3 Things You Must Do in Santa Fe, NM

July 29, 2014 | By | Comments (6)
Dale Ball Trails (photography by David Fenton)

Dale Ball Trails (photography by David Fenton)

I just had the pleasure of spending a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I report back with a very simple to-do list.

1. Eat at Joseph’s of Santa Fe.

The Taos chef recently opened this Santa Fe spot, and it’s off the chain. If the honey and cardamom dusted phyllo Napoleon is on the menu, just order it. Don’t ask questions. You can thank me later.


2. Go hiking at Tent Rocks National Monument.

It’s 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and has otherworldly land formations. GO.


3. Roam around and take Instagram photos to make your friends jealous.

Coyote fences, hollyhocks, and awesome gates on adobe homes are all great candidates.

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  1. livedtheredonethat

    sorry but this is a pretty worthless post. there are a lot more than 3 things to do in santa fe. next time, hire someone less lazy to come up with at least a dozen. and make sure none of them is “taking instagram photos.” holy unoriginality, batman.

    July 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm
  2. Desert Dweller

    After 2 months of living in SF, then 21+ years of living 75 minutes away…this is the same old. Except Tent Rocks…and no mention of the unique flora in that lower zone. So much more. Starting at Sage Bakehouse, Museum Hill, Horseman’s Haven, the Botanical Garden, El Farol…

    July 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm
  3. Outspire

    Do some checking before you visit Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (yes, it’s actually pretty well known). There are times it’s closed, and there are limited services (for instance NO WATER is available on site). But it really is a great place.

    July 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  4. Johanna Silver

    @LF mammina — Many times! These are just highlights from the most recent visit (including a new restaurant and a practically unknown hike)—not intended to be representative of Santa Fe 101.

    July 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm
  5. LF mammina

    this is news?
    Loretto Chapel?
    El Santuario de Chimayo?
    Sunset…have you been to Santa Fe???

    July 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm
  6. digthatdelicious

    Thanks for this post! I’m planning a trip to Santa Fe for next fall and didn’t even know about the tent rocks! That’s right up my alley. Gorgeous pictures, too!

    July 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

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