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You’re more likely to find the straw, $5 variety cowboy hat at this downtown Plaza icon, but it’s the most affordable place in town to quickly appease a... Read More

One of the best ways to eat your way through Santa Fe is to sample a little bit of everything on this walking progressive lunch that hits some of the... Read More

If you don’t have the wheels or the time to get out of town, yet still want a decadent treatment, try this secret oasis in the gardens of the Madeleine... Read More

The 1936 historic landmark mixes luxury and kitsch: it's marked with a neon sign touting dining, cocktails, and curios. Try the Cowboy Buddha Margarita. Read More

The building adjoins the grounds of the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Read More

74 trails and glades await boarders and skiers of all abilities. You can also cruise down a 1,000-foot snow-tubing run, rent snowmobiles, ice fish, or... Read More

Seven miles round trip from St. John’s College, Atalaya Mountain is a well-loved, steep and quick route to a breath-taking view of the city. The trail... Read More

More popular than Picacho, Atalaya starts behind St. John’s College and is a straight 3.0-mile shot up to the 8,800-foot summit. It’s a lot of vertical... Read More

A partially reconstructed circa-1100 pueblo. Read More

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

Ancestral Pueblo people thrived in what is now Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos 10,000 years ago. The park covers 33,677 acres and centers... Read More

At this quiet adobe oasis, kids can peruse all manner of books, from board-style picture books for toddlers to young-adult page-turners. (Those that get... Read More

This kid-sized adobe bungalow just a block from the Railyard is a young bookworm’s dream, with floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with everything from... Read More

On the sixth floor of the landmark La Fonda Hotel, the Bell Tower sits atop Santa Fe’s version of a “skyscraper.” The food and drink menu, featuring... Read More

Love or hate Bikram Choudhury, the controversial founder of this 26-posture yoga sequence, his mandatory 105-degree heated room, combined with the... Read More

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

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

Blue Canyon Gallery is the first place you reach driving into Magdalena from Socorro—the gallery, a house, and a kiln. In the shop one finds... Read More

If you’re a yogi who needs to work up a guaranteed sweat, steer yourself to Blue Moon. Their “Slow Mo Hot Vinyasa Flow” class focuses on building core... Read More

To reward yourself for taking one of its 90-minute yoga classes, stop off at the Café and order a selection of Body’s raw-vegan-organic truffles sourced... Read More

A local’s favorite in a residential part of town south of the Plaza, Body has a full yoga schedule and a café. Work up a sweat in a 90-minute Vinyassa... Read More

The well-trained instructors here offer classes like Sunday afternoon Gospel Vinyasa and Candlelight Flow. They may not be the most traditional... Read More

Eight miles off Interstate 25, Bosque del Apache is an oasis of dirt roads, meadows, and marshes. Read More

Take a vigorous, steep-sloped mountain-bike ride through Boston Hill, a large park overlooking Silver City where trails weave through old silver-mining... Read More

Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb. Read More

Canyon Road, a half-mile walk where every door leads into a wonderland of creative delights, is a mecca for art lovers. Start at the bottom, where... Read More

The otherworldly subterranean landscape of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is—justifiably—New Mexico’s most famous attraction. Take the... Read More

Known for its reds, Casa Rondena is an award-winning winery and one of the oldest in New Mexico; its Meritage Red—a fruity blend of Merlot and... Read More

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

Visit the remote and hard-to-reach Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a collection of amazingly well-excavated Anasazi ruins, including Pueblo... Read More

The place to go for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day that require a pure-chocolate way to say “I Love You.”... Read More

Beloved by locals for intimate readings by big-name authors, Collected Works is a downtown institution. The last writer I heard speak here was Valerie... Read More

Co-owner Barry Secular may be a New Yorker and baseball fanatic, but he and his staff have mastered northern New Mexican cowboy comfort food. Sit on the... Read More

The rooftop cantina adjoining the more formal, indoor Coyote Café, this rooftop restaurant overlooks Water Street and the Jemez Mountains to the west,... Read More

The 25-foot-tall reinforced concrete cross sits on top of Paseo de la Loma Hill in Fort Marcy Park and commemorates the 21 Franciscan priests and many... Read More

Book a ride on the narrow-gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, whose vintage coal-powered locomotives chug through a stunning San Juan Mountains... Read More

