10 Things to Love About Española

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

After moving to Española in 2019, my spouse and I made it our mission to seek out our favorite activities and businesses to support near our home on the Rio Grande. All of these places are within just a few minutes from our front door and are what help make living here so special!

1. Puye Cliff Dwellings

As a history lover, Puye is my first pick because of it's uniqueness and sheer beauty. The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land near Española, New Mexico. Between 900 and 1580 up to 1500 Pueblo Indians lived in the area where they hunted game and cultivated food, their homes and pieces of their pottery are visible today. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Puye is the only National Historic Landmark that is still owned and operated by its original peoples, the Santa Clara Pueblo. It is one of the most special pueblos in the state because it is still owned by the same tribe who settled it. Experiencing Puye (especially on their 'Adventure Tour') really gives you an understanding of the history of the Santa Clara Pueblo people's and will help you develop a greater sense of appreciation for the great state of New Mexico.

Book an Adventure Tour at Puye Cliff Dwellings and let them know your local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

2. Black Mesa Golf Course

This award-wining links style course weaves its way around and over sandstone foothills on the Santa Clara Pueblo located thirty minutes north of Santa Fe. Recently named one of the "Ten Most Spectacular Courses in the World" by LINKS Magazine, Black Mesa is the best bang for your buck for golfers in Northern New Mexico. Stunning views, wonderful routing and extremely courteous/professional staff.

Book a round of golf and let them know your local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

3. Healing House of New Mexico

The Healing House is a third generation family owned naturopathic and integrative lifestyle medicine healing center located in Española, New Mexico. Healing House specializes in restorative medical approaches and integrative wisdom teachings to help navigate today’s conventional medicine practices. From counseling services, to reiki, massage therapy, yoga programs, an onsite Airbnb, apothecary store, salt grotto, and health food cafe 'Morning Glory Cafe', Healing House has it going on! Spend an afternoon here by booking a service (I love the deep tissue + reiki from Ellen!) and bring a book as the scenery is comfortable and cozy. With several lounge areas this is my favorite local spot to have a healthy snack, pamper myself or just get some work done!

Book a service at Healing House here and tell them your local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

4. Española Community Market

Española Community Market is a cooperatively owned food market in the heart of downtown Main Street. The Community Market is open to the general public, and features locally grown organic and pesticide-free produce, dairy products, bulk grains and nuts, baked goods and much more. Shop local and shop healthy and let them know your local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

5. Hacienda de Guru Ram Das

'Hacienda de Guru Ram Da' is a Kundalini Yoga Community Ashram serving not only those on a spiritual hermitage, but also locals seeking a happy and healthy yoga community. Classes are offered weekly at the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das from Kundalini Yoga to QiGong and once a year the 'Summer Solstice' Festival brings Kundalini Yogi's from around the world right here to Espanola! People of all cultures, races, creeds and religions—or no religion— are welcome to come to Hacienda De Guru Ram Das to experience their own spiritual peace in the Guru’s Court and magnificent tranquil gardens. The Gurdwara inside, is a place of solace and comfort, a bringer of glorious peace and spiritual power to all who meditate at this place. Get your Ohm on and make sure to let your Guru's know your favorite local Española Realtor® sent you, Jenna Hensley:

6. Española Valley Fiber Arts Center

Check out New Mexico’s resource for fiber artists, enthusiasts and visitors. Stop by to shop, learn, visit, connect and find inspiration. Española Valley Fiber Arts Center offers a hands-on approach to weaving. Designed to fit your skill level, anyone can craft a unique piece of handmade NM. No previous experience is required and a finished piece can be completed in just one session.

Call to reserve a stellar local weaving experience and let them know your local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

7. Sanctuario de Chimayo

Best known for it's supposedly curative powers of the “holy dirt”, Sanctuario de Chimayo is a little adobe church with some big healing powers! Whether you're a believer or not, the unusual history and legend of Sanctuario de Chimayo will draw you in for a most interesting afternoon exploring the grounds of the church. Each year, more than 300,000 Native Americans, Hispanics and people of other cultures visit the church. Some come in faith, some out of curiosity, but most come hoping to find miracle cures for their physical or emotional pains, illnesses or disabilities.

Spend an afternoon touring this 200 year old church and heal what ails you:

8. Los Luceros Historic Site

Located on 148 acre ranch on the Rio Grande in Española, the site includes multiple homes, a church, jail and other buildings that can be toured. Current hours are Thursday through Monday, 9am-5pm. A beautiful visitor center has been opened that helps explain the centuries old location and the important role it played in New Mexico’s development. A visitor could imagine what it was like in its earliest days as a Spanish home. The walk takes you all the way to a guest house right on the Rio Grande. The churro sheep, goats, burro and orchards of apple trees were beautiful, a true Rio Grande Valley setting.

Take a step back in time and tour The Los Luceros Historic Site and let them know your favorite local Española Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

9. Moving Arts Española

A youth-serving program of Española, Moving Arts is one of the best businesses in the community hands down. Promoting healthy families, academic support and visual arts the heroes here hold weekly classes, galleries and workshops for children and families. Teach your children dance, culinary skills, flamenco, piano, gymnastics and more over at Moving Arts!

Be sure to check out CNN's "Heroes" Special on Moving Arts Founder, Roger Montoya and donate to his cause to uplift and enrich our beautiful community:

10. New Mexico Wildlife Center

New Mexico Wildlife Center is a great place to visit to see and learn about native wildlife. You can see hawks, owls, bobcats, turtles, and other animals up close! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the view and gardens as well. Originally formed as a rehabilitation center for injured birds, the organization evolved to treat all species of wildlife in New Mexico. New Mexico Wildlife Center also has a wildlife hospital on site and they treat between 650 and 800 injured and orphaned wild animals of more than 120 species annually, returning as many as possible to the wild.

Enjoy a day with the NM Wildlife Center and let them know your favorite local Realtor® Jenna Hensley sent you:

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