A Santa Fe, New Mexico Day Trip

Santa Fe, A Day Trip in Photos

One of the great pleasures of visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico is its proximity to New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe. Due to the development of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Downtown Santa Fe, one of the best day trips from Albuquerque, can now be reached by a fast and pleasant commuter train ride. Let’s take a day trip to Santa Fe!

Oldest House Indian Shop, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Oldest House Indian Shop, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Adobe Gallery, Canyon Road Arts District, Santa Fe
Adobe Gallery, Canyon Road Arts District, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Strolling in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Souvenirs, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Souvenirs at a gift shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Canyon Road
The soft light after a light rain during the summer monsoon season illuminates this Santa Fe, New Mexico home perfectly.
Old Santa Fe Inn
The covered wagon outside of the Old Santa Fe Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Inn of the Five Graces
A casita at the Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe
Inviting seating at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Souvenirs, Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Souvenirs, Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Adobe, Casita, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A charming Adobe casita is the perfect compliment for the high desert flora of Santa Fe. Seen on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe Day Trip - Canyon Road
An art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ciderpress House, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ciderpress House, Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe Day Trip - Art Galleries
An art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A charming setting seen in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Paseo De Peralta, Canyon Road
Looking towards Paseo De Peralta from Canyon Road, New Mexico,
La Choza Restaurant, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The La Choza Restaurant in the Railyard District, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road, Santa Fe
An art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe
Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe, New Mexico, downtown shops
Shops in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico - IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico
The entrance to the IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe, New Mexico Day Trip
An art gallery in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Day Trip
Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pink Adobe Restaurant, Santa Fe
A detail from the entrance to the Pink Adobe Restaurant, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A summer day on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rail Runner Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rail Runner, Santa Fe Depot, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The train schedules are such that you can hop on a Rail Runner from Albuquerque in the afternoon, arrive in Santa Fe in time to do a couple of hours of sightseeing, have a great meal, and catch a well-timed train back to Albuquerque in the evening. It is the perfect way to enjoy the urbane attractions of Santa Fe for an afternoon without worrying about the long drive back to Albuquerque. If you are age 62 and over, the trip to Santa Fe and back is always free on Wednesdays! Click on the link below for the New Mexico Rail Runner website for more information and schedules.

New Mexico Rail Runner Website

What To Do In Santa Fe On Your Day Trip

Downtown Santa Fe is a feast for the eyes. It is a city shaped by artists for art lovers. Bring a pair of walking shoes and explore!

An art installation outside of the New Mexico State Capital Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico State Capital Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Stroll Along Canyon Road

One of the most pleasant ways to spend a couple of afternoon hours in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is by strolling along Canyon Road. If you are an art-lover, consider Canyon Road your paradise! Known for its art galleries and charming Adobe buildings, Canyon Road looks its best in the spring and summer months when the flowers are in bloom and the afternoon sun kisses the Adobe architecture with a warm, textured glow (the autumn season with its golden-leaved cottonwoods is spectacular as well).

If you are an art lover, consider Canyon Road in Santa Fe your paradise!

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The photos here show a sample of the captivating art and time-worn patina that can be seen along Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Be sure to bring a camera!

Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
An art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Canyon Road boutique in Santa Fe, New Mexico
A boutique on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico

An afternoon stroll through downtown Santa Fe rewards the eye with a display of hand-finished textures and colors that truly makes Santa Fe the “City Different.” The imperfections and textures seen in many of the older buildings add so much to the hand-hewn charm of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe, New Mexico - Upper Crust Pizza
Upper Crust Pizza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Downtown Santa Fe has a world-class collection of museums, hotels, restaurants, and shops to immerse the senses. Educate, indulge or entertain, you can do it all in Santa Fe!

art gallery, Santa Fe

A charming art gallery in downtown Santa Fe.There is a vibrant creativity that courses through the veins of Santa Fe. From city planning to art galleries to homes, aesthetics are a priority, making this high-desert gem a delight for the eye at every turn.

Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
An art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Feed Your Santa Fe Appetite

Santa Fe is well known for its world-class dining and New Mexican cuisine. After your stroll and window shopping, you will have a healthy appetite that can be served by any of the great restaurants near the downtown Plaza.¬†There are excellent restaurants in or near the Santa Fe Depot (such as the excellent New Mexican food at Tomasita’s). Always lively and a great dining experience!

Or, you may prefer some righteous bar-b-que and foot-tapping live music at Cowgirl BBQ, a very popular Santa Fe eatery a block away from the Santa Fe Depot.

New Mexico Photos - Santa Fe
The Pink Adobe Restaurant, Downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico

Acclimate, Hydrate, Slather, Sweater

Finally, here are four tips to help you get the most from your trip to Santa Fe. Keep in mind that Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and dryer. You may find that you tire more easily. If you are here for the first time, allow yourself to acclimate. Staying properly hydrated will help you to adjust. This is the (high) desert. Be careful about alcohol intake. One drink in Santa Fe has the effect of three at sea level. Bring your sunscreen (even in the winter months). You are closer to the sun in Santa Fe due to the altitude. Finally, bring a sweater if you plan to be out after sunset. Even in the summer months, the temperature can drop up to 30 degrees or more once the sun goes down.

Canyon Road Arts District
Seen in the Canyon Road Arts District, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Enjoy Your Santa Fe Day Trip!

After a pleasant commute back to Albuquerque, you can pick up your car from the secure parking garage just across from the Alvarado Transportation Center, well-rested from not having to drive back from Santa Fe. This is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!

More Photos of Santa Fe Attractions

All photos by [email protected] (the man in the Panama hat).