800-379-2564
505-982-2550

Museums and Historical Sites

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Santa Fe is gifted with museums and historical sites of interest to most visitors. In fact, the museums are the “crown jewels” of the State of New Mexico. In the write up covering this topic on the El Farolito web site, the museums and historical sites in the Plaza area and surrounding streets were described. In the following section, we will cover the four museums located on Museum Hill and the historical sites located outside of the city but only a short drive away.

Museum Hill is located off of Old Santa Fe Trail just a short drive southwest of the Plaza. The two larger museums, Museum of Indian Art & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art are located on a beautiful landscaped plaza, site of several summer festivals and entrance to a botanical garden currently under construction.

The Indian Art & Culture museum displays a collection of artworks from Southwestern Indian tribes including traditional pottery, jewelry, weavings, baskets, kachinas, paintings and drawings.

The Museum of International Folk Art, one of the leading US museums displaying works from world wide untrained artisans, houses the largest collection of folk art in the world. In addition to a sampling of objects from the permanent collection, one can view special exhibits highlighting the cultural traditions of folk artists from across the globe. In July of each year, this museum is home to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market where one can view and purchase art works from hundreds of juried artisans representing different cultures and countries throughout the world, a truly international event.

Museum Hill is also home to two smaller museums. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art collection spans five centuries of Spanish art in the New World where one can view bultos, Santos and retablos and other religious objects as well as textiles, furniture and tinwork. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian displays historic arts and crafts as well as contemporary work from Native American peoples and houses the Case Trading Post, one of the best museum shops in Santa Fe.

Nearby historic sites that warrant a visit include Bandelier National Monument and the adjacent Tsankawi Archeological Site (a short 45 minute drive northwest of Santa Fe), Pecos National Monument and the Santuario de Chimayo in the village of Chimayo. An escorted tour of the Puye cliff and cave dwellings on the Santa Clara pueblo gives one a glimpse into the lives of pueblo Indians who farmed and hunted game here from the 900’s to 1580 A.D.

Museum of International Folk Art

www.nternationalfolkart.org

505-476-1200

725 Camino Lejo

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

www.okeeffemuseum.org

505-946-1000

217 Johnson Street

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

www.miaclab.org

505-827-6463

725 Camino Lejo

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

www.iaia.edu/museum

505-983-8900

108 Cathedral Place

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

www.spanishcolonial.org

505-982-2226

725 Camino Lejo

New Mexico Museum of Art

www.nmartmuseum.org

505-476-5072

107 West Palace

SITE Santa Fe

www.sitesantafe.org

505-989-1199

1606 Paseo de Peralta

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

www.golondrinas.org

505-471-2261

334 Los Pinos Road

New Mexico History Museum

www.nmhistorymuseum.org

505-476-5200

113 Lincoln Ave.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

www.wheelwright.org

505-982-4636

704 Camino Lejo

 

Bandelier National Monument

www.nps.gov/band/

505-672-0343

Pecos National Monument

www.nps.gov/peco/

505-757-6414 ext.1

Loretto Chapel

www.lorettochapel.com

505-982-0092

207 Old Santa Fe Trail

San Miguel Mission

505-983-3974

401 Old Santa Fe Trail

Palace of the Governors

www.palaceofthegovernors.org

505-476-5100

 

 


Shopping

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Shopping

Shopping – Santa Fe is a shopper’s paradise! Whether you’re in the market for distinctive clothing, jewelry, home décor, or just nice souvenirs, it’s all here. Sophisticated shopping awaits at nearby Canyon Road and the Guadalupe/Railyard districts, while the Tesuque summer flea market and the farmer’s market are perfect places to find eclectic treasures and tastes.

Clothing

Purple Sage
866-865-1234
110 Don Gaspar
Overland Sheepskin Co.
www.overlandcoats.com
888-683-7526
74 East San Francisco
Simply Santa Fe
888-798-3100
72 East San Francisco
Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture
505-986-1444
65 West Marcy
Bohdi Bazaar
505-982-3880
500 Montezuma
Nathalie
www.nathaliesantafe.com
800-296-6093
503 Canyon Road
Uli’s
(505) 986-0577
208 West San Francisco

Jewelry

Patina Gallery
877-877-0827
131 West Palace
Packards on the Plaza
www.packards-santafe.com
800-648-7358
61 Old Santa Fe Trail
Romancing the Stone
505-988-4477
133 West San Francisco
Santa Fe Goldworks
www.santafegoldworks.com
505-983-4562
66 East San Francisco
Mati
www.kabana.net
505-989-4651
130 Lincoln

