Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort &?Spa, nestled in Tesuque Valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, was our retreat for three days while we visited Santa Fe.
The 450-acre ranch resort and award-winning spa offers tennis, archery, a children's camp, mountain biking and hiking, skeet and trap shooting, an outdoor pool, fine dining and more.
But, our favorite activity - besides enjoying the glorious mountainous view from our deck at the tippy top of the resort (which was quite a walk in the high altitude) - was a guided horseback ride through the hills.
In the late 1800s, Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy resided in this little lodge, named Villa Pintoresca for its magnificent view, on the property of The Bishop’s Lodge resort. He lived, celebrated Mass for his guests and nurtured gorgeous gardens and fruit trees on this property. It was about Lamy whom Willa Cather penned “Death Comes for the Archbishop.” The property changed hands many times after the archbishop’s death and in 1918, the property was purchased by the Thorpe family who offered lodging to guests.
Daniel, our wrangler, led us up and up and up along, steep, rocky and narrow trails. I was a bit freaked out when Pepe went a little too fast for my timid taste, but when we got to the top, the spectacular view was worth it. And of course, Pepe knew what he was doing - he'd been up and down those trails more than time or two. His agility was impressive.