Santa Fe Outdoor AdventuresWith over 300 days of blue skies and sunshine every year, it’s natural that you will want to enjoy outdoor activities in Santa Fe. Rated as one of America’s top mountain bike towns, Santa Fe biking options include everything from challenging mountainside trails to downtown city bikeways. Santa Fe tourism can also mean enjoying some of our more than 50 local parks and recreation centers. Horseback trips and hot air balloon rides -- regardless of whether you want to enjoy a pleasant round of golf or an invigorating plunge through the powder, many great Santa Fe adventures await. From the comfortable to the unusual, Santa Fe tourism has opportunities galore.
Santa Fe Outdoor Activities
HikingSanta Fe hiking and biking trails are plentiful and varied, many taking you into the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains to enjoy spring and summer wildflowers or colorful fall aspens. Come winter, strap on your skis or snowshoes to enjoy our pristine mountain air, majestic pine trees and exhilarating downhill and cross country trails. There are even some hiking and biking trails right outside our back door at the Lodge at Santa Fe. Learn more
Santa Fe is listed as one of America's Top Mountain Bike Towns by USA Today and a Top Ten Mountain Biking Destination in North America by Singletracks.com. The mountains around Santa Fe are perfect for a beautiful biking adventure. Santa Fe also is the host city to the Santa Fe Century road cycling race each year. Learn more
The Santa Fe area has some world class golf courses in the high desert. Golf on the Santa Fe Trail features some amazing courses that are close to the city. Tee off while enjoying our high desert air and year-round golfing at some courses. Learn More
The Pecos Wilderness Area offers scores of fly fishing opportunities. For a reliable guide, speak to your Lodge at Santa Fe concierge. For more information about fly fishing in Santa Fe from the USDA, click here.
Rock ClimbingFamily friendly outings for some casual bouldering? Serious climbing? You're in the right place. Learn More.
White-Water RaftingFew realize that our high desert offers some brilliant rafting on the Rio Grande.There are trips for kids and adults of all skill levels. Learn More.
Day Trips from Santa Fe
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
This living history museum is actually an historic ranch from the early 1700s. It was an important stop along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The museum features several annual events including harvest festivals, reenactments, Renaissance fairs and other fiestas and celebrations. Events are subject to change or cancel, please check with individual events for complete details including ticket costs, dates, times and locations.334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 471-2261 www.golondrinas.org
Bandelier National MonumentTrails and views abound at this archaeological treasure. The Bandelier dwellings (Puye Cliff Dwellings) and petroglyphs are the markers of the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians in the 1100s CE. Visitors have the opportunity to see a plethora of flora and fauna including wolf spiders, rock wrens, fence lizards and scorpion weed. www.nps.gov/band
Taos, New Mexico & Taos Pueblo
For the art, culture and history lover, Taos is a must-visit town, just 70 miles north of Santa Fe through stunning New Mexico vistas. It's a great day-trip, or spend the night at our new Heritage Hotel & Resort Palacio de Marquesa. On your way, stop at Chimayó, a weaving and spiritual mecca for more than 150 years. For more info about all to see and do in the town of Taos, visit Taos.org.
More than 1,000 years old, Taos Pueblo has changed little since the Spanish arrived in 1540. On-site guides will tell you all about the 1,700-odd Taos-Tiwa Indians who continue to live here and to lead tours of the grounds and the Catholic church. The public is welcome at the tribe's ceremonial corn dances in June and the Taos Pueblo Powwow and the Feast of Santa Ana, both in July. For a calendar of feast days and information on Taos Pueblo and other pueblos in the area, order the "Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Visitors Guide" (call 800-793-4955). Contact the Pueblo at (505-758-1028) or Learn More.