VISIT SANTA FE
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VISITING NEW MEXICO
Getting Here The city’s website gives up to date info about all travel options, plus shuttle, taxi, and rental car phone numbers. There are some direct flights to Santa Fe’s small airport from Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver. Most travelers, unless driving, fly in to the Albuquerque airport and rent a car or take a shuttle but to Santa Fe.
For a complete listing of travel options, events, and suggestions of what to do while here, visit the city’s official website: SantaFe.org
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful vacation spot as well as a center for art and cultural activities. The entire city maintains its historic adobe style of architecture. If you are able, plan to spend a few extra days to take advantage of the big blue skies, the mountains, Georgia O’Keeffe country and the Native American and Hispanic cultural activities. We have numerous galleries and excellent museums. In the summer, be sure to attend the open air International Santa Fe Opera, with the mountains as a backdrop.
Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the US! Our galleries span kitsch, crafts, traditional art and high-end contemporary art. It can be overwhelming to find your way so try to research galleries before you arrive. Gallery districts include The Railyard (contemporary mostly), Canyon Road and Downtown (every type).
CITY FACTS AND WEATHER IN SANTA FE
We are not a true desert! Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level, with mountain peaks over 12,000 feet. Bring a light wrap for summer evenings, our dry air feels very cool.
- Over 300 days of sunshine each year. Bring sunscreen and a hat.
- 14 inches of rainfall and 30-34 inches of snow. Usually less than 40% humidity.
- Population: 70,000.
- More than 200 restaurants, 4,500 hotel rooms, 250 art galleries, 70 jewelry shops, 12 museums, and a world famous opera.
- Second oldest town in the U.S., founded in 1607.
- Santa Fe is the Capital of New Mexico. The historic district around Canyon Road is a lovely place to walk!
A favorite side trip: Ghost Ranch (pictured below) is just past Abiqui, NM, where you may visit Georgi Okeeffe’s home (highly recommended!) but reservations must be made well in advance. The O’Keeffe Museum is in Santa Fe and Home Tours are in Abiquiu (40-minute drive) HERE
A drive to Taos is also suggested ( 1 hour 15 min beautiful drive). Scenic and laid back. All of Northern New Mexico is spectacular!