2016 was another beautiful photographic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us and shared their photo memories  of Santa Fe!

For decades, photographers have known on how special the "light" is in Santa Fe. Being home to our historic adobe architecture, clear azure skies, and magnificent vistas makes Santa Fe a photographer's dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography named Santa Fe one of the [blog_link url="http://www.popphoto.com/best-places-photograph" text="World's Best Places to Photograph" date="2016-12-27"].

To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten Instagram photos from [blog_link url="https://www.instagram.com/cityofsantafe/?hl=en" text="@cityofsantafe" date="2016-12-27"]. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received…people’s favorites.

We hope you will enjoy these images that reflect how visitors see The City Different. We hope to see you (and your mobile phone cameras) in 2017. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our #MySantaFeHoliday Instagram [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Promotions/My_Santa_Fe_Holiday/index.html" text="contest" date="2016-12-27"]. There’s still time to submit your photos for a chance to win a Santa Fe Getaway! The contest ends on January 6, 2017 so post your photos today.


No. 10: "Door To The Sky"

#Repost @ailynperez1 ・・・ .@alexandra_sings This one is for you! #santafenm #adobe #doortothesky 🌻☀️

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No. 9.: "Just like a coyote to be going the wrong way down a one-way."


No. 8.: "John Wayne Haynes, his two dogs and horse Misty."


No. 7: "Zozobra being erected at Fort Marcy Park."


No. 6: "Aspens Changing Color"

Sshhh! Here’s a little secret: one of the best times to visit Santa Fe is in the fall between September and November. If you don’t have the chance to visit during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, there’s another three day weekend coming up in October—Columbus Day. This year, there’s even more reason to appreciate this national holiday. Our Mayor Javier Gonzales is making great strides to celebrate New Mexico’s indigenous people by also declaring this day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Come and experience the different sights and flavors this fall during this long weekend. What better way to enjoy it than by spending it in Santa Fe? Visit us at santafe.org and read our #NewBlogPost! Photo:Becca Buchleiter #SantaFeNM #SkiSantaFe #SantaFeSchoolOfCooking #SantaFeMargaritaTrail #DelCharro #CoyoteCantina #Beals&Co #MayorJavierGonzales #Chairlift #Margarita

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No. 5: "Fiestas on the Plaza at Sunset"

#Repost @thelucrece ・・・ Fiestas on the Plaza at Sunset #howtosantafe#simplysantafe#santafefiestas#newmexicotrue

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No. 4: "Downtown Santa Fe is inspiring."

#Repost @bartonsflowers ・・・ Even on the other are occasion of rain, downtown #santafenm #santafe is inspiring

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No. 3: "Another snowy shot from yesterday's storm."


No. 2: "Can't wait to get there and capture some of this beauty."


No. 1: "I'm at the burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe, a giant effigy of a man that serves as a communal symbol and is burned in a cathartic celebration in front of ten of thousands of people."


As 2016 comes to a close, we again thank you for visiting and sharing our blog and look forward to seeing your photos of Santa Fe in the coming New Year. Order the new [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visitors_Guide/index.html" text="2017 Santa Fe travel guide" date="2016-12-27"] and plan your Santa Fe getaway.  [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Specials/" text="Deals and Specials" date="2016-12-27"] abound so please check out our Deals and Specials and say “hello” to your new Santa Fe adventure in 2017.