Dancing Cranes B&B and San Antonio, NM

When I first booked our trip to the Bosque, I reserved a room in Socorro (15 miles away). I stayed in Socorro last year on my Bosque scouting mission. After looking around for other options, it was suggested that I call the Dancing Cranes Guest House and Gallery. I talked to Jim and he told me that they were full, but that he hoped that their new guest suite would be available by the time of our trip.

We lucked out. It was.

I was initially a little worried since I didn’t get a reservation number, they didn’t put a hold on my credit card, etc. It turns out that it is because Jim and Jana treat new customers like guests, not paychecks. We loved it. Here is a shot of their main house (Jana has a much better one across their pond that really highlights the property.

Here is the main living room. In the morning one is often greeted with the outdoor sounds of the local wildlife (courtesy of an outdoor microphone piped into the house).

This is the lovely kitchen/dining area. We had lots of fun, supping, chatting and even enjoying a glass of wine. Jim and Jana were very gracious hosts. By the end of our short trip they felt like old friends.

We were the first to stay in this new guest suite that Jim and Jana added to their nice B&B. It was great. A nice king size bed and breathing room to boot. We’ll be back.

Try it you’ll like it. They can be reached at dancingcranesguesthouse@yahoo.com. Tell them Mary and John sent you. Psst – Jana also has a great Gallery on-site with lots of wonderful jewelry, trinkets and best of all her photography!

If you like to eat, then stop at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio. Even though it is a burger joint, don’t expect fast food (the sign inside even reminds you of that). Once you are seated, the food comes fast, but it is that “once your are seated” part that is the catch. This is the site of the Green Chile Cheeseburger, Bobby Flay throwdown (that Bobby lost!). The Buckhorn was busy before, but now even more so. And it was Green Chile Cheeseburger was GOOD!

If you like to take pictures, there is certainly the Bosque but there is also a lot of local color. This one caught my eye on day one.

3 Responses to “Dancing Cranes B&B and San Antonio, NM”

  1. Great post! We are headed to the Bosque NWR next week and looking around at options. Learned about this place from Casa Blanca B&B, googled it and found your excellent post. Thanks!

  2. Feik says:


    I was merely visiting the Dancing Cranes B&B. I don’t know what they have available. I would contact Jim at dancingcranesguesthouse@yahoo.com. He can also tell you what the Crane population is like at the end of January.

  3. John says:

    Marianne – This is not their website, it is my blog. I would contact them directly at 505-517-9273.

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