About Santa Fe

36 Hours in Santa Fe – New York Times   (Video)

History of Santa Fe – PBS  (Video)

Route 66 & Santa Fe:  Original Route 66 through Santa Fe

On Foot:
Exploring Santa Fe on foot is one of the best ways to experience downtown Santa Fe.  Begin your tour by heading to the Plaza area.  Take the time to visit Señor Murphy’s Candymaker (100 East San Francisco Street), creator of the delectable Green Chile Pistachio Bark.  Next discover authentic handmade Native American jewelry at the Palace of the Governors, the oldest government building in the US and the location of the NM State History Museum.  Then there is Susan’s Christmas Shop (115 East Palace Avenue) with an impressive collection of local handmade ornaments.  Also visit Kakawa Chocolate House (1050 Paseo De Peralta) and indulge in the classic sipping chocolate at this quaint cafe located in an historic adobe home.  While you are there, stroll down De Vargas street to see the Oldest House in the US, now a museum and gift shop.  You’ll find plenty more along the way so take your time and bring a camera.

Hiking Santa Fe (winter):
Santa Fe’s 1.6 million acre National Forest is an expansive winter playground.  From novice to advanced, the mountain offers something for everyone.  Start your day at Cottam’s Ski Shop off Hyde Park Road for snowshoe and cross country ski rentals.  Theres is also a groomed sled trail out back, perfect for families.  Continue up Hyde Park Road to the Big Tesuque Trail, a favorite for alpine snow shoeing this single track trail puts you right in the thicket of the towering Aspens.  If cross country skiing is more your liking, head to the Aspen Vista Trail.  The wide fire road trail offers just the right incline for a gentle climb up and slightly exhilarating decent.  For those looking for a more subtle cross country track, continue up Hyde Park Road to the Norski Trail.  This two mile loop offers level tracks and is protected by towering Aspens.  Or, go to Ski Santa Fe to enjoy the downhill slopes.  Once the winter snow makes way for spring flowers, each of these trails transform into stunning hiking and biking trails.

From Luxury Travel Magazine:
Santa Fe, New Mexico has been named the Best Small City in America by Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, a ranking of the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world. The publication credits the destination’s cultural scene as one of its best assets, noting, no other place in the country so beautifully reflects the art, architecture, food, and crafts of centuries of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican influence.

The Condé Nast Traveler ranking is one of several important accolades Santa Fe has garnered thus far in 2014. Earlier this year, Santa Fe’s winding streets and abundance of world-class cafes and spas earned Santa Fe the No. 3 ranking as the country’s coziest city, by The Huffington Post. The website 10best.com recognized Santa Fe in myriad categories, including the nation’s top destination for a girlfriend getaway, a top 10 historic destination, and the fourth most romantic getaway in North America. Its clean air and mountain perch make it a top destination for outdoor adventure. In March, Outside crowned Santa Fe as the nation’s Best Trail Running City. The League of American Bicyclists awarded Santa Fe a Silver Level designation for its welcoming bike culture.
Through a variety of special events, visitors to Santa Fe this summer can experience first-hand the cultural and culinary scene that earned the Condé Nast Traveler ranking, including:

  • International Folk Art Market, July 14 – 16, 2017
    Since 2004, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe has hosted more than 700 master folk artists from 87 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists. Earnings have exceeded $20 million and impacted over one million lives in the communities they represent. The Market offers folk artists a respected spot in the global marketplace to gather together and share their handmade traditions and to create economic, social, and individual empowerment.  Folk Art Alliance
  • Santa Fe Indian Market, August 19 – 20, 2017
    This spectacular festival is celebrating its 94th year as more than 1,000 gifted Native American artists from across the United States travel to Santa Fe to showcase their skills at the largest Native American art show and sale in the world.  http://www.swaia.org/
  • Burning of Zozobra, September  (check website for date)
    The annual torching of 50-foot-tall Old Man Gloom, a puppet stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper bearing the citizenry’s sad thoughts, has been a fall highlight for 90 years.  http://burnzozobra.com/
  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Sept. 21 – 25, 2016
    The oldest continuously celebrated community event in the country fills the historic Plaza with food and music, dancing and parades. Fiesta is the city’s most enduring tradition and one of the summer’s most anticipated weekends.   http://www.santafewineandchile.org/
  • Santa fe Opera Season, June 30 – August 26 2017
    http://www.santafeopera.org/
  • Santa Fe Spanish Market, July 2017 (check website for dates)
    Held on the Santa Fe Plaza, the popular Spanish Market provides visitors with a great opportunity to sample the rich Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico. Featuring arts and exhibits from over 300 traditional Hispanic artists, the market is a great place to shop for unusual souvenirs.  Spanish Market

