Things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

by Alfred Hubler, hubler.alfred@gmail.com

  • BEST THINGS TO DO IN TOWN

  • BEST MUSEUMS
    1. Site Santa Fe (free on Fridays)
    2. Meow Wolf (go to a show on Friday or Saturday evenings and explore the museum)
    3. Santa Fe Children's museum (cool for adults too - a great place for a sincere date!)
    4. Georgia O'Keefe Museum (excellent art but very unfriendly, unqualified staff, including curators, receptionists, and security personnel; free entrance from 5pm to 8pm on the first Friday of the month for locals - proof of residency strictly enforced)

  • BEST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Hiking trail map
    • McCauley hot springs triangle (park bicycle at East Fork Falls parking lot, park car at battle ship rock, hike to hot spring, enjoy the spring, hike to East Fork Falls parking lot, bicycle on the road to East Fork Falls parking lot)
    • Raft the Rio Grande Gorge
    • Raft the Chama River Run
    • Participate in an alligator wrestling class at the Colorado Gater's Reptile Park
    • Stay at Valley View hotsprings (clothing optional)
    • Hike the Tent Rocks canyon to the top of the mesa.
    • Night hike to Santa Fe Baldy, or Nambe lake, or Deception Peak
    • Hike the White Place loop near Abiquiu
    • Hike to the top of Kitchen Mesa at the Ghost Ranch
    • Hike the Jemez East Fork Trail w East Fork Box
    • Watch the slide show at Bandelier National Monument and climb into the Ceremonial Cave
    • Mush room hunting in the Santa Fe ski basin in mid August
    • Do back-country camping in the dunes at White Sands National Monument and watch the sunset and the stars
    • Bicycle the Abq bosque trail in November
    • Hike the Sandia rim trail from the Sandia Peak parking lot to the Kiwanis hut shortly before sunset
    • Participate in a cave tour in Carlsbad Cavern
    • Sleep between the large boulders in the city of rocks and watch the stars
    • Hike the 7 river crossing trail in Southern NM
    • Hike up to the South mesa of the Diablo Canyon, visit the cave, and return through the main canyon
    • Hike the Bajada loop trail

  • BEST THINGS TO DO OUT OF TOWN
    • Studio Tours in Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Dixon, Galisteo, Chama, Cienega,...
    • Galisteo Rodeo - currently discontinued
    • Moon light hike Cerillos State Park, or 3 sisters volcanoes near Abq
    • Taos Pow Wow in July
    • 4th of July parade in Madrid
    • El Rancho de la Golondrinas (on Festival days). Highlight of the year: Participate in the outdoor historic mass and San Isidro process (10am sharp on the Spring Festival Sunday). This is a deeply spritual event for religious and non-religious people.
    • Visit train depot in Chama when the train gets ready to leave and follow the train with your car (or take round trip with the train to the mid point)
    • Visit the Alien Museum in Roswell
    • Visit the Lavender Farm on an Open Farm Day (bring mosquito protection during the summer months)
    • Hike to Stage Coach hot spring at moon light
    • Tube from the small Rio Grande bridge near Taos to Stage Coach hot spring
    • Bicycle the rail trail from Santa Fe to Lamy and have dinner at the Legal Tender restaurant (check if the restaurant is really open)
    • Sleep between the boulders in the City of Rocks State Park
    • Hike from the Santa Fe ski basin on the Raven Ridge to the top of Lake Peak.
    • Hike to the St. Joseph's mine near Ojo Caliente, visit the little cave and collect some mica, and then soak in the Ojo Caliente hot springs.

Sculptures by Santa Fe artist Yenny Cocq.

Photographs by Santa Fe artist Richard Wowack
  • BEST GALLERIES
    1. Gerald Peters Gallery: Large collection of high quality art.
    2. Nuart Gallery: Large pieces of high quality abstract art.
    3. Waxlander's Skulpture Garden: small but excellent
    4. Zane Bennett: Abstract art
    5. Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art: Abstract flowers, animals and objects
    6. Gallerie Corazon: Warm and friendly art

  • BEST RESTAURANTS
    • The Shed near the Plaza (best Mexican food, Gluten free option available and good)
    • The Burrito Company near the Plaza (best breakfast burritos)
    • Tea House on Canyon Road (best atmosphere)
    • Il Vicino (best pizza)
    • Down Town Subscription (coffee house with flower garden)
    • Legal Tender in Lamy (best ambiente)
    • Paper Dosa (best Indian food)

  • BEST STORES AND BUSINESSES
    • Trader Joe's (high quality groceries and wine, Gluten free products are clearly labeled, friendliest staff)
    • Sunflower Market (organic food)
    • Lowe's (fresh and inexpensive vegetables and fruit)
    • Jackalope (quality souvenirs, folk art, etc)
    • Five and Dime on the Plaza (cheap souvenirs)
    • Los Alamos National Bank (probably the most costumer friendly bank in the US)
    • Alex's Safety Lane (fast and reliable in car repairs)
    • Sam's Club (computers, electronic, beer, cheese, pizza, roasted chicken)
    • rob and charlie's bicycle repair