Furniture/Home Décor

La Mesa
www.lamesaofsantafe.com
505-984-1688
225 Canyon Road
Blaire Carnahan Gallery
www.carnahanfineart.com
505-955-9901
225 Canyon Road
Jackalope
www.jackalope.com
505-471-8539
2820 Cerrillos Road
Simply Santa Fe
www.simplysantafe.com
505-988-3100
72 E San Francisco St
Southwest Spanish Craftsmen
southwestspanishcraftsmen.com
505-982-1767
314 South Guadalupe
Foreign Traders Incorporated
www.foreigntraders.com
505-983-6441
202 Galisteo
Cielo
www.cielohome.com
505-992-1960
316 South Guadalupe
American Country Collection
www.accsantafe.com
505-984-0955
620 Cerrillos Road
 Galisteo Home Furnishings
www.galisteohomefurnishings.com
505-992-3300
132 East Marcy
Onorato
www.onoratosantafe.com
505-984-2008
109 East Palace
Nambe
www.nambe.com
505-988-5528
104 West San Francisco

Specialty

Lucchese (boots)
www.lucchese.com
505-984-1688
225 Canyon Road
James Reid, Ltd. (belts & buckles)
www.jrltd.com
505-988-1147
114 East Palace
Spanish Table (gourmet food)
www.spanishtable.com
505 986-0243
109 North Guadalupe
Back at the Ranch (boots)
www.backattheranch.com
888-962-6687
209 East Marcy
Goler (shoes)
www.golershoes.com
505-982-2016
125 East Palace
Montecristi Custom Hatworks (hats)
www.montecristihats.com
505-983-9598
322 McKenzie

Books

Collected Works
collectedworksbookstore.com
505-988-4226
208 West San Francisco
Garcia Street Books
www.garciastreetbooks.com
505-986-0151
376 Garcia
Nicholas Potter – (rare books)
505-983-5434
211 East Palace
Ark Books
www.arkbooks.com
505-988-3709
133 Romero

Hiking

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Surrounding Santa Fe is a diversity of hikes unequaled by any other area of the state. The 12,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the canyons and caldera of the Jemez Mountains, and the more arid high-altitude desert landscapes south of the city all within an hour drive of Santa Fe. Nationally designated wilderness areas, including the Santa Fe National Forest with over a million and a half acres of land, ring the city. Five of the seven life zones can also be found within an hour of Santa Fe, providing for an abundant diversity in plant and animal species. Spectacular geological variation adds to the allure of open space, turquoise skies, and over 300 days of sunshine. Year- round hiking is possible because of quick altitude changes resulting in mild microclimates.

 

One of my favorite hikes is the canyon trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. There’s a fascinating slot canyon that opens into spectacular tuff pinnacles whose shape resemble tents. Becoming a series of switchbacks, the trail climbs to the ridge where 365 degree views await. This year-round destination is just 45 minutes driving south of Santa Fe. Hiking time is approximately 2 hours and is rated “easy” by The Sierra Club. I like to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowd and the heat of summer.

 

Trailheads for the Dale Ball and Dorothy Stuart Trail Systems are barely 5 minutes driving from downtown. These extensive urban trails through the Santa Fe foothills, are perfect for when I need a quick, easy hike, especially around sunset. With beautiful city and mountain views at an elevation of 7000 to 7500 feet, I can enjoy these trails for biking as well as hiking.

 

One of the most exceptional autumn hikes in the Santa Fe area is Aspen Vista Trail at 10,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, about 20 minutes driving from downtown. This hike ranges from easy to strenuous, taking the trail through a huge aspen forest, spectacular in fall, but beautiful anytime of year. It is possible to take the entire trail, crossing canyon creeks cutting through a towering fir and spruce forest, to Tesuque Peak, elevation 12,040 feet.

 

Atalaya Mountain Trail is one of the closest trails in town, about 5 minutes driving. It’s popular for it’s proximity, easy to moderate hiking, and spectacular city and valley views. This year-round trail is best hiked during the weekend and early in the day during summer, though much of the trail it shaded, it still gets hot.

 

For a true alpine experience, with open meadows filled with wildflowers, meandering mountain brooks, conifer forest, and basalt pinnacles, my favorite trail is the East Fork Trail in the Jemez Mountains. Frequently, rock climbers are practicing their skills climbing the basalt pinnacles at the beginning of the hike. I like this trail for its breathtaking beauty, sound of water, and minor elevation change. An hour driving time from Santa Fe that takes you through the spectacular Valle Grande National Preserve is all it takes to reach this exceptional experience.


