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You Can’t See All of Santa Fe In Three Days

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…but you can see a lot! During the upcoming Veterans Day three day weekend, immerse yourself in the natural beauty, history and culture that makes our corner of the world so intriguing and special. With free entrance to national parks on Veterans Day and free admission for veterans and their families to state-run museums every day, the weekend is proving to be a budget-friendly destination for you and your family.

Grab a Santa Fe hotel deal and start planning. Here are just a few ideas to create your memorable weekend in Santa Fe.

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An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

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 An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

The La Cieneguilla site is also of intrest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)
The La Cieneguilla site is also of interest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)

Just beyond the edge of Santa Fe and a short hike through the deep silence of the terrain lies a rocky ledge that seems to whisper to passersby, the dark stone speaking a cryptic language.

Carved into the boulders of the ledge at the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site and  throughout the Southwest are thousands of petroglyphs thought to originate from the pre-contact time of the Spanish colonial era. Despite a great deal of scholarly study throughout modern history, no one can say for certain what these depictions meant to the people who created them. Not only does their meaning remain shrouded in mystery, but many of the etchings’ depictions are indecipherable, leaving curious visitors to speculate.

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Feast for the Senses

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New Mexico’s timeless Pueblo culture is felt throughout Santa Fe and is reflected in the art, design, and architecture of the city. However, a visit to one of the Indian Pueblos in the region can also be a transformative experience, especially on the occasion of a “Feast Day,” where the culture is celebrated and the public is welcome to watch and partake in an authentic and enriching Native American experience.

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Time To Take An Autumn Three Day Weekend

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Sshhh! Here’s a little secret: one of the best times to visit Santa Fe is in the fall between September and November. If you don’t have the chance to visit during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, there’s another three day weekend coming up in October—Columbus Day. This year, there’s even more reason to appreciate this national holiday. Our Mayor Javier Gonzales is making great strides to celebrate New Mexico’s indigenous people by also declaring this day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Come and experience the different sights and flavors this fall during this long weekend. What better way to enjoy it than by spending it in Santa Fe?

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September Is Chile Month In Santa Fe

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If there’s one overarching truism about Santa Fe residents and visitors, it’s the love of chile and colorful vistas. Fall in Santa Fe is not only characterized by the vibrant aspen foliage, but also the iconic aroma of fresh roasting chile. Your love of chile will be satisfied this September with two of Santa Fe’s standout chile events.

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4 Don’t-Miss Trails in Santa Fe County

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Santa Fe County, with its endless trails, diverse landscapes, and 320 days of sunshine a year, is an outdoor lover’s paradise and has been designated a Silver-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The area is enveloped in wilderness, and whether you’re looking for a quick stroll through the piñon and juniper trees or a weekend backpacking trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, here are some of the best trails in the area for every type of outdoor enthusiast.

On any given day you’ll see locals and visitors alike exploring the wilderness with a giddy grin on their face and possibly some words of wisdom to point you in the right direction. So answer the call of the outdoors and see why USA Today recently voted Santa Fe the #1 Outdoor Destination in the United States.

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There’s No Room For Gloom This September

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Who is this “Zozobra” we have been speaking of so much lately? Pre-dating Nevada’s Burning Man by decades, Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, is Santa Fe’s prescription for recovering from the year’s worries and glooms. This 50-foot-tall puppet is stuffed with bits of paper bearing all manner of gloomy thoughts, trials and tribulations that goes up in smoke on Friday, September 2 at Fort Marcy Park in The City Different.

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with an experience like none other and take part in one of one of the liveliest, longest-standing events around—The Burning of Zozobra!

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September “Viva Santa Fe” Fever Is Spreading!

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Join us this September as we celebrate tradition, culture, music and more. The City Different brings together a wide array of colorful and fun events during the month of September.

Santa Fe invites visitors and locals alike to celebrate the unique richness of the city’s extraordinary past and vibrant present in ¡Viva Santa Feǃ—a month-long celebration of the best of The City Different. ¡Viva Santa Feǃ caters to all ages with live music, dancing, art, parades, outdoor activities, and our world-renowned Santa Fe cuisine.

¡Viva Santa Fe! loosely translated means “Long Live Santa Fe” or “Living Santa Fe”. When Santa Fean’s hear shouts of “¡Que Viva!” ringing through the streets, it’s apparent that, the citywide extravaganza dedicated to Santa Fe’s history and culture, has made its return. Here are some hot suggestions to get you in the spirit this September…

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