Santa Fe Attractions

Santa Fe is known as a truly multicultural city. The influences that various cultures have provided, not to mention the scenic settings and natural beauty of its surroundings, offer plenty of destinations that are well worth exploring. So whether you are searching for a skiing adventure, want to gaze up at the stars from a unique perspective, or just have some memorable fun with the family, there is no shortage of attractions worth visiting in Santa Fe.

Ski Santa Fe
When you Ski Santa Fe, you are in for a ride that defies description at every turn. Santa Fe Mountain looms large on the horizon, as its 12,000-foot summit is a truly commanding presence on the scenic skyline. The mountain offers 1,650 vertical feet of excellent skiing for both beginners and seasoned pros over 44 trails. There are equipment rentals available for skiing as well as for snowboarding and snow blading. You won't want to miss a minute of this fun-filled, highly scenic adventure during skiing season that traditionally runs for three weeks in late September into October.

Address: 2209 Brothers Road, Ste 220, Santa Fe, NM 87505 - MAP
Phone: (505) 982-4429
Web: www.skisantafe.com

Planetarium
Santa Fe's night sky seems even more expansive on the horizon mainly because of the city's rustic, scenic geographical location. Those natural surroundings serve to augment the experience of exploring the stars that sparkle over the city when evening falls. To get an even better glimpse of that celestial beauty, visit the Planetarium on the campus of Santa Fe Community College. The Planetarium offers exhibits, attractions, and programs to educate visitors about the stars, outer space, various constellations and even about the Magellan spacecraft.

Address: 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe Community College,
Santa Fe, NM 87505 - MAP
Phone: (505) 428-1677
Web: www.sfcc.edu

Tesuque Pueblo
Visiting the Tesuque Pueblo attraction is very much like time traveling. You will see how this little "pueblo," or small town went about its everyday business through the work its inhabitants did in order to provide for their families. You'll see an organic farm, traditional pottery studios and various other interesting stops. This pueblo dates back to 1694 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You may want to learn more about the standard pueblo etiquette before your visit.

Address: US Hwy 285, Rt 5 Box 360-T, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 983-2667
Web: www.indianpueblo.org

Canyon Road
Santa Fe's Canyon Road impressively encapsulates some of the best aspects and attractions of the city all in one place. By no means does that mean that Canyon Road represents every fascinating aspect of life in this beautiful city, but it does give you the chance to explore some excellent galleries, shops, restaurants, and museums that are located along this highly popular street. Make sure you're wearing your favorite pair of walking shoes and bring some money because you're sure to find some unique items you will want to purchase along the way.

Address: From Paseo De Peralta to Camino Cabra,
Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP

The Plaza
The Plaza was once considered the "Central Park" of the city many years ago. Today, this beautiful area with its inviting trees, grass, benches and monuments is still a vital hub of activity. The Plaza is the core of old Santa Fe as it features several attractions, restaurants and shops in the plaza and in the surrounding streets. This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is usually the site for many of the city's high-profile events.

Address: Old Santa Fe Trail, San Francisco Street,
Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP

Bandelier National Monument
The Bandelier National Monument is an attraction that stands as a dramatic reminder of the astounding culture that has inhabited Santa Fe and its surrounding areas for hundreds of years. The Monument itself is a beautiful canyon that is 45 miles west of Santa Fe and was home to ancient Pueblos in AD 1100 to 1550. The rustic area features 65 miles of trails that also include some visually arresting abandoned Pueblo villages.

Address: Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon, Santa Fe, NM - MAP
Phone: (505) 672-3826
Web: www.nps.gov

Salvador Perez Park
Salvador Perez Park offers a little something for everyone in the family to enjoy. A fun-filled day awaits at this popular park that features attractions and amenities like a real locomotive car, an indoor heated pool, a playground, a Little League field, tennis and volleyball courts, and comfortable picnic facilities. There isn't any time to be bored when you and the family visit this excellent recreational area.

Address: 601 Alta Vista Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 - MAP
Phone: (505) 984-6755
Web: www.santafenm.gov

Hyde Memorial State Park
Santa Fe's highly appealing outdoor amenities are celebrated year-round at Hyde Memorial State Park. You'll find several excellent spots to enjoy a picnic or just relax as you toss the frisbee around with the kids and enjoy the scenery. There's also more fun to be had on the hiking trails that offer still another chance to get closer to the amazing natural beauty of the park. Camping is another attraction, as the park offers 350 acres of woods and meadows. Plus, the park is located just three miles south of the Santa Fe Ski area which makes it a great stop during ski season.

Address: 740 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 - MAP
Phone: (505) 983-7175
Web: www.emnrd.state.nm.us

Private Balloon Flights
There are plenty of tours in New Mexico, but none that offer an experience like Private Balloon Flights. Here, it's up-up and away in a hot air balloon, offering a unique view of the state's desert landscape. On your adventure in the sky, you will see natural wonders like the Rio Grande River and the Rocky Mountains. Once you're back on land, Private Balloon Flights provides a continental brunch and an interesting discussion on the history of ballooning, along with a champagne toast commemorating your trip.

Phone: 1 (888) 550-2677
Web: www.privateballoonflights.com