Nestled between the Sangre de Cristo and Ortiz mountains near Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs has been a destination for rest and replenishment for centuries.
This culturally rich and lush, high desert oasis has been home to Native American pueblos (Tano and Keres) for millennia as well as the Spanish colonial explorers who arrived in the late 16th century. By the early 17th century, Sunrise Springs and the neighboring El Rancho de las Golondrinas became parajes, or resting places, for travelers along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (The Royal Road of the Interior Land). Sunrise Springs was the final stop along the trail from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The natural cold springs have provided a source of life to the multiple generations of Native Americans and Spanish families that settled in the La Cienega Valley.
Over the years, Sunrise Springs has been a gathering place for numerous historical figures including the Keres-speaking Pueblo Indian tribes; Juan Lamy, son of Archbishop Lamy; and, Jose and Carmelita Viera, whose son was born here in an adobe home and whose family lives in La Cienega to this day.
The natural cold springs have provided a source of life to multiple generations of Native Americans and Spanish families that settled in the La Cienega Valley.
In April 2013, under the stewardship of the Scott family, the next chapter in the evolution of Sunrise Springs began. Having long-standing connections to the La Cienega Valley, owner Andy Scott embarked on a journey to restore and revitalize this historic, natural springs property to once again be a place of relaxation, and rejuvenation. As owner/operator of Sunrise Springs’ sister resort, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Andy is continuing his commitment and passion for spa. The word “spa” is actually an acronym for the Latin phrase, salus per aquas, which means “health through water.”