This is my go-to 22-mile trail system when time is short and I still want a good training run. With a trailhead just a few miles up Hyde Park Road from... Read More

Proprieter Roger Tomlinson spent two decades as a cowboy, shoeing horses and riding the high-alpine desert. That makes him a legitimate expert on the... Read More

This whimsical gift shop that’s been sitting a block off the Plaza for 50 years is heaven on earth for kitsch-loving adults and every little kid. With... Read More

Hit this sprawling consignment shop for vintage, hard-to-find men's and women's Western wear—Stetson hats, silver concho belts, cowboy boots,... Read More

This is number one on the list because the people-watching at this neighborhood café just off Canyon Road is unparalleled. Plus it has a beautiful... Read More

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 folk... Read More

Frank and Agnes Dressman have owned this Plaza store since 1952 and have a reputation for their rapport with local Native American and Hispanic artists,... Read More

Drive along Highway 152, between Truth or Consequences and Silver City, through the nearly deserted, former silver boomtowns of Hillsboro and Kingston.... Read More

Avoid Dulce if you’re on a diet. The muffins, scones, cupcakes, cookies, danishes, cheesecakes, bread puddings, brownies, cinnamon roles, croissants,... Read More

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,... Read More

Evoking the South Dakota Badlands, this New Mexico preserve has a stark, austere beauty. This park’s rugged volcanic terrain means there are few... Read More

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... Read More

Stroll through the rose and herb gardens of this Territorial-style hacienda often bypassed by gallery-hoppers. Read More

In the past five years the exterior of this city-owned recreation complex has been given an extreme makeover. With lush green grass for kicking around a... Read More

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. Read More

Gabriel’s guacamole, which the wait staff custom-prepares table-side, is the reason to drive 15 minutes north of Santa Fe on Highway 285. Add the view... Read More

Stop in for traditional Chimayo weavings. Read More

Plan to spend at least a few hours here. In addition to the giant tables full of New York Times bestsellers, hard-to-find art books, and spot-on staff... Read More

Sometimes a museum or gallery tour isn’t enough, especially with an enigmatic artist like Georgia O’Keefe, whose life is as legendary as her work.... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

This summer, Santa Fe’s most popular museum is offering an “OK to Go” program, which lets families create pieces of art in the Museum's courtyard based... Read More

If you think you know O’Keeffe, visit this beautiful, light-filled space where her lesser-known works like “White Birds of Paradise,” painted in Hawaii... Read More

Santa Fe's most esteemed art gallery (it’s been around since 1972) carries artwork that is, in many cases, more valuable than what’s hanging... Read More

Peters’ powerful collection of major American art, from the 1800s to the present, makes this 8,500 square-foot gallery a museum unto itself. When he... Read More

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

Hike & Bike has one of the area’s better rental selections. Read More

This store requires you to buy art in order to make more art. The rubber stamps at this shop are the most intricate you’ll ever find and include... Read More

View the mix of traditional Hispanic and modern and contemporary Anglo works at the museum's Pueblo Revival building near the historic Plaza. Read More

You might be chased by a few dogs, but this 75-mile ride winds through some of the most historic villages in northern New Mexico and takes you back in... Read More

Given its 1,000-year-old history, it’s no wonder there’s a ghost or two who linger in Santa Fe. One of the most famous is Julia Staab, the imported... Read More

For those who want less of an overview and a more an intimate peek into the life of one of Santa Fe’s many world-renowned artists, sign up for this tour... Read More

The museum is an impressive repository of art and memorabilia Read More

Shop the planet in one place during this three-day outdoor market held every July on Museum Hill. With more than 150 vendors from 60 countries, you’ll... Read More

In this sprawling complex on Cerillos Road you’ll find textiles, furniture, pottery, handicrafts, music, and folk art from all over the world. Oddly,... Read More

A blue-chip gallery on the edge of Railyard Park. Read More

This theater is a Santa Fe cultural establishment owned by George R.R. Martin, who bought and refurbished this 120-seat, single-screen Art Nouveau... Read More

Order a malt at the 1940's soda fountain inside this home décor and jewelry store. Read More

For the man in your life who was left behind on this girlfriend getaway to Santa Fe, or for guys who like to shop, stop in at John Rippel U.S.A. For 45... Read More

