5 Best Day Trips From Santa Fe
Day trips from Santa Fe take you out of the hustle and bustle of the city to see some of New Mexico’s most interesting and diverse attractions. Monuments, historic churches, trails and natural wonders are all easy drives from the capital city. Here are the best five things to check out on your next day trip:
1. Taos Ski Valley isn’t just for winter fun, although it is home to a European feel ski resort, full of trails, a ski school, snowboarding, sledding and tubing opportunities. If you visit in summer you can hike the many trails, bike, fly fish, go horseback riding or do a bit of climbing all in the lovely natural surroundings.
2. The Bandelier National Monument makes for a historic day trip from Santa Fe as it is home to the remains of cave dwellings and other structures left by the ancestral Pueblo peoples. Here visitors can take to the many trails and use ladders to access the caves. There is a visitor center with movies, artifacts and art from local artists, and plenty of places to picnic amid the history of the area.
3. Chimayo Santuario is a National Historic Landmark; a Roman Catholic Church that is a famous pilgrimage site located just 30 minutes outside of the city. The church sees over 300,000 people a year, from all faiths that come to ask for the miracles that are associated with the holy dirt from the site. You don’t have to be religious to find this a serene and inspiring place that makes a great day trip from Santa Fe.
4. Just 16 miles north of Santa Fe is the Registered Historic Landmark of Nambe Falls. The park is owned by the people, it is not a state park and it is only open from Thursday-Sunday, but the views of the falls are beautiful, and the park offers a lake perfect for fishing, many trails and interesting rock formations all at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by National Forest.
5. The Santa Fe Trail is one that reaches through five different states, so to see it all would mean a lot more than just a day trip from Santa Fe, but for those on that day trip, there are plenty of things to see just outside the city. The famous Santa Fe Trail ruts, the Amelia Whitepark house, Zaguan, Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of Governors and Fort Marcy Park are all historical sites along the famous trail which used to be the main commercial route joining Santa Fe with Missouri.
While some or all of these attractions may be included in Santa Fe vacation packages, they are also easy to access alone and individually. Santa Fe vacation rentals and hotels are plentiful as are restaurants of every description as is evidenced in many a capital city, but day trips from Santa Fe, like with all major cities open up a whole new world of possibility. Just a short drive and you’ll see what you’ve been missing!