4 Don’t-Miss Trails in Santa Fe County

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  voted Santa Fe the #1 Outdoor Destination in the United States.

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The Kids Are Free For Your Family’s Santa Fe Spring Break

Is this the year you try something different for Spring Break? Santa Fe beckons your family to spend a fun, easy and affordable vacation in The City Different. But wait, we have more to tell you! KIDS ARE FREE! Beginning March 1, 2019, your family will have a chance to take advantage of our Kids Free Spring Break deals and specials in Santa Fe. From outdoor activities, arts, culture, accommodations, restaurants to other kid-friendly attractions; we have your family covered to maximize your budget and enhance your Spring Break fun. Here are a few of our top picks, but you can view all the offers at SantaFe.org/Spring_Break.

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Santa Fe Spa Getaways for the New Year

The New Year naturally encourages all of us to recommit to a healthy start. People have traveled to the Santa Fe area for centuries for wellness and new beginnings. Now is your opportunity to check out Santa Fe’s truly rejuvenating spa treatments. Here are a handful of special packages that are good for you, good for your wallet and will send you into blissful relaxation.

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Experience Balloon Fiesta in a “Different” Way

Each year, thousands flock to New Mexico to visit our southern neighbors and experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event, taking place October 6-14, 2018, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Albuquerque hotels fill quickly for the event and it can be congested driving around. Those willing to make the 60 mile trek north will find a little bit more space and less traffic. Great lodging deals are available as well. Temps are a bit cooler, the air a bit crisper and the colors a bit more vivid. Here are a few recommendations to help you to experience the event in a whole new way, The City Different way.

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How to Get Around in The City Different

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Did you know that traveling to and around Santa Fe is easier than ever? Nonstop flights from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver to the Santa Fe Regional Airport are all available much to the glee of the traveling visitor! Here’s a smorgasbord of travel transportation ideas to help you make your trip to The City Different a fun and memorable one.

*Note: This blog was originally published in March 2017.  We have made updates where details may have changed.

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On the Trail of the Ancient Ones

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November is a great time for a trek to Bandelier National Monument and its nearby Tsankawi ruins, where you’ll hike a trail blazed by Ancestral Puebloan people. It is also the perfect time to visit Pecos National Historical Park—the site of what was once the Southwest’s largest pueblo to explore and learn about the history of the Pecos Valley.

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