With truffles, mendiants, chocolate bars, and constantly evolving new creations like 82% Valrhona dark chocolate pistachio clusters on the menu, you’ll... Read More

A quick drive down Interstate 25 to Cochiti Pueblo leads to this unforgettable natural attraction, a must for photographers. During the course of a two... Read More

This L.A. import has clothed actors from Brad Pitt to Julia Roberts and has been the go-to costume shop for films from Brokeback Mountain to Crazy Heart... Read More

This interior courtyard, once the center of the 33-room Sena hacienda that was built in 1868, is as old world as it gets. La Casa Sena may be best known... Read More

West of the city and easily accessible from U.S. 599, La Tierra is 25-plus miles of foothills trails. I like these purpose-built trails best for... Read More

Set 9,000 feet above sea level in the rarefied air of Cloudcroft, the Victorian-inspired hotel has 59 elegantly furnished rooms. Read More

A popular wedding site, diminutive Loretto Chapel in downtown Santa Fe is world-famous for its circular wooden staircase. Built by an unidentified man... Read More

Plying the narrow streets in open-air trams, Loretto Line tours feel a little like an amusement park ride at Disneyworld. But the driver-guide has an... Read More

Blast down Class III rapids on the Rio Grande. Read More

Accented by linen curtains, pergolas, bubbling fountains, and a crackling fire in the kiva, Luminaria is an elegant garden with an up-close view of the... Read More

This colorful, 22,000 square-foot, immersive multimedia art installation created by the collective Meow Wolf is the stuff of psychedelic trips and... Read More

See the fantastic collection of Native American art at this Taos museum. Read More

Take a field trip about a half hour down NM-14 to the funky little ex-mining town of Madrid to see the piles of mining slag featured in David Bowie’s... Read More

Sixty-five miles northwest of Santa Fe on U.S. 84, past Pedernal, the iconic flat-topped peak painted by Georgia O'Keeffe take a left on Forest Service... Read More

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... Read More

Mydans, Eisenstaedt, Bourke-White, Newman—the world’s most iconic black-and-white photojournalists are represented at this 1,700-foot gallery. A visit... Read More

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

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... Read More

This “Laboratory of Anthropology” gives visitors a comprehensive education in the art, history, and culture of the American Southwest. The current... Read More

In July 2014, the museum offered a two-hour “Turquoise Buying Seminar” by Garrick Beck from Natural Stones in Santa Fe. Wait for another class, then... Read More

Stepping into the Museum of International Folk Art is like taking a trip to the world’s biggest, most eclectic outdoor market. With folk art from more... Read More

The color and intricacy of the more than 150,000 pieces of traditional folk art here, which have been collected from around the world, can be almost... Read More

Time your visit to coincide with the annual International Folk Art Market every July where you can buy thousands of intricate handmade pieces from 60... Read More

The lush green grass at St. John’s College is the perfect place to let kids run wild while parents mind the picnic basket and sit back in their camping... Read More

The largest Latino cultural center in the country. Read More

The finest New Mexico crafts have been sold right here, on the north side of the Plaza under the Palace of the Governors portal, almost every day for... Read More

Start your exploration of this gallery in its expansive outdoor sculpture garden, punctuated by Glenna Goodacre’s life-size bronzes of children. Then... Read More

Drive high into the 9,000-foot Sacramento Mountains and strolling along the Nelson Canyon Vista Trail for views of the White Sands National Monument. Read More

This enormous exhibition space, next to the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors, has collec­tions covering various as­pects of New Mexican history. It... Read More

The definitive compendium of New Mexican art through the ages, the MFA’s collection occupies a rambling 1917 building that also ranks among the... Read More

Founded in 1917, just five years after New Mexico became a state, the oldest art museum in New Mexico houses 20,000 works ranging from the largest... Read More

Every April through November, meander the streets of downtown Santa Fe for two hours, learning about its numerous art and architectural highlights, from... Read More

Southwest of Taos, Ojo officially became a “spa” 145 years ago, but ancestors of the native Tewa tribes and 16th-century Spanish colonizers have used... Read More

Ailing bodies in search of a miracle cure have been making pilgrimages to Ojo Caliente, near Abiquiu, for centuries. The key is Ojo’s geothermal water... Read More

