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Things To Do In Santa Fe


The closest whitewater opportunities in the area are located approx. an hours drive from Santa Fe, NM (directions).  The New Mexico River Adventures Headquarters is centrally located and the only outfitter to offer a full-service facility directly across from the Rio Grande.  And as New Mexico’s Top-Rated outfitter, we offer the best in fun, safe, and memorable adventures, combined with the highest quality of guest service available.  Read what our previous guests have said about their experiences with us on Tripadvisor, Yelp and/or Google and then click on any of the activities below to come see for yourself what sets us apart!




Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza.  Santa Fe is a great place to spend your vacation. The city offers beautiful museums, fabulous shopping, destination restaurants as well as a deep history. Settle yourself into world class accommodations, partake in sumptuous, world renowned cuisine and treat yourself to many colorful markets and experience why Santa Fe has been considered a legendary trading center for hundreds of years.  Looking for things to do in Santa Fe? New Mexico River Adventures has compiled some of the best!


Visit Santa Fe

This site is a nice overview of all things Santa Fe.  Put together by the Santa Fe Convention Center and Tourism office.  Use this site as a great resourse for your Santa Fe vacation.

Santa Fe Selection

For the Complete Guide to the Authentic Santa Fe Experience, Where to Stay, Eat, Play


White Water Rafting

Of course, don’t forget to book your New Mexico white water rafting trip with New Mexico River Adventures! From wild whitewater, to family rafting adventures, we offer Rio Grande and Rio Chama rafting trips for just about anyone.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level.

Bandelier National Monument

This monument is not to be left off the list of things to do in Santa Fe. It is about an hour outside of Santa Fe near the town of Los Alamos. The area offers a glimpse into cave dwellings up to 11,000 years old, beautiful hiking as well as an interesting visitors center.


Historic Santa Fe Plaza

Since the city’s founding in 1610, the Santa Fe Plaza has been its cultural hub, hosting bullfights and fandangos. Today, flanked by numerous ancient buildings like the San Miguel Mission and the Palace of the Governors, the Plaza continues to be the epicenter of Santa Fean affairs, from live music to September’s Santa Fe Fiesta. Any night of the week, the plaza is buzzing with activity for you and yours, from restaurants, to galleries and souvenir shops.

Georgia O’Keefe Museum

Some of her most famous works were influenced by the landscape in Nothern New Mexico. Her use of colors evokes the most stunning sunrises, sunsets, thunderstorms, flora, fauna and everything else that makes New Mexico magnificent!

Loretto Chapel

A very neat attraction in Santa Fe, you will get a taste of the architecture that is used in many of the churches here in Northern New Mexico. What makes this church unique is the miracle staircase, a staircase built without any nails, dowels or any other visible support.

Hyde Memorial State Park

When searching for things to do in Santa Fe, you will definitely want to head up to Hyde Memorial State Park to soak up some of the natural beauty that the Santa Fe area has to offer. The park offers a variety of walking trails differing in difficulty and is just a short drive from the plaza.

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

This museum offers some great interactive exhibits for the kids to get out some energy between all the galleries. There is a climbing wall along with many other interactive exhibits.




Maria’s is one of our all time favorite places to go for some authentic New Mexican food and drink. Located just a couple of miles from the plaza, you will not be disappointed with the carne adovada or the chile rellenos here! They are also very famous for their margaritas!

The Shed

Another wonderful option for some of the best authentic New Mexican food in Santa Fe. Located just one block off the plaza, the blue corn enchiladas will knock your socks off!



Canyon Road Shopping

Canyon Road is famous for the wide array of galleries and restaurants. You will get a nice taste of the varied mediums that the artists of Santa Fe use to create the feast for your eyes on your stroll down this quaint little road. Stop in for a glass of wine and some tapas at El Farol if you have the time!