Top 4 Reasons to Move to Santa Fe, NM

Whether it’s the unmatched outdoor adventures offered by the region encapsulated by Santa Fe, or simply the advantages offered by a capital city that features a rich and longstanding cultural history (a history that spans back over 400 years, solidifying the city’s role as the most longstanding and historical state capital across the United States), along with a modern presence that has continued to raise the bar for its citizens both culturally and economically, the city of Santa Fe offers a range of one of a kind benefits and features that attract a regular stream of newcomers in search of a region suited for strong new beginnings.
Whether it’s the unmatched outdoor adventures offered by the region encapsulated by Santa Fe, or simply the advantages offered by a capital city that features a rich and longstanding cultural history (a history that spans back over 400 years, solidifying the city’s role as the most longstanding and historical state capital across the United States), along with a modern presence that has continued to raise the bar for its citizens both culturally and economically, the city of Santa Fe offers a range of one of a kind benefits and features that attract a regular stream of newcomers in search of a region suited for strong new beginnings.

So what can make for some of the more desirable features of the longstanding southwest city for those who are preparing to touch down in “The City Different”? Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the most worthwhile attractions and qualities worth checking into in Santa Fe, arranged by area of interest and more. So, before you hire a relocation specialist or start the moving process, check to see what the powerhouse capital of New Mexico has to offer!

Santa Fe New Mexico 

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1.   Outdoor Adventures

If it’s an outdoor adventure you happen to be in the market for, the over 1.5 million acres of preserved forestry across the Santa Fe National Forest park features an incredibly wide range of potential activities and recreational opportunities across the expansive mountain ranges, forests and more that are encapsulated by the national forest’s substantially large borders. In addition to thousands of miles of hiking trails and similar exploratory potential, Santa Fe National Forest also features a number of renowned fishing and hunting spots, historically preserved structures, ancient ruins, and more. From whitewater rafting to horseback exploring, those with a passion for the outdoors can find more than a few things they like at Santa Fe National Forest.

 

Or maybe the snowier aspect of the outdoors peaks more of your interest? If so, you would do well to check out all that the Ski Santa Fe Basin has to offer. As one of the most prominent and popular ski spots across New Mexico, Ski Santa Fe allows visiting skiers to enjoy a wide number of packages to suit the needs of anyone from a veteran skier returning to the slopes, to a vacationing family seeking a day trip. Season passes for regulars can be attained for those interested as well.

 

 

If it’s record-holding geological marvels that you’re a fan of, you’ll likely find your thrill on the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. As one of the longest continuous chains of mountain ranges across the entire globe, the mountains of Sangre de Cristo extend from Glorieta Pass, New Mexico, all the way up into the Poncha Pass region of Colorado. The millions of acres encapsulated by Sangre de Cristo include sights such as the Rio Grande, the Spanish Peaks, and more are all found here.

 Santa Fe Arts

 

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2.   The Arts

The International Folk Art Alliance serves as one of the most successfully effective and longstanding organizations working towards the preservation and cultivation of international arts. The nonprofit has enjoyed expansion in recent years, with what was originally an annual effort evolving into a year-round celebration of worldwide folk artistry, as well as a number of humanitarian efforts across international communities that include everything from education and health care to the cultivation of clean drinking water. Since the Alliance originally got its start in Santa Fe, its headquarters office continues to thrive there, and a number of volunteering opportunities, international art events and more are available upon inquiry for residents of the city.

If you are the type of person that retains a longstanding interest in the local arts, you most likely will find a good deal of enjoyment from all that the Santa Fe Opera House has to offer. While the Opera House primarily features performance seasons ranging throughout the summer months, there are a range of activities hosted throughout the year that appeal to both community and youth involvement efforts. Newcomers to the city shouldn’t have much of an issue finding things to enjoy.

Fans of the renowned modernist painter will likely have already heard of the art museum directly dedicated to the showcasing of her works, and this centric gallery resides in none other than Santa Fe. Many traveling for recreation make it a point to visit this one of a kind museum when passing through New Mexico. It almost goes without saying that it can make for required viewing for fans of the arts who find themselves living in the city.

If you simply want to experience a great deal of art galleries, attractions, boutiques and similar at once, you can’t do much better than what Canyon Road has to offer. In addition to over one hundred unique art galleries and exhibits, the span of artistic road also features a number of annual events, restaurants, shops, and more. Taking on the expansive half mile of art means that you’re guaranteed to experience something new.

Santa Fe Food

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3.   Southwestern Cuisine

Santa Fe locals will likely have more than a few things to say about this old-school eatery if you ask them about the most worthwhile restaurants to check out in the area, and for good reason. The downtown restaurant features a number of one of a kind Santa Fe dishes that have gained notoriety throughout the city, including an “ultimate” green chile cheeseburger that is regarded by many as the best in town. If you’re the kind of foodie that enjoys knocking famous eateries off your bucket list, you’ll have one of them close to home once you’re living in Santa Fe.

If it’s a classic approach to New Mexican cuisine that you’re in the market for, Tomasita’s will likely make for the perfect place to start. The consistently top ranked restaurant has been in the business for over four decades, and prides itself on a family-run approach to ensuring that customers receive the best overall experience that a traditional New Mexican restaurant can provide. 

Fans of red chile dishes will need to check out this cornerstone of Santa Fe cuisine as well. The restaurant features one of the most substantively longstanding histories as a local eatery that Santa Fe has to offer, with over 60 years of reputation as an unassuming corner diner lending itself to its namesake—“The Shed.” Many locals say that you haven’t truly been to Santa Fe until you’ve tasted what the Shed has to offer, so city first timers would do well to kick off their new digs with a few dishes from the famously family run kitchen.

 

 Santa Fe Culture

 

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4.   History & Culture

As one of the most longstanding arts societies throughout the state of New Mexico, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society has undergone a great deal of growth and expansion since its founding in 1925, with features ranging from showcases and exhibits to a number of famous “Spanish Markets” that take places over the course of the year. From their winter market to a freshly implemented youth market, the SPAS works to bring something to the table for any and all Santa Fe locals and visitors looking to expand their cultural horizons.

The expansive range of Native American artistries in the south west date back much farther into Santa Fe’s history than its modern roots—the Santa Fe Indian Market sets out to showcase a great deal of this original, historic culture through a number of events, exhibits, and the namesake Indian Market itself, all which span numerous generations of Native American cultural and artistic expression. Those looking to support local art likely won’t find a more authentic and deserving venue across the city than the Santa Fe Indian Market—over 90 years and counting of Native American cultural celebration likely won’t disappoint.

Looking to learn more about the local culture and history of the new city you’ve found yourself in? At the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, you will be able to enjoy a range of exhibits and attractions year round, which place a primary focus on the historical Native American artistries and cultural contributions that shaped and helped to define the original Santa Fe region in the years preceding its modern settlement and development.

If you’re striving to go somewhat off the beaten path of conventional exhibits and showcases, you may enjoy the range of offerings taking place throughout the year at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. A particular emphasis is placed on live, solo shows by active Native American artists, though the museum also offers a wide range of original exhibitions that not only feature the historical past of native American artistry, but of its present and future possibilities as well.

Regardless of where you travel, true full-immersion experiences tend to be hard to come by. El Rancho de las Golondrinas, however, takes immersive potential to a new level, allowing visitors to the ranch to experience a full on “living history” experience through authentic structures that have been preserved from their original roles in the early 18th century. The over 200 acres of preserved farmland also feature villagers, clothed in the day’s original fashion, who take part in a number of events, festivals and more that all offer up one of the most authentic and informative looks into New Mexican culture that you can expect to find.

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