Why Santa Fe?

Discover | Things to do in Santa Fe

Colorful. Eclectic. Fascinating. Santa Fe has captivated travelers for centuries. In ancient times, Native Americans hunted and fished in the luxuriant valley at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, growing crops in the fertile plain of the Santa Fe River. Later, Santa Fe was established as a Spanish provincial capital, its streets dotted with adobe buildings and its culture woven by Native American, Anglo and Hispanic traditions into a rich tapestry.

Known as “The City Different,” Santa Fe is a magical and sensory place, endlessly immersive and inspiring. The oldest city in New Mexico, it has earned a place among the top cities in the world, thanks to its singular mix of museums and galleries, historic sites and Native American heritage, art and architecture, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. And with 320 days of sunshine a year, is it any wonder that outdoor lovers flock to Santa Fe in every season?

desert landscape
Bloody Mary with a salted rim glass


Santa Fe Farmers Market

1607 Paseo de Peralta

One of the oldest, largest, and most successful farmers’ markets in the country, the Santa Fe Farmers Market operates year-round in the Railyard District, bringing together farmers, beekeepers, bakers and more. 

Santa Fe Spirits Tasting Room

308 Read Street

An artisan distillery, Santa Fe Spirits offers dozens of classes, tours and tastings of its award-winning, small-batch spirits.

Santa Fe Margarita Trail

410 S. Guadalupe Street

Savor a few of the 31 specialty-crafted margaritas found in Santa Fe’s favorite bars and restaurants. All are made 100% agave tequila. Pick up a Margarita Trail passport at the  nearby Railyard Visitor Information Center.

Second Street Brewery

1814 2nd Street

The Second Street brewery is a neighborhood fave featuring fine handcrafted ales and lagers, paired with classic pub fare. Don’t miss the Cobb Salad!

La Choza

905 Alarid Street

This family owned and operated restaurant in the Railyard Art District serves some of Santa Fe’s most flavorful New Mexican fare, including award-winning red and green chile, fish tacos, and chile rellenos.

three tacos on a plate
Man hiking up rocks

Outdoor Adventurers

Ski Santa Fe

1477 State Hwy 475

Sharpen your skiing and snowboarding skills on 660 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain just 16 miles from Santa Fe. Ski Santa Fe offers lessons, a children’s ski school and more.

Nature Conservancy Trail 

Upper Canyon Rd.

Spanning 190 acres just a few miles from Santa Fe Plaza, this preserve in the foothills of the Santa Fe National Forest is a must-see for hikers, birders and nature lovers.

The Reel Life

500 Montezuma Ave.

This Railyard District fly shop and guide service offers the finest in gear, instruction, local fishing information, fly tying, and more.

Santa Fe Jeep Tours

1405 2nd Street

Family-friendly Santa Fe Jeep Tours offers daytime tours of three- to six-hours, plus fun stargazing camping and glamping excursions.

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