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Things to do in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is truly a town for everyone with sweeping outdoor expanses that attract thrill-seeking adventurers and lovely art galleries and folk festivals that cater to a more subdued crowd. There are things to do in Santa Fe no matter what kind of traveler you are. Nature buffs should head to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and admire the stunning trails that tempt hikers and trail runners with their clean alpine air and sparkling views. Hotels can arrange for horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, white water rafting on the Rio Grande and Chama Rivers.

For more relaxing things to do in Santa Fe, travelers can spend days wandering through the more than 250 art galleries that showcase some of the finest artists in America. Canyon Road, the cluster of adobes that make up the bustling main street in town, have around 80 galleries to look at, but there are many smaller neighborhoods that offer less foot traffic during your art excursions, like the Railyard District. If you’ve exhausted your art gallery list in town and are still wondering what to do in Santa Fe, rent a car and drive 90-minutes up to Taos, NM. Taos has made its name as a quirky town of artists and writers who’ve fled to the gorgeous mountain town for inspiration.

All year there will be moments of enchantment in Santa Fe, it’s just in the nature of New Mexico. Winter travelers can witness the magical farolitos, candles in paper lanterns that line the streets at night. Cars are cleared off the streets and the crisp smell of piñón wood lingers on the air. Check out the list below for the best of what to do in Santa Fe.

  • Bandelier National Monument

    This Anasazi settlement has petroglyphs and wooden ladders that lead to ancient cave dwellings. More
  • Bittersweet Designs

    The newest addition to art-filled Canyon Road sells handcrafted jewelry and journals made with vintage wallpaper. More
  • Black Hole

    Stop in on repentant weapons scientist, Edward Grothus, at this surreal thrift shop of surplus bomb-making equipment. More
  • Bradbury Science Museum

    Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb. More
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pue... More
  • Cristo Rey

  • Doodlet's

    Mexican retablos and tin angel wings cover the walls at this funky curiosity shop. They also sell Frida Kahlo bamboo curtains and Barbie reinterpre... More
  • Double Take at the Ranch

    Hit this sprawling consignment shop for vintage, hard-to-find men's and women's Western wear—Stetson hats, silver concho belts, cowboy boots, embro... More
  • Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe

    The iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, which is housed in a 400-year-old building and has been going strong since 1944, has one undeniably wonderful thi... More
  • Dressman’s Gifts

    Hidden amid a slew of kitschy curio shops, the inventory here is the real deal, with a good selection of carved wooden angels and other New Mexican... More
  • El Farol

    Once the dinner hour’s past at this venerable Spanish restaurant (dating to the 1830’s, it’s Santa Fe’s oldest), the amber-lit, beamed dining room ... More
  • El Santuario de Chimaya

    Revered for its healing holy dirt, this 1816 Spanish mission chapel cradled in a picturesque canyon, is known as the Lourdes of America. Vendors he... More
  • El Zaguán

    Stroll through the rose and herb gardens of this Territorial-style hacienda often bypassed by gallery-hoppers. More
  • Fort Union National Monument

    Learn about the settlement of the Santa Fe Trail at Fort Union National Monument, the largest fort from America’s late-19th-century frontier period... More

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