Day Trips from Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the hub of Native American and Spanish culture because of its geographical position. The surrounding region of this city is a continuous shift of deserts and mountains containing the flavor of the Spanish colonial life's culture and lifestyle; therefore, the complete ambiance gives travelers many opportunities of day trips from Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you are an antiquarian or an explorer, day trips from Santa Fe can be an ultimate choice for you to enjoy scenic raw beauty. 

 The following are five best day trips from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Day Trips from Santa Fe to Bandelier National Monument

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  • Distance: 40 miles
  • How to get there: Bus, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Santa Fe National Forest, Main Loop Trail, Falls Trail, Tsankawi Trail
  • Where to eat: Pig+Fig Cafe, Viola's, Blue Window, Ruby K's Bagel Cafe 
  • Great for: Families, Couples, Small Groups

Bandelier National Monument is one of the earliest settlement areas of New Mexico. Thus, if you are a history fan, it is an ideal place for you to visit. You'll get to know many foregone living practices here by visiting the ancient caves inside the cone-shaped mountains and seeing small huts. Also, if you like to hike, you can choose this place for day trips from Santa Fe, New Mexico, because of the rugged mountains and long walking trails.

Day Trips from Santa Fe to Los Cerrillos and Madrid

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  • Distance: 27 miles
  • How to get there: Train, Bus, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Cerrillos Hills State, Casa Grande Trading Post, OrigamiintheGarden, Garden of the Gods, Connie's Photo Park
  • Where to eat: The Pantry Dos, The Hollar, Black Bird Saloon, The Mine Shaft Tavern
  • Great for: Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups

Los Cerrillos and Madrid are the refurbished towns of New Mexico. These towns offered livelihood in the form of coal mining to Native Americans back in the day. However, they are now famous because of the quirky and artistic monuments. Thus, many day trips from Santa Fe, New Mexico, arrive here. Today, In Madrid town, you'll find many creative communities showcasing art pieces and other cultural stuff. You can visit art galleries and can learn the traditional lifestyle in the Old Coal Town Museum. In Los Cerrillos, you can see the Mining Museum and the Petting Zoo, and the famous Casa Grande Trading Post.

Day Trips from Santa Fe to Taos Pueblo

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  • Distance: 73 miles
  • How to get there: Bus, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Enchanted Circle Drive, Williams Lake
  • Where to eat: Doc Martin's Restaurant, Adobe Cafe, Tiwa Kitchen Restaurant, Orlando's New Mexican Cafe
  • Great for: Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups

Travel to Taos Pueblo if you have a thirst for exploring Spanish culture and history. The road to Taos Pueblo is called "High Roads" because of the picturesque drive and scenery. You'll see many painters, carvers, and potter studios and shops along the way. On your stay, learn about the artistic background of Taos from The Blumenschein Museum. Visit the John Dunn House Shops if you want to eat and shop locally. You can also meet the local artists and can experience local music there. Many day trips from Santa Fe, New Mexico are arranged to travel here, especially to visit La Hecieda de Los Martinez, Millicent Rogers Museum, and El Santuario. Make sure to see these locations if you want to get the authentic flavor of the past.

Day Trips from Santa Fe to Albuquerque

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  • Distance: 64 miles
  • How to get there: Plane, Train, Bus, Car, Taxi
  • Must See: ABQ Breaking Bad RV Tour, Turquoise Museum Visit, Sandia Peak Tramway, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, National Museum of Nuclear and Science History, Petroglyph National Monument
  • Where to eat: Perea's New Mexican Restaurant, Padilla's Mexican Kitchen, Monroe's Restaurant
  • Great for: Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico. Many visitors stay in Albuquerque during their trip to this region; however, if you stay somewhere else, you should add this city on your day trips list because it has many fun activities. You can visit the Albuquerque Park and participate in the International Balloon Fiesta to see the entire area. Apart from these, you can visit San Felipe de Neri Church, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and The Albuquerque Museum to learn about the aesthetic side of this place. 

Day Trips from Santa Fe to Los Alamos

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  • Distance: 33 miles
  • How to get there: Bus, Taxi, Car
  • Must See: Los Alamos Nature Center, Ashley Pond Park, Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
  • Where to eat: Cafe Sushi, Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, Pyramid Cafe, Fleur de Lys
  • Great for: Families, Couples, Kids, Large Groups

Los Alamos has both historical and scientific importance because this region has played a considerable part in history. Since this region was a part of the Manhattan Project, it gave the world an idea about the scientific future coming ahead. On your day trip to Los Alamos, you can visit the Bradbury Science Museum and Techlab to learn science and how the region has evolved with time. Also, visit The Los Alamos History Museum to learn about pre-Manhattan project times.