Things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our most recommended things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

1. Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Explore downtown Santa Fe with the help of an insightful audio tour. Be fully immersed in the city and go at your pace with a flexible app. On the tour you’ll learn about the times of the Spanish Conquistadores, the Crypto Jewish people, the Santa Fe Trail, and the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Listen to the stories of the Pueblo Native People, some of the oldest tribal communities in the nation. Hear about the outlaw and gunfighter Billy the Kid. Pass by the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn about her art. Discover Zozobra, a marionette that is burnt before the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. Stroll past San Miguel chapel, known as the oldest church in the US. Even hear tips on how to make your food in the Christmas Santa Fe style. Enjoy professional narration, production, and music to bring history to life.

Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

2. Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

This Canyon Road walking tour offers a curated perspective on Santa Fe's premier arts district. Explore several galleries, covering a range of styles and mediums. Meet local artists and learn ways to interpret and analyze art. Home to over 80 art galleries, Canyon Road is a must-see in Santa Fe for art fans, new and experienced. Delve into the art, ask questions, and get to know local artists and gallerists. Visit galleries known for their fun, unique artworks, and consistent quality. Explore landmark exhibits as well as off-the-beaten-path gems that surprise even locals. Learn about the history of the area and how Canyon Road became a hotspot for the arts.  Interactive and conversational, these tours are designed to get people looking, chatting, and enjoying the art of Canyon Road in new ways.

Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt

3. Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Santa Fe and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore churches and cathedrals, investigate outdoor art, tour the town square and see a famous historic hotel. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

4. Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

Join us on an exclusive and charming tour that looks at the prominent architectural styles in Santa Fe. Our guide provides in-depth knowledge of the area’s historic, social, and cultural movements that have been instrumental in influencing the distinctive and special architecture. You’ll discover the beauty that distinguishes the three styles of New Mexican architecture. As you walk down small winding residential backroads of Canyon Road’s Gallery district, you will explore the traditional appeal of the New Mexican Pueblo style, the classic elegance of Spanish Territorial, and the tall narrow pitched roofs of the Northern New Mexico style. You’ll also learn about the history and importance of the acequia (watercourse) that parallels our walkway. It continues to be used to irrigate private residential gardens with the time-old tradition of controlled water flow. The tour also includes a wine tasting at the Gruet Tasting Room.

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What people are saying about Santa Fe, New Mexico

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

My family of 5 enjoyed the tour. Using the app was easy. The starting location was not very clear. Although we had the address and location correct according to the app, the actual building was across the parking lot. It took us a few minutes and asking some locals to figure out the starting point. But overall, it was a good experience.

This was incredibly fun and just the right amount of brain challenge! Good mix of math, word and other puzzles. We are going to use during a Staff Retreat with teams of 5 so will have additional feedback. Definitely need to have supplemental phone charging ability. Thanks for a fun two hours!

Sandy was extremely knowledgeable about the history and background of the various sites we visited. She was very engaging, charming and relatable. I would highly recommend her tour to anyone interested in learning more about Santa Fe and its storied history/past.

Sandy was an exceptional guide! You can tell she is deeply interested in the content and connecting with each person on her tour. Definitely a can’t miss experience!

Directions were easy to follow. Info was interesting