Historic Sites

Santa Fe is the oldest and highest-elevation state capital in the United States and its second-oldest city, formally founded in 1610 by Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta. But as early as 1050, Pueblo Indians occupied the downtown and Plaza areas, living in settlements collectively named Ogha Po’oge (Tewa for White Shell Water Place) with ready access to the Santa Fe River. 

You can learn about Santa Fe's rich past through historic sites located in and near the city.

Explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs or a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life. Visit centuries-old adobe and European-style churches. Ride a historic working railroad or enjoy the unique architecture of downtown Santa Fe.

With such a layered history, Santa Fe draws visitors back over and over again to uncover its fascinating past and experience its unforgettable present.