Santa Fe Community Info
Tucked away in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the city of Santa Fe is appropriately referred to as the “City Different.” Santa Fe is the country’s oldest capital city. The community boasts a long and rich history and is home to both the nation’s oldest public building – the Palace of the Governors – and the country’s oldest community celebration – the Santa Fe Fiesta.
The Santa Fe area was initially populated by native Pueblo tribes. The conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta settled Santa Fe in 1609 and 1610. In 1680, the Pueblos revolted against the Spanish colonists and sacked Santa Fe. They remained in control of the city until 1692, when the Spanish under Don Diego de Vargas recaptured Santa Fe after a bloodless siege. Santa Fe became the capital of “the Kingdom of New Mexico” when Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821. New Mexico became a state in 1912.
Santa Fe today is one of the most uniquely beautiful cities in the world. The city is committed to preserving both its adobe architecture and the rich history it represents. Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures are represented in the city’s events, museums, architecture, art and celebrations.
Santa Fe Arts
Santa Fe is known throughout the world for its thriving arts community. The city hosts the largest Native American arts market in the world each August, the Santa Fe Indian Market. The event attracts approximately 100,000 visitors each year who come to view the works of approximately 1,200 artists from 600 tribes. There are also two Spanish art markets each year: the Traditional Spanish Market Show and Sale each July and the Winter Spanish Market in December. Spanish artwork can be seen year-round at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
The Museum of New Mexico, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum are just a handful of the educational and cultural facilities located within the city. The Palace of the Governors is now a Southwest history museum located in Santa Fe’s bustling downtown plaza. Additionally, more than 300 galleries can be found in the city.
As would be expected from a world-class capital city, Santa Fe is home to an astonishing variety of performing arts groups and venues. The internationally renowned Santa Fe Opera is situated in the city’s rolling foothills and hosts a variety of performances from late June through August. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival occurs annually from early July through late August, showcasing a variety of individuals, ensembles and musical styles. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra provide even more musical options.
Santa Fe is also known as a culinary capital. The city is home to a number of outstanding restaurants featuring everything from Native American to contemporary Southwest to unique New Mexican cuisine.
Recreational options are practically unlimited in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Mountain biking, golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, skiing and bird watching are just a few of the possibilities. Historic sites are numerous both in and around the city. The San Miguel Mission, El Rancho de las Golondrinas and the Santuario de Guadalupe are just a few of Santa Fe’s educational sites.