Sometimes you need a quick break from the rest of the world. Whether you want to explore decades of fascinating Southwestern history or explore a nearby state park and nature reserve, traveling from Denver to Santa Fe is one of the best getaways you’ll find! Our Northern New Mexico oasis is just what you need for an extended weekend retreat.
For more information on how to make the most of your Santa Fe trip, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide.
The Best Routes for Your Road Trip From Denver to Santa Fe
Traveling by car and plane are your best bets for your trip from Denver to Santa Fe. There are two primary routes between the two cities, but we recommend taking Interstate 25 the entire way. All in all, it’s about a 393-mile trek that takes almost six hours. The other route, which is slightly longer, takes you along back roads through Taos.
You also have two options when it comes to flying from Denver. You can either choose to fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport and drive a rental car up to the City Different or fly into Santa Fe Regional Airport. There are more flights between Denver and Albuquerque.
Keep reading to discover some great vacation ideas for weekend getaways from Denver to Santa Fe!
The Best Santa Fe Vacation Ideas
1. Revel in Santa Fe’s History and Museums
You must spend at least a day of your getaway from Denver, exploring the astonishing array of architecture, attractions, and sights here. The Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of the Governors, and Loretto Chapel are just a few of the must-see attractions. You can easily spend an entire day perusing the many buildings featuring the famous adobe-style architecture that is now a calling card of Santa Fe. We suggest keeping an eye out for a couple of hidden gems around town before walking back to your room at our Inn.
There are also plenty of world-class museums that you need to explore during your visit. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture are excellent spots to take in Southwestern culture, history, and art. For a truly unique experience, make sure you stop by Meow Wolf. This fun and interactive science-fiction mystery revolves around technology and art to create an engaging story for visitors.
2. Indulge in Santa Fe Culture
In between exploring these museums, take a break at one of the restaurants near the heart of town. Here, you can sample one of our local favorites—the green chile cheeseburger! Hotspots like Tune-Up Cafe and Casa Chimayo serve up tasty local Santa Fe flavors. If you want to treat yourself to a fine dining experience, book a reservation at La Casa Sena or the Coyote Cafe. Top the night off at one of the live music venues. If you extend your stay into June, make sure you catch an evening performance at the Santa Fe Opera for a sunset view that is second to none.
3. Explore the Great Outdoors
Our area’s incredible collection of unique outdoor adventures is another reason why Santa Fe is one of the best weekend getaways from Denver. Miles of hiking trails await you in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Pecos National Park is further afield and is home to a collection of hikes in addition to hidden Civil War gems.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is home to otherworldly landscapes through massive, cone-shaped rock formations. Another must-see place during your four days in Santa Fe is Bandelier National Monument. You’ll find hiking trails and some of the most incredible communities carved into the sides of a canyon by 12th-century Ancestral Pueblo people. Head south of the City Different to view ancient writing and symbols at La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs.
El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn offers a one-of-a-kind stay here in Santa Fe. Our beautiful Inn features a collection of Southwestern-inspired rooms with locally made furnishings and artwork. A complimentary breakfast in our dining room is the perfect way to start your day before heading out to see all that our city has to offer! We are also within walking distance of the Plaza, Canyon Road, the Farmers Market, and more!
Start planning your trip today by booking one of our rooms. We look forward to welcoming you to the City Different.