3011 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 471-1211
Fax: (505) 438-9535
Established in 1859, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, popularly called SFUAD, started out as St. Michael's College when it first began, and later College of Santa Fe. It was in 2009 that Laureate Education Inc. purchased the 60-acre (24.28 hectares) land and created the SFUAD, that highlights the importance of arts and humanities in education. The four-year university, as of today, welcomes over 800 students every year for various programs and courses it offers. The university campus also hosts several art-focused events and cultural programs all year long, check the website for more details.
It's the natural splendor of Santa Fe that has made it such a popular destination. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains that loom above the town, the Pecos Wilderness area to the east, the Jemez Mountains to the west, and the deserts in the south are all wonderful day-trip destinations. This information center can help you plan your drive by providing maps, local lore and plenty of firsthand knowledge. Topographical, Forest Service and BLM maps are available.
A brewery that prides itself on the range of fresh brewed beer it offers, the Second Street Brewery at the Railroad is the second location of this brewery/restaurant, the first one being on Second Street. The beer is made from a blend of hops and barley, with 80 percent coming from the Pacific Northwest and the remaining 20 percent imported from England and Germany. Besides the refreshing beer, the brewery also serves delectable pub food, a mix of Continental and Mexican fare. There are also entertaining events, like the Crawfish Boil, that are arranged here on a regular basis. See the website for further details.
The history of the Santa Fe Railyard dates back to 1880, when the first train carried passengers and goods into this city. Since its inception, however, this railyard has been so much more than just a stopping point for trains, with locals using this area for much socializing and cultural celebrations. Today, this railyard has been remodeled and restored to further increase its role in the community's cultural landscape. The park and plaza of the railyard is where most of the action lies, with several art spaces, restaurants, and shops, as well as playgrounds, walking and biking trails, and gardens, having found a welcomed home here. The plaza is also a popular space for events in the city, and hosts a range of events all year round. Call for further information.
Located at the Santa Fe Community College, this planetarium educates the public about stars and space in general. Events are quite regularly held here and vary in number and kind each month, check the website for upcoming programs. Tickets go on sale at the door, 30 minutes before the program begins. Note that latecomers are not admitted; show begins promptly.
The Santuario de Guadalupe is an excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture with adobe walls that measure three to five feet thick. Built in the late 1700s, the building has since been restored to its original glory. Mass is still held here once a month. Inside the sanctuary is a beautiful altar painting done in 1783 by José de Alzibar, a famous Mexican artist. The Santuario hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year including art shows and musical programs.
Built in 1966, this government center is shaped like the Zia symbol, and is known as the Round House. The four-story building houses government offices and the state House and Senate chambers. From the ground floor, you can enter the rotunda and see the state seal and rotating art exhibits that are often on display. The visitors center is also located on this floor. On the fourth floor, the Governors Gallery offers more works of art. Take a free, self-guided tour during the week, or call to make an appointment for a guided tour.
The Santa Fe National Cemetery sits on a scenic hillside and overlooks much of Santa Fe. The rows of white crosses climbing the manicured lawns are truly a sight to behold. The oldest grave markers denote the final resting sites of soldiers killed during the Civil War, during the battles of Valverde and Pidgeon Ranch. Those who died in armed conflict during World War II are also buried here. A number of monuments and memorials commemorate those who gave their lives for their country. The cemetery is open from sunrise to sunset, and the office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Built by Native American slaves, this Spanish Colonial building was completed in 1625, then nearly destroyed during the Pueblo revolt of 1680. In 1710, the Spanish once again took control of Santa Fe and rebuilt the San Miguel Mission. Mass is still held in the church every Sunday at 5 p.m. The religious artwork in the building is inspiring, and the bell dates to the early 1300s. An audio recording describes the history of the church, and is played continuously.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates the rich plant life and stunning biodiversity of the region. This facility aims to create beautiful garden settings and educate the public on the importance of the environment.
Bishop Jean Lamy commissioned this Gothic Revival-style chapel. It was completed in the 1880s. The stained glass window was made in Paris, France, and delivered to Santa Fe in a covered wagon. The most outstanding feature of the chapel is the famous Miraculous Staircase. The circular staircase winds its way from the floor of the chapel to the choir loft above. The Loretto Chapel no longer belongs to the Catholic Church. It is a private museum and there is a gift shop on the premises.
Known as the Plaza, this historic area is marked by a central park lined with huge shade trees and benches. The Santa Fe Plaza is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Many of the buildings surrounding the park stand just as they did during colonial Spanish times. Aside from the numerous shops, hotels, and restaurants, you will also see a number of famous landmarks. Be sure to visit The Palace of the Governors, St. Francis Cathedral, and Loretto Chapel. The Spanish Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market are held here.