Nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the historic city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is framed by natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. Santa Fe is a favorite among art lovers, music and opera lovers, history buffs, foodies, and nature and adventure lovers. The downtown area features nearly 300 galleries and museums, amazing dining, boutique shopping, extraordinary performing arts events, and a variety of cultural attractions. It's a place of winding, narrow streets lined with ancient red adobe buildings that blaze brilliantly against the turquoise-blue sky. It's a place of energy, and also of healing and relaxation.
As our Visitor’s Bureau says, “Santa Fe's culinary arts scene is sizzling!” With high-profile chefs offering regional and international cuisine, you’ll find restaurants full of local and tourists alike. Be sure to try hearty New Mexico dishes such as breakfast burritos or blue corn chicken enchiladas with choice of New Mexico red or green chile.
Santa Fe’s performing art scene is vibrant with live music, film, theatre and dance. During the summer, many attend the well-known Santa Fe Opera. Year round, the downtown Lensic Performing Arts Center is home to theater, lectures, film, ballet and concerts. Throughout the city you will find many other performing art venues to enjoy.
Offering some of the city's finest shops and galleries, downtown Santa Fe has fashion, furniture, boots, belts, jewelry, treasures, and hard to find anywhere else items! Shop in charming adobe buildings filled with a paradise of treasures. Santa Fe is perfect for window-shopping, gallery hopping and gift buying.
VISUAL ARTS & MUSEUMS
Meander down any street and you’ll find a museum, gallery, studio tour and/or workshop! Venture through Canyon Road to see more than 250 galleries concentrated onto one road. Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum or Museum of Indian Arts and Culture or attend one of the many annual markets such as Spanish Market or Indian Market.
DAY TRIPS AND PUEBLOS
Explore Northern New Mexico’s cultural corridor. From ancient ruins and Native American Pueblos to sacred sites and natural wonders, you’ll be delighted by the many opportunities that are available just a short drive from downtown Santa Fe. Some favorite destinations are Bandelier National Monument, Taos Pueblo, Jemez Mountains, the famed Santuario de Chimayo and Tent Rocks.
If you thrive on adventure, you'll find virtually unlimited things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In warmer months, golf, white water rafting and horseback riding are favorites. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains feature miles of excellent hiking and biking trails through pristine wilderness. And in winter, Santa Fe is a paradise for downhill skiers and snowboarders.
You’ll love the abundant sunshine of Santa Fe’s four-seasons. With an average of 300 sunny days, 14 inches of rain and 17 inches of snow annually, we encourage you to explore the “City Different” Santa Fe at any time of the year.