How to Experience Santa Fe Art

Canyon Road

Canyon Road is the center of the arts scene in Santa Fe. But it’s just one of several ways to experience Santa Fe arts.

When we decided to visit Santa Fe, N.M., art was at the center of the decision. We knew American artist Georgia O’Keeffe once called the region home, and that the city has a reputation for being one of the nation’s major art markets. We knew it is a city with lots of shopping, history and great food. But at the heart of it all is art. Here is how to experience Santa Fe art.

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Taos Pueblo: An Awe-Inspiring People

Taos Pueblo

Set at the base of the mountains that sit high above Taos, N.M., is the ancient home of the Taos Pueblo people. Northern New Mexico is home to 19 Pueblos, and Taos just might be the most famous because of its ancestral home. Taos Pueblo is the only inhabited property in the world listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. And after spending a morning there exploring its beauty, listening to its people, and getting a tiny glimpse at their lives, it’s hard to leave this ancient land not in awe on so many levels.

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Santa Fe Hiking Experiences

Aspen Vista Trail

Getting high above Santa Fe on the Aspen Vista Trail.

Seems like more and more these days we’re hearing about how children need to spend time outdoors. So when traveling to a city known for its great arts scene, it’s safe to assume a young boy will be itching to get outside more than usual. And the same goes for dad. That’s why I found myself walking beneath the golden Aspens more than 10,000 feet high while my wife was down in the city of Santa Fe browsing art along the famed Canyon Road. Father and son needed some guy time in the great outdoors. And when in Santa Fe, that means heading up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and hitting the trails. We found a perfect afternoon of Santa Fe hiking.

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Balloon Fiesta Inspiration

Balloon Fiesta

As the sun rises over Sandia Peak, the balloons lift off into the cool Albuquerque air.

When we planned our October trip to New Mexico, the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta had no bearing on the trip. In fact, I didn’t even remember it existed when finalizing our plans. Our dates were set because of our son’s fall break. So to say we were fortunate our week came during the 42nd annual fiesta is an understatement. Turns out this New Mexico afterthought was one of the highlights of our trip.

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New Mexico Reflections

Taos Pueblo

We just returned from a week of exploring the art, culture, food and beautiful scenery of North New Mexico. The state’s motto — The Land of Enchantment — is right on the target to describe how I feel after exploring … Continue reading