Book one of the inexpensive Mission revival–style rooms (furnished with early-20th-century antiques), or splurge on one of the more modern... Read More

Stop by for the century-old steam train, mining-history relics, and old-fashioned melodramas performed in the adjacent Engine House Theater. Read More

Tour the museum where Billy the Kid undertook his infamous escape, killing two guards in the process. Read More

The Ortega family has been selling native jewelry since 1871, so they know a thing or two about how to determine the authenticity of turquoise. But... Read More

What’s not to celebrate about riding bikes, drinking locally brewed craft beers and listening to live music? That’s what’s on tap next spring at the... Read More

Father-son duo Kevin and Scott O’Farrell have been making hats for a collective half-century. They’ll measure your head with the Paris-designed... Read More

The original location off busy St. Francis has a drive-through window, the perfect place to fuel up for early morning ski runs, long road trips, a big... Read More

The artists who sit under the portal on the north end of the Plaza are authorized participants in a program that has been promoting authentic, handmade,... Read More

For more than a half century, Native American artists have been selling beadwork, jewelry, leatherwork, weavings, carvings, drums, and pottery from... Read More

After spending a few hours at Garcia Street Books, drift next door to Photo Eye, the physical embodiment of one of the world’s most renowned websites... Read More

Not many cities have an 8,577-foot peak out the back door. Don’t let the hour-long climb to the summit of Picacho deter you. This two-mile (one way)... Read More

The high-speed rail will whisk passengers between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in a flash. Read More

The Railyard Park is fringed with boutiques and blue-chip galleries. Read More

Take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders, whose tours traverse the Rio Grande and then soar high above the city and cloud-scraping... Read More

This famous trading post sells kachina dolls, Zuni pottery, and turquoise jewelry. Read More

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. Read More

On the top floor of the Santa Fe Arcade, Rooftop Pizzeria has a height advantage over other outdoor restaurants. Ask to be seated along the west-facing... Read More

The Parisian flair here is authentic. Co-owner Andrée Falls lived in there for three years. In addition to the French “pain tradition” breads, which are... Read More

Drop by the visitor center for a map; then visit the three different ruin sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira—that contain remains of... Read More

This National Historic Landmark, in Sky City Pueblo, was made using more than 20,000 tons of earth and stone over the course of a decade (1629-1640).... Read More

Built in 1780, this humble adobe is one of the best-preserved Spanish Colonial mission churches in New Mexico. It’s still an active parish, so time your... Read More

This, the nation's oldest church, has been in use since the early 17th century. Read More

Built somewhere between 1610 and 1617, this unassuming adobe that sits next to a pizza parlor is the oldest Catholic church in the United States. It’s... Read More

The tram ascends a 10,350-foot Sandia Mountain peak for breathtaking views over the city. Read More

Every May cyclists from around the country descend on Santa Fe to ride this 100-mile route that loops through the historic mining towns of Madrid and... Read More

This year’s inaugural concerts, on July 19 and 20, feature works by Caplet and Debussy with narration by actress Claire Bloom. Read More

In its 42nd season, this year’s world-renowned festival features more than 40 performances in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, including a piano recital by Jan... Read More

It requires going inside, but the world-renowned musicians who descend on Santa Fe for six weeks every summer, play everything from Schubert and Brahms... Read More

If you want to meet local parents, hang out at the Children’s Museum. Every mom and dad in town has logged hours at this interactive wonderland with its... Read More

The only non-profit studio in town offers 40 classes per week, some of which are by donation. The space is small and intimate, community is a priority,... Read More

What’s not to love about more than 100 small farms coming together to offer fresh, organic, delicious food? Buy lettuce and carrots from the Succulent... Read More

The official opening of Fiesta kicks off at 6 a.m. at Rosario Chapel on September 5, but the celebration unofficially spreads out over months. Be sure... Read More

The largest Native American market in the world, more than 1,000 artists descend on Santa Fe every August to sell and exhibit their jewelry, paintings,... Read More

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... Read More

Frank and Agnes Dressman have been trading with Native American artists since 1952 and are a trusted name in Santa Fe. Their shop, Santa Fe Indian... Read More

Whether you want to raft the Rio Grande, take a geocaching adventure with your kids, ride the best singletrack in Santa Fe, or fly-fish for brown trout... Read More

