The quaint village of Chimayo is one of the most historic locations in New Mexico. It’s home to fascinating museums, one-of-a-kind shops, and award-winning restaurants.

Chimayo is also just a 35-minute drive from Santa Fe, where you’ll find the historic plaza, 250 art galleries, fabulous entertainment, fine dining, and more. Read below for locals' favorite things to do in the area! 

Start Your Planning With Our Free Vacation Guide

Our complimentary Vacation Guide contains more than 100 things to do in Chimayo, Santa Fe, and beyond! If you’re planning a trip to the area, having a copy of this guide is a must!

20 of the Best Things to Do in Chimayo, NM, & Santa Fe

Visit Museums and Historical Sites

Although the Chimayo area had been occupied by Pueblo Indians for thousands of years, the village was officially founded at the end of the 17th-century by Spanish settlers in search of fertile lands. Today, many of the town’s traditions are still carried out by the villagers including blanket weaving, growing fruit and chile, and raising cattle. Here's how you can experience our region’s unique culture:

new mexico historic site

Go Shopping

Chimayo is the ideal destination to find unique gifts and souvenirs you won’t get anywhere else! Plus, just a short drive away in Santa Fe, you’ll find everything from grand markets to charming boutiques. At the summer market,  Breathtaking pieces of wood carvings, tinwork, colcah, hide paintings, and more are sure to catch your eye. Here are a few local shopping spots we highly recommend:

the chimayo trading post

Enjoy Fabulous Cuisine

Northern New Mexico is a food-lover’s paradise. You’ll find everything from upscale establishments where celebrities are frequently spotted to hole-in-the-wall, family-owned cafes with recipes passed down for generations. Our vacation guide (link above) is packed with suggestions, but a few of our favorite restaurants include:

Mexican Cooking Ingredients From Rancho de chimayo

Explore the Great Outdoors

Santa Fe is truly an outdoor recreation wonderland! From some of the best hiking trails in the U.S. to world-class skiing, a new adventure awaits around every corner. Plus, the gorgeous mountain scenery sets the perfect backdrop for all of your outdoor expeditions. However you decide to explore, you could spend an entire day making memories in the great outdoors of Santa Fe. Check out some of our favorite activities here:

Complete Your Stay at Casa Escondida

Whether you spend your time exploring and site seeing or relaxing and taking it easy, Casa Escondida is the perfect place to call home at the end of the day. Our serene Chimayo B&B is a go-to for couples looking to get away from it all and enjoy a traditional Southwest experience without sacrificing convenience to major attractions. Plus, included in your stay is a delicious homemade breakfast each morning — the perfect way to start the day!

Our Inn is also kid-friendly and pet-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family! Whatever your trip entails, from hiking to delicious dining, we welcome you to choose Casa Escondida as your home base!

Check the availability of all our guest rooms now and book the perfect stay today! Your New Mexico vacation awaits.


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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