Santa Fe Things to Do

  • Interior square of palace
    Interior square of palace
    by BruceDunning
  • Front of the Chapel
    Front of the Chapel
    by BruceDunning
  • December 2012
    December 2012
    by HispanicYob

Most Viewed Things to Do in Santa Fe

  • 1. Loretto Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cynics will tell you that the legend of the Miraculous Staircase is a myth, and it may be, but the story is intriguing and the interior of the chapel is beautiful. Before I continue what may turn out...

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  • 2. Canyon Road Art District

    Canyon road is absolutely lovely in April, and El Farol allows you the opportunity to continue enjoying it even during lunch. The building itself has a charming style and there is an extensive patio...

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  • 3. Palace of the Governors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located In the heart of the plaza, the Palace of the Governors is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest continually occupied public building in the U.S. Constructed as New Mexico's capitol in...

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  • 4. Day Trip #4: Orilla Verde Recreation Area

    Update 8/24/2015: Orilla Verde Recreation Area is now part of New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Established in 2013, day-use parking fees...

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  • 5. Bandelier

    The Ancestral Pueblo's lived here from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE. They built homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in mesatop fields....

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  • 6. Canyon Road

    Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Canyon Road is a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe. We enjoyed the adobe...

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  • 7. Plaza

    Santa Fe Plaza has been the commercial, social and political center of Santa Fe since 610 when it was established by Don Pedro de Peralta. The original Plaza...

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  • 8. Institute of American Indian Art Museum

    In 1991, The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, now called the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, was founded by the Institute of American Indian Arts...

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  • 9. Kateri Tekakwitha (Saint Kateri)

    Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) is the first North American Indian to be beatified, and was canonized in October 2012. She was an Algonquian-Mohawk woman of New...

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  • 10. A Phenomenal Golf Course- Paa-Ko Ridge

    Located 45 minutes south of Santa Fe, Paa-Ko Ridge is in the mountainous terrain of the New Mexican high desert. It is ranked one of the most beautiful,...

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  • 11. Georgia O'Keeffe museum

    Having a previous understanding of Georgia O'Keeffe and her body of work, I was ecstatic to finally get to see some of her work in person. I appreciated it more...

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  • 12. Forego the car for few days & go on a Walk About

    Walk the downtown area of Santa Fe. Keep the car in park and go for a photo safari on foot through Santa Fe's historical downtown area. The sun on a cold...

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  • 13. Day Trip #5: Taos

    The town of Taos is sort of a mini-Santa Fe, with with a plaza and lots of galleries, shops and restaurants but with a bit less upscale vibe. One-time home of...

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  • 14. Add to Day Trip #5: Chimayó

    Located on the High Road to Taos and originally settled by Spanish colonists in the late 1600's, Chimayó is known for its several families of nationally known...

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  • 15. Add to Day Trip #4: Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge

    More of a stop-by than a destination, this is one of the highest bridges in the country and has dizzying views, 650 feet down, to the Rio Grande River at the...

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  • 16. Add to Day Trip #3: Cerrillos

    Looking at Cerrillos, it's hard to believe that it was once a lively mining community with 21 saloons, 4 hotels, a couple of brothels and a serious shot at...

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  • 17. Day Trip #3: Mad for Madrid

    An old mining community that was virtually a ghost town from the mid-1950's to the 70's, Madrid (pronounced "MAD-rid") is now a very funky little art colony...

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  • 18. Day Trip #2: Chaco Culture National Park

    (Note: See my Chaco pages for more on the canyon)This is a long day trip from Santa Fe but we've done it twice and would do it again - it's one amazing place....

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  • 19. Rosario Cemetery

    This cemetery was very close to our rental so we took a walk through it one evening on our way back from the plaza. It's named for the Rosario Chapel: a small...

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  • 20. Day Trip #1: Bandelier National Monument

    See more details on my Bandelier pages....Just an hour from Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument is a gorgeous park that offers hiking trails from just over a...

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  • 21. Watch the sunset

    I've no idea what to do with this tip so I'm sticking it here...Way up on the 5th floor of the historic La Fonda hotel is the sweetest spot for watching the sun...

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  • 22. Cristo Rey Church

    It may not be the oldest but Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Church is the largest adobe structure in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. Designed in...

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  • 23. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    When Santa Fe was founded in 1610, the Spanish community built their first church on the same site as this present-day cathedral. The current structure, with...

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  • 24. Museums!

    Like museums? Santa Fe has them. Art? Check. History? You bet. Culture? Absolutely. Kids along? Yep, there's one for the wee folk too. There's something for...

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  • 25. Festivals!

    New Mexicans must love to party as the Santa Fe calendar is packed with festivals, art markets and other special events. We landed in town during September's...

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