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. Five... Read More

Every summer opera stars and musicians from around the world descend on Santa Fe’s sublime open-air opera house to perform five original performances.... Read More

Open in back to the wild western backdrop of the sun sinking below the Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe Opera stage is a stunning place to see a concert or... Read More

There’s no better way to see the inner workings of a city than from the vantage point of a bike seat. You may not get aerobic benefits from this... Read More

Compared to every other trail system in Santa Fe, the 11.5-mile Rail Trail is blessedly flat. I love the smooth red dirt pathway with few obstacles,... Read More

The town's historic Plaza has a brand-new $125 million sibling, the refreshingly modern Railyard. Located on Old West holy ground - the storied stop of... Read More

Every Sunday in the Railyard Farmer’s Market space, local artists come together in a venue that normally houses green chile, goat cheese, and giant... Read More

Start out a half-hour before sunset to give yourself time to drive the 18 miles up windy New Mexico 475 from Santa Fe through the towering Ponderosa... Read More

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... Read More

For a fast, painful, anaerobic, epic training ride, head up Hyde Park road and don’t stop until you get to Ski Santa Fe, 14.5-miles later. The climb... Read More

Sure there are dead masters, but it’s a lot more fun to meet the artist alive and in person. In late June it’s possible to wander through Santa Fe on a... Read More

Overwhelmed by the dining options in Santa Fe? This five-day event in September offers a way to sample the best wine and cuisine the city has to offer,... Read More

Nestled in the village of Chimayo along the High Road to Taos, this tilting, toy-like adobe structure feels like it belongs in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez... Read More

There’s no hard liquor here, which makes for a kid-friendly atmosphere. And once you sample some of the nearly 50 beers on the menu you won’t mind the... Read More

With more than 80 galleries, Canyon Road can feel a little overwhelming. The guide on this Friday evening tour will direct you to the hottest shows,... Read More

Drive through the chichi-rustic village of Tesuque, just north of town, to reach this vast sculpture gallery and working bronze foundry. Stroll the... Read More

A Canyon Road institution for more than 30 years, Silver Sun publishes its own “Turquoise Guide” on its website that includes the mines they feature in... Read More

Less than an hour's drive from Santa Fe, in Vadito, is the Sipapu Ski Resort, with 31 runs on 70 acres. The resort is family-friendly, with runs at all... Read More

The hub of Santa Fe’s avant-garde art scene, this nonprofit contemporary museum has hosted seven biennials, among the nation's only modern art... Read More

Renowned internationally for its biennial exhibitions, SITE has recently unveiled a new six-year program called “Sitelines.” The first installment,... Read More

Hit the 55 groomed trails at Ski Apache, which encompasses 750 acres in the 12,000-foot-tall Sierra Blanca. Read More

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),... Read More

Just an 18-mile drive from downtown, Ski Santa Fe has a Children’s Center for kids age three months to 11 years. Drop the baby off in the nursery for a... Read More

Visit the museum for its Acoma tribal art and history exhibits. Then take a guided tour to the mesa-top pueblo, which has been inhabited continuously... Read More

If listening to great national acts on tour, while drinking quality craft-brewed beer and eating a grilled burger sound like the perfect night out on... Read More

A casual burgers and craft-beer bar with a generous outdoor stage area that can comfortably squish a few hundred standing music lovers. One of the... Read More

The world descends on the mountain town of Taos for this annual music festival. Read More

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... Read More

Every square inch of this fantastically tiny space is filled with delicate ornaments and holiday-specific decorations. Some depict native New Mexican... Read More

Set in the Rio Grande Valley north of Albuquerque, the lavish spa is an opulent desert oasis. Read More

One-thousand-year-old Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe one mile north of Taos, is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the... Read More

Take in the works of the native Taos culture at this art outlet. Read More

For at least a millennium, Tiwa-speaking American Indians have lived in the multi-story Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited... Read More

Explore the 110 runs at the property, including some very challenging trails. Read More

This serene and unique Japanese-style onsen spa is nestled in the woods on the way up to Santa Fe’s ski basin. It’s like a trip to a dream world of... Read More

Tucked into a green hillside on the winding mountain road that leads to the Santa Fe Ski Area, Ten Thousand Waves has long attracted day visitors for... Read More

