Case Study

Bishop’s Lodge Historic 1920s-Era Rocky Mountain Resort Gets 21st Century Makeover

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Challenge

Bishop’s Lodge is a 1920s-era resort, situated on 317 acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. HKS designers were asked to re-envision the iconic location as one of the top resorts in the nation – respecting the property’s rich history and original design while incorporating updated luxury features throughout its accommodations, grounds and amenities.

The Design Solution

Existing buildings were renovated to give new life to their historical context and new guestroom buildings have been added in keeping with the authentic Santa Fe architectural style. A variety of room types and styles are provided to make each visit special and memorable. The material palettes are inspired by the traditional Navajo attire and the colors of the landscape. Layering of art and accessories help to tell the story of the property’s rich history. Amenities such as fly fishing and new horse stables were added to enhance the guest experience and connect back to the property’s natural surroundings.

The Design Impact

The resort has been and will continue to be a living room for the community as it draws people from near and far. While the appeal and draw of Bishop’s Lodge is widespread, the use of local vendors throughout the project helps support the community and an artist gallery and retail store will showcase rotating local artists and artisans.

Project Features

  • 120 Guestrooms and Suites
  • Residential Units
  • Private Kiva Suites
  • Bunkhouse
  • Main Lodge w/ Bar & Restaurant
  • Café
  • Ballroom
  • Spa
  • Pool Deck
  • Retail
  • Horse Stables


  • 2022 Boutique Design Gold Key Awards for Excellence Finalist, Guestroom Luxury
  • 2022 Boutique Design Gold Key Awards for Excellence Finalist, Suite