Discover Santa Fe & Surroundings

Santa Fe, “the City Different”, is the oldest capital city in the US.

Sitting at the Sangre de Cristo foothills, known for their extraordinary purple/ mauve tones at sunset, it is a magical and colorful city all year long.

Its distinctive architectural style makes it truly unique, with its deep terra cotta color and gorgeous adobe buildings.

Santa Fe is a constant mecca for artists and intellectuals from all over the world, many famous actors, writers, movie directors, poets and musicians fell in love with this unusual and unique city and now call it home!

Located in high desert area with an elevation of 2200 feet, the city enjoys one of the purest airs in the US!  And the vistas are… just extraordinary.

Santa Fe

Canyon Road

One of Santa Fe’s oldest and most beautiful streets.

In one long and wonderful street, home to an amazing selection of fine galleries, you will discover high end art from many talented artists from all over the world.

https://www.visitcanyonroad.com/

New Mex Museum of Arts

Located in one of the Plaza’s most exquisitely beautiful buildings, the Museum of Art opened in 1917 and was the first building in the state dedicated to art.

The New Mexico Museum of Art brings the art of the world to New Mexico and the art of New Mexico to the world.

http://nmartmuseum.org/

Loretto Chapel

In the heart of historic Santa Fe, the Chapel attracts people from all over the world who want to find out more about our revered, “miraculous staircase.” The chapel is a historic phenomenon that must be witnessed. It is a mystery waiting to be solved!

https://www.lorettochapel.com/

San Miguel Mission

The oldest church in the continental United States.

Located in the Barrio de Analco Historic District, oral history holds that the barrio was founded by a group of Mexican Indians from Tlaxcala. The adobe church was constructed under the direction of Franciscan friars to serve a small congregation of soldiers, laborers, and Indians who lived in the Analco Barrio. The present building dates from 1710.

http://sanmiguelchapel.org/

Oldest house

Santa Fe is home to many of the country’s oldest landmarks, and this old adobe households the most interesting history in the state, and maybe the whole nation.

It is said to be the oldest building in America, originating in 1646.

https://www.historicsantafe.org/the-oldest-house

Plaza

The Santa Fe Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, in the style of traditional Spanish-American colonial cities.

The “city-square”, was originally, and is still to this day, the center gathering place in town. Many know it as “the heart of Santa Fe” with many events and high end fashion boutiques all year around.

https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Neighborhoods/Plaza_and_Downtown/

Cathedral

The cathedral was built by French Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886. An older church on the same site, built in 1626, was destroyed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.

The cathedral’s European style, Influenced by the French-born Archbishop Lamy is in dramatic contrast to the surrounding adobe structures!

https://www.cbsfa.org/parish-life/about

Palace of Governors

Originally built in the early 17th century as Spain’s seat of government, the Palace chronicles the history of Santa Fe and  New Mexico.

The now New Mexico History Museum is also famous for its native art market: Right outside the Palace, Native Indians from different pueblos come to sell their jewelry.

https://savingplaces.org/places/palace-of-the-governors#.XYE-FiVMFE4

O’Keeffe Museum

World renowned painter, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed  “the wideness and wonder of the world”.  When O’Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917, she was instantly drawn to the stark beauty of its unusual architectural and landscape forms. In 1929, she began spending part of almost every year painting there.

A visit to the O’Keeffe Museum offers insight not only into the artist’s paintings, but also her creative process.

https://www.okeeffemuseum.org/

Railyard

The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See movies at the unique Railyard Theater, and exciting performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce at the Farmer’s Market. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.

https://www.railyardsantafe.com/tag/arts-entertainment/

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.

The House of Eternal Return is an explorable art installation filled with technology, and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages.

https://meowwolf.com/

Salt Cave

Time spent in the exquisite Santa Fe salt cave is an unforgettable experience, promoting both deep relaxation and natural healing. Lie back in a zero-gravity chair, in a room lined with Himalayan pink salt crystals, surrounded by gentle soothing music, and leave the cares of the world behind.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1244121/opens-in-santa-fe.html

Museum Hill

Four world-class (small) museums presenting the art, history, and culture of the Native American Southwest, the Spanish colonial past, and folk traditions from around the world!

http://museumhill.net/explore.php

https://santafe.org/blog/museum-hill/

Equus Wisdom Experience

Inspiring Wisdom for Life & Leadership

Self-discovery through the wisdom of the horse – The EQUUS Experience® positively and permanently affects every aspect of your life through connection and communication with an ancient and wise 55 million-year-old system, the horse herd.

https://equusinspired.com/

Also great to enjoy in Santa Fe

Cooking schools | Photography classes | Art classes

El Rancho de la Golondrinas

June to Oct 6th

Now a living history museum, The Rancho dates from the early 1700s and was an important stopping place along the Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Experience the life of another time in a location unlike any other in America.

https://golondrinas.org/

Opera

June to Sept

THE WORLD FAMOUS SANTA FE OPERA SHINES IN THE HIGH DESERT, MYSTICAL AND MAGICAL.

Enjoy stellar performances under a starry New Mexico sky with beautiful music, compelling drama and stunning sunsets.

The dramatic adobe theater blends harmoniously with the high desert landscape. It is this fusion of nature and art that leaves such an enduring impression on all who come.

https://www.santafeopera.org/

Chamber Music Festival

Mid-July to mid-August

For over half a century, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, earning both critical praise and dedicated audiences for its lasting commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, and vision.

https://www.santafechambermusic.com/

Hipico

July/August

HIPICO Santa Fe is a world-class equestrian facilities and New Mexico’s premier venue for equestrian events. 

