La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site: "Bring your camera. There are great photo opportunities here. Don't forget to bring water – it's important to keep hydrated in the dry high desert, and perhaps a snack or picnic lunch. Just remember, whatever you bring in, take out with you and leave what's there alone."
Santa Fe Railyard: "On Sundays from 10am to 4pm, browse the Railyard Artisan Market and meet local artists and artisans. You'll see a range of locally created art including paintings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, sculpture, hand-blown glass, and herbal body products. Treat yourself to something special to remind you of Santa Fe."
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary: "Take advantage of special activities offered. On Saturday mornings there's a bird walk with an expert at 8am. Randall Davey's house is open for tours ($5 per person) on Fridays. They offer periodic guided nature walks, butterfly classes, star parties and lectures. Some of these have fees."
Santa Fe is a city steeped in history, culture and art. There's something mystical about The City Different; people feel drawn to it. Are you one of them? Walk the city’s streets, it’s free. The quaint streets and old buildings of this over 400-year-old city are a draw. Explore the many small museums including the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture or the over 200 art galleries in the third largest art market in the country. People have lived in this area for over a thousand years. Travel back in time at the Puye Cliff Dwellings. Experience Spanish Colonial culture at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history village or visit the mountain hamlet of Chimayó, known for weaving, chile and healing miracles. Discover the great outdoors. Depending on the season there’s hiking, rafting, skiing at Ski Santa Fe and snowshoeing. You can even go up, up and away in a colorful balloon. Summer is a great time for music buffs bringing the Santa Fe Opera, the New Mexico Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The free Santa Fe Bandstand concerts rock the historic Plaza all summer. Check out the free outdoor jazz while picnicking at Music on the Hill.
Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the USA. Billie is also co-owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, a trip-planning and tour business.