While New Mexico’s capital city is an exciting destination in and of itself, there are so many things to do around Santa Fe that many travelers are unaware of. We strongly encourage our guests to travel beyond the capital and embark on the most exciting Santa Fe day trips. Whether you are interested in history, eager for an adrenaline rush, or simply seeking a relaxing excursion, there is an ideal adventure waiting for you just beyond Santa Fe’s borders!
Santa Fe day trips are only the beginning of all the incredible things to do in northern New Mexico! Discover them all in our downloadable Vacation Guide and let’s start planning the getaway of a lifetime!
4 Santa Fe Day Trips That You Must Try
Experience Taos, NM
Thousands of years ago, this historic New Mexican town was believed to be the fabled “City of Gold.” Today, Taos is a one-of-a-kind destination fluent in cultural attractions and exciting outdoor activities. After taking the scenic High Road to Taos, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of things to do. Tour the historic Taos Pueblo, stroll through the plaza, or find some of the best wintertime slopes in the Taos Ski Valley! Just a short drive from Taos, you’ll also find the popular Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe. With so much to experience, your day trip to Taos will be well worth the journey.
See the Puye Cliffs and Bandelier National Monument
Thousands of years ago, the Pueblo Indians carved their homes into New Mexico’s cliffsides. More than 1,500 Indians lived in these dwellings, and they still hold traces of ancient life even 500 years later. For a quick self-guided excursion, the Puye Cliffs may be the best option for you. For a more immersive experience, we suggest Bandelier National Monument. This park consists of over 33,000 acres with evidence of life dating back almost 11,000 years. These attractions are great places to immerse in the extensive history of New Mexico and capture some stunning photos!
Relax at the Famous New Mexico Hot Springs
It is believed that volcanic aquifers flow deep within the grounds of New Mexico. These underground caverns contain mineral waters that possess mysterious healing abilities, and when they rise to the surface, they create natural springs. Many of these springs can be found near Santa Fe, including the renowned Ojo Caliente. You will also find several natural springs in Jemez Valley and the Ten Thousand Waves Spa. Revel in pure relaxation and experience the enchanting healing properties of the mineral waters for yourself.
Explore the Nation’s Newest National Preserve
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a must for nature lovers! Getting to the park requires an 1 ½ hour drive from Santa Fe, but visitors who have made the journey did not leave disappointed! The preserve was created by a volcanic eruption almost 1.25 million years ago and boasts huge mountain meadows, fascinating wildlife, and gurgling streams. You may choose to spend your day trip hiking along the miles of trails, searching for local wildlife, horseback riding through the valleys, and so much more! There are so many incredible things to do, one day will at the park will hardly suffice!
Enjoy Peaceful Ambiance and Convenience at Casa Escondida
After your Santa Fe day trips, return to our charming bed & breakfast in the heart of historic Chimayo. Despite our peaceful and secluded setting, the inn within a short driving distance of many Santa Fe Day trip destinations. In addition to an ideal locale, guests will also enjoy cozy guestrooms adorned with traditional New Mexican decor and antiques, a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning, and unparalleled hospitality. We’re the perfect opportunity break away from the typical hotel experience and take a vacation you won’t soon forget! Book your favorite room with Casa Escondida today and we look forward to welcoming you to Chimayo soon!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Chimayo Vacation Guide! You’ll find great recommendations for the best local dining, attractions, shopping, and more on each page.