At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Santa Fe enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year and four distinct seasons – a haven for golfers, skiers, hikers, and equestrians. Our colorful multi-cultural heritage and incredible scenic mountain beauty are legendary. Our galleries, museums, historic architecture, shopping, and world-class cuisine make Santa Fe the visitor destination of the Southwest.
Santa Fe History
In ancient times, Native Americans hunted and fished in the abundant valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They grew crops in the fertile plain of the Santa Fe River. In 1610, Santa Fe was established as a Spanish provincial capital. Many adobe buildings from this ear still stand in the heart of the city. Traditions of both Indian and Hispanic cultures live today, cherished by the descendants of early settlers.
The 1800s brought an influx of people from many parts of the world – entrepreneurs, adventurers, artists, and scientists. They added to the vibrancy of the city and created new traditions. Santa Fe today is a blend of all these influences – a unique city, rich in culture, sophisticated in the arts, and blessed with scenic beauty.