Wine

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New Mexico is one of the oldest wine producing regions in America.   Spanish missionaries planted the first vines in the Rio Grande valley in southern New Mexico in the late 16th century.  Today, wine grapes are grown in many small family owned vineyards mostly in the Rio Grande valley from north of Santa Fe to southern New Mexico in the Las Cruces region.  In fact, most of the wineries in the north get a portion of their wine grapes from the south.

Travelling north of Santa Fe, visitors can tour several wineries and taste their offerings.  Wineries in this region include Black Mesa, Vivac, La Chiripada, Don Quixote, and Estrella del Norte.  Vino del Corazon has a tasting room near our inn on the corner of Alameda and Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe.  Within a short drive south of Santa Fe are the villages of Corrales and Placitas with Milagro, Corrales Winery, Acequia Vineyards, and Anasazi Fields.  Gruet and Casa Rondena are two notable wineries in the Albuquerque area.

Touring our wineries is a pleasant way to sample their offerings and experience the beautiful landscapes of New Mexico.  On our El Farolito B&B Inn web site, we have provided a detailed description of the winery tour north of Santa Fe.


Golf

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Clear, fresh mountain air, brilliant sunshine, spectacular mountain vistas that surround beautiful desert landscapes … this is what you’ll experience out on any of the diverse golf courses of New Mexico. Whether you’re new to the sport or a pro seeking a new challenge, some of the best courses are in and around Santa Fe. There are both public and private courses available, offering a variety of play and settings. Most courses offer private and group lessons, pro shops, and restaurants. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, conditions are ideal for a great round of golf, followed by music, cocktails, and a fantastic meal in one of Santa Fe’s incredible restaurants. Enjoy golfing New Mexico!

 

 

Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club
www.paakoridge.com
505-281-6000
Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe
www.linksdesantafe.com
505-955-4400
Towa Golf Resort
www.towagolf.com
505-455-9000
Santa Ana Golf Club
www.santaanagolf.com
505-465-2239
Black Mesa Golf Club
www.blackmesagolfclub.com
505-747-8946
Cochiti Golf Club
www.cochitigolfclub.com
505-465-2239
Santa Fe Country Club
http://santafecountryclub.com/index.htm
505-471-0601
 

Summertime music events in Santa Fe

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Besides the visual arts, Santa Fe also has a vibrant and diverse music scene.  This coming summer there will be plenty of live music to hear with a variety of festivals and special concerts.  Take a look at a few of the events happening in June and July that are worth listening to.

Thirsty Ear Festival, Santa Fe Sol and various other venues

June 7th – 10th, 2012

This annual festival in Americana and roots music offers a range of local talent and national touring acts.  Santa Fe Sol is located just south of Santa Fe, and proudly boasts an outdoor performance space in addition to it’s indoor stage.  This year’s lineup includes: Mary Gauthier, Sister Carol, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and many more!  Concurrently, there will be an arts & crafts exhibit happening.

Southwest Festival of New Music, Center of Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail

June 21st – 23rd, 2012

The three day event examines the theme of “Music as Environmental Consciousness,” conceived in homage to popular modern composer, John Cage.  The festival will include several new works by young composers who are continuing on with Cage’s tradition of hearing all the world as music.  While you may not walk away humming any catchy melodies, you’ll surely be intrigued by the variations in the sounds produced.

Make Music Santa Fe, Railyard Park

June 21st, 2012

This is a worldwide ‘Day of Music’ taking place for the first time in Santa Fe.  Originally started six years ago in New York as a day long event for amateurs and professionals to create music in public spaces.  Santa Fe’s version will take place at the Railyard Park and feature a children’s music presentation, a brass quintet, Anthony Leon & the Chain, Havana Son, and The Attitudes.

Concordia Santa Fe, St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Avenue

June 24th, 2012

Santa Fe’s premier wind ensemble presents their second concert of the season, “It’s About Time”.  Rather than have a permanent music director, Concordia Santa Fe features a guest conductor for each performance.  For this concert, Dr. Paul Shewan from Roberts Wesleyan College will be leading the group.

Santa Fe Bandstand, Santa Fe Plaza

Ongoing July 5th- August 16th

This free summer music festival presents a wide range of performers on the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand.  Concerts are Monday through Thursday at 6pm, and noon on Monday and Wednesday.


Tours

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If you want to visit Santa Fe and the surrounding area but want to leave the navigating to others, there are numerous tour operators eager to help. You will enjoy the services of knowledgeable guides steeped in the history, culture and workings of this special place. You can start out by taking a walking tour of the historic Plaza area, followed by a regularly scheduled motorized tour covering the adjoining areas and Canyon Road. There are more extensive tour offerings including excursions to galleries and artist’s studios, restaurant and chef visits, wineries, ghost haunts, homes and gardens, and outdoor adventure destinations.

