Walking Tours

Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Santa Fe

Explore 400 years of history, culture, and architecture in the nation’s oldest capital city. From ancient Indian Pueblos to the birth of the atomic age, our museum-trained docents bring to life the incredible true stories, colorful characters, and unique places that make Santa Fe "The City Different."

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Discover Santa Fe with Museum-Trained Docents

Trained at the New Mexico History Museum, your guide takes you through the heart of the city. From the ancient plaza to the state capitol building, you’ll explore the intriguing history, diverse architecture, and unique atmosphere of one of the United States’ oldest and most notable capital cities.


Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Santa Fe will provide you with an up-close glimpse of the vibrant and multicultural history of the Land of Enchantment’s capital city. On your tour, our well-trained and historically knowledgeable guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey through Santa Fe’s past.

On the one and half mile walk you will discover:

  • How the Villa de Santa Fe became the capital of “The Kingdom of New Mexico” and the oldest capital city in the US.
  • Why the 1680 Pueblo Revolt was one of the most successful Native American rebellions in American History.
  • How Santa Fe became the center of an international network of trade routes despite being at least 1000 miles from the trails’ destinations.
  • Why an unassuming little office at 109 East Palace Avenue was crucial to the success of the Manhattan project and the birth of the Atomic Age.
  • How a Catholic priest from France managed to build a grand stone cathedral in a town of little mud houses.
  • Why New Mexico is the only state in US with a round capitol building.
  • How a group of anthropologists, artists, and writers created the Santa Fe we love today.
Palace of the Governors in downtown Santa Fe
“I want to commend our awesome tour guide. She was so well informed and had great stories to tell about each place we visited.” Julie, St. Louis, MO

Tour Times

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tours temporarily are available by advance reservation only.  Reservations should be made at least five days in advance.  To make your reservation, email the tour manager at [email protected].

Tour Pricing

The tour fee is $20 for adults 18 and older; $10 for children age 8 to 17; and no charge for children under age 8. Reservations are strongly recommended. Click here to reserve your tour and purchase tickets.

Custom Tours

Custom tours can be scheduled for any time of day or year by advance reservation. For information contact [email protected].

Where to Park

Because on-street parking meters have a two-hour limit, we recommend that you park in one of the public parking structures or lots. Click here for a map of parking areas.


Our historic walking tours of downtown Santa Fe are unforgettable experiences. Please enjoy these tour highlights.  

Scavenger Hunt

Add another level of engagement to your walking tour with a Junior Santa Fe Historian scavenger hunt! Children, and enthusiastic adults, can earn a badge by playing history detective as they follow along on one of our tours. Three different age levels are available.

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