Santa Fe: Essentials
TO/FROM THE AIRPORT
Sandia Shuttle Express
888/775-5696, 505/474-5696, sandiashuttle.com
Shuttle between Albuquerque International Sunport and most Santa Fe hotels costs $23 each way, $43 round trip. Reservations required. Check online for schedule.
Santa Fe Shuttle
Shuttle between Sunport and most Santa Fe hotels costs $21 each way, $38 round trip. Reservations required. Check online for schedule.
Twin Hearts Express & Transportation
Shuttle between Sunport and Santa Fe hotels costs $20 each way. Reservations required. Check online for schedule.
Santa Fe Trails
Ride the city's bus service with a $2 all-day pass. Route maps available at most hotels.
Capital City Cab
Initial fare $2.50, $2.20 per mile, and 48¢ per minute of waiting time, plus 7 percent tax.
Sun Mountain Bike Company
102 E. Water St., 505/982-8986, sunmountainbikeco.com
Day rentals ($26) include helmet, lock, and map.
Downtown extends from Santa Fe Plaza and is best explored on foot. A short drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains leads to excellent hiking at both moderate and challenging levels. Free basic trail maps at the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau (201 W. Marcy St.); the Travel Bug (839 Paseo de Peralta) sells more-detailed maps.
WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND TOWN
Free on the street:
Santa Fe Reporter, sfreporter.com
Santa Fe Detours
800/338-6877, 505/983-6565, sfdetours.com
Seasoned tour operators arrange raft, train, and horseback trips; hands-on classes in Pueblo cooking and pottery; as well as respectful excursions to Native American pueblos and historic ruins. Tours start at $10. Check online for events.
Santa Fe Southern Railway
888/989-8600, 505/986-8600, sfsr.com
Ride an old-time train 36 miles round trip from a 1908 depot in downtown Santa Fe to sleepy Lamy, a bustling railroad stop of the Wild West era. Seasonal events include Friday cocktail trips and Saturday barbecue bashes with campfire and cowboy songs. Yeehaw! From $28.
Palace of the Governors Downtown Walking Tour
Museum docents offer an expert education on centuries of Santa Fe history. April-Oct., Mon.-Sat., 10:15 a.m., starting from the blue gate on the Lincoln Avenue side of the palace, the state's history museum. $10, kids under 17 free.
Museum of Fine Arts Downtown Walking Tour
Savvy guides focus on Santa Fe art and architectural history during downtown walking tours. April-Nov., Mon., 10 a.m., starting at the museum gift shop. $10.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
505/843-7270 (in Albuquerque), indianpueblo.com
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