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Experience the Total Solar Eclipse
On August 21st, skywatchers will be treated to the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979. The “Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” as it is being called, will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina along a pathway about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide.
In Santa Fe, we will be south of the pathway from which the total eclipse will be visible, but we will be able to see a 70%, or so, partial eclipse starting about 10:20, peaking about 11:45, and ending about 13:14.
A Magical Half-Mile
Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Canyon Road is a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe. Stroll this picturesque trail to experience fine art, great shopping, and exquisite dining any day of the week or make plans to attend one of our very special annual events.
The Art of Canyon Road
100 Years ‐ 100 Galleries
Explore the history of Santa Fe’s art scene as you stroll historic Canyon Road, a perfect vacation destination just minutes away from the top Santa Fe hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts.
While gracious adobe architecture gives Canyon Road its old world charm, diversity is its claim to fame. More than a hundred galleries, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, home furnishings shops, artist studios, and gourmet restaurants line this magical half-mile.
In 1598, Franciscan Friars entered what is now New Mexico. These priests accompanied the Spanish colonists, who had migrated north from Mexico City.
The City of Santa Fe was founded in 1610. That same year the first church was built on this site. The original adobe church was replaced in 1630 by a larger one, which was destroyed by the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680.
The expelled Spaniards returned in 1693, but were not able to rebuild the church until 1714. This new church was named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Santa Fe.
The only part of this church still existing is the small adobe chapel dedicated to Our Lady La Conquistadora. Brought from Spain in 1625, the statue is the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States.
At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails.
Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return is a unique art experience featuring a wild new form of non-linear storytelling which unfolds through exploration, discovery and 21st century interactivity. The premise: Something has happened inside a mysterious Victorian house that has dissolved the nature of time and space. Venture through the house of The Selig Family, and discover secret passageways into fantastic dimensions!