo and now a national Historic Landmark, Puye Cliffs features cliff dwellings, early Pueblo architecture, the 1800’s Harvey House and an awe-inspiring panorama of northern New Mexico.

If you’d like to have breakfast or a light lunch on your way to the site, stop in at the Puye Cliffs Welcome Center (Highway 30 and Puye Cliffs Road). You can also top off the tank, buy a paper, grab a snack and purchase Santa Clara Pueblo souvenirs.

Winter hours (Oct. 1 to April 1) for tours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Summer hours (April 1 to Oct. 1) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Harvey Hour Tour: open all day. 

 It allows access into the Puye Cliffs Exhibit Hall, where there is information panels about the site.  It is the Harvey House that was built by Fred Harvey Company as part of the railroad tours that brought many tourists to New Mexico for the first time.  It is self-guided. All tours include access to the Harvey House and grounds, the Cliffside or Mesa top tours require a guide.


Puye Cliff Dwellings Tour: One hour guided tour

Adult 20.00

Seniors and youth 14 years & under 18.00

The Puye Cliff Face Trail guides visitors in the world of the Puye ancients.  On this tour, a Puye Cliffs Tour Guide will introduce you everyday life on the Puye Cliff Face through detailed information about early habitation and architecture.  You will see masonry dwellings cavate dwellings sculpted from the volcanic rock of the Parajito Plateau and petroglyph's of the Puye people.  The Puye Dwellings Tour involves walking on steep (paved) at high elevations.


Puye Cliff Mesa Top Tour: One hour guided tour

Adult $20.00

Seniors and youth 14 years & under $18.00

Experience the Place Between Earth and Sky from Puye Mesa Top, where breathtaking views and a guided tour of the Puye Village will leave you awed and humbled. You will see firsthand the kiva structure. the 140 room ancient home and 360 degree panoramic views of the sacred mountains.  Your Puye Cliffs Tour Guide will show you the remains of multi-storied dwellings framing a central plaza, providing an insightful glimpse into early pueblo architecture and community life.


Puye Cliffs Adventure Tour

Adult $35.00

Seniors and youth 14 years & under $33.00

 Enjoy the Puye Cliff Face, Puye Village and Puye Mesa Top in this combination of all the tours.  You will experience the very heart of pueblo culture, gaining a full and rich understanding of daily life at Puye.  Involves walking on steep slopes (paved) at high elevations.


*all guided tours include access to the Harvey House and grounds

Big Rock Bowling Center

Big Rock Bowling Center

Big Rock Bowling Center

Information/Reservations: (505) 747-BOWL (2695)

Roll into this family fun center to enjoy 24 lanes of bowling, not to mention great food and drinks and friendly service.

Fall/Winter Leagues Now Forming

For more information call: 505.367.4622 


Sunday-Thursday: 10a.m. – 10p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 10a.m. – 11p.m.

Santa Claran Gift Shops

Santa Claran Gift Shops

Santa Claran Gift Shops

Looking for the perfect memento of your stay at Santa Claran? Visit our hotel gift shop and smoke shop to browse for snacks, drinks, travel, sundries and souvenirs as well as arts and crafts by local artisans.


Hotel Gift Shop:

Monday - Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Smoke Shop:

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

About The

Santa Clara Pueblo

The people of the Santa Clara Pueblo are a federally recognized Tewa Indian tribe located on the west bank of the Rio Grande River. This community can be found 25 miles north of Santa Fe and one mile from Española.

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 region. 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.