6 Hidden Gems in Santa Fe You Need to Explore

There’s a reason that New Mexico’s nickname is the Land of Enchantment. There is something sensational and exciting around every corner that is unique to this special corner of the U.S. The mix of architecture, landscapes, and culture is unlike any other place in the country. There are plenty of hidden gems in Santa Fe that you must explore during your visit to the state’s capital city. Whether you’re experiencing a new and immersive art attraction or an ancient petroglyph site, you’ll discover a fun and secret side of the city. If you’re looking for other great dining options, attractions, and places to see, request access to our free Santa Fe Travel Guide!

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Santa Fe Hidden Gems Off the Beaten Path

Meow Wolf

This cutting-edge immersive art experience transports visitors to a weird and wonderful world of mystery. Meow Wolf is an interactive art exhibit that uses technology and special effects to tell a thrilling story. The House of Eternal Return is a 20,000-square-foot science fiction-themed exhibit that allows you to explore the mysterious disappearance of the owners of the house one night after conducting an experience outside of their home. Work your way through their house, a glowing forest, treehouses, and other surprising passages in this stunning attraction!

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109 East Palace

Many people walk past this hidden gem without so much as a glance at the plaque on the wall. 109 East Palace was perhaps one of the most important locations during World War II. This unassuming building was the bus stop for scientists going to work on the atomic bomb in nearby Los Alamos. 

New Mexico State Capitol Building

The New Mexico State Capitol Building might not be a secret, but it’s worth exploring while you’re in town. Known as “the Roundhouse,” it is the only round capitol building in the country. Its plain facade leads to an opulent and gorgeous interior. Four Kachinas is only a quick five-minute walk from the building.

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site

Head 25 minutes south of Santa Fe to La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site for a taste of pre-colonial art and storytelling. These petroglyphs originated from the Keresan-speaking Puebloan people living in the area from the 1200s to the 1600s. Gaze at the images of hump-backed flute players and bird figures in this spectacular hidden gem.

De Vargas Street House

This modest house down the street from Four Kachinas and the capitol building is known as the oldest building in Santa Fe, and one of the oldest buildings in the country. Built in the famous adobe-style architecture that is now a calling card for Santa Fe, De Vargas Street House is a splendid stop during your walking tour of the city.

Pecos National Historic Park

Explore the remains of Indian pueblos 40 minutes southeast of Santa Fe at Pecos National Historic Park. It’s easy to see why they call it the Land of Enchantment at this beautiful and historic area.

Stay at Four Kachinas While You Uncover Santa Fe’s SecretsFour Kachinas guest room

Whether you’re venturing through the breathtaking natural wonders around Santa Fe or exploring the city’s best-kept secrets, Four Kachinas is the place to stay in the capital city. Our prime location and authentic rooms and suites make for the perfect New Mexico getaway. The top-notch amenities and Southwestern decor stand out compared to traditional hotels in the area, making your stay unique and memorable.

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