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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    Tour–Sight

    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

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    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

    Park/Playground

    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

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Building/Architectural Site

    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

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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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