By Ronnie Mae Weiss and Marlene Ellin
Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a fascinating place for families to explore. With the rolling hills and blue peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, it is a good city to discover on foot.
Santa Fe is home to some of the finest artwork in the world and is becoming increasingly sophisticated. It is also a wonderful place to learn the history of North Americas indigenous peoples. The surrounding area offers many outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to fishing and horseback riding.
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Basic Information & Tickets
Normal> Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau www.santafe.org, www.visitsantafe.org, 800-777-CITY Start here for Santa Fe basics.
Normal>Attractions with Teen Appeal
Normal> Palace of the Governors http://palaceofthegovernors.org, 505-476-5100 Built in 1610 as the original capitol of New Mexico, this is the site of the only successful Native American uprising in 1680.
Normal> Museum of International Folk Art www.moifa.org, 505-476-1200 The largest museum of its kind in the world features everything from Spanish colonial silver to contemporary New Mexican religious art. Theres also a fascinating collection of toys from around the world.
Normal> Museum of Indian Arts and Culture www.miaclab.org, 505-476-1250 An interactive permanent exhibit brings Native American history alive.
Pueblos & Cliff Dwellings Six pueblos are within 30 miles of Santa Fe. Among them are: San Juan Pueblo (505-852-4400), where the annual San Juan Festival, featuring buffalo and Comanche dances, is held each June; and San Ildefonso Pueblo (505-455-3549), which is one of the most visited pueblos in northern New Mexico.
Activities with Teen Appeal
Skateboard Park 505-955-2100 This offers a good break from museums and other cultural activities.
Hiking Choose from 1,000 miles of nearby trails, including four wilderness areas: Chama River Canyon, Dome, Pecos and San Pedro parks. Information is available from Santa Fe National Forest (www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/, 505-438-7840) and Sierra Club (http://riogrande.sierraclub.org/santafe/home.html, 505-983-2703).
Biking - Pick up a bike map from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Try the Caja del Rio area or Borrego Trail near the ski area. Bike rentals are available at Santa Fe Mountain Sports (505-988-3337) and Sun Mountain Bike Company (www.sunmountainbikeco.com, 505-820-2902).
Horseback Riding Santa Fe Detours (www.sfdetours.com/tours.html, 800-338-6877) and Broken Saddle Riding Company (www.brokensaddle.com, 505-424-7774) offer a variety of trips.
Fishing Theres great fly fishing on the San Juan River. High Desert Angler (www.highdesertangler.com/fish/, 505-988-7688) offers gear and guide services.
Shopping and Galleries Santa Fe offers amazing amounts of handicrafts, art and artifacts. Galleries in the downtown area and on Canyon Road have silver jewelry, pottery, Navajo rugs and more. For contemporary art, try Adieb Khadoure Fine Art (505-820-2666), La Mesa of Santa Fe (505-984-1688) and Peyton Wright Gallery (800-879-8898). Youll find indigenous art at Joshua Baer and Company (505-988-8944) and Morning Star Gallery (505-982-8187).
Tesuque Flea Market Open Friday through Sunday, March to November. Features more than 500 vendors.
Sante Fe Food Options
Coyote Cafι 505-983-1615 A fun night out. Nouvelle Southwestern cuisine. Dont miss the pork carnitas tamale appetizer.
Guadalupe Cafι 505-982-9762 Delicious New Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casually elegant atmosphere.
La Choza 505-982-0909 Great Mexican food. Try the blue corn burritos. Vegetarian friendly.
Plaza Cafι 505-982-1664 Diner-style eating. American, Mexican and Greek food coexist happily. Excellent breakfast.
The Shed 505-982-9030 Local favorite often has lines outside at lunch. Some of the best Mexican food in the state.
Upper Crust Pizza 505-982-0000, www.uppercrustpizza.com Eat-in or get a pizza delivered to your hotel. Try the Grecian pizza (feta and olives) or the whole wheat vegetarian option.