Top 10 Things to Do In and Around Santa Fe
There are Santa Fe attractions and tours for the whole family! Check out our Top 10 Things to Do in Santa Fe including historic Santa Fe sites and Santa Fe museums.
Top 10 Things To Do In Santa Fe
- Historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza
- Canyon Road Art Gallery District
- Georgia O keeffe Museum
- Museum of Fine Art
- Historic Loretto Chapel
- Santa Fe Opera
- Ski Santa Fe
- Indian Market - Annual Native American Market
- Spanish Market and the Wine and Chili Fiesta
- Bandelier National Monument
1. Historic Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the world. Experience the world of Santa Fe through the hundreds of art galleries featuring contemporary and traditional fine arts, southwestern art, Native American art, pottery, jewelry and crafts, plus a fantastic array of sculpture, photography, and many other types of visual arts.
2. Canyon Road Arts
Canyon Road is Santa Fe's art gallery district. Find more than 100 galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, eclectic restaurants, and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm.
3. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
This beautiful facility is considered to be one of the country's most important museums, housing the works of one of the century's most important artists. The Museum's collection of over 2990 works comprises 1149 O'Keeffe paintings, drawings, and sculpture and is the largest single repository of O'Keeffe's work in the world.
4. Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts
Located just west of the Plaza, this museum displays an extensive permanent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe. New exhibitions are always being installed to display the work of contemporary artists of all kinds.
5. The Loretto Chapel
At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous and inexplicable, the stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20' tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft, made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs.
6. Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera has spectacular summer events showcasing internationally acclaimed operatic talents and opera enthusiasts. Santa Fe's performing arts encompass dance, theater, opera, choral and chamber music.
7. Ski Santa Fe
Experience the excitement of world-class skiing in the breathtaking beauty of Ski Santa Fe. Located just minutes from the historic city, Ski Santa Fe welcomes skiers, snowboarders, families, and locals to its 12,175 foot mountain.
8. Indian Market
Every August over 1,200 Native American artists from about 100 tribes show their fantastic work in over 600 booths on and around the plaza in Santa Fe. The event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world and buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Music and foods are abundant, and the high desert weather is usually perfect.
9. Spanish Market
The rich Hispanic culture of northern New Mexico is celebrated every year at the traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza. A popular event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handmade traditional arts by over 200 local Hispanic artists as well as continuous live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional foods.
10. Bandelier National Monument
A great day trip from Santa Fe, Bandelier's human history extends back for over 10,000 years to when nomadic peoples followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons of this region. Reminders of these past times are clearly evident in the hundreds of carved stone cliff dwellings that still exist around the canyon. By 1550 the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from their homes here to pueblos along the Rio Grande (Cochiti, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara and Santo Domingo).