For over four hundred years, Santa Fe has acted as a church to the marriage of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo-American culture, lending it a completely unique aesthetic and personality. Art is everywhere you look in Santa Fe. The vibrant freeway bridges, the roads lined by animal mosaics, gardens with origami sculptures scattered throughout, the adobe buildings themselves with wooden doorways decorated in titian-colored Chile ristras. Not to mention the private art—on Canyon Road, in museums, studios, and galleries. Thankfully, there are some fabulous tours to make it all a bit more comprehensive. Here are a few of the best.
With over 80 galleries in only about three quarters of a mile stretch, it’s easy to get lost on Canyon Road. Every Friday evening, this tour takes you on a carefully-curated guide to all of the best shows, arranges conversation with artists and gallery owners, and caps it off with a drink at Santa Fe’s oldest bar, El Farol.
A two-hour walking tour from April through November, this experience takes you through Santa Fe’s numerous art and architectural highlights—Obelisk in the center of the Plaza to the hidden adobe that held a vital Manhattan Project secret…