After the entire USA has undergone a fairly brutal winter, it is finally time to start thinking about Spring in Santa Fe. Although March can come in “like a lion” it does tend to go out “like a lamb” and is most ideal for spring or late winter skiing, and is also a great time to explore on bike, horse or foot. In April the Friday night gallery openings begin in earnest as well as the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. With the famous apricot trees blossoming, April marks the beginning of outdoor music venues and other outdoor exhibits sprout up. With highs around 74 degrees, May is one of the most enjoyable months of the year to enjoy the public parks, gardens, shops and galleries.
Things to do in Santa Fe to Get Outside and Enjoy the Spring!
Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing
In spring, Outspire Hiking tends to take off the snowshoes and put on the hiking boots. Springtime days are cooler and a spectacular way to enjoy our region before the summer heat. They help you choose a challenging exploration of remote trails or a leisurely interpretive tour of nearby national monuments including ecology, archeology and geology tours. For more information: http://www.outspire.com/
High Desert Angler
Fish in the springtime with the oldest established fly fishing business in Santa Fe, serving Northern New Mexico and world-wide anglers since 1985. A full service fly shop, school and guide service, High Desert Angler offers year-round fly fishing on private and public waters all over New Mexico. They can adapt their trips to any skill level and desire. For more information: http://www.highdesertangler.com/
Santa Fe Climbing Center
SFCC has been guiding people of all ages and skill levels to the best climbing spots in New Mexico since 1989. Indoors, outdoors, and outfitted with gear, the Santa Fe Climbing Center invites you to an afternoon or evening of adventure and possibly the beginning of a lifetime affair with the sport of rock climbing. For ages 5 and up it’s a great way to spend a day. For more information: http://climbsantafe.com/
Santa Fe Walkabouts & Pinzgauer Adventures
Spring is a great time for an outdoor adventure including trips to simply experience the beautiful New Mexico terrain. This adventure company caters to families, individuals and small groups of all abilities. For more information: http://www.santafewalkabouts.com/
High Road Artisans
If you are this close, you have to go to Taos. Take a day, get out of town, and explore the art, culture and natural beauty of the High Road to Taos. A river of art courses through this back-country between Santa Fe and Taos. Stop and shop at studios of acclaimed weavers, tin-smiths, carvers, potters, painters, and more. Draw inspiration from the hundreds of artists, high desert, mountains, forests, small farms, and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages. For more information: http://highroadnewmexico.com/
Taos Day Trip Guide
Taos is only an hour and twenty minute scenic drive from Santa Fe. Take a day, spend the night, and enjoy exploring the unique beauty, history and culture of the area.
You cannot visit Santa Fe without wanting to learn more about one of its most famous artists – Georgia O’Keeffe. The best way to discover her world is through Ghost Ranch. There is so much to discover here and children particularly love to learn about the dinosaurs who once roamed here. For more information: http://ghostranch.org/
Favorite Hikes & Dog Walking Spots
There are a few hiking trails and walks close to town. If you brought your favorite four-legged friend with you, you might want to let them off leash to do some exploring of their own at the Frank S. Ortiz Park. Just ask us at the Inn and we will tell you the best places to walk your dog!
New Deal Art Legacy Tour
Spring is such a great time to walk our city – check out the art that was created during the Great Depression in what was called New Deal Art. The New Deal employed at least 167 New Mexico artists who produced more than 1,000 works of art across the state, improving courthouses, city halls, libraries, schools and other public buildings with paintings, murals and interior design elements. It tells a great deal about our state’s history and can be found all over the city.