Santa Fe: Essentials

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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
888/833-2300, shuttlesantafe.com
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
800/654-9456
Shuttle between Sunport and Santa Fe hotels costs $20 each way. Reservations required. Check online for schedule.

BUS

Santa Fe Trails
505/955-2001, santafenm.gov
Ride the city's bus service with a $2 all-day pass. Route maps available at most hotels.

TAXI

Capital City Cab
505/438-0000
Initial fare $2.50, $2.20 per mile, and 48¢ per minute of waiting time, plus 7 percent tax.

BICYCLES

Sun Mountain Bike Company
102 E. Water St., 505/982-8986, sunmountainbikeco.com
Day rentals ($26) include helmet, lock, and map.

ON FOOT

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

At newsstands:
Journal Santa Fe, abqjournal.com
The Santa Fe New Mexican, santafenewmexican.com

TOURS

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
505/476-5109, palaceofthegovernors.org
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
505/476-5072, mfasantafe.org
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

 

  • Museum of New Mexico Info Line
    505/827-6463, museumofnewmexico.org
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  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
    505/843-7270 (in Albuquerque), indianpueblo.com
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