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.

Tour Times and Pricing

Our 2022 season begins April 1st. 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.

Tours depart every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:15 AM from the entrance to New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, one-half block north of Santa Fe Plaza.

To make a reservation ahead of time, book now on our website’s calendar. Same day tickets are sold in-person at the NM History Museum’s Spiegelberg Shop, but are subject to availability.

Friends of History members receive a 20% discount for themselves and the guests who accompany them; members, please email us at [email protected] to book.

Custom Tours

Custom tours can be scheduled at your convenience (major holidays excepted). Standard tour fees apply with a $120 minimum. For information contact [email protected].

Where to Park

Because many 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.

Where to Meet

Meet your docent at the Lincoln Avenue entrance to the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, outside in the covered area to the left of the blue door.

Highlights

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.

Tours visit eighteen historic sites and structures and explore the interiors of two historic buildings.  On the one and one-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 Preview

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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