Santa Fe

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.

The 6,290-foot-high peak is a landmark along the Old Santa Fe Trail.

At this outdoor bar, watermelon infused with Bacardi Limón puts a summer spin on the Cuban cocktail, and pairs well with the downtown plaza views.

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

Reserve well in advance for a guided tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, still furnished exactly as she left them when she moved to Santa Fe in 1984.

Part of the Museum Hill complex about three miles southeast of the Plaza, this is the best of a handful of facilities in town dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Southwest's indigenous pottery, weaving, jewelry, and other art forms.

Victoria Price raises the Santa Fe style bar with her inspired mix of vintage Navajo rugs, Le Corbusier chaises, and stainless-steel jewelry by Native American artist Pat Pruitt.

Insider clout: Because of Cunningham’s amazing contacts, she can arrange for clients to see Africa’s “sardine run”—in which hundreds of thousands of migrating fish form massive shoals in the waters off Transkei—from the comfort of a live-on catamaran.

This Anasazi settlement has petroglyphs and wooden ladders that lead to ancient cave dwellings.

At O’Keeffe’s second home, Ghost Ranch, take a guided tour through the surrounding landscapes that inspired her.

Even non-opera fanatics come out in astounding numbers during the short but sweet Santa Fe Opera season, which lasts from late June through August.

Every year serious art buyers and trinket hounds descend on Santa Fe for this weekend-long event, celebrating hispanic culture in these parts.