Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico and is the fourth largest city of the state. Known as the City Different, Santa Fe has a population of around 70,000, which is composed primarily of Hispanic, Anglo and Native American people. Located 7,000 feet at the foot of the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is the highest capital in the U.S. Santa Fe, which is Spanish for Holy Faith, is the second oldest city in the country having been founded around 1607 – 1610.
The city is a world-class tourist destination with more than a million visitors every year. It offers interesting history and culture, unique art and ancient traditions. Santa Fe is the first U.S. city designated by UNESCO in 2005 as a Creative City. Only nine cities in the world are designated as such. As a long time center for arts and culture, Santa Fe currently ranks as the third largest art market in the U.S. based on sales. It has around 300 art galleries and art dealers.
Santa Fe is also popular among food-lovers, offering more than 200 choices of New Mexican, Southwestern and other cuisines. The city’s diverse accommodations include choices from a variety of resorts, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, RV parks, and other lodgings.
Although Santa Fe has four seasons, it enjoys approximately 300 sunny days in a year. Sudden rain showers, cool evenings and snow are expected from November through April. Hottest days are in June. Moreover, the city’s temperature can drastically change in a single day due to its high altitude. In fact, there are times when the city seems to experience all four seasons in one day!
If skiing is your sport, Ski Santa Fe, is open from Thanksgiving through Easter. Hiking and biking, however, are available all year round. Other activities you can enjoy include river rafting, fly-fishing, horseback riding and hot air ballooning. There are plenty of fitness gyms and commercial spas throughout the city, too.