Local Area Attractions
Historic Santa Fe Plaza
Come see the most enduring symbol of Santa Fes history. The Plaza served as a focal point for this sleepy provincial capital. Locals met here to trade gossip or goods, and couples would promenade on warm evenings to romantic melodies played by strolling musicians.
The Loretto Chapel is a private museum known for its choir-loft staircase. According to legend, the corkscrew stairs were built (without nails or support beams) by a carpenter who mysteriously appeared and left without taking money or leaving his name. Visit the Loretto Chapel online for more information.
San Miguel Mission
The San Miguel Mission is a Catholic Church worth visiting. It was originally built in 1625 to serve Mexican Indians who were conscripted by the Spaniards as soldiers and servants. The Mission was rebuilt in 1710 after being burned by the Indians at the start of the Pueblo Revolt. Its high windows and thick walls are typical of the fortress-like construction that followed the uprising.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
The El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a "living history" museum in the village of La Cienega. Visitors can tour many historic sites, including an 18th-century "placita-style" home, a water-powered mill, and a stone tower built to defend travelers against Indian raids. Visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas online for more information.
Local Area Activities
Along with canoeing and kayaking, rafting provides everything from placid floats in the Lower Rio Grande Gorge to class-four thrills and chills as you churn through the frothing rapids of the Taos Box. The most exciting times are late May to July when the water is highest, but some local stretchers are negotiable all year long.
Hundreds of great eating opportunities, from the casual street vendor to elegant 5 star gourmet dining. Dont forget to try the "green" and "red" chili!
Aspen vistas, bicycling, bird-watching, boating, chair lift rides, fishing, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, hot-springs bathing, hunting, jeep touring, rock climbing, running, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, inner tubing, soaring, swimming and tennis.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
The burning of the Zozobra (aka Old Man of Gloom), a 50 ft tall marionette is presented every year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe. One of Santa Fe's unique cultural traditions began in 1924, when artist Will Shuster conceived of a giant "Old Man Gloom" effigy stuffed with people's written hardships of the previous year. The 50 foot tall papier-mache puppet is torched annually before 23,000 screaming people and powerfully symbolizes the purging of undesirable experiences. Event occurs at Fort Marcy Park.
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be bought on line or at city locations which can be found at www.burnZozobra.com.
Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Arts and Crafts Market
Quality crafted products, traditional pottery, jewelry, baskets, contemporary sculptures, paintings, Indian food, farmers' market, entertainment, and much more. 300 Native American artists are participating.