The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art chronicles 500 years of influence on the culture of the American Southwest with more than 3,000 pieces collected to date, from the first days of the conquistadors up through 20th-century Hispanic art. Currently on display through Labor Day is a retrospective on Cady Wells, a prolific modernist painter and collector of New Mexican art who amassed a stockpile of retablos, paintings, bultos, tinwork, and textiles as part of his unfulfilled dream of founding the great state of Newer Mexico. Along with unlimited visits for themselves and their immediate families, members get free admission to many of the museum's ongoing lectures, classes, and aquatic musical numbers.
Lauded for its inimitable art scene set against a stunning desert-dotted backdrop, Santa Fe might be the the ideal place to hold an art fair. Peppered with works from some of its 240 city galleries and pieces from international exhibitors, Art Santa Fe—now in its 13th year—expands on the city's proud tradition to showcase some of its most striking opuses alongside works by exhibitors from such far-flung locales as Madison, Wisconsin and Osaka, Japan. Visitors mingle with artists and art dealers while perusing gallery exhibits and art installations, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of the perfectly parallel yellow lines painted masterfully on many of America's highways. All tickets include admission to demonstrations of hanji papermaking by a Korean expert and monotype printing by a graphic artist.
Housing nearly 3,000 works, including approximately 1,150 O'Keeffe originals, the museum invites art-hungry viewers to sample the finest in American modernist art. With a membership, patrons can sop up a year's worth of art and history through unlimited admission (normally up to $10 for adults, free for youth 18 and younger), free or discounted lectures, a subscription to the museum’s Member News quarterly, and the right to use 12-inch voices while others are only allowed 10-inches. Members also enjoy 10% off sweets and savories at the O'Keeffe Café and a 10% discount at the museum shop, enabling guests to leave with more than just a full mind. See the full list of benefits here.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures' geocaching excursions equip hikers with GPS devices to aid their search for hidden containers, or geocaches. After meeting at the Dale Ball trailhead, adventure-seekers will be briefed on how to use their GPS for good, before being given coordinates for the first geocache hiding place. Over two and a half hours, groups of approximately eight brave human explorers will be accompanied by an experienced local geocachist, and together they will progress to each successive point of interest while dousing the flames of thirst with swigs from complimentary souvenir water bottles. Kids will be rewarded with treasures at each hidden location. Geocachers are encouraged to share their exploits online via WiFi, Ethernet cable, or Bluetooth.
The Santa Fe Southern Railway revels in a rich history, one that commenced in the 1800s and was heralded in the Academy Award–winning Judy Garland song "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe". Connecting Santa Fe to the rest of the country, the train line helped to build the southwestern city's reputation as a great arts destination as it transported visitors and wanderlust-filled paintbrushes to the picturesque terrain. During regular expeditions to nearby Lamy, the railway continues to dazzle riders with sweeping vistas just outside the windows of vintage 1920s train cars, which each sport their own snack and drink bar.