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 Santa Fe, New Mexico



Book Introduction

     In the Southwest, there is a mystique between earth and sky and past and present that captivates and intrigues us. In Santa Fe and the surrounding countryside and communities of northern New Mexico, that mystique swells into an unforgettable experience for all of our senses.

     Santa Fe is the crown jewel in this “Land of Enchantment.” The people who live here love it passionately.  It is a place that has never forgotten its proud heritage or its ancient connections to the spirits of the spectacular canyons that surround it. The pull of nature is so powerful here that it quiets the voices within, leaving us strangely peaceful and contented.

     Thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Santa Fe was established by the Spanish colonialists. Rising over 6,000 feet above sea level, it is also the oldest capital city in North America.

     Today there is a distinct “Santa Fee” style to this famous city of adobe architecture, historic homes, fascinating shops, haute cuisine restaurants, and eclectic art galleries. Once a bustling trade center at the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail, the city is now a cultural center and world-class art market. Artists such as Georgia O’Keefe  have been drawn here since the early 20th century to capture the bold, sun-drenched shapes and colors of this high-altitude setting.

     Step outside of Santa Fe and visit the 19 native Indian villages, such as Taos Pueblo, where the Pueblo Indians live and keep their heritage alive. Visit famous archaeological sites all over northern New Mexico that uncover the diverse cultures that spanned more than 10,000 years—from the Anasazi (the Ancient Ones) and the latter-day Pueblo Indians to the Spanish settlements of the 15th century.

     Prepare to come and fall in love with this captivating corner of the Southwest in New Mexico—the magnificent “Land of Enchantment.”




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