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8 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In Santa Fe In 2023

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Santa Fe, New Mexico is a gorgeous southwestern city surrounded by an equally gorgeous desert. If you’re planning a trip there, you may be looking for some fun activities to do.

Here are 8 off the beaten path suggestions that are both fun and memorable!

santa fe sunset over city

1. Explore Meow Wolf’s House Of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is an interactive art exhibit that transports you into a truly jaw-dropping world. This immersive experience is home to over 60 uniquely themed, dream-like rooms spread over 2 floors. Tickets for the House of Eternal Return can be purchased online.

Meow Wolf sign.

2. Stay At Ten Thousand Waves Spa And Resort

If you’re looking for a relaxing retreat that feels far more remote than it actually is, this is the option for you! This spa and resort is the perfect place to stay during your trip to Santa Fe. This spa and resort is only about ten minutes away from downtown Santa Fe, but it feels exceedingly peaceful and secluded. Home to some serene hot springs, it’s truly the perfect place to relax.

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Woman relaxing in hot spring.

3. Visit Santa Fe Botanical Garden

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, head over to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. This is an especially great option for those planning a spring trip, as mild spring temperatures and gorgeous flowers will make the garden an especially great place to visit. Tickets can be purchased in person, with more information about hours available at their website.

Flower at Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

4. See La Cineguilla Petroglyphs

Here’s a fun option that includes a bit of adventure! About 25 minutes from downtown Santa Fe is a mesa overlooking the Santa Fe River. Already gorgeous in its own right, the area is also home to some breathtaking historical artifacts – hundreds of petroglyphs. These ancient petroglyphs were thought to have been created between the 13th and 17th centuries.

Petroglyphs on a rock.

5. Explore Pecos National Park

La Cineguilla Petroglyphs aren’t the only place to experience some history and enjoy the fresh air. Pecos National Park, home to some pueblo ruins, is another place to do so that’s only a short drive from downtown Santa Fe.

If you’re looking for a quick way to enjoy the park, check out the Ancestral Sites Trail for a short but sweet 1.25-mile loop. For those looking for a longer adventure, South Pasture Loop Trail winds through the park for a total of 4 miles.

Ancient ruins at Pecos National Historic Park

6. Create A Glass Sculpture At Liquid Light Glass

Have you ever looked at some of those gorgeous glass sculptures in stores and wondered what goes into making them? A visit to Liquid Light Glass gives you the opportunity to find out firsthand. This glass-blowing shop offers not only beautiful, hand-sculpted creations but also classes where you can create a piece of your own. No prior experience is needed, though reservations are required and can be made online.

A man creating a glass sculpture

7. Grab A Drink At Low And Slow Bar

If you’re looking for a memorable place to have a drink, this car-themed bar is a perfect choice! In addition to featuring automobile-centric decor, Low and Slow Bar also offers a variety of great drinks, including cocktail drinks and craft beers.

White tire on red vintage car

8. Enjoy A Meal At La Boca

Looking for a place to grab a delicious meal after a long day of exploring Santa Fe? Look no further than La Boca. This restaurant offers Spanish cuisine, and in addition to great food, it also offers an excellent selection of wine.

Red wine being poured into a glass.

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