Any time is the right time to visit The City Different, but a few times of the year can be more highly recommended than others. Santa Fe is a hugely popular destination, so it is recommended that you contact a first-class hotel such as our Santa Fe Inn early to ensure that dates are still available. Also keep in mind – the closest major airline hub to Santa Fe is in Albuquerque, 1 hour to the South, so make sure you have made arrangements for getting from the airport to your accommodations.
We wanted to share our top 3 recommendations for times to visit:
1. Santa Fe Ski Season:
Those looking to enjoy world-class skiing should plan to visit Santa Fe from December through March, the height of Santa Fe ski season. Ski Santa Fe is an awesome ski resort, with 79 trails and over 200 inches of snow every year. The base elevation of 10,000 feet lends itself to almost 2,000 vertical feet of skiing. Trails are available for the most experienced skiers, or for those just wanting to try skiing for the first time.
You can try snowboarding, experiment with outdoor photography, or get a massage and other spa treatments all within the confines of the Ski Basin. Within easy reach of the city accommodations, attractions, and fine dining of Santa Fe, you can easily spend a day on the slopes and then a night on the town.
2. Spanish Market:
For those wanting to travel during a warmer time of year, Spanish Market takes place during the final week of July every year. The event features over 250 local artists displaying artistic traditions including carving, painting, tinwork, silversmithing, and much more. The event takes places around the 400-year-old Plaza de Santa Fe, and emphasizes the history and development of the handcrafted art forms.
You can also explore the history of Santa Fe, explore the famous museum system, or experience a recreation of a working Spanish ranch at Rancho de Las Golondrinas, just south of the city. Those wanting to explore the state more thoroughly could even take a jaunt down the Turquoise Trail to Albuquerque, before returning to the comfort of your accommodations within the City Different.
3. Santa Fe Fiesta:
In early September of each year, a person can experience Santa Fe’ s culture, history and artistic community all at the same time by visiting the Santa Fe Fiesta. Established in 1712 as a religious observation, the Fiesta now incorporates a Fine Arts and Crafts Market, historical observances, and the fiery destruction of Zozobra – a 50-foot tall marionette effigy representing the destruction of “Old Man Gloom.” The original Burning Man, Zozobra now has a 90+ year history, and is well worth adding to your “must see in Santa Fe” list.
Of course, any time is a great time to visit Santa Fe. With world-class cuisine, half a dozen Native American casinos within easy reach, and world-renowned museums such as the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum waiting to be visited, there is never a bad time for staying at our charming Santa Fe bed and breakfast the Inn at Santa Fe. So, what are you waiting for?
Check your calendar and make your plans to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a trip you will never forget.