Santa Fe (pop 60,000), the capital of New Mexico, is the quintessential southwestern town for art, culture and history. Dominated by adobe buildings and pueblo style architecture, Santa Fe is home to hundreds of galleries, artisans and museums all of which are heavily influenced by the beauty and immensity of the landscapes which surround town.
Located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and only a short distance from the Jemez & San Juan Mountain Ranges, Santa Fe is situated perfectly for prime recreational opportunity. In addition, Santa Fe is ripe with pioneer history as the end point of the Santa Fe trail, a wagon train trail which connected Missouri and New Mexico during the 1800s, though with origins much more ancient. The Santa Fe area was a hot spot for ancient cultures and civilizations, and an impressive number of historic pueblos and cliff dwellings are located within a short drive of town, allowing visitors to explore the remains of these once thriving settlements. The lands that surround Santa Fe, sources of inspiration for artists and recreationalists alike, provide a wide range of options for any visitor.
For those looking to get the highlights of Santa Fe there are enough art galleries, museums, street vendors and interesting curio shops in Santa Fe to take up days. After an invigorating day of exploring Santa Fe and its surrounding landscapes, visitors will find an enticing night life with excellent entertainment ranging from live music theatre to a nationally renowned opera. From casual to intense adventures, all visitors to Santa Fe should have no problem finding something to do. Accommodation options vary widely, reflecting the diverse native and tourist population of the area, ranging from budget to full luxury. As a general rule, the closer an establishment is to Santa Fe's historic plaza the higher the luxury and price. Dining in Santa Fe is an exception to this and an experience in itself, with offerings ranging from simple to highly complex gourmet adventures with price tags to match.
Santa Fe is located along the I-25 corridor and is an easy drive from Albuquerque to the south and from the Las Vegas, NM and Colorado Border to the north. For those visitors in a hurry, Santa Fe has a small municipal airport with daily service to and from Albuquerque.To learn more about Santa Fe, select a topic of interest from the left-hand navigation bar.