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.
Revered for its healing holy dirt, this 1816 Spanish mission chapel cradled in a picturesque canyon, is known as the Lourdes of America. Vendors here sell milagros, images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and other charms.
Although it’s not quite at the level of Ski Taos and Angel Fire (both of which are about two hours north, and have a greater variety of terrain), Ski Santa Fe is a terrific choice for those who want to stay in the city and still ski.
Just 16 miles outside of Santa Fe, Ski Santa Fe has 67 trails, at all ability levels. With a base height of 10,350 feet, the Santa Fe Basin in one of the highest in the U.S.; the Millennium Triple chairlift carries skiers to a soaring 12,000 feet and an incredible view.
Every year serious art buyers and trinket hounds descend on Santa Fe for this weekend-long event.
The Spread: Distinctly southwestern produce is on display at this Saturday market in Santa Fe's rail yard, where 100 vendors gather to sell locally grown white sweet corn and blue-corn posole; bolita beans and mesquite cactus honey; buffalo sausages; heaps of organically grown dr
Mexican retablos and tin angel wings cover the walls at this funky curiosity shop. They also sell Frida Kahlo bamboo curtains and Barbie reinterpreted as Sigmund Freud.
A quick drive down Interstate 25 to Cochiti Pueblo leads to this unforgettable natural attraction, a must for photographers.
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.
De rigueur for O'Keeffe aficionados, this museum, which opened in 1997 inside a 13,000-square-foot adobe former church, shows dozens of works by the curmudgeonly painter who spent the last half-century of her life just northwest of Santa Fe
The newest addition to art-filled Canyon Road sells handcrafted jewelry and journals made with vintage wallpaper.
Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb.