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
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair.
Clan Tynker and medieval combat, jugglers, live entertainment and dancers. Also vendors, kids' games and delicious food, drinks and mead. Dress in your best costume and revel in Spanish-tinged medieval and renaissance culture, eat turkey legs, enjoy games, fend off pirates, listen to live entertainment, dance and generally have a raucously good ol' time rollicking on the 200 acre colonial rancho.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta
Five-day event dedicated to food and wine. Includes wine seminars, cooking classes, guest chef luncheons, a live auction, a reserve wine tasting, a silent auction and a Grand Tasting with 79 restaurants and 90 wineries at the Santa Fe Opera, Highway 84/285, exit 168,
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!
There is an admission and parking fees. Checkout website for details.
Historic Canyon Road Paint Out
The art-loving public is invited to mingle with 100 artists painting en plein air during the 2014 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.