Review the list of tour operators that we have provided to find a match to your interests, budget and time. Many operators will customize the tour to your tastes. So if you are seeking just a short walking tour of the downtown or a more extensive air tour of the remote areas of New Mexico and the surrounding states, there’s a tour operator willing to assist. They can enhance your understanding and appreciation for this area’s richness and beauty.

We have provided a list of some of the many tour operators and identified their area of specialty. We have also provided descriptions of five self-guided day trips branching out from Santa Fe to the northwest, northeast, east, south and west.

Cultural Treasures

www.santafeculturaltreasures.com

505 231-0855

Historic Walks of Santa Fe

www.historicwalksofsantafe.com

505 986-8388

Loretto Line Tour Company

www.toursofsantafe.com

505 983-3701

Odyssey Trails

www.odysseytrails.com

855 297-5673

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

www.outspire.com

505 660-0394

Patricia Leigh Photography

www.patricialeigh.smugmug.com

505 310-1555

Santa Fe Studio Tour

www.santafestudiotour.com

505 466-4877

Santa Fe Walkabouts

www.santafewalkabouts.com

505 216-9161

Wild Vistas Adventures, LLC

www.wildvistasadventures.com

505 474-3452

Santa Fe Hiking Guide, LLC

www.santafehikingguide.com

505 917-6280

Santa Fe Tour Guides, LLC

www.santafeguides.org

505 466-4877

Santa Fe Traveler

www.thesantafetraveler.com

505 474-4155

Native Destinations

www.nativedestinations.com

505 570-0538

Great Southwest Adventures, Inc.

www.swadventures.com

505 455-2700

Santa Fe School of Cooking

www.santafeschoolofcooking.com

505 983-4511

Custom Tours by Clarice, Inc.

www.santafecustomtours.com

505 438-7116


Outdoor Sports and Activities

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If you are seeking outdoor sports and activities to experience the peaceful beauty of the area and breathe some of the cleanest air in the country, Santa Fe has a lot to offer.   Pristine forests in the Sangre De Cristo, Ortiz and Jemez mountains surround the city and the Rio Grande, Pecos and Chama rivers are nearby.   There are opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, snow boarders, snowshoers, river rafters, fisherman, and horseback riders.   You can participate in these activities at your own pace or use one of the many Santa Fe based activity operators to organize a trouble-free outdoor experience.

If you just want a peaceful stroll in the Santa Fe green-belt, check out the RiversidePark or the RandallDaviesAudubonCenter.  There are several firms offering horseback riding and even a llama trekking company.  The nearby rivers have some of the best fly fishing in the country and spring and summer are excellent times for river rafting, whether its the thrill of whitewater rafting (Class 4 and 5) or a leisurely float trip.   There are even opportunities to fly the magnificent blue skies of the Southwest in a hot air balloon ride or a more adrenaline-filled soaring and gliding experience.

We have listed outdoor sports and activity venues, operators and adventure companies below to assist you in selecting a rewarding outdoor experience.  Golf and hiking adventures are also described other sections of this website.

 

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Ski Santa Fe
www.skisantafe.com

505-982-4429

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

skipajarito.com

505-662-5725

Taos Ski Valley

skitaos.org

866-968-7386
575-776-2291

Enchanted Forest Cross Country & Snowshoe Area

enchantedforestxc.com

575-754-6112

Sipapu Ski Resort

sipapunm.com

800-587-2240

Valles Caldera National Preserve

vallescaldera.gov

886-382-5537
505-216-2690

 

Horseback Riding

Broken Saddle Riding Co.

brokensaddle.com

505-424-7774

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch

bishopslodge.com

800-732-2240
505-983-6377

Wild Vistas Adventures, LLC

wildvistasadventures.com

505-474-3452

 

River Rafting

New Mexico River Adventures

newmexicoriveradventures.com

505-983-7756
800-983-7756

  Santa Fe Rafting

santaferafting.com

888-988-4914

 

Hot Air Ballooning, Soaring & Gliding

Santa Fe Balloons

santafeballoons.com

505-699-7555

  Sundance Aviation

soarsundance.com

505-832-2222

 

Mountain Biking

Santa Fe Mountain Sports

santafemountainssports.com

505-988-3337

   

 

