The Best Things to Do in Chimayo, NM and Santa Fe
When you stay at Casa Escondida, you’ll be conveniently located near some of northern New Mexico’s top attractions and cities! From outdoor adventures to historic landmarks, your itinerary is sure to be filled with a wide variety of activities that you’ll want to come back and enjoy again and again! Below, you’ll find some of our guests’ favorite things to do in Chimayo, Santa Fe, and beyond! You may also feel free to contact us anytime at 505-351-4805 for more recommendations or suggestions.
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Top Things to Do in Chimayo, NM
As one of the most historic locations in New Mexico, the quaint village of Chimayo is a must for anyone visiting the Southwest! Although the 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 red chile, and raising cattle. Plus, Chimayo is home to our serene bed & breakfast escape, Casa Escondida! Our Chimayo inn 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. Here are even more places in Chimayo that you won’t want to miss during your visit!
Museums and Historic Sites
The history of Chimayo stretches back thousands of years! Take a journey back in time and experience the culture of the Southwest by visiting these local museums and historic sites.
El Santuario de Chimayo
Built in the early 1800’s, this fascinating church is recognized as a place of prayer and the final destination of many holy pilgrimages. It is also the site of the legendary wooden crucifix and miraculous Chimayo holy dirt, which is rumored to possess healing abilities. During your visit to the El Santuario de Chimayo, you’ll be warmly welcomed to explore the grounds or participate in their Catholic mass services.
The Chimayo Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the rich history of Chimayo through several collections, special events, and a community preservation association. The museum is also housed in the Ortega Home where the world-renowned Ortega family of Chimayo weavers resided.
While visiting Chimayo, you won’t stumble upon any of your mall’s typical stores. That’s why we’re the ideal destination to find unique gifts and souvenirs you won’t get anywhere else! Here are just a few local shops we highly recommend!
El Potrero Trading Post
Since its opening in 1921, the El Potrero Trading Post has become a staple of Chimayo culture and hospitality. It’s the perfect place to find authentic food products, famous Chimayo chile powder, jewelry, folk art, and much more!
Centinela Traditional Arts
For Chimayo’s famous blankets, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at the Centinela Traditional Arts. These Mexican-inspired tapestries are full of color and personality, making them ideal gift or addition to your home.
For over 50 years, the Rancho de Chimayo has served tasty New Mexican cuisine rooted in ancestral family influences. This award-winning restaurant has been credited with playing an integral role in the bringing of authentic New Mexican food into the international spotlight. You won’t want to leave without getting a taste of their sopaipilla relleno, platon especial, or one of their succulent cocktails!
Since this restaurant is so popular, reservations are highly recommended. Book your table at the Rancho de Chimayo today!
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 historic plaza, 250 art galleries, many museums, live theatre, opera, and fine dining. You will want to spend an entire day exploring Santa Fe attractions!
Santa Fe is truly an outdoor recreation wonderland! From some of the best hiking trails in the U.S. to mountain biking, a new adventure awaits around every corner. Plus, the gorgeous mountain scenery sets the perfect backdrop for all of your outdoor expeditions. The Santa Fe Ski Area is also a prime destination for incredible winter sports opportunities! However you decide to explore, you could spend an entire day making memories in the great outdoors of Santa Fe!
Museums and Art Galleries
From art, history, and culture, there are so many fascinating exhibits to discover and even more to learn from them. Some of the most popular include the New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Most of these museums and galleries can be found at Museum Hill in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is also a popular attraction that celebrates the rich horticultural heritage and biodiversity of the Southwest region.
*Special Offer:* Experience the Santa Fe Botanical Garden during your stay at Casa Escondida with our special package! Simply present your Santa Fe Botanical Garden tickets at checkout receive a room credit that is equal to the price of up to two entry tickets!
From grand markets to charming boutiques, you’ll find a wide variety of shops and products that you’ll only find in New Mexico’s capital. During the summer, the Traditional Spanish Market is a visitor favorite that showcases the artwork of over 250 colonial artists. Breathtaking pieces of wood carvings, tinwork, colcah, hide paintings, and more are sure to catch your eye as you wander through the market. Canyon Road is also a shopping and dining hotspot that consists of enchanting boutiques, art galleries, and traditional architecture.
New Mexico’s capital is home to many wonderful restaurants, some of which are award-winning and nationally recognized. You’ll find a wide variety of cuisines ranging from zesty New Mexican to global specialties bursting with irresistible flavors. Celebrities often frequent the Santacafe Restaurant and Bar for the eatery’s fine dining experience and tasty menu selections. Geronimo is also recognized as one of the “Top 100 Restaurants in America” for its eclectic menu and unique historic setting. For a quick yet delicious meal, we highly recommend that you try Palacio Cafe, a family-owned nook serves a wide selection of delicious sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Even More of the Best Things to Do in Santa Fe
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos
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)
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque)
Governor Bent Museum & Gallery (Taos)
Museum of International Folk Art
Navajo Gallery (R.C.Gorman) Taos
Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
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)
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
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
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)
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
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.