Be prepared to get your feet wet. This 18-mile long singletrack ride starts in the village of Tesuque and has at least six stream crossings as it climbs... Read More

If Santa Fe is a spiritual mecca, The Ark is where seekers will find their bible for everything from Buddhist mantras to Christian mystics to Hindu... Read More

Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic... Read More

The spacious rooms here are kitted out with handsome Native American furnishings and surround a courtyard pool. Read More

This centerpiece of Santa Fe, which is still very much in use every Sunday morning, was commissioned in 1850 by Santa Fe’s first Bishop, the French... Read More

The wholesale production bakery fronted by a cozy café churns through 50 pounds of premium Belgian Callebaut per week. Most of that must be in its... Read More

A popular venue for local bands and singers, the Cowgirl’s outdoor patio is the best place in town to order a Silver Coin, a giant plate of green chile... Read More

Gather the children to the historic lodge’s on Saturday evenings to catch the Chuckwagon Cowboy Dinner show. Here, Wild West tales are told... Read More

This downtown hatmaker has taken the customization process a step further: Most of the bands and accessories The Hatsmith stocks are designed and... Read More

What Lies Beneath: In the New Mexico Badlands, a path carved by lava leads visitors from the Bandera Volcano to a cave where temperatures never reach... Read More

The home venue for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Concert Association, and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the acoustics... Read More

Descend down a dark staircase on a side street off the Plaza and you will have entered the anti-Santa Fe. Reminiscent of a college dive bar, the Matador... Read More

This institution on Palace Avenue has scarlet velvet walls, a deep walnut bar, and was once adorned with oil paintings of naked women. The paintings... Read More

Almost every night of the summer there’s a live musical act performing in the heart of the city. Whether it’s the country-Hispanic-bluegrass of Fiddlin’... Read More

Beyond the physical beauty of the open-air Opera House, this company brings together world-renowned talent and a mixture of classic and avant-garde... Read More

Just off the pool area in the lush garden grounds of La Posada’s five-acre campus, the spa, which has a rooftop terrace overlooking the mountains, is... Read More

Serving everything from matcha to chai to white to green tea, this drafty old building with a beautiful garden patio on the end of Canyon Road’s... Read More

View the fascinating assemblage of folk art—including an entire city of carved wooden miniatures. Read More

Watch seasoned politicos and newspaper reporters dish local dirt at this legendary, retro-swish cocktail lounge, replete with Naugahyde booths and a... Read More

This fourth-generation nightclub started in 1950 as “Tiny’s Dine and Dance.” With its pleather booths, the Southwest’s largest decanter collection, and... Read More

Taste the edible (chocolate) religious art sold at this Lilliputian candy shop in an 18th-century courtyard. Read More

The adobe storefront looks fresh out of a Southwestern fairytale. But open the door and it gets even better: The acrylic case is filled with chocolate... Read More

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

The Spaniards have lived in Santa Fe for more than four centuries. Every July more than 350 artists, some of whom are descendants of the Spanish... Read More

Drop by the Tunstall Store Museum, a 19th-century general store that still displays unopened dry goods and hardware from the period. Read More

The cornerstone of contemporary art on Canyon Road, this gallery features important international contemporary artists. The most compelling exhibition... Read More

Prepare to drop your jaw at this 89,000-acre expanse west of Los Alamos. The working ranch and preserve is nestled in a volcanic caldera that formed... Read More

Take a self-guided walking tour of the magnificent Very Large Array, a massive collection of 27 neatly arranged 80-foot-tall radio-telescope antennae... Read More

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... Read More

Opened in 2015, this 11-screen theater, located in the Railyard, shows new releases, classics, independent, foreign, and art-house films. It also has a... Read More

One of the best-kept secrets in New Mexico, White Mesa is a surreal trail system with spectacular views, 90-minutes southwest of Santa Fe. Thanks to the... Read More

Drive and walk through the glittering, 145,000-acre White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes. Read More

I access this 17.2-mile trail system from three or four different trailheads along Hyde Park Road depending how long I want to run and how deep into the... Read More

Co-owners Wendelin Scott and Amy Spurlock have nurtured instructors who are so committed to the studio that most have been teaching together for more... Read More

Interestingly, this Railyard gallery, which is internationally renowned for its contemporary art, is housed in a two-story adobe that looks straight out... Read More

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