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Visitors arriving by car

Paid parking is available in the City of Santa Fe-managed surface lots located behind SITE Santa Fe, behind Warehouse 21, and next to James Kelly Contemporary / Railyard Performance Center. Be sure to have ample change or dollar bills in case the machines do not accommodate credit cards; signs indicate payment is required from 6 am to 6 pm.

Parking is also available at the Railyard Parking structure, located at corner of Camino de la Familia and Manhattan Avenue across from the Violet Crown Theater.
There are four ways to access the Railyard Parking Structure:

  • Guadalupe Street either direction, then west on Manhattan Avenue at the light
  • Guadalupe Street either direction, then west on Montezuma toward Sanbusco Center, left on Market St. and right on Manhattan
  • Paseo de Peralta east from St. Francis Drive, then left on Camino de la Familia
  • Paseo de Peralta west from Guadalupe Street, then right on Camino de la Familia


Visitors arriving by air

Santa Fe is easily accessible via the Albuquerque International Sunport and the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. In addition to commercial carriers, both airports accommodate private aircraft. Additionally, private charters are available in Santa Fe. Driving time between Santa Fe and Albuquerque is about one hour. Both cities have good options for rental cars. Sandia Shuttles offers service between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and limousine hire is available from several providers. A free shuttle connects the Albuquerque International Sunport with the RailRunner commuter train that operates between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The schedule is posted HERE. (also, see our information about visiting SITE Santa Fe by train on this page). Jet Blue offers a seasonal non-stop daily flight between ABQ and JFK in New York. American Eagle operates four daily flights between Santa Fe and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and one daily flight between Santa Fe Los Angeles (LAX). Great Lakes Airlines runs two daily flights between Santa Fe and Denver (DEN) and two daily flights between Santa Fe and Clovis, NM (CVN). Beginning May 1, 2013 United Airlines will run two daily flights between Santa Fe and Denver (DEN).

Visitors arriving by train

SITE Santa Fe is just a few steps from the rail depot in Santa Fe–visiting SITE by rail is fast and easy. The New Mexico RailRunner Express commuter train runs between Belen, NM and Santa Fe, NM, with several stops in Albuquerque and other points in between. The RailRunner is quick, comfortable and has amenities such as free wi-fi. A fast, free shuttle between the Albuquerque International Sunport and the RailRunner’s downtown Albuquerque stop is available. Unfortunately, the RailRunner doesn’t suit everyone’s schedule–check schedules HERE. Santa Fe may also be reached by Amtrak.

Visitors arriving by foot or bike

With 300 days of sunshine per year on average, Santa Fe is a wonderful city for bicyclists and pedestrians. SITE Santa Fe sits adjacent to the Railyard Park which serves as a central hub for the city-maintained trail system––it’s the meeting place of the Acequia and Rail Trails with quick access to the Santa Fe River Trail and the downtown Plaza and Alameda. Santa Fe is ranked as a “bronze level” bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists, a point driven home by this New York Times article about cycling in the nation’s oldest capital city. The same trail network that caters to cyclists accommodates pedestrians. Previous visitors to Santa Fe will have discovered the charms of walking the mix of  modern streets and narrow lanes. A complete trail map may be viewed on this 6.5 MB .pdf file: 2012 Santa Fe Trail Map Visitors looking to rent bicycles during their stay in Santa Fe can contact Mellow Velo. In downtown Santa Fe and near the Railyard, it’s often possible to hail a Santa Fe Pedicab.

Visitors arriving by bus

The Santa Fe Trails bus system is an effective way to navigate the city and there are a few options for visiting SITE Santa Fe by bus. Bus routes 2 and 4 as well as the “Santa Fe Pickup” stop near SITE Santa Fe. Maps and schedules are available HERE. Bus fare is $1 per trip. A day pass may be purchased for $2. Persons over 60 years of age and person with disabilities ride for half-cost. Youth 17 years and younger ride for free. Full-sized buses are able to accommodate bicycles. Santa Fe Trails also has a special M route for museums. The museum route visits several museums downton and on “Museum Hill.” Naturally, it stops near SITE Santa Fe as well.

