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Our 3 Favorite Santa Fe Skiing Trails

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Last Sunday, Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means good news for the Santa Fe skiing community  - at least 6 more weeks of great conditions! In fact, we just got a fresh coat of snow overnight and the powder is still coming down. Click here for current conditions.

Expert or novice, cross-country skier; snowboarder, or snowshoer, Santa Fe has terrain to fit your needs. And with 6 inches of fresh new snow and 69 trails out of 77 currently open, now is the time to ski Santa Fe.

1. The Aspen Vista Trail

The Aspen Vista Trail is a popular trail in the Sangre Cristo Mountains, which live in the Santa Fe National Forest. Sitting 10,000 ft. above sea level, this trail is open to the public and a preferred snowshoeing destination.

2. The Norski Trail

The Norski Trail is an easy one-way, 2.5-mile trail perfect for long-range skiers. The trailhead is located near the Santa Fe Ski Basin on Hyde Park Road and has plenty of parking.

3. Ski Santa Fe

For maximum trail variety, visit Ski Santa Fe. With 7 chair lifts, lines are nearly non-existent. From bunny slopes to black diamonds, Ski Santa Fe has the terrain for your ability.

Make Bishop’s Lodge your choice Santa Fe skiing, the closest full-service resort to the Santa Fe slopes.

For a limited time only, we are offering our Winter Wonderland Ski Package includes breakfast to-go, a ski amenity, waived resort fee, and rates from only $119.* To book this package, or to learn more, click here and use code SKI112.

Hope to see you on the slopes!

*Rate based on double occupancy. Not available with any other offer or to groups. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. Offer ends 4.5.2014.

Meet the Horses – Buster

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Our Horses

Hi, I’m Buster! I’m 20 years old and I’m a Belgian-Draft Gelding (Gelding means I’m a boy). They say I’m Sorrel in color, but “sorrel” is just a fancy word for “chestnut.” Despite my large size, I like to take my time on the trails. I’m a pretty mellow so if you’re a beginner, I may be the horse for you! I’m also blind in my left eye, but it doesn’t affect my performance, it just makes me unique.  If you’re heading to my home, Bishop’s Lodge, hope to meet you soon!

Fun Fact: Buster’s favorite song is Tennessee Stud by Johnny Cash

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Bishop’s Lodge Offers “Adventure In The Incredible West”

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, Happenings, On the Trail

Bishop’s Lodge guests will experience a fun and wild vacation in Santa Fe this summer. With the Cowboy Package 1 for families, children stay for free and guests receive an authentic western breakfast, two sheriff badges, two Regal Cinema movie passes for the “The Lone Ranger”, two Kid’s Camp Cowboy activity passes and pony rides for buckaroos. The Kid’s Camp will fill the children’s day with swimming, hiking, lawn games, and arts and crafts. Kid’s Camp ages range from 4-16 years old.

For couples looking for an authentic Santa Fe experience, the Cowboy Package 2 includes an authentic western breakfast for two, Western Trail Ride for two, two sheriff badges, Regal Cinema movie passes for the “The Lone Ranger” and a Native Stone Couples massage that will relax any tense muscles and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. A horseback ride is a great way to enjoy the clear blue skies where you will find yourself amidst sweeping views of the Tesuque Valley, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest. Packages are available for a limited time only and expire August 30th, 2013.

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is an authentic, historic destination ranch resort. Wrapping around a 156 year-old chapel, the resort includes 15 Santa Fe adobe-style lodges housing 91 unique rooms, many with kiva fireplaces, private courtyards and quaint balconies as well as eight gated villas.

Bishop’s Lodge is home to Las Fuentes Restaurant and bar, offering creative Nuevo Ranchero cuisine created by Executive Chef Christopher McLean. Named Most Outstanding Spa by Condé Nast Johansens, SháNah Spa is inspired by the Native American word for vitality and energy and boasts custom-blended oils for individual skin types and specialized treatments including massages, facials, body wraps and Aquassage.  Bishop’s Lodge Stables offers morning and evening rides by reservations. For more information call 1-800-732-2240. Or visit us at


From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. “The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

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Bishop’s Lodge Makes Getting Fit Fun

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, On the Trail

At Bishop’s Lodge, the fact that you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean that exercise is a lost cause. While we do offer a newly renovated fitness center, we also offer many unique ways to stay in shape.

With 450 acres of land, there’s no shortage of trails at Bishop’s Lodge. Rent one of our complementary mountain bikes and hit the trails! The perfect exercise for the whole family, mountain biking burns calories and builds strength. A 145-pound woman will burn 548 calories per hour while cycling at Bishop’s Lodge!

Our swimming pool also provides a great workout for those of you who are not afraid to make a splash. Click here to calculate how many calories you could burn in the Bishop’s Lodge pool, based on stroke and pace.

Another popular activity on the range is our Saturday morning yoga classes. Complementary to all resort guests and only $10 per class for Santa Fe residents, getting a weekly dose of sun salutations is always a great way to kick-start your weekend.

We could continue to list the ways you can stay in shape at Bishop’s Lodge, but we would rather you find out for yourself. Visit us at to book your Santa Fe adventure.

