what can you do in santa fe? a lot. as the artistic capital of the southwest, santa fe is known for its spanish colonial heritage and native american culture, its massive arts market and robust film sector, its pioneering role in science and alternative medicine, and its celebrated food scene. santa fe is also the highest altitude city (not town) in america, sitting at a rarified 7,000 feet in the foothills of the rocky mountains—offering easy access to skiing, hiking, biking, and even water sports. to access it all? join our weekly outdoor program outings. reserve a campus bike or catch the downtown shuttle. better yet, walk out the back side of campus and enter 400 miles of interconnected backcountry trails.
santa fe has 250 art galleries for our 80,000 residents. that’s one art gallery for every 320 people. that’s more art galleries than grocery stores, gas stations, and green lights combined.
our region is home to many national institutes including the national hispanic cultural center, national institute for flamenco, and institute for american indian arts.
santa fe and albuquerque are home to three internationally renowned bands that defy categorization: beirut, cocorosie, and the handsome family. fascinating, one and all.