Santa Fe Travel Guide
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.
Every year serious art buyers and trinket hounds descend on Santa Fe for this weekend-long event, which turns the town into a Native American art-crazed mob scene.
Taste the edible (chocolate) religious art sold at this Lilliputian candy shop in an 18th-century courtyard.
During the last weekend of July, more than 250 of New Mexico's most accomplished native artisans exhibit their wares at Spanish Market, one of Santa Fe's two major art gatherings (the other is Indian Market, held about a month later in August
Book one of the inexpensive Mission revival–style rooms (furnished with early-20th-century antiques), or splurge on one of the more modern cottages with kitchenettes. Soak in one of the outdoor mineral pools before taking one of the resort’s restorative yoga classes.
It's easy to miss this simple storefront gallery tucked down a quiet side street near the Plaza, but duck your head inside and you'll discover walls hung with some of the mid-20th century's most revered photographs.
Stop in for traditional Chimayo weavings.
A blue-chip gallery on the edge of Railyard Park.
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.
The nation's oldest continuously occupied public building, the mammoth, single-story Palace with its flat roof and block-long portal (porch) dates all the way back to 1610, when it served as the territory's governmental headquarters.
This year’s inaugural concerts, on July 19 and 20, feature works by Caplet and Debussy with narration by actress Claire Bloom.
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 thing going for it: the always-packed Dragon Room lounge.