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Forced to Relax -- Sunrise Springs Resort Spa, a Riparian Oasis in the Desert

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Sunrise Springs Pond - Santa Fe

The Spring Fed Pond at Sunrise Springs

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell
Updated August 27, 2007
Sunrise Springs Basics

Location: Sunrise Springs is in the countryside 20 minutes from central Santa Fe.
Address: 242 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 8750 Map and Directions
Phone: 800.955.0028

About Sunrise Springs

Sunrise Springs is situated on a spring-fed 70 acres. Ponds abound with water lilies, frogs, dragon flies and beautiful koi. The area is green with grasses, cottonwood trees and organic gardens. The resort’s founders stress a commitment to sustainable practices. Since nature has a way of relaxing a person, the soft winds, rustling leaves and sounds of water will immediately take their effect on your harried life. Sunrise Springs is about healing and restoration whether that be to help you relax for a weekend or to recover from something more serious in your life.

La Cienega Valley

Early travelers came here to refresh and partake of the springs. Before that Native Americans farmed the land. When I visited Rancho de las Golondrinas, a nearby living history museum, I found out about the richness of the valley and the fascinating history. This spot has long been an ideal place for farming and natural beauty.

A Vision of Relaxation and Healing

In 1969 Megan Hill purchased the property with a desire to preserve the natural beauty of the area. Megan, an artist and Santa Fe gallery owner, lived in the house which is now the Blue Heron Restaurant. She had a vision of turning the property into a retreat where visitors could benefit from the healing powers of nature. Little by little she worked toward this vision adding buildings and amenities. Today Sunrise Springs is a well-known destination for nurturing and healing whether that is through art, Asian-inspired ceremonies, Yoga classes, or healing visits to Spa Samadhi. The Asian influence is ever-present. A traditionally constructed Japanese Tea house is available for healing tea ceremonies. Megan Hill’s art enhances the Sages Art Center at Sunrise Springs.


Sunrise Springs has 20 private casitas with patios and fireplaces, 32 rooms enjoying a garden view and 6 pond view rooms. I enjoyed Casita #419 which had two queen beds, very ample storage (anyone want to move in for the season?), a kitchenette, private patio and a bonus room which can be used for meditation (large pillows provided) or for another guest or children. Sunrise Springs is not a family resort but the child loving nature and quiet play would have a good time. Local school children visit and record the flora and fauna of the area. They even produced a delightful guide which you will find in each room. I learned that Sunrise Springs has a muskrat in one of their ponds.

I appreciated the desk are where I could set up my computer and take advantage of the in-room DSL. One wall had a lovely gas fireplace with side chairs. What a great idea for a winter getaway!

Packages and Specials.


As throughout the resort, there is a melding of Asian influences with those of the southwest. The décor is about textures and careful use of color. The rooms are modern, well-appointed, and are enhanced by the simplicity of Asia. Large windows bring in light and feature the natural beauty of the property. The décor is both current and tasteful. Simplicity creates a relaxing atmosphere and that is what Sunrise Springs is all about.

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