Touch the country (of New Mexico) and you will never be the same again. - D.H. Lawrence, c. 1917
Santa Fe, New Mexico is both a historic and cultural getaway, with an eclectic mix of ancient native history and multicultural modern arts. Located in the Southern Rockies, Santa Fe is also the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts in any season.
Historic Santa Fe
Santa Fe is rich in history dating back to the ancient Native Americans, followed by the Spanish Settlers and has many museums that depict the history of this cultural city. Museum Hill is home to many of Santa Fe’s museums. For a glimpse of the city’s native history, visit the Institute of American Indian Arts, Pablita Verlada (Museum of Indian Woman in the Arts), Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Bringing history to life, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, is a living history museum on a 200 acre ranch. Be sure to visit the San Miguel Chapel, known to be the oldest standing church in the US.
Arts & Culture
Santa Fe is a vibrant art community and boasts hundreds of local art galleries. Canyon Road is the cultural centre of Santa Fe, lined with galleries offering classic and contemporary art, sculptures and photographs by artists from around the world. More galleries are to be found in the Railyard District and at the Santa Fe Plaza. Each Friday evening galleries open up giving visitors an opportunity to view new art and meet the artists. Alternatively, if it is music you are after, Santa Fe has many live music venues from jazz, indie or bluegrass to classical and opera. The Santa Fe Opera is a beautiful venue offering a spectacular experience. Annual events include the International Folk Art Market in July.
Visitors are equally attracted year-round to Santa Fe for the outdoor activities. Santa Fe Ski area is perfect for all levels of skiers and offers a wide range of winter sports. In the warmer months, there are miles of hiking and biking trails, mountain lakes, fly-fishing, guided lama treks, horse-back riding, Jeep tours, river-rafting and golfing. September is a busy time of year in Santa Fe, when visitors flock in to watch the aspens in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains turn yellow.