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9 Santa Fe December Events To  Enjoy The Season

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Do you want to experience December differently this year? Then plan a visit to The City Different. Santa Fe never looked prettier dressed in all her holiday color and lights! Add to that a town nestled in historic traditions, then throw in some snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration and voila!  You have the perfect Santa Fe winter holiday getaway! It’s our good fortune to have a myriad of festive events that spotlight a different kind holiday season. Bright blue skies with crisp frosty air and ski ready landscape? Got it. World renowned regional cuisine? Always. Holiday music and performing arts? Hello! We’ve got it all.

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Backpacking Nirvana in the Santa Fe National Forest

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The Santa Fe National Forest is home to some of the most picturesque alpine scenery in the Southwest. Serious hikers know that the forest is home to some of the finest trails around for miles. The headwaters of the Pecos, Jemez and Gallinas Rivers can all be found here along with an abundance of trickling mountain streams. Within the borders of the forest resides a dormant volcano with a 15-mile wide crater, which has fostered abundant plant and animal life.

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Santa Fe County: A Ski and Spa Haven

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Gorgeous peaks tower over Santa Fe and in the winter, they’re coated in snow. Powder seekers need look no further than Ski Santa Fe, whose high altitude and abundance of sunshine promises ample gorgeous days on the mountain. Snow activities in the area far surpass those on skis or snowboard. If you’re looking for something a bit more slow-paced and scenic, the abundance of well-groomed trails throughout the County welcome snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding in the winter months. There’s no shortness of reasons to get outdoors during the winter.

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Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend

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Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and be thankful for the wonders of the year. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the scenic beauty of our mountains and the many unique experiences that are available for you.. From dining in our world class restaurants to the festivities on the Plaza to kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun. Discover what you can do during the Thanksgiving weekend in the City Different. You’ll be thankful you did.

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Fall Destination: Tesuque

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Saying goodbye to summer is hard, but there’s no better place to take in a deep breath of the crisp fall breeze than the quaint village of Tesuque. Enveloped in towering cottonwood trees that roll out a carpet of blazing orange, red and yellow foliage, the village has a sense of tranquility, making it an idyllic fall getaway. Located just a quick 15 minutes north of the plaza, the village is named after the Tesuque Pueblo it lies adjacent to. Tesuque has been attracting visitors with it’s old-world charm and unparalleled scenery for centuries.

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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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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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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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Strike A Yoga Pose While In Santa Fe

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Here in The City Different mystical objects and devotions compel seekers to draw energy from our ancient pueblos and sacred ruins, vast starry skies, restorative hot springs, and awe-inspiring nature. Santa Fe’s clean air, abundant outdoor recreation and farm-fresh food attracts a healthy circle of yoga-loving souls. With yoga studios tucked all over our beautiful city, yoga-minded individuals can find a class any day of the week.

So check out Santa Fe’s truly rejuvenating yoga studios and instructors during your visit to The City Different. Here are but just a few to follow your yoga bliss…

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