About Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the second oldest city in the U.S., a place of abundant art and culture, and a gateway to the southern Rocky Mountains. Those who haven’t visited Santa Fe may envision a desert community of swirling sand, cactus, and perennial summer. While the city does have abundant sun, 300 days annually, Santa Fe has four seasons, with snow in the winter, and there are more fruit trees than there are cactus.
The city is located at an elevation of 7,000 feet right at the base of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rockies. It is both the oldest and highest capital city in the country and is surrounded by Native American communities. Santa Fe was the first UNESCO Creative City designated in the U.S. And has been listed as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The well preserved historic old town and adjacent five historic districts are small enough to easily get around on foot but large enough to hold most of the city’s 200+ galleries, many of its outstanding restaurants, and some of its most important museums. The intimate feel, Old World charm, and relaxed pace make the city an ideal romantic getaway.
The Santa Fe National Forest’s 1.6 million acres and surrounding public lands provide nearly limitless opportunity for outdoor adventure and recreation including hiking, camping, horseback riding, alpine and Nordic skiing, fishing, rafting, climbing, biking, kayaking, and more. No one trip can hold all there is to do in and around Santa Fe which may be why so many visitors return year after year to discover what’s new been left undone.