Santa Fe Has Parks Galore, 68 in All

People usually come to visit Santa Fe for its history, culture, art scene or outdoor recreational opportunities. The city (and county’s) parks offer an unexpected mix of all these things. The Santa Fe Plaza, center of life in the oldest capital city in the USA for over 400 years, offers art events, concerts, American Indian vendors who sell their handcrafted wares daily, as well as a place to hang out and rest after a busy day of sightseeing. The other two parks that visitors will easily encounter are Cathedral Park adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi and the ten acre Railyard Park in the trendy Railyard District. The others are tucked away in neighborhoods such as the historic and elegant Eastside or the South Capital district. In fact, you’ll find small parks all over the city; there are 68 developed parks encompassing over 900 acres. They offer getaways for quiet time, play areas, sports fields, swimming pools and picnic areas (some equipped with BBQ grills.

A few of the parks are perfect wedding venues (or places for other parties or gatherings). If your group in 25 people or less, you don’t need a permit, but your space won’t be reserved. If you have more than 25 people or want to guarantee your space, apply for a permit. The cost for the permit is based on the size of your group and the day of the week you wish to reserve the space.

Cathedral Park
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


Cathedral Park, located just to the north of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi, is a quiet pocket park offering people benches to sit and rest while touring Santa Fe. Dedicated to the first settlers of Santa Fe, there are...  Read More

Monsignor Patrick Smith Park
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Patrick Smith Park was named for Monsignor Patrick Smith who was pastor of the adjacent Christo Rey Church for many years starting in 1946. A plaque set into the ground commemorates his life. While the official address is Canyon Road, the park...  Read More

Cerrillos Hills State Park
Photo courtesy of New Mexico State Parks


Visitors love to explore the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Cerrillos, a former mining town turned ghost town, is one of the sights to visit. Detour to Cerrillos Hills State Park a 1,116 acre site, open year-round from sunrise...  Read More

Harvey Cornell Rose Park
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


Harvey Cornell Rose Park, sits at a quiet intersection between Galisteo Street and Galisteo Parkway. As the name implies, you'll find roses here as well as a peaceful place to picnic. Drive by and you will see impromptu Tai Chi classes going on...  Read More

Amelia E. White Park
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


Amelia E. White Park, a small urban oasis, is perhaps the most intimate public park in Santa Fe. It's one of the most perfect spots in the city for an in-town picnic or an outdoor wedding. The White Sisters, Amelia and Martha, are legendary in...  Read More

Hyde Memorial State Park
Photo courtesy of Hyde Memorial State Park


Hyde Memorial State Park is located off Hyde Park Road eight miles from Santa Fe on the way to the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Nestled amongst aspen and fir trees in the Sangre de Christo Mountains alongside Little Tesuque Creek it's a perfect venue for...  Read More

Fort Marcy Complex
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


The Fort Marcy Complex is the city's most diverse park. Set just north of the downtown area, off Bishops Lodge Road, it's a destination for many area residents as it has a lot to offer. The Complex's recreation center boasts an indoor pool. a...  Read More

Railyard Park
Photo courtesy of Railyard Park


The Railyard Park at the southern end of the Railyard District was developed by the Trust for Public Land who also helped the city acquire the land. Santa Fe's newest park was designed by New York firm Ken Smith & Associates, winners of an...  Read More

The Santa Fe Plaza
Photo courtesy of Steve Collins


The Santa Fe Plaza has been the center of life in this historic city for over 400 years. Everyday you'll find food vendors, buskers and great people-watching year round. The Palace of the Governors, built in the early 1600s and the oldest...  Read More


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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