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 starting in May through October every year. There is a listing on our 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
BattleField New Mexico: The Civil War and More
Learn about the role New Mexico played in the U.S. Civil War during re-enactments of battles at Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon near Santa Fe. This weekend includes military drills, cannon firings and more. Location: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Passport to the Arts
Experience the World of Art on Canyon Road during a day of music, food, and fine art. The day begins with the Artist Quick Draw and continues with silent auctions, art demos, and live music. 9:30am - 7:30pm
Eldorado Studio Tour
About 10 mins from the campground on US 285 you can visit more than 90 artist studios. There's an impressive array of work to see and buy, including stained glass, digital art, fiber arts, photography, and more. 10am - 5pm
New Mexico Fiber Arts Festival
From fuzzy sheep to fancy embroidered blankets, learn how New Mexico textiles are made. Buy fiber arts and supplies and learn about weaving from experts. Enjoy sheep herding demonstrations, sheep shearing, presentations on topics such as dyeing with cochineal and weaving demonstration on upright looms (Navajo) and back strap looms. Featuring the best of New Mexico's fiber artisans. 10am - 4pm
Santa Fe Centry Ride
A hundred miles of history pass under y our wheels as you bicycle down the ancient Turquoise Trail, through the old mining villages of Madrid, Golden, Cedar Grove, Stanley, Galisteo, and then back into Santa Fe. A Half-Century Loop and a 25 mile Out & Back route are also available. Route starts at Christus St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center, corner of St. Michaels Dr. and Hospital Dr. 5am - 2pm