Come see the most enduring symbol of Santa Fe's 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.
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.
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.
Area museums include Archdiocese of Santa Fe Museum, Bataan Memorial Museum, Children's Museum, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Palace of the Governors, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Site Santa Fe, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, The museum of New Mexico and more.
Looming over the heart of old Santa Fe, the French Romanesque cathedral is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Santa Fe. Local law specifies that no downtown building may stand taller than the twin towers of the Cathedral.
The Pueblo of Tesuque Flea Market is known as "The best flea market in America". Located on 12 acres of Tesuque Pueblo land, the flea market is right next to the Santa Fe Opera. You can find bargain prices on jewelry, animals, carvings, folk art, rugs, pottery and vintage clothing.
Hours: Open from 9am to 4pm on Friday, and 8 am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday from (roughly) mid-March through November.
High above the most sophisticated and historic city in the country, Ski Santa Fe calls to those who want a great mountain experience and something more than a typical resort. Ski and slide in fresh powder all day, then take in world-class art, dining, and culture at night. Late November - Early April.
Approximately 43 miles west of Santa Fe on NM 4.The attraction is a lush canyon where ancestors of today's Pueblo tribes lived between 1100 and 1550 A.D. A trail loops through ruins carved out of volcanic rock, some structures are restored, and a few must be reached by climbing steep ladders. During the summer, visitors can visit the ruins after dark on special "night walks".
The Pecos National Historical Monument is located 25 miles east of Santa Fe off Interstate 25. This abandoned Indian village was occupied until 1838 and served as an important trading center for Plains and Pueblo tribes. Remnants of two Spanish churches, a ceremonial kiva and other structures are visible.
Chimayo is a weaving village. Traditional Spanish colonial woolen rugs, jackets and vests are sold. Santuario de Chimayo, called the "Lourdes of the Southwest," is a venerated church famous for its healing earth.
Abiquiu is the home of the Spanish Colonial home that houses the magnificent geological formations that Georgia O'Keefe portrayed in some of her most famous paintings. About ten miles north of Abiquiu is crystal clear Abiquiu Lake. In the same vicinity you will find Echo Amphitheater, a large natural echo chamber that "bounces your voice" back to you. You can picnic here and take a short hike to the amphitheater.