Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi. Santa Fe means “Town of the Holy Faith” and is a fabulous city nestled at 7000 feet in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The high desert of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico are, of course, physically part of the American landscape but not always strictly of America. The Pueblo, Spanish, and Anglo cultures interweave the old with the new creating a rich, often mystifying “Land of Enchantment”.
While Santa Fe was inhabited on a very small scale in 1607, it was truly settled by the conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta in 1609-1610. Santa Fe is the site of both the oldest public building in America, the Palace of the Governors and the nation’s oldest community celebration, the Santa Fe Fiesta, established in 1712 to commemorate the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico in the summer of 1692.
Santa Fe offers a wide variety of activities and events for locals and visitors alike. Attend a Pueblo dance, shop the celebrated Farmer’s Market, and raft the waters of the Rio Grande. Ski and hike some of the most beautiful mountains on the continent, then play golf on courses with some of the most dramatic views in the country.
Because Santa Fe is one of the country’s hottest art markets, the city is fertile ground for all kinds of work as well as sophisticated shopping. Hundreds of galleries host openings and exhibits year-round and studio tours take place throughout the year. Museums regularly exhibit new shows of work done in the Southwest as well as traveling shows from around the world.