Aaah, the lure of Santa Fe. The City Different is unique for a reason. Rich Native American history and an abundance of art and culture, all in a stunning desert mountain landscape, set Santa Fe apart from the rest. But you may be wondering, is March a good time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico? Yes! Anytime, thanks to the cool, dry winters, warm summers, and relatively low precipitation. However, many people argue that spring is the best time to visit Santa Fe. Since March marks the beginning of the Spring Equinox, we’ve put together 10 things to do in Santa Fe, NM in March.
Many of these March activities are outdoors since spring in Santa Fe is usually very mild with temperatures averaging between 60 and 70 degrees. The low air pollution and predominantly sunny skies As the temperatures are still a bit cooler in March, you will likely avoid the crowds that late spring brings.
#1 – Take a Hike
You may be surprised to learn that Santa Fe is situated at 7,199 feet above sea level – the highest elevation of any state capital. The high elevation lends itself to incredible vistas and stunning sunsets, which are plentiful as you hike the area’s many trails. Whether you’re interested in a short hike or all-day hike, we have some fantastic suggestions.
#2 – Visit a Scenic Park
Thanks to the area’s surrounding foothills and natural beauty, Santa Fe’s scenic parks are impressive to say the least. As you trek among the wildlife, evergreens, and juniper shrubs at Hyde Memorial State Park, you’ll appreciate the beautiful scenery, quiet setting, and scent of Piñon. The Santa Fe National Forest is a natural wonder of its own encompassing about 1,558,452 acres. Streams, rivers, and lakes ripple and flow among alpine peaks and grassy meadows. You will truly feel transported to another time as you hike the primitive trails.
#3 – Savor Delicious Cuisine
Santa Fe is teeming with restaurants offering a variety of flavors to savor, from American, African-Caribbean, and Indian to Italian, Japanese and Southwestern. Find your favorite with our guides to the best lunch spots and the top restaurants in Santa Fe.
#4 – Travel the Margarita Trail
With your Margarita Trail Passport in hand, visit the best bars and restaurants in Santa Fe as you sip your way through 45 signature beverages, including classic lime and agave margaritas. The Santa Fe Margarita Trail is a palate-pleasing experience! you can experience the Santa Fe Margarita Trail in NM!
#5 – Take a Guided Tour
Discover fascinating facts and interesting stories about Santa Fe’s history, heritage, art, and culture as you tour The City Different by foot, bike, or car. Find and book your favorite tour this March or any time of year.
#6 – Embark on a Day Trip
Beyond the Santa Fe’s borders lies a primitive yet pristine landscape just waiting to be explored. Drive the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos with unique stops along the way. Travel one of Santa Fe’s scenic byways for out-of-this-world views. Visit an historic monument to get up close and personal to the area’s rich history.
- Best Day Trips from Santa Fe
- Day Trip West to the Jemez Mountains
- Scenic Drive from Santa Fe to Taos
#7 – Experience Meow Wolf
Experience “The House of Eternal Return,” an artsy fun house thanks to the collective efforts of local artists and presented by Meow Wolf. Happily wander through different places at your own pace and experience something different every step of the way.
#8 – Peruse a Museum
Santa Fe is home to more than a dozen state and private museums that feature the area’s rich cultural heritage. Save time by visiting Museum Hill, which houses four of the museums. The experiences are rewarding and lasting as you peruse exhibits that take you back in time, yet continue to live on.
#9 – Explore Canyon Road
Explore Santa Fe’s famed Canyon Road where over 100 art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants line the street – all within a half mile. You’ll never get through all of them in a day, but you will certainly have fun trying.
#10 – Ski Santa Fe
Believe it or not, there is plenty of snow in Santa Fe in March. While you may not equate skiing with springtime, skiing makes our list of 10 things to do in Santa Fe, NM in March thanks to the late winter snowfall we receive each year. In fact, ski enthusiasts can usually count on honing their skills on the hills until early April.
So, come enjoy the best of both worlds as you ski one day and hike the next. Or tour the area by day, and experience a night ski adventure in the evening. To learn more, check out these 5 reasons to hit the slopes during your next visit to Santa Fe.
Whether you choose to ski, hike, tour, or taste your way through Santa Fe in March, you can count on an exceptional overnight stay at our historic adobe abode. Our ten uniquely designed guest rooms, all named after renowned artists, many who once roamed our halls, are reason alone to book your stay. After a day of exploring, return to your private guest room to relax in front of the Piñon-scented Kiva fireplace. In the morning, we’ll pamper you with a delicious scratch made breakfast. In between adventures, lie in the hammock, stroll the terraced gardens, or sip a glass of wine on the patio as you listen to the birds. Check availability now and visit Santa Fe this spring for an incredible and memorable getaway!