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San Miguel Mission Chapel
Oldest Church in the US San Miguel Mission Chapel

Santa Fe Attractions

worlds of wonder

For great Santa Fe travel ideas, look no further than a brief walk or drive in any direction. Pueblo visits, museum days, art gallery strolls and historic walking tours all make for great Santa Fe family vacations. Whether you prefer an outdoor adventure or a gourmet lunch, there are plenty of Santa Fe activities to keep you and your family busy.

For a comprehensive list of Santa Fe attractions, look no further than here. Following are a few highlights.

Santa Fe Outdoor Activities

Santa Fe’s mountains define the city’s natural beauty, provide inspiration for artists and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and help define the city's weather throughout the year.

Randall Davey Audobon Center
This 135-acre nature sanctuary serves as the state office and educational center for the National Audubon Society, which offers education programs and free natural history and birding walks throughout the year.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Towering cone-shaped rock formations make up the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Explore the canyons and arroyos by hiking a family friendly national recreational trail containing two segments—the easy Cave Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile hike or the more challenging Canyon Trail.

Bandelier National Monument
A combination history and outdoor adventure, Bandelier National Monument contains the ancient ruins of the Anasazi Pueblo people. Follow the paved trail through the village and climb the wooden ladders into the caves themselves. After visiting the monument, take advantage of the surrounding park, complete with more than 20,000 acres of backcountry wilderness, wildlife and about 60 miles of hiking trails.


Santa Fe art gallery interior by Dan Monaghan
Canyon Road Gallery World Class Art in Santa Fe


Galleries throughout Santa Fe will cover indigenous art, Native American and Hispanic contemporary arts, and 19th and 20th century American art, including the Taos Society of Artists, the Santa Fe art colony, artists of the American West and masters of American Impressionism and Modernism.

SITE Santa Fe offers some of the most innovative and interesting modern art on view anywhere in the world. Launched in 1995, SITE includes exhibitions year round, often accompanied by highly acclaimed catalogues. SITE also hosts an Art & Culture series of lectures and performances.

Canyon Road offers too many galleries to mention here; whether you prefer 19th century art, native crafts, or modern painting and sculptures, plan to spend at least a day strolling the iconic Canyon Road.
Ski Santa Fe Photo by Jay Blackwood
Ski Santa Fe Just minutes from downtown

Hiking Trails

For a quick hike, the Dale Ball Trail System on the city's edge offers 30+ miles of maintained trails that interconnect, making it easy to pick just the right distance.

The Aspen Vista Trail is higher up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and provides more of a challenge and outstanding views, as do the network of trails connecting to the Winsor Trail.

Ski Santa Fe

The ski area and surrounding trails are 16 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza, providing 660 acres of alpine skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Many of the warm-weather hiking trails become Nordic ski and snowshoe trails when the snow falls. Santa Fe is surrounded by public land and outdoor spaces. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, white water rafting, horseback riding, skiing, mountain biking, road cycling and more.