Finding your place in a new setting takes a little bit of time, a little bit of energy, and a little bit of patience. Only about one fourth of Santa Fe’s population were born in New Mexico, so many of our residents used to be the newcomers. Whether you’ve recently moved here or are planning your relocation, Santa Fe’s got a place in its heart for you. Here are some tips for getting to know your new home.
Santa Fe can be a quiet city, but that doesn’t mean it’s uneventful, it just means that you can take this town at your own pace. There’s quite a bit going on here. The Santa Fe website’s list of annual events can be a little overwhelming, but here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
Rodeo de Santa Fe
What’s the point in living in the American Southwest if you don’t take in a rodeo now and then? The event takes place at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds on 3237 Rodeo Road every June.
Canyon Road Farolito Walk
Every Christmas Eve, you can take the walk down Canyon Road to take in the lights with paper lanterns lining the streets. It can get cold here in the winter, but the community and the lights of the Farolito Walk brings a little bit of warmth to the season.
Railyard Santa Fe
Railyard Santa Fe always has something going on. There’s a Farmers Market every Tuesday at 7 AM, trivia events, and even hip hop performances with no cover charge.
If you want to enjoy the great outdoors in Santa Fe, you can head somewhere new every day and not run out of parks, bike trails, and camping sites for a year.
So let’s fast-track this: If you want somewhere fun to take the family, check out Ragle Park on 2530 West Zia Road. Baseball fields, handball courts, picnic tables, and playground equipment make this one of the best places in the city to have lunch under the sun.
For sports, your best bet is Bicentennial/Alto Park at 1121 Alto Street. With over 20 combined acres, tennis courts, soccer fields, and a concession stand, you can’t ask for a better place to host a little league game.
The unique architecture of Santa Fe is a big part of the city’s character. Here’s a few terms you’ll need to navigate a chat on the subject.
Pueblo style refers to one of Santa Fe’s cornerstone architectural styles, deriving from Native American dwellings. When the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, they called these homes pueblos, the Spanish term for village. The style eventually evolved with Spanish influences to create the adobe castle style buildings you see in the city today.
Pueblo Revival emerged at the beginning of the 20th century and dominated the 1920s and 1930s. Features include flat roofs with projecting wooden beams, rounded corners, and walls stuccoed and painted in earth tones. The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe is one example.
Popular in New Mexico from about 1850 to 1900, Territorial Revival is a style of architecture that blended traditional building forms like flat roofs with Greek Revival-influenced elements, such as pediments over doors and windows, side windows flanking the front entrance, and square porch columns.