When you visit Santa Fe, you’ll see many amazing sights. Just the adobe architecture found throughout downtown is awe-inspiring. When you stay at El Farolito, you’ll have the opportunity to experience many of the cool things to see in New Mexico. Here are some of our favorites!
Our complimentary Santa Fe Vacation Guide has even more cool things to see in New Mexico listed. We know planning a vacation can be difficult, especially if you’re traveling to an area you’ve never been to before. Use our free guide to find:
- Outdoor activities for all skill levels
- Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
- The best restaurants in the area
- Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss
4 Cool Things to See in New Mexico
1. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Did you know that Santa Fe’s gorgeous landscapes inspired the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe? In an ode to this amazing artist, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was founded. This extraordinary museum is the single largest collection of her work, so of course it’s one of the cool things to see in New Mexico! Plus, it’s just a quick 5-minute drive away from El Farolito, so it’s perfect to visit at any time of year.
2. Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park is a national treasure and full of cool things to see in New Mexico. Visit the park on your own during the open hours or take a guided tour. Their seasonal schedule will tell you which are available. History can be seen everywhere you look. Ruins of old churches and buildings built by Pueblos can be seen throughout, as well as a battlefield of the Civil War. We recommend taking a tour so you can learn about all the amazing things that happened here!
3. Shidoni Gallery
The Shidoni Gallery is sure to wow you. If you go during good weather, you can wander through their outdoor sculpture garden. The towering sculptures lining the walking paths will make you feel as if you are in another world. Take a leisurely stroll through these gardens, then make your way inside to the other galleries. Visitors can see works created from wood, metal, clay, stone, glass, canvas, paint, paper, resin, and fibers. It is as if the artists have invoked magic to turn these materials into the intriguing art visitors can enjoy.
4. Loretto Chapel
While not created in the traditional adobe style, the Loretto Chapel is one of the best examples of eclectic Santa Fe architecture. Construction of this chapel began in 1853 using the same French builders and architect as the famous Saint Francis Cathedral Basilica. The architect passed away before the stairs to the choir loft could be built, leaving no access. This gave way for the most famous part of the chapel: the Miraculous Staircase. With no way to get to the loft, the sisters prayed for 9 days. A mysterious man showed up and built an amazing spiral staircase with an intricate design that was well before its time. It was built with a rare wood not found anywhere in the area with only wooden pegs instead of nails. Afterward, the carpenter vanished without a trace.
Stay at El Farolito for More Cool Things to See in New Mexico
Your stay at El Farolito is sure to be filled with tons of cool things to see in New Mexico. Choose your comfortable room, each featuring Southwestern decor. Once your accommodations are all set, start planning your stay. We look forward to seeing you!