Day Trip Santa Fe New Mexico

A Santa Fe, New Mexico Day Trip

Santa Fe, A Day Trip in Photos

Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, New MexicoOne of the great pleasures of visiting Albuquerque is its proximity to a myriad of worthwhile day-trip excursions. Most require a car to visit.  However, due to the development of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, the city of Santa Fe, one of the best day trips from Albuquerque, can now be reached by a fast and pleasant commuter train ride. Indeed, the train schedules are such that you can hop on a Rail Runner from Albuquerque in the afternoon, arrive in Santa Fe in time to do a couple of hours of sightseeing, have a great meal, and catch a well-timed train back to Albuquerque in the evening. It is the perfect way to enjoy the urbane attractions of Santa Fe for an afternoon without worrying about the long drive back to Albuquerque.

A Classic Santa Fe, New Mexico Adobe Doorway
A Classic Adobe Home in Santa Fe, New Mexico

What To Do In Santa Fe On Your Day Trip

A Canyon Road Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Canyon Road Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Day Trip - Shopping

Stroll Along Canyon Road

One of the most pleasant ways to spend a couple of afternoon hours in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is by strolling along Canyon Road. Known for its art galleries and charming Adobe buildings, Canyon Road looks its best in the spring and summer months when the flowers are in bloom and the afternoon sun kisses the Adobe architecture with a warm, textured glow (the autumn season with its golden-leaved aspens is spectacular as well).

Along Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Along Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The photos here show a sample of the wonderful textures and time-worn patina that so artistically adorns many of the buildings along Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Be sure to bring a camera!

Canyon Road, Santa Fe, Art gallery
Canyon Road, Santa Fe, Art Gallery

An afternoon stroll through downtown Santa Fe rewards the eye with a display of hand-finished textures and colors that truly makes Santa Fe the “City Different.” The imperfections and textures seen in many of the older buildings add so much to the hand-hewn charm of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe, NM Boutique Window
A Boutique Window in Downtown Santa Fe, NM

Downtown Santa Fe has a world class collection of museums, hotels, restaurants and shops to immerse the senses. Educate, indulge or entertain, you can do it all in downtown Santa Fe.

Downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico

There is a vibrant creativity that courses through the veins of Santa Fe. From city planning to art galleries to homes, aesthetics are a priority, making this high-desert gem a delight to the eye at every turn.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, Art Gallery on Canyon Road
Canyon Road art gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe Street
Santa Fe Downtown Street

Feed Your Santa Fe Appetite

Santa Fe is well known for its world-class dining and New Mexican cuisine. After your stroll and window browsing, you will have a healthy appetite that can be served by any of the great restaurants near the downtown Plaza. There are excellent restaurants in or near the Santa Fe Depot (such as the excellent New Mexican food at Tomasita’s). Always lively and a great dining experience! 

Tomasita's, Santa Fe, New Mexico - New Mexican CuisineTomasita’s, Santa Fe, New Mexico – New Mexican Cuisine

Or, you may prefer some righteous bar-b-que and foot-tapping live music at Cowgirl BBQ, a very popular Santa Fe eatery a block away from the Santa Fe Depot.

Acclimate, Hydrate, Slather, Sweater

Finally, here are four tips to help you get the most from your trip to Santa Fe. Keep in mind that Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and dryer. You may find that you tire more easily. If you are here for the first time, allow yourself to acclimate. It usually takes about 48 hours to adjust fully. Staying properly hydrated will help you to adjust. This is the (high) desert. Be careful about alcohol intake. One drink in Santa Fe has the effect of three at sea level. Bring your sunscreen (even in the winter months). You are closer to the sun in Santa Fe due to the altitude. Finally, bring a sweater if you plan to be out after sunset. Even in the summer months the temperature can drop up to 30 degrees or more once the sun goes down.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Souvenirs & Gifts
Santa Fe, New Mexico Souvenirs & Gifts

Enjoy Your Santa Fe Day Trip!

After a pleasant commute back to Albuquerque, you can pick up your car from the secure parking garage just across from the Alvarado Transportation Center, well rested from not having to drive back from Santa Fe. This is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!

RailRunner, Santa Fe, New Mexico
RailRunner, Santa Fe, New Mexico

More Photos of Santa Fe Attractions

All photos by Don Peterson (the man in the Panama hat).

Santa Fe, New Mexico Photos