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
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Sample delicious New Mexico wines, buy directly from the vintners and enjoy food, music, and arts & crafts.
12pm - 6pm
Art Santa Fe
ART Santa Fe's style offers a perfect balance of breadth and intimacy, allowing visitors to speak with dealers and artists while experiencing a full range of art in a comprehensible context. And unlike other art fairs, the experience does not end at the exhibition hall's doors. 10am - 5pm at Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
International Folk Art Market
The largest of is kind in the world, this annual market showcases the work of more than 150 select folk artists from more than 40 countries. Come enjoy this lively global gathering, taste food at the international food bazaar, dance to live performances of world music, meet the artists, and change lives with your purchases. Museum Hill 9am - 5pm
Viva Mexico! Celebration
Enjoy music and art at this celebration of the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor. Features music, arts and food from Mexico, plus culture events rarely experienced outside of Mexico. 10am - 5pm
Traditional Spanish Market
This famous market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States, attracting over 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world. Art by more than 300 adult and youth market artists will be on view and for sale at the 64th annual event on the Santa Fe Plaza. Includes traditional live music on the bandstand, local cuisine and demonstrations. 10am - 5pm