Day Trips from Santa Fe

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  • 1. Bandelier National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Along a paved, self-guided trail, steep wooden ladders and narrow doorways lead to a series of cave dwellings and cell-like rooms. There is...Read More

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  • 2. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In the lush and densely wooded town of Chama, nestled at the base of 10,000-foot Cumbre Pass, the railroad has played a vital role since the...Read More

  • 3. El Santuario de Chimayó

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small, frontier, adobe church has a fantastically carved and painted reredos (altar screen) and is built on the site where, believers say...Read More

  • 4. Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio

    Historic Home

    In 1945 Georgia O'Keeffe bought a large, dilapidated late-18th-century Spanish-colonial adobe compound just off the plaza. Upon the 1946 death...Read More

  • 5. Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

    Educational Institution

    Open to the public year-round, this sprawling, stunningly situated ranch is busiest in summer, when the majority of workshops take place, and...Read More

  • 6. High Road Art Tour


    From Chimayó to Peñasco, you can find mostly low-key but often high-quality art galleries, many of them run out of the owners' homes. During...Read More

  • 7. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument


    The sandstone rock formations here resemble stacked tents in a stark, water- and wind-eroded box canyon. Tent Rocks offers superb hiking year...Read More

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  • 8. Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center

    City Park

    Built in 2015, the sleek, angular Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, stands out as much for...Read More

  • 9. Tierra Wools


    Bordering the Rio Chama, U.S. 84 works its way north through monumental red rocks and golden sandstone spires that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe...Read More

  • 10. Tinkertown Museum


    It may take months for this odyssey of a place to completely sink in: quirky and utterly fascinating, Tinkertown Museum contains a world of...Read More

  • 11. Valles Caldera National Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The caldera resulted from the eruption and collapse of a 14,000-foot peak over 1.25 million years ago; the flow out the bottom created the Pajarito...Read More

  • 12. Bode's


    Bode's, pronounced boh -dees, across from the Abiquiú post office, is much more than a gas station. It's a popular stop for newspapers, quirky...Read More

  • 13. Bradbury Science Museum


    Los Alamos National Laboratory's public showcase, the Bradbury provides a balanced and provocative examination of such topics as atomic weapons...Read More

  • 14. Casa Grande


    This 28-room adobe (several rooms of which are part of a shop), has a small mining museum ($2) with a display of early mining exhibits. There...Read More

  • 15. Cerrillos Hills State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of New Mexico's newest state parks, this patch of undulating hills dotted with piñon and juniper contains 5 miles of hiking trails, some...Read More

  • 16. Dixon Studio Tour

    Arts/Performance Venue

    During the first full weekend in November, area artists open up their home studios to the public, drawing folks from throughout the region to...Read More

  • 17. El Rancho de las Golondrinas

    South Side | Museum Village

    Sometimes dubbed the "Colonial Williamsburg of the Southwest," El Rancho de las Golondrinas ("Ranch of the Swallows") is a reconstruction of...Read More

  • 18. Fuller Lodge Art Center

    Notable Building

    New Mexican architect John Gaw Meem designed Fuller Lodge, a short drive up Central Avenue from the Bradbury Science Museum. The massive log...Read More

  • 19. La Chiripada Winery


    Nestled under mature shade trees down a dirt lane in Dixon's quaint village center, this producer of first-rate wines is the oldest vintner...Read More

  • 20. Los Alamos History Museum

    Historic Home

    A small campus behind the Fuller Lodge links succinct, informative indoor and outdoor exhibits tracing the history of human activity on the...Read More

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