Explore Things to Do in Santa Fe

There are many things to do in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Casa Escondida is only a 35-minute drive from the historical plaza, 250 art galleries, many museums, live theatre, opera, and fine dining; spend your Santa Fe vacation with us. You will want to spend an entire day exploring Santa Fe attractions, probably more. Because there are endless things to do in Chimayo, MN, Santa Fe, Taos, and the surrounding areas, we've compiled a list of all the best area attractions.

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Santa Fe Area Attractions in Photos

Taos is less than 1 hour away. It is known for its many shops, restaurants, and art galleries. In addition, Taos is where you will find the famous Taos Pueblo that is on The World Heritage List.
Bandelier National Park is 40 minutes away and features the ruins of magnificent ancient cliff dwellings as well as great hiking trails.

American Southwest History & Native Culture

Pecos National Historical Park is 50 minutes away. This site features early Spanish mission ruins, plus authentic Indian ruins.

In just over an hour drive, you can see the ancient rock-art at Petroglyph National Monument.
The eight Northern New Mexico Indian Pueblos (Taos, Picuris, San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Pojoaque, and Tesuque) are all an easy drive from Chimayo. Experience their culture, arts, food, and language.

Arts & Leisure Near Chimayo, NM

Are you an admirer of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art? Visit Georgia O’Keeffe Country (Abiquiu) and see the magical landscapes that inspired her. This area is only a 40-minute drive from Chimayo.

The Santa Fe Opera has been a summer oasis for opera enthusiasts every July and August. It is one of the best Santa Fe attractions and is one of America’s premier festivals of internationally acclaimed operatic talents.

Want to explore by car? Drive the “Enchanted Circle.” It begins in Taos and ends in Taos. This is one of New Mexico’s most scenic drives.

Enjoy our New Mexico area casinos, horse racing, concerts, train rides and more!

Would you like to soak in a hot spring and have a massage? This is available in just 40 minutes, where you can relax at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.

New Mexico Outdoor Activities

Hiking, horseback riding, rafting, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, boating, golf and hot-air ballooning are all available nearby. We will be glad to direct you and make any needed reservations for these and other Santa Fe attractions. We can help make your New Mexico vacation fun and memorable. This is just a sampling of the many activities and points of interest in the area.

One of the most popular things to do in Chimayo, NM is ski. Downhill and cross-country ski areas surround Chimayo. Stay at Casa Escondida and ski at six different ski areas (Taos, Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Red River, Sipapu and Pajarito)!

Even More of the Best Things to Do in Santa Fe

Pueblos
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos
Taos Pueblo
River Rafting
Big River Raft Trips
Far Flung Adventures
Los Rios River Runners
Rafting, biking, snowmobiling, ATVs
New Wave Rafting Company
Santa Fe Rafting Company
Kokopelli Rafting Adventure

Museums & Galleries
Kit Carson Home & Museum (Taos)
Taos Museums
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque)
Governor Bent Museum & Gallery (Taos)
Museum of International Folk Art
(Santa Fe)
Navajo Gallery (R.C.Gorman) Taos
Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
Chimayo Museum
El Rancho de las Golondrinas (living history museum)
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe)
Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe)
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum(Santa Fe)
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (Santa Fe)
Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe) – NM History Museum

Train & Trolley Tours
Trolley Tours (Santa Fe & Taos)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (Chama)

Hot Air Balloon
Santa Fe Balloons
Eske’s Paradise BalloonsPueblo Balloon Company
Heli New Mexico

Horseback Riding & Llama Treks
Cieneguilla Stables - (575) 751-2815
Rio Grande Stables (Taos)
El Paseo Llama Expeditiona
Wild Earth Llamas Adventures

Walking Tours
Historic Walks of Santa Fe

Hiking, Fishing, Bird watching & Hot Springs
New Mexico Audubon Society (bird watching)
New Mexico State Parks
Guided biking, fishing & hiking
Birding, gold mines, ghost towns, wildlife
Bandelier National Park
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Ojo Caliente Hot Springs
Public Lands Information

Casinos
Camel Rock Casino
Cities of Gold Casino
Ohkay Casino

Music
Taos Solar Music Fest
Music from Angel Fire
Santa Fe Chamber Music
Desert Chorale (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe Community Orchestra (free concerts)
Santa Fe Pro Musica
Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Art
Taos Fall Arts Festival
Ethnographic Art Show (Santa Fe)
Antique Indian Art Show (Santa Fe)
Indian Market (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe Artist Market
Spanish Market (Santa Fe)
International Folk Art Market (Santa Fe)

Performing Arts
Lensic Center for Performing Arts (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe Performing Arts Company
Theaterwork (Santa Fe)
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco
Santa Fe Opera

Festivals
Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Miscellaneous
Santa Fe Farmers Market

Links to General Information
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Dept. of Tourism
Taos Chamber of Commerce
Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce
Taos Valley Vacation Guide
Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
Red River Chamber of Commerce
Red River Visitor Information

Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Ski New Mexico (Downhill Skiing)
Cross-Country Skiing
Golf
Towa Golf Resort
Black Mesa Golf Club
Santa Fe Country Club

Bicycling (Road & Mountain)
Biking New Mexico (Mountain)
Bike N’ Sport (Santa Fe)
Mellow Velo (Santa Fe)
Gearing Up Bicycle Shop (Taos)
Biking New Mexico (Road)

Miscellaneous
Santa Fe Tours
New Mexico Wine Growers (Wine Tastings)
Christ in the Desert Monastery (Abiquiu)
Salmon Ranch Raspberry Farm (Buena Vista)

Sante Fe Area Attractions Map

Chimayo, NM and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer! This area map shows the best attractions near Chimayo, NM and Casa Escondida. Click on each pin to learn more about the attraction. To view a list of the attractions and their distance expand out the menu by clicking the button in the top right corner.

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