Santa Fe’s Summer of Color is waiting in the wings but those of us in the know say, “Why wait?” Spring in Santa Fe is a rainbow of hues everywhere you look and there’s so much waiting for the perceptive eye (and camera lens). So rather than tell you, let us show you and also invite you to discover and share the colors you find with all who love our City Different.

Start in the Heart

There is definitely a beating heart in the center of our historic town. Like all Spanish Colonial cities, Santa Fe boasts a beautiful plaza anchoring a fascinating neighborhood that draws both locals and visitors to downtown adventures.

The Santa Fe Plaza is a peaceful, pretty picture all year round.

Down the street from the Plaza, the Romanesque towers of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis may be unfinished but the overall picture is still a beauty. (Photo Credit: LeRoy N. Sanchez)

The gorgeous glowing stained-glass windows of the Scottish Rite Temple are just one of the stars of this magnifiecnt Masonic edifice on the Paseo de Peralta.

Talk a Walk On the Art Side

At last count, Santa Fe’s museums numbered 17 and galleries stood at over 200; that means color comes in every form imaginable. With multiple arts districts in which to wander, something essentially Santa Fe is easy to find.


Seeing Santa Fe on foot is a great way to appreciate the spring colors.


Patina Gallery is just one of the ooh-ahh destinations for spring green in the West Palace Arts District.


Start at SITE Santa Fe and you can see the best of the Santa Fe Railyard arts district.


Even Georgia O’Keeffe posed for a New Mexico memory. (Photo 1950, Collection of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Photographer Unknown)


Santa Fe’s Bataan Military Museum offers a different picture of New Mexico history.

Santa Fe is a Feast for Body and Soul

A foodie’s fantasy destination like Santa Fe means a lot of point-and-shoot action before diners even pick up their forks. And no wonder––the variety of options is as awesome as the taste!


You can celebrate Christmas in springtime when you order your burrito Christmas-style at Tomasita’s!


Think pink when you order a margarita at the Coyote Cantina but don’t neglect the standards––simply order a trio to share.


The chocolate pyramid at The Teahouse is so artistic that you hesitate to dig in–– but it’s guaranteed to disappear after you put your camera down!


You can shield your eyes while you’re on a photo shoot by picking up a colorful topper at Chapare.


A visit to the bright, brand-new Modern General store makes a person feel sunny.

Santa Fe Grows as it Goes

The State of New Mexico’s motto––“Crescit Eundo” meaning “It Grows As it Goes”––is reflected in the cultural inroads spreading to parts of the city outside the downtown historc district. And the “going” is an exciting process worth exploring.


Go West, Young Man, to see the colorful kinetic sculptures at Prescott Studios on Siler Road.


The Meow Wolf Art Collective is sure to drape their new space colorfully in an old bowling alley which is on its way to becoming an arts hot spot. (Photo Credit: Meow Wolf)


It’s easy to beat a case of the munchies with a visit to the westside Duel Brewery where there’s much more than just great beer.


The cider craze has hit Santa Fe and Santa Sidra has the goods.

Mother Nature Reigns Over All

The piñon-juniper woodland in which Santa Fe is perched has natural wonders galore, and a visit with Mother Nature and her animal kingdom is always good for the spirit.


In Santa Fe, spring deliveries are arriving daily! (Photo Credit: Scott Renbarger, Outspire Hiking)


With a good guide book, it doesn’t take long to find cool, cool water scenes and good fishing at places like Monastery Lake.


The weirdly fantastic landscape of Kasha Katuwe––Tent Rocks–– is worth a daytrip. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Walkabouts)

Share Your Santa Fe

By now, your shutter finger is probably raring to go. If you’ve got something that’s simply Santa Fe in your photo roll, won’t you please share? Post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SantaFeColor for avid Santa Fe photo fans to see. If your album is currently devoid of Santa Fe delights, then spring is the ideal time to make a Santa Fe getaway part of your photographic history.


Don’t let the sun set on your springtime without adding Santa Fe to your photo roll.