Santa Fe Summer Day Trip Guide  (click for Guide)

About Santa Fe:
Perched in the high mountain desert of northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is an oasis of art, history and culture in a breathtaking natural setting.  The clear New Mexican sun shines brightly for most days of the year, inviting artists, skiers, hikers and explorers to take advantage of all that the city has to offer. The rich history of the region begins with the ancient Native American culture that flourished in the area and continues to do so today in many pueblos.  Remains of ancestral pueblo settlements with sacred cliff dwellings are awe-inspiring places to visit and explore.  

The natural beauty of the region makes outdoor activities a year-round delight. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains beckon skiers during the winter and hikers and bikers year round to explore the slopes and trails. The Rio Grande, Pecos and San Juan rivers (to name a few) offer beautiful spots for fly-fishing, white-water rafting and kayaking. 

Santa Fe also boasts one of the largest and most vibrant art markets in the country with hundreds of art galleries representing both local and internationally acclaimed artists as well as museums, many art events and spectacular performing arts.

 With sports, arts, history, great food and more, Santa Fe offers the best of the wide-open West.
For current happenings, you may visit:  http://www.santafe.org/

Guide to Activities & Places in Santa Fe

Artist Market

Year Round

505 310 1555 santafeartistmarket.com
Artist Workshops – Tarnoff Art Center – Pecos

Year Round

505 757 3502 tarnoffartcenter.org
Artist Workshops – New Grounds – Albuquerque

Year Round

505 268 8952 newgroundsgallery.com
Balloon Tours

Year Round

800 761 5867 santafehotairballoons.com
Bicycle Rentals – Mellow Velo

Year Round

505 995 8356 mellowvelo.com
Boots – Back at the Ranch

Year Round

888 962 6687 backattheranch.com
Buddhist Center

Year Round

505 660 7056 tnlsf.org
Calendar of Events – Santa Fe

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santafe.org
Canyon Road Galleries & Restaurants

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canyonroadarts.com
Casino – Buffalo Thunder

Year Round

877 848 6337 buffalothunderresort.com
Casino – Camel Rock

Year Round

800 GO CAMEL camelrockcasino.com
Casino – Sandia – Albuquerque

Year Round

800 526 9366 sandiacasino.com
Coffee House – Dulce

Year Round

505 989 9966 dulcebakery.com
Café Fina – Breakfast/Lunch

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505 466 3886 cafefina.com
Coffee House – Subscription

Year Round

505 983 3085 subscription-santa-fe
Coffee House – Aztec Street Cafe

Year Round

505 820 0025 azteccafe.com
Coffee House – Java Joes

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505 795 7005 javajoessantafe.com
Coffee House – Tribes

Year Round

505 473 3615 tribessantafe.com
Concert Association

Year Round

505 984 8759 santafeconcerts.org
Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railway

Seasonal

888 286 2737 cumbrestoltec.com
Day Hikes

Year Round

sdcmountainworks.com
Earthfire Gems Gallery

Year Round

800 467 6503 earthfiregems.com
Farmers Market

Saturday

505 983 4098 santafefarmersmarket.com
Tesuque Flea Market

Seasonal

505 670 2599 pueblooftesuquefleamarket
Golf – Black Mesa

Seasonal

505 747 8946 blackmesagolfclub.com
Golf – Country Club

Seasonal

505 471 2626 santafecountryclub.com
Golf – Links de Santa Fe

Seasonal

505 955 4400 linksdesantafe.com
Great Southwest Adventures

Seasonal

505 455 2700 swadventures.com
Guided Tours

Year Round

505 988 8022 swguides.com
Hiking: Guided Yogi Hiker

Seasonal

505 819 8445 yogihiker.com
Historic Walks

Seasonal

505 986 8388 historicwalksofsantafe.com
Movies & Films

Year Round

fandango.com
Museum – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Seasonal