HIPICO hosts equestrian events ranging from top level competitions to polo and horsemanship clinics throughout the year.

https://www.hipicosantafe.com/

Folk Art Market

Mid-July

The world’s largest folk art market: Over 190 global artists, showcasing fine handmade crafts (textiles, ceramics, jewelry, basketry, clothing and more) from 50+ countries

Enjoy also an international food bazaar, world music, entertainment and more!

https://folkartmarket.org/

Spanish Market

Late-July

Each July, as many as 70,000 people, including locals, visitors, collectors and enthusiasts flock to Santa Fe to experience this unique event. Hundreds of artists show their work at the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States.

https://santafeselection.com/annual-events/spanish-market

Contemporary Hispanic Market

Late-July

For 32 years, selected contemporary hispanic artists have participated in the juried art show that is held each July in the cultural heart of Santa Fe.

http://www.contemporaryhispanicmarketinc.com/

Indian Market

Mid-August

Each August, for the past 98 years, Santa Fe Indian Market has brought together the most gifted Native American artists from the U.S, with millions of visitors and collectors from around the world. The extended weekend of beauty and celebration ranks as the world’s largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show.

https://swaia.org/

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Late September

By bringing 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, a five day celebration of food and wine! Featuring cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.

https://santafewineandchile.org/about/

Albuquerque

Gathering of Nations

Late April

The Gathering of Nations is the largest pow-wow in the United States and North America. It attracts more than 3,500 dancers and 150,000 spectators during the last week of April.

Over 565 tribes from around the United States and 220 from Canada travel to Albuquerque to participate.

https://www.gatheringofnations.com/

Balloon Festival

Early-Oct

An Event Like No Other!

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction. For more than 40 years, the first week in October brings the beautiful, magical hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.

https://balloonfiesta.com/

Flamenco Festival

Mid to end-June

For 31 years, each June, the festival brings the finest Flamenco artists in the world to Albuquerque. For eight days, the city is filled with the pulse of Flamenco, and is transformed into a cultural epicenter for the art form. 

http://ffiabq.org/

Pueblo Feast Days and Powwows

You can experience these very special days in different pueblos belonging to the Northern Pueblos.

https://santafeselection.com/visitor-info/pueblo-feast-days-calendar

Day trips around Santa Fe

Tent Rocks

True wonder of nature, This beautiful and unique topography offers some incredible scenery. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, is an outdoor wonderland just begging to be explored. Get ready to experience one of the Southwest’s most observed geological wonders.

https://www.newmexico.org/listing/kasha-katuwe-tent-rocks-national-monument-blm/2086/

Bandelier

Bandelier National Monument is an unexpected delight, containing some of the most unusual and interesting ancient ruins in the Southwest, petroglyphs and pictographs, steep narrow canyons with plentiful wildlife, mountains rising to 10,200 feet…

https://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/bandelier/national_monument.html

Puye Cliffs

A place between earth and sky!

One of northern New Mexico’s most awe-inspiring cultural attractions featuring cliff & cave dwellings,.

The Puye Cliff Dwellings are alive with the mystery and history. Home to the ancestors of today’s Santa Clara Pueblo people.

https://www.puyecliffdwellings.com/

Chimayo

The El Santuario de Chimayo is considered the most important pilgrimage site in the United States. El Sanctuario de Chimayo is now known locally, as the “Lourdes of America”.

This special place known for its historic church also features several weaving shops and delectable food.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/el-santuario-de-chimayo

Madrid

Madrid is the perfect day trip from Santa Fe!  Strolling down Main Street, you will discover a historic village with over 40 unique galleries & shops. Madrid has been in many movies filmed in the area. Once a historic coal mining town and ghost town, the very quirky and spirited village is now a creative community.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-madrid/

ABQ tram

A SPECTACULAR ride! Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tram in the US!

A trip to the top of the Sandia mountains transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles high! 

See some of nature’s most dramatic beauty unfold before you. And enjoy an unforgettable upscale dining experience, at Ten 3 Restaurant,  with an unparalleled view that defines enchantment.

https://sandiapeak.com/

ABQ Old Town

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in high desert.

Its modern Downtown core contrasts with the Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony.

Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts.

https://www.hotelchaco.com/journeying/historic-old-town

Acoma Pueblo

Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as one of the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America.

Built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths, The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture.

http://www.acomaskycity.org/main.html?pgid=11

Ojo Caliente SPA

A Native American sacred place of healing, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa has been a gathering place for healing mind, body, and spirit naturally for centuries.

A truly unique resort destination in Northern New Mexico!

https://www.ojospa.com/

Plaza Blanca

Dramatic white rock formations collide with a seemingly endless horizon and give Plaza Blanca its name.  What makes this site so interesting is the contrast of texture and light you’ll find among the soaring rocks that have been cut by wind and water for centuries.  The terrain is almost otherworldly and the views are not to be missed.

https://boardingpasstraveler.com/2017/07/17/hiking-at-plaza-blanca/

Ghost Ranch

With a history as colorful as the spectacular surrounding red and yellow cliffs, Ghost Ranch offers a diversity of programs and adventures.

People from all over the world come to work together to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, or simply to rest and renew their spirits.

https://www.ghostranch.org/