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
So many festivals, so little time! Santa Fe has festivals May through October every year. There is a listing on our Events page to pick from. There are opera performances; dance routines; symphony performances; and plaza music weekly during the summer months. Pecos River beckons the fisherman, especially those who enjoy fly fishing. White water rafting is adventurous on the Rio Grande. Hiking, four wheeling, you name it we can probably find it. Did we mention shopping and dining?? Again, so little time.....
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
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Make your reservations early! The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the biggest and best gathering of balloons anywhere on this planet - and best of all, you can be part of it! For nine days every October, the crisp, clear desert skies are painted with a kaleidoscope of color as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. It is an amazingly diverse event that brings together huge numbers of balloons and pilots from all over the world. Don't miss it!
Admission and parking fees apply. See the website www.balloonfiesta.com for details.
Historic Canyon Road Paint Out
The art-loving public is invited to mingle with 150 artists painting en plein air during the 2015 event. Artists will be painting outdoors in front of the century old adobes that line Canyon Road and are home to world-class galleries and sculpture gardens. Throughout the day, a variety of artistic demonstrations and musical performances take place at numerous locations on Canyon Road, including a festival parade and performances by students from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program. Music, food, art show, and refreshments will be offered at locations throughout the Canyon Road Art District. 10am - 3pm