Top 4 Coolest Historic Sites to Visit near Santa Fe

July 1st, 2016 by

2017 HighlanderThe Santa Fe area has a rich history and is home to many celebrated attractions. Here are some of the coolest historic sites near Santa Fe.

Bandelier National Monument

The Bandelier National Monument covers more than 33,000 acres of canyon. The protected area preserves evidence of humans living there over 11,000 years ago. Check out carvings in the rock cliffs and masonry walls created thousands of years ago.

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

At this living history museum you can learn about New Mexico’s heritage and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. See colonial buildings built in the 1700s, and watch a demonstration of traditional New Mexican weaving. Take a guided tour, or explore the museum on your own.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Check out the cone-shaped tent rocks formed from volcanic eruptions more than 6 million years ago. Take some time to hike around the monument to see the naturally contoured canyons and rock formations that range from just a few feet tall to up to 90 feet tall.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Built between 1869 and 1886, this cathedral sits on the site of a church destroyed in 1680 during the Pueblo Revolt. The cathedral is a well-known Santa Fe landmark and is still used for weddings and weekly mass.

There is much history to see during a visit to Santa Fe, whether you like to explore outside or visit museums and other historic buildings.

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