10 Remarkable Points of Interest Near the Santa Fe Casinos

View of Two Santa Fe Attractions

The Santa Fe Casinos are a group of exciting gaming destinations in the vibrant capital of New Mexico. However, they aren’t the only cool things to do in the area, as today’s post will point out.

If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as opposed to just a solid casino tour, today’s post is a must-read. We will list quite a few fun things to do in the area, and odds are, you will find plenty more to love beyond today’s post.

But we figured we would help get you started.

Are you ready to discover all there is to love near the Santa Fe Casinos?

Keep reading for more information.

1 – Museum of International Folk Art

If you’re an art enthusiast, odds are you will already have an art museum on your vacation itinerary to Santa Fe. But you’re shortchanging yourself if you do not include the Museum of International Folk Art.

Located at 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, this museum is a perfect destination to venture to if you’re looking for a rather eclectic collection of exhibits.

Just a few of the more popular ones range from No Idle Hands: Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art, Syrian Folk Art Crafting Memory, the Art of Community in Peru, and a collection that includes 120,000 objects displayed long-term.

Of course, this is just a sample of what you will find at the Museum of International Folk Art. Prepare to spend at least an hour there, if not a couple, depending on your overall interest. But if there’s one guarantee, it’s that you will never look at art in the same way ever again.

2 – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

This museum has garnered over 5,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, and yes, it also has the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award to brag about. Find it at 27 Johnson Street in Santa Fe, and prepare for a crash course of culture in the Rio Chama Valley.

Sure, you will gain some valuable inside information on Georgia O’Keeffe, but you will also embark on quite the cultural tour at this popular attraction near the Santa Fe Casinos.

Georgia O'Keefe Museum in New Mexico

Best yet, if you’re not keen about leaving the gaming floor long-term, you don’t need to, as a tour of the place takes fewer than one hour. However, it’s not the easiest place to get in as they only run tours of the home and studio seasonally from March to November, and only with reservations and advanced payment.

And plan well ahead in advance, as tickets to get into this museum remain in high demand.

3 – Meow Wolf Santa Fe

Meow Wolf Santa Fe is yet another eclectic attraction near the Santa Fe Casinos, and you’re getting a place that prides itself on perhaps the most mysterious narratives in the city.

Yet another recipient of the 2021 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award, Meow Wolf Santa Fe is located at 1352 Rufina Circle, and it’s a museum so vast you can plan on spending at least two if not three hours just to visit all the exhibits.

You’re getting a plethora of wild imagination here full of an eclectic array of colors, lighting, and even themes that you won’t find in mainstream circles. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, Meow Wolf Santa Fe is your top destination.

Oh, and some reviewers have described the place much like J.K. Rowling had Hogwarts – unusual staircases, doors that lead to nowhere, abnormal rooms, and more.

4 – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

If you’re looking to take a trip back into the old days of Santa Fe, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is the place to be. Prepare to spend at least an hour if not longer here, especially if you’re a history buff, at 334 Los Pinos Road in Santa Fe.

An appropriate attraction for all ages, this living history museum features guides dressed in 18th-century attire, and they go out of their way to reenact what life was like during the time in New Mexico.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas in New Mexico

Often, we think of Colonial America as a colony of England, forgetting that at one time, Spain had colonized this region, which later belonged to Mexico, before it landed in American hands. If you’re looking for a different take on Colonial America, look no further than El Rancho.

5 – Santa Fe Plaza

If you won something over at the Santa Fe Casinos or any gaming destination within the confines of the area – including Sandoval County or Albuquerque, Santa Fe Plaza is a good place to spend those winnings.

A historic plaza that has found itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this has become a hot spot for both tourists and locals given its number of retail outlets, restaurants, and even other local, historical landmarks.

If you’re looking for a hot place to mingle with locals, Santa Fe Plaza should be your top choice here. Find it at 100 Old Santa Fe Trail.

6 – Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

Another Travelers Choice Award recipient, Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing is perhaps the best way to entwine yourself in the region’s natural beauty, especially if you’re looking to entwine it with history and geology.

They specialize in long hikes to desert canyons or to a prehistoric site known as Tsankawi. They will pair you with a guide, and as usual, they’re chock full of knowledge, so make sure you get your questions answered about the culture at such historic sites, along with the terrain itself.

7 – Canyon Road

Yet another winner of the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award on TripAdvisor, Canyon Road features several attractions within the attraction, especially for the art enthusiast. Yes, Canyon Road is a great attraction to pair with the Museum of International Folk Art, given its extensive galleries of artwork.

Start of Canyon Road in Santa Fe New Mexico

You’re getting a lot of regional works here from the Pueblo culture, along with traditional, Western art ranging from the classics to contemporary, abstract, computer, and digital art, depending on the gallery you hope to visit.

Art enthusiast or not, Canyon Road will have a gallery that pertains to your interest because of its diversity of artwork. Just a few galleries in the vicinity include Longworth Gallery, Morning Star Gallery, and Mike White Fine Art.

8 – Ski Santa Fe

You don’t often think of Santa Fe or anywhere in the American Southwest as a World in White. However, Ski Santa Fe proves otherwise. Head 10,000-plus feet above sea level at 1477 State Highway 475 and check out Santa Fe from another viewpoint.

You will need to go out of your way a little since it’s about 16 miles from Downtown Santa Fe. They feature long ski runs and they have plenty of snow during the cooler months of the year. Especially since temps rarely reach above 32 F or 0 C in the winter, another strange fact about some spots in the Southwest.

Plan on spending at least a few hours here, and if you’re looking for a solid workout, many reviewers will tell you to spend all day at this destination.

9 – Loretto Chapel

If you love architecture, you will love Loretto Chapel and its mysterious spiral staircase. And yes, we got yet another 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award Winner coming your way at 207 Old Santa Fe Trail between Alameda and Water Streets.

It’s also near another breathtaking attraction called the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, so you’re getting two attractions within a span of 200 yards.

Interior View of the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe New Mexico

But what makes this spiral staircase within Loretto’s confines so mysterious?

It’s built without nails, dowels, or any visible means of support. Yet, it appears to be perfectly sturdy. Odds are, you won’t come across anything like this again, so make sure you check it out.

10 – Santa Fe Opera House

Head over to 301 Opera Drive in Santa Fe if you’re looking for a different kind of entertainment that even the Santa Fe Casinos don’t offer.

If you’re looking for a solid mix of classic and modern productions and performances, this is the place you need to be. Within the doors, you’re getting a vibrant atmosphere, exquisite decor within the venue, and of course, energetic productions that will entice you to make return trips if you find the time.

Featuring a Southwestern-style, open-air atmosphere, the desert backdrop just adds to the mysticism of this hot opera house.

Our Final Thoughts on These Santa Fe Attractions

As you probably concluded, there are more than ten hot things to do near the Santa Fe Casinos. Some of our sections mentioned a few attractions within the attractions, and odds are, you will find even more beyond today’s list at every corner in one of New Mexico’s largest cities.

So jot down a few points of interest from today’s list, keep those eyes peeled, and discover all of what the vibrant city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers outside its remarkable gaming destinations.

Have you visited the Santa Fe Casinos? How about any casinos in New Mexico? If so, tell us which ones were your favorites, and let us know if you visited any attractions in the city, both on and off of today’s list. We cannot wait to read your stories in the comments.