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“Disappointing trail ride at Bishop's Lodge Stables”

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Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa
Ranked #43 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Reviewed 13 August 2016

In August 2016, I arranged for a 2-hour trail ride for 5 individuals at Bishop’s Lodge Stables. For 3 of the 5 riders the experience was good. However, one of the horses was very old and was not trail-worthy. He walked very slowly at first and then refused to move at all. The rider followed all the guide’s instructions but nothing worked. She did not deserve to be stuck with an unresponsive horse that was too old for the trail. The horse ultimately had to be led by a rope behind the guide’s horse. This was a very disappointing ride for her. Of course, the stable staff KNEW this horse was a problem in the first place. The guide even admitted he was old but still “deserved a chance”. Once the horse refused to move at all, the guide should have shuffled the horses and riders to ensure that everyone would have the experience of actually riding a horse, instead of having one rider sitting on a horse being led by a rope.

Another horse on the ride was unmanageable, constantly stopping to eat grass. The guide did not help the rider with this until well over half the ride was over.

When I brought this disappointment to the attention of the stable head, he passed it off to rider inexperience and said “have a good day”, adding insult to injury.

The trail itself was beautiful but the quality of horses provided was disappointing and the guide failed to do enough to make the ride enjoyable for everyone. If you go there, be sure to ask for a trail-worthy horse and if you have problems, insist on resolution right away.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great time on their trail. Our guide was awesome and the horses were very well trained . We really enjoyed the mountain views and would definitely go back again! We didn't stay at the resort, but when the renovationa are don't I would love to go back

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
9  Thank kelli C
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

The resort is closed right now [July 20216] and they plan to reopen in late Spring of 2017. The site is spectacular - wooded, peaceful, with a wonderful 'historic' feel to it. When the Resort re-opens, it is going to be amazing - so just keep that in mind when you are planning a trip to Santa Fe next year.

Room Tip: I would hope that travelers will re-visit the site next year. I believe this will be an authentic...
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Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
11  Thank jean t
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Bishops Lodge will reopen in the spring of 2017. It is a gorgeous property and the old hotel is no more so disregard my previous revue. This is not a renovation. I'm sure it will be wonderful but disregard all price quotes I or any one else gave you.

Room Tip: Don't know until it's built. Opening Spring 2017
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Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
8  Thank singertraveler57
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

Fabulous mountain trails winding along the wooded hillsides go on for miles. The horses are smart sure footed quarter horses that are sure to please. I recommend taking the longest ride available as this is riding you won't forget.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa

Address: 1297 Bishops Lodge Rd, PO Box 2367, Santa Fe, NM 87506-6900
Region: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Fe
#11 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range: $168 - $468 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In August of 1851, a Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Lamy, arrived in the NM Territory as the first Bishop of Santa Fe. Here he built a private retreat; his chapel still stands today, now on the national register of historic places. After Lamy's Death, the land was acquired by the Pulitzer publishing family as a private vacation retreat. In 1917, the Thorpe family from Denver fell in love with these pristine acres, bought the property and developed the first resort in the state. Today Bishop's Lodge comprises 15 lodges for a total of 110 rooms ranging in sizes from 250 sq feet to 450, not to mention a 2000 sq foot Presidential Suite. Many of our rooms feature fireplaces and the majority all have outdoor access to patios, lawns or balconies. Our ShaNah Spa and Wellness Center which opened up in June of 2002 is a sanctuary where one can take time out to be nurtured by Mother Nature, guided by ancient wisdon and touched by angels. The experience may change your life. Other activities are abundant such as: trap/skeet shooting (offered to groups of 10 or monmre roomnights), horseback, pony trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, fitness center, excercise studio, outdoor pool, whirlpool and tennis to mention a few. Bishop's Lodge is located just 3 miles from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Complimentary shuttle service is provided by the lodge at scheduled times daily. ... more   less 
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