Tourists arriving in Santa Fe will first notice the unique architecture that is symbolic of New Mexico. Originally a Spanish territory, Santa Fe is now the state capital of New Mexico and is the highest elevated and oldest state capital in the United States; it was established by Spanish settlers in 1610. Along with Espanola and Edgewood, Santa Fe is a part of Santa Fe County and is the seat of this region. Farther out, nearby towns and cities worth exploring include Albuquerque, Taos and Roswell.
Santa Fe is well known as an arts mecca. When you book an RV in Santa Fe, expect to be able to immerse yourself in painting, pottery, architecture and other art forms; perusing art galleries could easily fill an afternoon or an entire day. Famous artists from this area include the painter Georgia O'Keefe and George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones novel series. Information on current arts events can easily be found in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, which publishes Pasatiempo, a calendar and commentary on the local arts scene. Other sources include The Magazine and an alternative weekly newspaper, the Santa Fe Reporter.
Other attractions to this city include music, dance, opera, museums and sports. RVers needing to gas up the Santa Fe luxury RV rental will have a vast selection of gas stations to choose from, most of them located in the south of Santa Fe. Grocery shopping for those who wish a quiet evening preparing dinner in their Santa Fe motorhome rental will also have an extensive selection of outlets to choose from, including stores selling locally grown and raised foods, specialty items and a small number of chain retail outlets.
Public transportation in and around Santa Fe is managed by Rio Metro, which has routes within the city and beyond, making it easy to park the camper rental in Santa Fe and safely and comfortably make your way to Albuquerque and Las Alamos, amongst other destinations. It also connects with the Rail Runner, a train service which runs south through the Rio Grande Valley to Belen.
The Great Outdoors
Perhaps the best way to begin exploring with an RV rental in Santa Fe is to take the Atalaya trail to the top of Atalaya Mountain, where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. While outside of the city, guests should also visit the Mine Shaft Tavern, 30 minutes south on Highway NM-14. This raucous establishment in Madrid is situated near the mineshaft that once employed Madrid's population, and was also featured in the David Bowie movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Bandelier National Monument, on Highway NM-4 and south of Las Alamos as the crow flies, is a protected site of petroglyphs and dwellings carved out of a cliff face of soft rock. It was once home to the Anasazi culture that dates back 11,000 years. It is also a good destination for camping and hiking, offering a variety of short and longer trails of various difficulty.
To the east of Santa Fe, guests can experience American history first hand at Fort Union, the largest 19th-century military fort in New Mexico. The adobe ruins, located in a prairie valley, are a photographers dream (even non-photographers will want to take a picture or two). The site offers a variety of activities, and children can earn a Junior Ranger badge to take home with them.
As with most necessities in town, visitors will have an extensive selection of places to park the for the night. Visitors to the Bandelier National Monument can park their Santa Fe, NM RV rental at Juniper Campground, allowing them to spend less time traveling and more time seeing the monument. Within Santa Fe's city limits, many RV parks can be found in the south of the city, along or near Cerrillos Road.
Closer to downtown, Trailer Ranch RV Resort and Los Suenos de Santa Fe RV Park are near each other (if you see Los Suenos, Trailer Ranch will be on the opposite side and a few blocks in from the road). Pinon RV Park can be found near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway and Canam Highway, while Santa Fe Skies RV Park is located on Browncastle Ranch Rd.
Exploring The City
At the end of a long, hot and tiring day, nothing says relaxation like a spa and massage; Santa Fe does not lack in these. Follow a treatment with dinner in town at any of Santa Fe's fine eateries. Enjoy an outdoor dinner on a rooftop patio, or a scenic skyline meal on the sixth and top floor of the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe's version of a skyscraper.
A satisfying dinner should be followed by a stroll down Canyon Road, exploring its gift and book shops, and selection of chocolate retailers (there are several). Handcrafted jewelry is on display and visitors can have a cowboy hat custom made to fit them by a seasoned and legitimate cowboy.
Santa Fe, NM is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Santa Fe. Outdoorsy's Santa Fe RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.