With expansive blue skies, the snow-capped peaks of the rust-red Sangre de Cristo mountains and a shifting palette of hues across the landscape, natural backdrops don’t come more dramatic than in Santa Fe. Here, Spanish mission style merges with Mexican accents and the vibrancy of a Native American culture. Home to a celebrated community of artists, there is no shortage of cultural pursuits and the surrounding mountains beckon nature lovers.
The Museum of International Folk Art was founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, based on her belief that, “The art of the craftsman is a bond between the peoples of the world.” View some of Bartlett’s personal collection of 2,500 objects such as textiles, costumes, ceramics, wood carvings, paintings, and jewelry, and an ever-expanding catalog of folk and traditional arts from around the world.Learn More
Spanning nearly 34,000 acres, this monument is an significant preserve for petroglyphs and cliff dwellings of the ancestral Pueblo people who once lived among the canyons and mesas of this otherworldly landscape. Hike along designated trails and explore the diverse array of ecosystems in this rugged desert canyon.
Like fireworks spinning in the air, steel sculptures rise high above the desert grass of a tree-shaded courtyard on Canyon Road. One of the country's most celebrated art trails, this whimsical paradise of over 100 art galleries and boutiques stretches for a half-mile through the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District. Tree-shaded alleys wind between adobe bungalows, revealing refined galleries with a diverse cache of distinctive paintings and sculptures.
At the end point of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands a French-influenced Gothic-revival style Catholic church. Completed in 1878 and affiliated with the Sisters of Loretto, a teaching order of nuns, this grand chapel marked an elaborate shift in architecture from the first adobe-style mission churches of the 17th century. The chapel, with its with ornate stained glass windows and a floating staircase, now operates as a museum.Learn More
Perched high on a hillside and encircled by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains, the soaring open-air opera hall is just as dramatic as the world-class performances that unfold on the stage. Join the gussied-up opera goers setting out elaborate gourmet picnics in the parking lot before a show.Learn More
The heart of Santa Fe remains the Spanish-American colonial style plaza as it was when first established in 1610. Ringed by sand hued adobe-style buildings, this historic commercial and social center could almost be mistaken for a movie set with its perfectly preserved buildings and the open-air Native American markets.
Grand tastings, creative wine dinners, seminars, and cooking demos are all part of this five-day food and wine extravaganza.Learn More
Celebrate rites of fall with grape crushing, tortilla making, and dance performances at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum dedicated to preserving New Mexico’s traditions.Learn More
What began as a fringe festival in 2009, has now grown into a five-day event with panels, seminars, and screenings of independent and diverse cinema.Learn More
Join locals in a festive Christmas Eve tradition of strolling, caroling, and visiting neighbors along Canyon Road.
Embark on a culinary crawl during a week-long event with special menus at restaurants across the city.Learn More
Established in 2004, this one-of-a-kind international festival of folk art and food supports independent artists around the world.Learn More
Over 200 Native American artists are selected by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture for this weekend of exquisite pottery, beadwork, basketry, sculpture, and more.Learn More
Join in on the pageantry as the legend of Zozobra, or Old Man Gloom, is acted out with a 50-foot-high marionette that is then burned at the end of the performance.
La Posada was a sanctuary for Southwestern artists in the 1930s, including painters Georgia O’Keeffe and Will Shuster. The tradition continues with The Gallery Collection. Join a curator-led tour of the more than 600 pieces by local and international artists followed by a reception and chef’s tasting.Learn More
Drawing on Native American techniques and ingredients, expert therapists integrate healing properties of the desert in the signature treatment. Indulge in a chocolate chile wrap for the body, combining small batch Mayan chocolate and Chimayó red chile with Milagro Herbs for an intoxicating experience.Learn More
Deepen your knowledge of drinks during an edifying wine, beer, and spirits classes. Enthusiastic mixologist will share the recipe of the inn’s signature margarita, meet the sommelier and taste wines from our cellar, or discover local craft beers during a beer and cheese event.