NileGuide Expert Says:
Parking is limited but doable but walking is best as it allows you up close views of the best galleries. Two restaurants worth visiting, both at the eastern end are El Farol for tapas, and The Tea House, a quiet delight.
100 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
tel: +1 505 983 7317
Santa Fe's Canyon Road is on every art lover's top five list. It is an art Mecca for many and center stage for America's second largest art market (only New York tops Santa Fe). Here, a few blocks south of Santa Fe Plaza, on a one mile stretch, are over one hundred art galleries, studios, specialty shops and restaurants blended appealingly into historic adobe structures. Canyon Road is pure Southwestern charm and authenticity. Touches of contemporary art mingle with western themes, 400 year-old Indian artifacts and eye-pleasing aesthetics. There's a sense of spirituality on Canyon Road, a church-like atmosphere in which people talk in soft voices and art pervades everything. In spring and summer the streets and tidy yards are ablaze with New Mexico's flowering beauty - breathtaking bright with yellow leaves on tall aspens and cottonwoods. On Friday evenings, gallery artist's showings are perfect for art collectors and other viewers to see what's new. Christmas Eve brings out locals and visitors on the traditional Canyon Road stroll warmed by carolers, street bonfires and cider. Hours are 11:00 - 5:00 year round.