Santa Fe Has It All: Art, History and Outdoor Adventure

People are drawn to Santa Fe’s enchanting mystique. The rich history, cultural heritage and art create a unique magic. There’s no other place like it. The city streets with their 400- year-old buildings transport visitors to another era. Explore a host of small museums and over 200 art galleries; The City Different is the third largest art market in the US. People have lived in this area for over a thousand years. Go back in time at one of the ancient cliff dwellings or attend the authentic Pueblo dances held throughout the year. Experience Spanish Colonial culture at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history village, or visit Chimayó, a mountain hamlet known for weaving, chile and miracles, with its mix of Colonial and contemporary. Discover the great outdoors: hike, raft, ski, snowshoe, camp or 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 Santa Fe Plaza all summer or check out the free outdoor jazz while picnicking at Music on the Hill.

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Want to visit a quaint art town? Madrid, NM (pronounced MADrid), an Ortiz Mountain mining hub turned ghost town, has morphed into a vibrant enclave of over 40 unique galleries and shops. Located on New Mexico Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail...  Read More

Pecos National Historical Park
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Interested in history? Head for Pecos National Historical Park about a half-hour east of Santa Fe. The Cicuye Pueblo (named "Pecos" by the Spanish), lived here from 1,100 A.D. to the 1830s. It was an important trading site between the Pueblo...  Read More

North of Town
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Take the High Road Byway to the small mountain hamlet of Chimay�, first settled in the 1740s. The village is known for three things: its weaving technique handed down through generations, its chile (the official New Mexico State...  Read More

Puye Cliffs
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The Puye Cliffs were the dwelling place of the ancestors of the present day Santa Clara Pueblo people from around 900 to 1,500 AD. There are two main tours. One goes up the cliff-face past the cave dwellings. The second tour explores the mesa at...  Read More

Santa Fe Mountain
Ski Santa Fe
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When people hear there's skiing in Santa Fe they're often shocked. Ski Santa Fe, opened as Santa Fe Ski Company in 1947, offers skiing for all levels of expertise. There are 77 trails served by seven lifts two double chairlifts, two triple...  Read More

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history village southwest of Santa Fe, recreates life as it was lived in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. The property was originally a parejo (camping stop) on the historic El Camino Real, the long route...  Read More

Bandelier National Monument
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Travel back in time at Bandelier National Monument where there are signs of humans dating back at least 10,000 years. The Tyuonyi Pueblo and cliff dwellings, ancestors to the current-day Cochiti Pueblo, were inhabited between about 1,400 and...  Read More

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum owns the largest collection of the iconic artist's work in the world. Because it's a small museum, most items aren't on display, but there's always an interesting array. Special exhibitions which change two to four...  Read More

Museum Hill
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Museum Hill, aka Camino Lejo, a short drive from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, is home to four museums and the Santa Fe Botanic Garden. As you turn off Old Santa Fe Trail you'll see the Journey's End Monument. A covered wagon pulled by mules and...  Read More

Canyon Road
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Historic Canyon Road is home to about half of the city's over 200 galleries. Artists have been living on this street at least since the late 1880s.You'll also discover unique boutiques and a few eateries. As you walk the street, check out the...  Read More


Meet Billie Frank

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...  More About Billie