NEW RESIDENT'S GUIDE

Settling into
Santa Fe

Concert in the Railyard, Santa Fe

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 is synonymous with Art. The Indian Market, Canyon Road, and the Spanish Markets are just a few of the amazing examples.

Connect with
the Santa Fe Art Scene

If you made a decision to move to Santa Fe, we’re willing to bet that the city’s artistic side was a big draw. In a lot of the coastal cities, art is part of the local “high culture,” with metropolitan galleries being the cornerstones of the community. In Santa Fe, all art is folk art. Whether you’re buying a turquoise necklace at the International Folk Art Market or browsing the Ventana Fine Art gallery, Santa Fe art speaks of the people of Santa Fe, and those drawn to live here.

The International Folk Art Market is a major annual event, drawing artists from dozens of countries every July at Museum Hill. You can also check out the Santa Fe Indian Market every August at the Santa Fe Plaza.

If you can’t wait until summer, you can mark your calendar for events put together by the the Santa Fe Artists Market.

One of the buzziest places in Santa Fe, Meow Wolf is based in a Santa Fe location that defies description. From the outside, this innovative art space looks like an old bowling alley, which in fact it is. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin bought the alley in 2015 to create a permanent home for this artist collective founded in 2008. Inside is Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, an immersive, permanent art installation featuring dozens of rooms, galleries, and secret passage ways filled with interactive lights and exhibits. After you buy your own Santa Fe home, head to this house for an unforgettable experience.
The Farmer's Market brings local fresh food, honey, crafts, and much more to the Railyard in Santa Fe.

Attend Festivals and Annual Events

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.

Cathedral Park in downtown Santa Fe. Shade trees, green grass, and statue.

Explore Santa Fe’s
Green Spaces

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 heart of the Plaza. The Palace of the Governors dates back to 1610. Native American artisans sell handmade jewelry and other crafts along the portal.

Soak Up Santa Fe Architecture

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
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
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.

Territorial Revival
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.