Railyard, Baca, and Guadalupe Districts
Contemporary lofts, galleries, and museums mark the neighboring Railyard, Baca Street, and Guadalupe districts, home to the Santa Fe Farmers Market, Violet Crown Cinema, and many of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants and pubs. Railyard Artisan Market, Santa Fe Artists Market, El Museo Mercado, and several small shops make this an optimal neighborhood for shopping as well. Visit the 10-acre Railyard Park for community gardens and two outdoor performance spaces. Get visitor info at the historic Santa Fe Depot—the northern terminus of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter line and once the end of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line.
Just a Few Sees & Dos
SITE Santa Fe: A tall order, but its goal is to present “the most innovative visual art of our time in new and engaging ways.” Carve out a few hours for an exhibition, a lecture, or a show. Free admission.
Jean Cocteau Cinema: Established in 1976, the eclectic movie house is now owned by the renowned George R. R. Martin of the Games of Thrones series. Expect films you might not otherwise find. The full bar and popcorn/snack counter are a welcome touch!
Sky Railway: Hop aboard the artfully refurbished rail cars entertaining passengers with curated culinary, astronomic, theatrical, child-centered, musical adventures to and from the Lamy station.
New Mexico School for the Arts: Celebrating its years in double digits now, NMSA is the only four-year, statewide public high school serving students from across the state with an arts training and academic program. The sprawling campus is on the site of the former Sanbusco Market Center, a busy building supply warehouse from the 1800s at the end of the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
Baca District: Reach this renewed, former industrial area via the charming and urban Acequia Trail, lined by the flowing Acequia Madre and old-growth Elms to the west and New Mexico School for the Deaf to the east. Start at the end of Railyard Park through the blue underpass that runs below busy St. Francis Road. In a short mile, you’ll find the bustling Baca Street District—shops, contemporary retail outlets, artist live-work spaces, glass blowing studios, and restaurants, including Cafecito, featuring the culture and foods from Argentina, Armenia and Italy.
The Santa Fe Rail Trail: This 18 mile trail follows the historic Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line to Lamy. The first 3.5 miles are asphalt. Be prepared with the proper bike for the rolling, rocky remainder.