Members of the Santa Fe Tour Guides have a wide variety of knowledge, training and expertise in the realm of tourism. Many have personal relationships with Native American artists and can offer visitors enriching experiences at the Pueblos. Others have trained in the healing arts or are certified yoga instructors, and many have worked as, or still work as, docents with a deep knowledge of Santa Fe’s art and history. Most are great story tellers, love Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, and are thrilled to share their appreciation of this beautiful land with you, our visitors.
Some of the downtown city tours and outdoor adventures offered by our members include:
Tours of Downtown Santa Fe:
Experience the Art, Architecture and History of Santa Fe
If you have visited Santa Fe in the past, this downtown walking tour adds to your knowledge of the history, art, architecture, and native cultures of the area. If this is your first visit, you will learn why Santa Fe is like no other city in the country. Your long-time guide, Peter Sinclaire, is a resource to help answer any questions you have and provide suggestions of things to do. The tour, depending on its length, can include the historic Santa Fe Plaza with it distinctive architecture, the famous American Indian Market in front of the oldest government building in the US, Sena Plaza—a former plazuela home, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, the Santa Fe Trail, the Route 66, the Loretto Chapel, the old adobe Mission Church and other topics that may be generated by the group. Specialty tours with a specific focus–be it art, history, chocolate, architecture, a coffee crawl while learning about Santa Fe—-are offered.
Exploratory Art Museum and Gallery Tours
Santa Fe Art Tours provides a fun and efficient way to experience Santa Fe’s art museums and galleries. Conversational, intimate, and unscripted, our tours are designed to create personal experiences with art. Schedule a custom tour or join one of our thematic group tours:
Canyon Road Quickie – Home to over 80 art galleries, Canyon Road can be a little bit overwhelming. Cue Canyon Road Quickie, a short and sweet introduction to Santa Fe’s most famous thoroughfare. With stops at a secret garden, a handful of galleries, and a charming tea house, the Quickie encapsulates the Canyon Road experience without tuckering you out.
A Matter of Taste – What makes a work of art good or bad? Why are we personally drawn to one artist and not another? These are some of the questions we’ll explore during this tour of three Santa Fe art galleries and the one-and-only Kakawa Chocolate House.
Yoga Outdoors with Yogihiker
Doesn’t spending time in the woods awaken your inner source of calm, connection, and wonder? Isn’t it amazing how yoga can tap into that same wellspring? Yogihiker brings the two enriching experiences together for a True New Mexico Outdoor Adventure that feeds the soul. Come Yogihike on the trails of Santa Fe for a very private experience (average group size is 2 people with a maximum of 8).The approximate duration of our Yogihike is 2.5 to 3 hours and for the visitor seeking a longer outdoor adventure – the Aspen Immersion Yogihike – is 3.5 – 4 hours.
Explore New Mexico’s Night Skies
Peter Lipscomb, Astronomy Adventures, invites you to join him “for an experience that goes far beyond the ordinary. Here in New Mexico, we still have skies that are clear and dark enough to explore the many fascinating jewels of the night. Our safe and secure dark site is an easy drive from Santa Fe. Come on out and spend an evening getting acquainted with some of nature’s most distant and beautiful creations.”
Experience rich landscapes with a private hike
Leave typical visitors behind on your own private hike and see Bandelier National Monument’s lesser-known back-country which provides a fine introduction to New Mexico’s rich geologic and archaeological past. Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing specializes in private explorations around northern New Mexico’s many varied landscapes on foot. Mountains and forest, or canyons and striking rock formations: locations are chosen to suit guests’ interests and abilities. Shorter and full day hikes available.
Cultural Tours Beyond Santa Fe:
Native American – Pueblo World
New Mexico’s history begins with our ancestral pueblo people. Join Tom Gallegos, True New Mexico, for guided tours to unique native villages and ancient sites. On selected days, various pueblos enrich us with Feast Day dances dedicated to preserving all of life. Tours often include active pueblos such as Taos, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Cochiti and Santo Domingo. We can also explore ancient sites including Bandelier, Puye Cliffs, Tsankawi, and Pecos.
Atomic City Tours by Buffalo Tours
It’s no longer a secret, and it’s New Mexico True: Los Alamos is just 35 miles from Santa Fe and is where the Atomic Age began with the secret Manhattan Project and its success in the WW II development of the first atomic weaponry. Peek at the Atomic City with Buffalo Tours. One and a half hour van tours depart at 1:30 from the Bradbury Science Museum most days Monday through Saturday. Look for the yellow van. Call 505-662-3965 for the most updated tour information and availability. But there’s a lot more to Los Alamos history! You’ll learn the latest in archaeology, geology, homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, and actually get a glimpse of Los Alamos National Laboratory today and its mission. Not to be missed is a visit to the award winning Los Alamos Historical Museum and look for their guided strolls in the Los Alamos Historic District, including the Oppenheimer House.
Guided journeys in the American Southwest
Earth Walks® is not a hiking or backpacking program. It is a New Mexico-based, cross-cultural, environmental education program that offers a bridge between ancestral teachings and our contemporary life. Participants are welcomed as family and friends into villages, homes and communities for a host of hand on activities from drum making to pottery, weaving, planting and harvesting to silence on the land in places of inspiring natural beauty and power. Community service projects are always a of the Earth Walks experience.
Explore holy sites with Pilgrimage New Mexico
Our “tours” highlight Northern New Mexico’s unique and rich Christian heritage. You will learn about the arrival of the Franciscans in the 1500s and how they sacrificed everything for God, and that our first churches were founded decades before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. You will also hear many stories of the supernatural while visiting old adobe churches, shrines, and other religious sites (some not open to the general public). We offer a journey blessed with Spanish traditions, must-see sites, and some of the most breathtaking views this side of heaven!