The oldest state capital in the USA, the Santa Fe area was first inhabited by Pueblo Indians as far back as the year 1000. The city at its current location was founded by the Spaniards in the year 1610 (with the much longer name of La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís), and in 1912, when New Mexico became the 47th state, Santa Fe was made its capital.
The Los Angeles Times recently named New Mexico the top place to visit in 2012. There are so many different things to do in Santa Fe that most people leave with a list of things to do on their next visit. We are the 4th largest art market in the world, have world class opera and chamber music and a number of internationally known restaurants and museums. We are a mecca for alternative health and have many wonderful spas. Ojo Caliente, with its natural mineral springs, is only 40 minutes away and 10,000 Waves is just a short drive up the ski basin road. People love to hike or mountain bike our forests and more than a few come to play golf. Bandelier, with its cliff dwellings, is a little less than an hour away and the landscape along the way is some of the most beautiful anywhere. Taos Pueblo, about an hour away, is a thousand years old, and on the High Road to Taos you will find the Sanctuario de Chimayo, a small Spanish mission, to which thousands pilgrimage for healing for themselves or loved ones. We have incredible skies and rainbows and landscapes and SUN.
Be sure and check out our Maps page for directions to great places to visit, both in the city and greater Northern New Mexico.