Parking Info

parking mapRailyard Parking Rates:

Meters: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm/ $2.00 per hour for the first two hours/ $3.00 per hour thereafter if parked at a meter where the maximum time limit is more than two hours
Railyard Garage: Monday through Sunday 6:00 am to 12:00 am/ $1.00 for the first hour/ $2.00 for the second hour and each hour thereafter/ not to exceed $12.00 a day
Warehouse 21 and SITE Santa Fe pay lots: Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm/$1.00 for the first hour/ $2.00 for the second hour and each hour thereafter/ not to exceed $12.00 a day

Visiting Santa Fe

David Lamelas, The Desert People, 1974, 16mm, sound, color still image 48 mins Courtesy of the artist and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchased through the Board of Overseers Acquisition fund. © David Lamelas. Image courtesy of Sprüth Magers and Jan Mot, Brussels
David Lamelas, The Desert People, 1974, 16mm, sound, color still image 48 mins Courtesy of the artist and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchased through the Board of Overseers Acquisition fund. © David Lamelas. Image courtesy of Sprüth Magers and Jan Mot, Brussels

Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the United States, and has a rich, diverse culture. Below are recommendations the staff at SITE Santa Fe love, and we know you will too, in no particular order…

Santa Fe Convention and Visitor BureauTourist Information

For the Complete Guide to the Authentic Santa Fe Experience go to: Travel Guide & Concierge

SITE Santa Fe is pleased to feature direct links to our Business Council members. We encourage you to patronize these local businesses.

*SITE Santa Fe Business Council Member

Hotel Santa Fe is SITE Santa Fe’s preferred hotel. For special rates (availability varies) mention SITE to the Reservations desk.

Sage Inn*, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa


Breakfast Tune-Up Cafe, The Pantry, Harry’s Roadhouse, Pasqual’s, Clafoutis, Modern General
Lunch 2nd Street Brewery @ the Railyard, Vinaigrette, Beestro, Santa Cafe, Il Vicino, Backstreet Bistro, Shake Foundation*, Bambini’s, El Chile Toreado, Cheesemongers of Santa Fe
Dinner   Cowgirl BBQ* Mu Du Noodles, Bouche, Il Piatto*, Paper Dosa, Fire & Hops, Coyote Rooftop Cantina, Geronimo, Izanami*
Coffee and Tea Ohori’s Coffee and Tea*, Downtown Subscription, Iconik Coffee Roasters
Sweet treats Todos Santos, Yoberri, Ecco Gelato, Plaza Bakery, Hagen Däaz
New Mexican Cuisine The Shed, La Choza, Atrisco
Off the beaten path Cafe Fina, Gabriel’s, San Marcos Cafe
Cocktails Santa Fe Spirits*, Secreto Lounge (in the Hotel St. Francis)


Santa Fe Railyard District
Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe Downtown Plaza

Anything else you might need:

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, Ultimed Urgent Medical Care

Arts & Culture:

Railyard Arts District Last Fridays Art Walks, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Residence, New Mexico Museum of Art, Patina Gallery, Gallery Fritz*, LewAllen Contemporary, Winterowd Fine Arts, Tai Modern, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, EVOKE Contemporary, Jean Cocteau Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema, Meow Wolf, and Santa Fe Clay.


Ten Thousand Waves*, Ojo Caliente (40 mins north)
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Events of interest:

Santa Fe Farmers Market, Lannan Foundation* (Readings and Conversations), The Santa Fe Opera, SWAIA’s Santa Fe Indian Market Santa Fe, Spanish Market, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


School and Group Tours Special tours for private groups, organizations, businesses and educational organizations may be arranged. Group tours are a great addition to organized travel, company retreats, educational curricula and team-building exercises. To facilitate scheduling your tour, please fill out and submit the form below. Please note the days and hours SITE is open to the public on the left of this page under Visitors Information. Additional fees apply to tours scheduled outside of regular hours.

Press Tours Press tours are available by appointment. Please contact Anne Wrinkle,

Arrange a Tour

House Rules

In the art world, generally rules are meant to be broken, however, for the safety of our art and of our guests, we ask that all visitors follow these House Rules:

  • Don’t touch, climb or sit on, kick, hit, or lick the art
  • Please check large bags or other clumsy items at the front desk
  • Pay attention to the art, but also to children – don’t leave little ones unattended

I carried my camera all the way here, can I use it?
–Yes of course! Just be sure to turn off your flash – bright lights can be damaging to delicate artworks. Sometimes individual artworks do have photography restrictions, so look out for signage in galleries.
How about my phone?
–We know how scary it is to be separated from your phone these days, so feel free to bring one along. Silence your phones and if you get a call, please talk softly so as not to disturb other guests.
I’m starved from walking around in the desert; can I eat/drink in the museum?
–As tempting as it may be to finish that chile relleno please leave all food and drinks at the front desk (we promise not to eat it). Salsa is hard to scrape off of paintings.
My dog loves contemporary art; can he come in with me?
–While we love a cute pooch as much as the next guy, sometimes they get bored and take it out on the art in unpredictable ways. Therefore, we have to ask that all pets, except assistance animals, enjoy the museum from the outside only. If you have other questions during your visit, please ask!