The Cities of Gold Casino is located in a part of the world like no other—nestled in the beautiful Pojoaque Valley of Northern New Mexico — with extraordinary mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. When you arrive at the Cities of Gold Casino, you are immersing yourself in a land where Native Americans farmed and hunted for thousands of years. You walk on the same ground that Spanish Conquistadors traveled in 1540 in search of the Seven Cities of Gold. New Mexico is unique, and the Cities of Gold will enhance those experiences by offering you rich, compelling and engaging experiences.
The amazing “Poeh Museum,” operated by the Pueblo of Pojoaque, features collections that include contemporary, historical, and archaeological works – an invaluable resource to artists and researchers from both within and outside the Pueblo community.
Fifteen scenic miles south of the Cities of Gold Casino is the beautiful and magical city of Santa Fe. With over 300 galleries and several museums nestled among historic buildings, you will experience the rich history and culture of the nation’s oldest capitol city.
Also located nearby is the artist community of Taos, which is rich with art and steeped in history. There you’ll find the Taos Pueblo (the most photographed pueblo in the world), the historic Taos Plaza and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the two sides of a steep volcanic fissure with the Rio Grande raging 600 feet below.
Only 15 minutes from the Cities of Gold Casino is Chimayo which offers a peek into the secluded and mysterious backwoods of Northern New Mexico. Here you’ll find the Santuario de Chimayo, the “Lourdes of New Mexico,” one of the holiest sites in the state. The current Chimayo Shrine was built in 1816 and receives over 300,000 visitors per year for the healing powers of El Positio, the “sacred sand pit.”
The city of Los Alamos, also known as the Atomic City, is located 20 miles away from the Casino. The city sits high atop steep mesas at the Jemez Mountains and offers both spectacular scenery and intriguing history. Best known for its secretive role as the home of the Manhattan Project during World War II, Los Alamos today has become a high-tech center of research, technology and science. The Bradbury Science Museum displays exhibits about the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its research.
Located nearby you will also find Native American Pueblos, National Forests, local wineries and many other historic sites.
The Turquoise Trail is located south of Santa Fe and gives you a tour of the old west. You can visit the JW Eaves Movie Ranch, an actual movie set where movies such as Wyatt Earp and Silverado were filmed. Towns located along the Turquoise Trail include the old mining towns of Cerillos and Madrid. Madrid has since become a thriving artist community, with converted company stores and houses serving as quality shops and galleries.
Located nearby is the Santa Fe Opera with performances from late June to the end of August. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful open-air theatres, the Santa Fe Opera features the world’s greatest operas.
The Indian Market held in Santa Fe in August attracts 1,200 Native American artists and 100,000 visitors including buyers, collectors, and gallery owners. Artists, who must meet strict standards for quality and authenticity, set up booths in and around the Santa Fe Plaza.
The Spanish Market, held in late July, is also held on the Plaza and features the works of the rich Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico. The Spanish Market also features music and dance, demonstrations and regional food and is a rare opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of New Mexico’s vibrant Spanish culture, both past and present.
The Santa Fe Fiesta is held the first weekend in September on the Santa Fe Plaza. The cry of “Viva la Fiesta” has been reverberating through the streets of Old Santa Fe every autumn for 288 years. The week long celebration is kicked off with the “Burning of Zozobra” otherwise known as “Old Man Gloom.” The Burning of Zozobra is held the Thursday after Labor Day at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Fiesta offers visitors a chance to be a part of the local celebration.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event that begins the first weekend in October, and is the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world. Guests watch in amazement as hundreds of brilliantly colored hot air balloons rise into the crisp, early morning autumn air.
There are many ski areas close by such as the Santa Fe Ski Basin, Pajarito Ski Area, Angel Fire, Taos Ski Valley and Red River.
Here are a few of the many opportunities you can experience in Northern New Mexico:
- Horse Back Riding
- White Water Rafting
- Mountain Biking
- Fly Fishing
- Western Movie Ranch
- 4 × 4 Photo Safaris
- Hot Air Balloon Rides
- Airplane Tours
Experience the Cities of Gold Casino and engross yourself in the grandeur and beauty of Northern New Mexico.