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Meet Our Horses – Promise

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Our Horses

Howdy, folks! My name is Promise. I’m a 20 year-old Quarter Horse Mare. I’m sorrel in color and I have three white socks. My socks are really just made of fur but I like to think they make me more like my riding buddies who wear real socks.

I’m the oldest horse at Bishop’s Lodge in age but not in spirit. In my old age, I’ve grown to be wise very wise and I think my other horse friends are starting to catch on. They look up to me and follow my lead, which is nice. I’m not a corral pet but I would like to think I’m one of our wrangler’s favorite horses.

I’m great with the kids and love to stay in the corral so I often give pony rides. I’m the perfect horse for first-timers.

I “promise” you’ll have a great time!

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Spend Spring Break Outdoors at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Adventures, On the Trail

Snow is melting and spring is right around the corner. Start putting away your winter coats and planning your spring break trip!

Santa Fe is gorgeous any time of year but watching flowers bloom during the spring can be absolutely breathtaking. The climate is mild – the perfect medium between tundra and tropics – and there activities available for just about anyone.

For the kids, we offer horseback riding. The stables are a big hit with guests and locals alike. There’s nothing like spending a few hours on horseback exploring the incredible views of Santa Fe. And, of course, kids love the opportunity to hang with Poncho, Camaro and the equestrian gang.

For exercise enthusiasts, Bishop’s Lodge offers several unique ways to get fit. In addition to the hiking trails across our 450-acre property, we have mountain bikes, which are free to use for guests. Lastly, we offer complementary yoga classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.

And for the spring breakers looking to relax – our ShaNah Spa will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes your way. We can’t think of a better way to spend a vacation than on a massage table outdoors at ShaNah, overlooking New Mexico.

Spend spring break with the family in our two- and three-bedroom villas from only $339 per night, including a $100 resort credit and a bottle of Bishop’s Lodge Heritage wine and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival. For details on our villas, click here.

For more information about Santa Fe, Bishop’s Lodge, the activities we offer and specials we’re currently running, visit


Mountain Geocaching Adventure and Treasure Hunt at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Santa Fe

Saturday, October 20th

Enjoy a game-oriented hike in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the scenic Bishop’s Lodge Ranch & Resort.  This adventure combines fun, physical activity and GPS technology.  Participants use GPS devices to search for hidden spots.  At each location, they unearth a clue to help them find the next destination. Kids are rewarded with treasures during the adventure.  This guided event promotes bonding, fun and challenge while educating everyone on our natural surroundings and a new generation of orienteering technology.

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Meeting location: Main Lobby of Bishop’s Lodge Ranch & Resort

Cost: $40 per person plus tax. Includes guided adventure, snacks and beverages, souvenir water bottle and treasures for kids.

Reservations required: Please contact Santa Fe Mountain Adventures at 505-988-4000 or Bishop’s Lodge at 505-819-4020. Space is subject to availability. 


Santa Fe – A Beautiful Adventure All Year Long

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Happenings, On the Trail, Santa Fe

Bishop’s Lodge guests love the change of seasons in Santa Fe – from the vividly-colored leaves falling from the trees in the crisp fall weather to the snowy winter mountain tops to the brilliant summer sun. We have cold winters and hot summers. We’re located in a dessert, yet we’re currently in our rainy, or as the locals call it, “monsoon” season.

No matter which season we’re in, the weather always seems to suit Bishop’s Lodge. Check out this photo Chef Christopher McLean caught after a recent rainfall:


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Commercials and Cowboy Cookouts – A Busy Week at Bishop’s Lodge

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in Chow, Happenings, On the Trail

Preparing for the spa shoot

What a week we had at Bishop’s Lodge! On Thursday and Sunday, several of us prepped for our small-screen debuts in a Bishop’s Lodge television commercial shoot. Then, on Saturday, we hosted our first Cowboy Cookout of the season!

Preparation for the TV commercial shoot called for an early morning last Thursday as we started our day well before the sun had risen. With all that Bishop’s Lodge has to offer, it wasn’t easy capturing every activity and amenity in one day. While our schedule called for one day of shooting, we ended up filming on Sunday in order to make sure we got every shot.

It’s a shame the Cowboy Cookout didn’t make the cut – everything was picturesque. We were lucky enough to enjoy beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather, our guests had a blast dancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band and Chef Christopher McLean completely outdid himself. The BBQ ribs were one of the biggest hits of the night!

Be on the lookout for Bishop’s Lodge on TV June 6th and if you missed our first Cowboy Cookout, don’t fret – we’ve got one coming up this Friday and another on Sunday, July 1.

Bishop's Lodge stables manager Jeff KennedyDancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band


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Meet the Horses – Pistol Pete

Posted by bishopslodgemgr in On the Trail, Our Horses

Howdy! My name is Pistol Pete, but you can call me Pistol if you’d like. I’m a 16 year old Draft-Pony Cross Gelding. I’m a sorrel horse with a flaxen mane and tail, just like my friend, Buster. I have big feet, though I’m short and stocky. Every once in a while, I get hungry on the trail and take a breather to grab a bite to eat. While I prefer carrots and apples, I’ll eat pretty much anything I can get my hooves on. If you’re an intermediate rider who has the strength to pull up my big (and beautiful) head, I may be the horse for you!

Fun fact: Pistol Pete’s best friend is Buster.