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The “Poeh” at Pojoaque:  A Pathway to Pueblo Culture

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Just north of Santa Fe a whole new world awaits as you enter the diverse and beautiful cultural landscape of Pueblo country, nestled along the lush Rio Grande Valley, with sweeping horizon mountain views.  Visit The Poeh Center (Poeh) at Pueblo of Pojoaque, known as the “water gathering place,” and it will capture your imagination and offer an authentic Native American experience.

The mission of the Poeh (“pathway”) came about as a comprehensive effort for the Pueblo of Pojoaque to uphold the traditions and revitalize the arts and culture of their people, post Spanish contact in the 16th Century and a later smallpox epidemic, nearly eradicated their community and way of life.  All the more reason that the Pueblo of Pojoaque made it a priority to continue teaching their children the history dating  back to 500 A.D.; cultural traditions, dances, language, arts and crafts. In addition, this fosters education and an understanding of Puebloan culture for non-Native people and visitors from around the world.

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Discover These Hidden Gems Along the Turquoise Trail

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Take a Santa Fe day trip! (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Tourism Department)

From legendary ghost towns and saloons to charmingly eccentric art galleries and studios, the attractions along the Turquoise Trail will ensure that your visit to Santa Fe and surrounding areas is an authentic one. A journey along the scenic trail is the quintessential Santa Fe day trip; it’s a chance to get in touch with the remarkable history and spirituality of the Native American people, adventurous miners and explorers. The trail extends for about 60 miles along State Highway 14 and passes alongside numerous old Wild West mining towns, who in their glory days, extracted gold, silver, zinc, and coal, not to mention turquoise.

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The Wonder of Taos Pueblo in Winter

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Seeking a transformative journey that will take you to great heights? Taos Pueblo is just a heartbeat away from Santa Fe.  As a designated World Heritage Site and one of 19 Indian Pueblos in New Mexico, a visit to this special place  will transport you to another time and immerse you in the living, breathing Pueblo culture and traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation since time immemorial.

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Historic Cerrillos Mining Town -The Perfect Santa Fe Day Trip

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Nestled in the hills just south of Santa Fe, sits the Village of Cerrillos, an official “ghost town” whose streets welcome day‐trippers year‐round. Ghost towns exist all over the world but there’s something that makes those in America uniquely enchanting and even romantic. While the majority of abandoned towns across the country were paved over to make way for suburbs, Cerrillos found a second life.

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Five Activities to Enjoy in Santa Fe This November

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Here in Santa Fe we are grateful and joyous for our history, food and scenic wonders. With 325 days of sunshine a year, you will revel in fun times gliding down a snowy hillside or immersing yourself in our rich history and culture. It’s easy for us to go and on about the wonders of Santa Fe because magic is real in The City Different.  Now is the time to celebrate with a November visit.  Join us in giving thanks. Here’s a nod to a few of Santa Fe’s best November activities.

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An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

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 An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

The La Cieneguilla site is also of intrest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)
The La Cieneguilla site is also of interest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)

Just beyond the edge of Santa Fe and a short hike through the deep silence of the terrain lies a rocky ledge that seems to whisper to passersby, the dark stone speaking a cryptic language.

Carved into the boulders of the ledge at the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site and  throughout the Southwest are thousands of petroglyphs thought to originate from the pre-contact time of the Spanish colonial era. Despite a great deal of scholarly study throughout modern history, no one can say for certain what these depictions meant to the people who created them. Not only does their meaning remain shrouded in mystery, but many of the etchings’ depictions are indecipherable, leaving curious visitors to speculate.

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Feast for the Senses

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New Mexico’s timeless Pueblo culture is felt throughout Santa Fe and is reflected in the art, design, and architecture of the city. However, a visit to one of the Indian Pueblos in the region can also be a transformative experience, especially on the occasion of a “Feast Day,” where the culture is celebrated and the public is welcome to watch and partake in an authentic and enriching Native American experience.

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There’s No Room For Gloom This September

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Who is this “Zozobra” we have been speaking of so much lately? Pre-dating Nevada’s Burning Man by decades, Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, is Santa Fe’s prescription for recovering from the year’s worries and glooms. This 50-foot-tall puppet is stuffed with bits of paper bearing all manner of gloomy thoughts, trials and tribulations that goes up in smoke on Friday, September 2 at Fort Marcy Park in The City Different.

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with an experience like none other and take part in one of one of the liveliest, longest-standing events around—The Burning of Zozobra!

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