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.
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?
2015 was a fantastic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us. Santa Fe is home to historic adobe architecture, clear blue skies, and open landscapes – a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography has named Santa Fe the “World’s Best Place to Photograph.”
To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten photos on our Instagram page, @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received.
Enjoy! We hope to see you (and your cameras) in 2016.
Come January you’ll notice that the jingle bells may have stopped ringing in The City Different, but winter fun is definitely still on! So put on your gloves and come along with me for the best in winter events, Santa Fe style! Read More
Join us this September as we celebrate tradition, culture, music, food and nature. ¡Viva Santa Fe! brings together a wide array of colorful and fun events during the month of September Here are just a few events to enhance your ¡Viva! fever! Read More
Your visit of Santa Fe has been filled with delicious food, fascinating museums and even flamenco dancing but now it’s time for some exercise and fresh air. Santa Fe outdoor beauty is filled with opportunities to walk, hike, bike or golf!
Santa Fean’s love to get outdoors, earning us the title of “Santa Fe, the 3rd healthiest city in the world” by Citiesjournal.com. Take a leisurely stroll on the Santa Fe River Walk! Conde Nast named it as one of the “10 Great River Walks”. As you walk and hike, know that you are breathing in some of the cleanest air in the country. So now you have heard the Santa Fe outdoor awards…it is time to explore.
You say you have no time for a hike? The Dale Ball Trail will change your mind. Sherman’s Travel spotlighted the Dale Ball Trail as one of “Six Under The Radar” hiking trails in 2014. These trails are 10 minutes from downtown…so no excuses! The system is a 22 mile network of trails from easy to challenging in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The trail features well numbered signs to provide easy navigation, as well as connecting to other local trails, including the Nature Conservancy, and the Dorothy Stewart trail.
Next up is the Atalaya Mountain Trail which is located on the east side of Santa Fe near St. John’s College. You will see why this is one of the most popular and easily accessible hiking trails in Santa Fe. The uphill hike is not for the faint of heart…it takes about three hours round trip, but you will be rewarded with great vistas!
Are you a bird watcher? If so, you’ll want to visit the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary trail. Bring your binoculars and camera as approximately 190 species of birds can be found there. To protect bird peace dogs are not allowed on this trail.
Walk And Catch A Sunset
You say you want to catch a sunset? Why not walk to one? The Cross of the Martyrs is located on the northeast side of Paseo de Peralta between East Marcy and Otero Streets. This walk is a steep climb but well worth it as you will be treated to one of Santa Fe’s best kept secrets for sunset watching.
A walk just isn’t the same without your best friend…dogs like walks too! Santa Fe is definitely pet friendly all City parks allow dogs but leashes are required. If “Fido” and “Precious” want to run free like the wind, don’t worry. The 130-plus acre Frank S. Ortiz Park allow dogs without a leash. Your pet will also love to play off-leash at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park. This dog park is fenced and includes a separate area for small dogs.
Bicycle paths and trails for all types of riders are located in and around the city. Our Santa Fe city trail map will help you plot your bike excursion.
If you’re a mountain bike enthusiast, check out La Tierra Trails. These trails are located in the northwest quadrant of Santa Fe. The Fat Tire Society also supplies information on group rides, trail conditions and maps.
A golf course can provide between five to seven kilometers of walking so why not a play a game of golf the next time you visit? Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe is Santa Fe’s well-run municipal golf course which most recently was featured on Fox Sports and Golf Life Television. You’re in for a spectacular golf experience with beautiful 360 degree panoramic views.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the walk, park or trail you choose. Bring plenty of water, sun screen, sunglasses and rain gear…just in case. If visiting from a lower altitude, take it easy. Altitude sickness and dehydration can lead to serious difficulties, so rest often and drink plenty of water.
Getting out the door is one thing. Getting outdoors is another. Santa Fe beautiful blue skies and amazing mountains will connect you to the great outdoors. So whether you hike, run, bike or golf your outdoor playground awaits you!