Explore Santa Fe
Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, the art and on. With a backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the city is seated at an elevation of 7,000 feet and experiences 320 sunny days per year. You’ll find a rich tapestry of arts and culture, history and traditions of the New Mexico region.
Places to See
The Santa Fe Plaza
The heart of downtown Santa Fe for more than 400 years, the Plaza hosts art markets, community gatherings, concerts and more.
One of Santa Fe’s oldest roads, Canyon Road packs more than 80 galleries along a half-mile.
Palace of the Governors
Built by the Spanish as a government building in 1610, the Palace remains the country’s oldest continuously occupied public building and serves as a history museum.
New Mexico History Museum
Opened in May 2009, shows the history of Santa Fe and New Mexico for the last 400 years. It changes the way that New Mexicans and visitors understand state history and the history of the nation.
Georgia O’Keeﬀe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeﬀe Museum is the single largest repository of O’Keeﬀe’s work in the world.
New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Arts) displays an extensive perma-nent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O’Keeﬀe, as well as new exhibitions that cover the works of contemporary artists of all kinds.
Museum Hill is home to four of Santa Fe’s marquee museums: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, and The Museum of International Folk Art.
The Meow Wolf Art Complex is home to Meow Wolf’s ﬁrst permanent installation, House of Eternal Return, a 64,444-square-foot immersive storytelling experience.
New Mexico State Capitol
The New Mexico State Capitol (a.k.a. the Roundhouse), located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the seat of government of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is unique as the only round state capitol in the United States. The building houses The Capitol Art Collection, which a free, self-guided tour of contemporary art. It is among the most comprehensive collections of contemporary art in the region.
This glorious Gothic-Revival style chapel was completed in 1878 and modeled after King Louis IX’s Sainte Chapelle in Paris. According to legend, St. Joseph the Carpenter had a role in the building of the chapel’s Miraculous Staircase, constructed between 1877 and 1881 with two 360-degree turns and no apparent means of support.
Cross of the Martyrs
Watch one of our spectacular sunsets from the top of the Cross of the Martyrs, an outdoor park on the northeast side of Paseo de Peralta. As you climb the steps, read the plaques that provide an overview of the city’s history. At the top of the hill, a white cross commemorates 21 Franciscan priests killed during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
San Miguel Mission
This Spanish Colonial mission church is considered to be the country’s oldest church. Built by Tlaxcala Indians between 1610 and 1628. The interior is steeped in history, with a late 18th-century altar screen, a carved wooden statue of St. Michael brought from Mexico in 1709.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi
The crowning achievement of Archbishop Lamy’s church construction in New Mexico, the Saint Francis Cathedral was built between 1869 and 1886 and designed in the French Romanesque Revival style.