505 471 2261 golondrinas.org
Museum – Georgia O’Keeffe

Year Round

505 946 1000 okeeffemuseum.org
Museum – Ghost Ranch

Year Round

505 685 4333 ghostranch.org
Museum – New Mexico State

Year Round

museumofnewmexico.org
Museum – Palace of Governors

Year Round

505 476 5100 palaceofgovernors.org
Museum of Art

Year Round

505 476 5072 nmartmuseum.org
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Year Round

505 424 2300 iaia.edu/museum
Museum of History

Year Round

505 476 5200 nmhistorymuseum.org
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Year Round

505 476 1250 indianartsandculture.org
Museum of Intl. Folk Art

Year Round

505 476-1200 internationalfolkart.org
New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail

Year Round

505 827 6490 nmfiberarts.org
New Mexico Wine Country

Year Round

winecountrynm.com
Opera – Santa Fe

Seasonal

505 986 5900 santafeopera.org
Photo Arts

Year Round

nmphotoguide.com
Rafting – New Wave

Seasonal

800 984 1444 newwaverafting.com
Restaurant – Anasazi

Year Round

505 988 3030 innoftheanasazi
Restaurant – Annapurna

Year Round

505 988 9688 chaishoppe.com
Restaurant – Cowgirl

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505 982 2565 cowgirlsantafe.com
Restaurant – The Shed

Year Round

505 982 9030 sfshed.com
Restaurant – Vinaigrette

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505 820 9205 vinaigretteonline.com
Restaurant – 2nd Street Brewery

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505 982 3030 secondstreetbrewery.com
Restaurant – Del Charro

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505 954 0320 delcharro.com
Restaurant – El Farol

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505 983 9912 elfarolsf.com
Restaurant – Geronimo’s

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505 982 1500 geronimorestaurant.com
Restaurant – Harry’s Roadhouse

Year Round

505 989 4629 harrysroadhousesantafe.com
Restaurant – Pizzeria da Lino

Year Round

505 982 8474 pizzeriadalino.com 
Restaurant – La Boca

Year Round

505 982 3433 labocasf.com
Restaurant – LuLu’s Chinese

Year Round

505 473 1688 chineserestaurantsantafe.com
The Tea House (on Canyon Road)

Year Round

505 992 0972 teahousesantafe.com
St. Francis (great bar)

Year Round

800 529 5700 hotelstfrancis.com
La Posada (great bar)

Year Round

505 986 0000 laposada.rockresorts.com
Restaurant – Raaga

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505 820 6440 raagacuisine.com
Restaurant – San Q.

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505 992 0304 sanqrestaurant.com
Restaurant – Shohko Cafe

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505 982 9708 shohkocafe.com
Restaurant & Dining Guide

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sfol.com
Restaurant – Tesuque Village Market

Year Round

505 988 8848 tesuquevillagemarket.com
Restaurant – Paper Dosa

Year Round

505 930 5521 paper-dosa.com
Restaurant – Galisteo Bistro

Year Round

505 982 3700 galisteobistro.com
Restaurant – SantaCafe

Year Round

505 984 1788 santacafe.com
Restaurant – Mu Du Noodles

Year Round

505 983 1411 mudunoodles.com
Restaurant – Pasqual’s

Year Round

505 983 9340 pasquals.com
Scooter Rental – I Scoot

Seasonal

505 577 5048 iscootsantafe.com
Skiing

Seasonal

505 982 4429 skisantafe.com
Society of Artists

Seasonal

505 455 3496 santafesocietyofartists.com
Spa – 10,000 Waves

Year Round

505 982 9304 tenthousandwaves.com
Spa – Absolute Nirvana

Year Round

505 983 7942 absolutenirvana.com
Spa – Yoga – Body of Santa Fe

Year Round

505 986 0362 bodyofsantafe.com
Spa – Yoga – Yoga Source

Year Round

505 982 0990 yogasource-santafe.com
Spa at Encantado

Year Round

877 262 4666 encantadoresort.com
Spa at Loretto

Year Round

866 582 1646 innatloretto.com
Spa & Hot Springs – Ojo Caliente

Year Round

800 222 9162 ojospa.com
The Fashion Outlets

Year Round

505 474 4000 fashionoutletssantafe.com
The Reel Life Fishing

Year Round

505 995 8114 thereellife.com
Theater – Lensic Performance Arts Center

Year Round

505 988 1234 lensic.org
Travel Guide – Santa Fe

Year Round

travel.usnews.com
Weather

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wunderground.com
Weather

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forecast.weather.gov