About Santa Fe

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe is known as one of the most creative and artistic cities in America, with hundreds of years of art, film, theatre, and storytelling history.

Santa Fe is known as one of the most creative and artistic cities in America, with hundreds of years of art, film, theatre, and storytelling history. And as a student at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, many of the people contributing to this rich vein of creativity will be accessible to you at a moment’s notice. Historically rich, culturally vibrant, and naturally beautiful, Santa Fe is the perfect place to live and learn.

Canyon Rd. Santa Fe, NM
Canyon Rd. Santa Fe, NM

In Santa Fe we’re 7,000 feet up, and have 320 sunny days every year. There are 300 galleries to explore, 200 restaurants, 1.5 million acres of forest, and about 150,000 residents. You’ll be river rafting, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, feat-day dancing, listening to live music, eating green chile – this is going to be your space to create. So that’s what the guidebooks will tell you, but here’s the cooler stuff: We have the Best Food, the Cleanest Air, one of the Top Seven Running Trails in America and Top Mountain Biking*. We also have the Best Independent Boutiques and Flea Markets, one of the Most Haunted Cities, and we’re the most Artistic City in America**. You’re about to make your home in a city with so much to explore and discover – so that when your friends ask to visit, you’ve already been there, done that, and had the chile.

*SANTAFE.ORG **THE ATLANTIC

Santa Fe rankings:

BEST DESTINATION FOR CULTUREPHILES
-USA Today Reader Poll 2015

BEST DESTINATION FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS
-USA Today Reader Poll 2015

BEST DESTINATION FOR SHOPAHOLICS
-USA Today Reader Poll 2015

BEST SMALL CITY IN AMERICA
-Conde Nast Traveler

BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUES IN THE U.S.
-Fodor’s Travel (Santa Fe Opera House)

TOP TEN ALTITUDE CITIES
-National Geographic 2015

TOP TEN ART DISTRICTS IN THE USA
-USA Today Reader Poll 2015

TOP TEN CITY FOR TRAVEL
-Travel + Leisure

BEST OF THE ROAD
-Rand McNally 2012

BEST FOOD
-USA Today 2012

BEST US CITY FOR SHOPPING
-USA Today Travel & 10 Best

ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS
-Travel + Leisure 2013

ONE OF THE 7 BEST RUNNING TRAILS IN AMERICA
-MotherNature.net 2012

ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST BEER TOWNS
-Travel + Leisure

ONE OF THE TOP MOUNTAIN BIKING TOWNS IN THE U.S.
-USA Today

ONE OF THE TOP NINE FARMERS MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY
-Sherman’s Travels

MOST ARTISTIC CITY IN THE U.S.
-Richard Florida

SANTA FE’S CANYON ROAD IS SECOND MOST ICONIC STREET IN AMERICA
-USA Today, Travel Readers’ Poll

ONE OF THE BEST WEDDING DESTINATIONS IN THE U.S.
-Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST CITIES FOR GAY TRAVEL
-Travel + Leisure

ONE OF THE TEN BEST SUNNY PLACES TO RETIRE
-AARP Magazine

TOP 5 FOOD/DRINK/RESTAURANTS/ETHNIC FOOD
-Travel + Leisure 2012

TOP 5 BEST PLACES FOR EMPTY NESTERS TO TRAVEL
-The Today Show

TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL CITIES FOR ART/ARCHITECTURE
-Hotwire.com 2011

TOP 10 FOOD AND WINE DESTINATIONS
-Successful Meetings 2012

TOP 10 CITIES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
-Liveability 2012

TOP TEN CITIES FOR PET FRIENDLINESS
-TripAdvisor

TOP TEN ROMANTIC CITIES
-Liveability.com

TOP 25 ART MARKETS
-American Style 2012

#1 CLEANEST AIR
-American Lung Association 2012

#1 SPA & RELAXATION
-TripAdvisor 2011

#1 CULTURAL DESTINATION
-Travel+Leisure 2011

#1 CULTURAL GETAWAY
-Travel + Lesiure 2011

#1 FOR INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUES
-Travel + Leisure 2012

#2 FOR BEST FLEA MARKETS
-Travel+Leisure 2012

#3 for QUALITY OF LIFE & VISITOR EXPERIENCE: WEATHER
-Travel+Leisure

#4 CULTURE – CLASSICAL MUSIC
-Travel+Leisure 2012

#4 BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY
-Kiplinger

# 5 US HISTORIC DESTINATION
-US News 2012