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Snowbird in Santa Fe | Passing Through or Winter Home

With average temperature highs in the 40s-50s throughout November to March, it’s easy to see a snowbird in Santa Fe, NM.  Whether passing through New Mexico to your winter home or seeking a destination during winter months, Santa Fe has something for everyone. Enjoy abundant outdoor winter recreation, pursue new passions, and find your like-minded community. Here are the top five ways to enjoy life as a snowbird in Santa Fe!

1. Outdoor Recreation

Downhill Skiing

Ski Santa Fe is one of the Southwest’s most exciting ski destinations. Just 16 miles from downtown Santa Fe with a base elevation of 10,350 feet and 86 trails, this epic resort is a snowbird’s paradise.

Ice Skating

Enjoy ice skating, ice dancing, hockey, and more at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. Don’t worry, you can rent your skates there!

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The Santa Fe National Forest offers great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. The 1.9-mile Norski Trail is well-marked for skiers, and nearby Hyde Memorial State Park has excellent multi-use trails.

2. Find Community At Live Events

There are so many fun events to enjoy as a snowbird in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Farmers Market (held every Saturday year-round) offers seasonal, local food to energize you for all your adventures. The Santa Fe Harvest Festival is voted one of the best in the nation. Take part in foot-stomping grapes for wine, stringing red chili ristras, making homemade tortillas, listening & dancing to traditional music, and so much more. The Santa Fe Winter Indian Market brings together 150+ New Mexico artists selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, and more. One of the most fun activities to enjoy as a snowbird in New Mexico is our Santa Fe Restaurant Week. Enjoy 11 days of non-stop delectable delights from restaurants all over Santa Fe.

3. Submerge Yourself In The Arts

Love live performances? We’ve got plenty! Enjoy dinner & a live show at El Flamenco Spanish Cabaret. Santa Fe Pro Musica offers a variety of concerts and events including its popular Holiday Bach Festival. The Lensic Performing Arts Center is Santa Fe’s year-round home for the performing arts, offering a variety of performances, education, and community programs. Listen to the beautiful sound of the annual winter choral concert at the Candlelight Carols.

4. Indulge In One Of Our Many Spas

What is a snowbird winter in Santa Fe without a bit of pampering? Treat yourself to body wraps, massages, skin treatments, and hair care at one of our top-rated spas.

5. Stay at Inn of the Turquoise Bear

Feel the Spirit of the Southwest at our Quintessential Rambling Adobe Villa! A stay at Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B is a snowbird’s getaway. Relax, restore, and rejuvenate in our cozy bedrooms with kiva fireplaces and luxurious linens & towels. Enjoy our full gourmet breakfast, where you can meet guests and make new friends. Stroll through our lush, terraced gardens with a glass of wine. Bringing your furry friend along? We’re one of the best pet-friendly snowbird locations in New Mexico.

Book your stay at Inn of the Turquoise Bear. We can’t wait to host you!

Published September 2023

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