What to Do in Santa Fe




Santa Fe


Santa Fe is a great walking town. Explore The Plaza, Canyon Road, Museum Hill and the Railway Arts District.

Bandelier National Monument: A great place to view the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians. Check to make sure the park is open since, in 2011, it was closed due to fires and flash flooding.

Outdoor Activities: From skiing in Taos and Santa Fe, to fishing, hiking, biking and mountain biking, golf, tennis, horseback riding and river rafting, there is plenty to keep you busy when you are not exploring the cultural sites of the area.

Other Activities/Creative Tourism:

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers really wonderful classes and trips. I have taken several classes in the past, on location, through them. The instructors often do presentations of their work while teaching. So check with them to see what is currently on the schedule. There are also classes in many different areas including writing, pottery tango, weaving and cooking.

Ten Thousand Waves, 3451 Hyde Park Road: On the way from downtown to the Ski mountain, this is a must do experience. This is a Japanese-style spa in the mountains, a few minutes from downtown.

Make sure to visit the New Mexico State Capitol Art Collection at 411 State Capitol.

The Loretto Chapel with its famed spiral staircase and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are beautiful churches to visit with stunning altars.

Off the beaten path is the Baca St. Art District. Located on Baca St. at Cerillos Road, this is a fun neighborhood featuring cafes, artist studios, galleries and more. Start off at Counter Culture, 930 Baca St. This is a local’s favorite for coffee, baked goods, soups, sandwiches and salads. I went for coffee and loved the artsy atmosphere and industrial feel. I also enjoyed Caveman Coffee Cave at 1221 Flagman Way.

You will also find Gray Matter – Art + Artifacts featuring interesting art, vintage tools and other artifacts and oddities. Art.i.fact is a fun consignment shop while Liquid Light is a glass blowing studio and gallery where classes and demonstrations are available. The gallery has some excellent pieces to buy.