Fly Fishing

High Desert Angler

highdesertangler.com

505-988-7688

The Reel Life

thereellife.com

866-804-7335
505-955-8114

Land of Enchantment Fly Fishing Guides

loeflyfishing.com

505-927-5356

 

Guided Hiking & Trekking

Yogihiker, LLC

yogihiker.com

505-819-8445

The Santa Fe Hiking Guide

santafehikingguide.com

505 917-6280

Santa Fe Walkabouts

santafewalkabouts.com

505-216-9161

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures

sfmadv.com

505-988-4000
800-965-4010

Wild Earth Llama Adventures

llamaadventures.com

800-758-5262

Enchanted Packgoats,LLC

enchantedpackgoats.com

505-553-8790

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

outspire.com

505-660-0394

   

Scenic Train Rides and Travel

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Travel by train has been a significant part of New Mexico’s history for over 100 years.  Today, some people still prefer train travel than airplanes and car trips.  The railroad allowsfor travellers to relax and enjoy the diverse scenery that New Mexico has to offer.  While visiting, take advantage of some of the scenic railroad trips in the area.

Santa Fe Southern Railway

The SFSR is an 18-mile spur from Santa Fe to the small village of Lamy, NM.  This short stretch connects to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line that is also operated by Amtrak.  For visitors arriving by train, this connects with the Chicago-to Los Angeles and San Francisco lines.  In addition to bringing up travelers from Lamy, the SFSR runs several scenic rides and freight trains throughout the year.  The depot is located in the Guadalupe Shopping District of downtown Santa Fe.  Visitors will notice the historic California mission-style building and board the vintage railcars from there.  Passengers are surrounded by high-desert beauty on their relaxed trip to Lamy.  SFSR also offers several special events trains during holidays.  These trips often include live music and catering.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Known as “America’s Longest and Highest Narrow Gauge Railroad”, the C&TS connects Chama, NM to Osier and Antonito, CO.   The ride boasts an elevation change of over 2,000 feet, reaching its highest point of 10,015 feet in Cumbres, CO.  The breathtaking trip winds through several valleys and mountains.  On the trip, it is not uncommon to see antelope, eagles, bears, big horn sheep, and several other animals in their natural habitats.   The train offers three classes of service allowing everyone from the budget-conscience traveller to the first class person to enjoy a day trip.  The trips run from the end of May through October, seven days a week.

New Mexico Rail Runner

Opened in December 2008, the NM Rail Runner provides passenger train service to and from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Although the train does not directly connect to the Albuquerque Airport, there is a shuttle service that will deliver guests to the train depot.   Travellers coming to Santa Fe will enjoy the scenery as they wind through various small villages and pueblos.  The Rail Runner shares the downtown depot with the Santa Fe Southern Railway.  Guests are only a few short blocks from the Plaza and several other attractions.


Visiting Chimayo, NM

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Only 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road to Taos, lies a small Spanish village called Chimayo.  With a population of less than 3,000, Chimayo is well known for several reasons.

Perhaps the villages most common claim-to-fame is the Santuario de Chimayo (http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.org).  The quaint adobe structure was built in the mid 1800’s on what is believed to be sacred ground.  There are many miraculous stories associated with the specific location.  Each year during Holy Week, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Santuario.  Many believe the small pit of Holy Dirt holds healing and restorative powers.  As a visitor, you can bring a container to take some home with you.  As you walk through the church, pass the altar, you’ll notice a small room filled with devotional artwork and the walking sticks and crutches of those who claim to have been healed.

Chimayo is revered for it’s high quality weavings and traditional Hispanic and Tewa Indian artwork.    Be sure to visit Ortega’s Weaving Shop (http://www.ortegasweaving.com) and Centinela Traditional Arts (http://www.chimayoweavers.com) for the finest examples of local crafts.  In addition to weavings,  you will find intricate tin work, retablos (paintings of saints on flat wooden slabs), bultos (large wooden sculptures), and pottery.

There are also a few small museums in Chimayo, which expound upon the history of the area.  The Chimayo Museum is located in the ancestral home of the Ortega family.  The collection includes furniture, clothing, and tools from the past, highlighting the area’s rich history of farming and craftwork.    The newly opened Bernardo Abeyta Museum offers a thorough account of the man who founded the Santaurio de Chimayo and of the villagers in that era.

If you find yourself craving some traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine, be sure to stop into the famous Rancho de Chimayo (http://www.ranchodechimayo.com).  Utilizing the spiciness of red and green chile, the restaurant offers up the best of the area’s native cooking.

While Chimayo may only be the first stop of many on your way to Taos, it is arguably one the most memorable.  Be sure you make the time to take in this historic villages charm.