Summertime Fun in Santa Fe

Lynn Cline - June 18, 2019

Things to do when the weather heats up

From outdoor concerts and world-class opera to art markets, the annual rodeo, Fourth of July pancakes and fireworks and so many other exciting events,  Santa Fe is the place to be for sizzling summertime fun. The season begins this Friday, June 21, with Summer Solstice, the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year. Its arrival marks the season of reveling in the outdoors, whether you hit the trails for a hike or a bike ride, camp out beneath the stars by the banks of a cool mountain stream, or relax in a hammock with a good book.

Lest you get too lazy in that hammock, we've put together some enticing ideas for summer fun. These options are available all summer long, so after you've taken in the pageantry and parades on the Plaza, worked your way through the crowds at the art markets and strolled Canyon Road for the Friday gallery openings, consider heading out on one of the excursions described below. Don't forget to check our calendar for more great summer events.

A Night at the Opera

A night at the opera is a beloved Santa Fe tradition, and this year, the Santa Fe Opera celebrates its 63rd season, June 28-August 4. The views of majestic mountains and memorable sunsets from this open-air theater are just as thrilling as the performances of classic, contemporary and world premiere operas. Opera buffs never miss opening night and this year's offering Puccini's “La Bohème,” ranks as one of the world's most popular operas. Also on the schedule, Mozart's “Così fan tutte,”  another long-admired opera. For an exotic tale, see Georges Bizet's “The Pearl Fishers.” This year's world premiere, “The Thirteenth Child,” is a fairy tale inspired by the Brothers Grimm.  One of the best ways to get ready for your Santa Fe Opera experience takes place in the parking lot, where opera-goers congregate with a pre-performance tailgate party, set against a backdrop of beautiful mountain scenery. Bring a feast fit for the occasion , so if it's opening night, you might bring a Parisian meal. This party always offers a great chance to see old friends and make new ones.

Pueblo Ruins

Summer is the perfect season for exploring the mysteries of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, a National Historic Landmark where some 1,5000  Pueblo people lived during the 900s to 1580 A.D. These ancient Puebloans farmed and hunted in the region, 10 miles east of Santa Clara Pueblo, where their descendants reside. You can only access the site by guided tours, which reveal fascinating details about daily life in this ancient pueblo, the first to be excavated in the Rio Grande River Valley. You'll see mesa-top dwellings that connect to split-level cave and cliff dwellings via connecting stairways and pathways. You'll also visit the only Harvey House on Pueblo lands, built in the late 1800s by the Fred Harvey company for visitors traveling by railway.

Fly Fishing Fun

Wade into cool mountain waters and spend the day fly fishing with a seasoned guide from High Desert Angler, which has been teaching beginners and experts since 1985. The pros here know where to find the area's best fishing spots, from alpine lakes and mountain creeks to steams, rivers and tailwater. They can help you plan a custom guided fly-fishing adventure and outfit you with top gear from High Desert Angler's well-stocked retail shop. Stop in for the latest fishing reports if you're planning on heading out solo for the day. You'll always find a friendly fishing angler enthusiast to trade notes with or a guide who's  happy to help you plan your next fly-fishing adventure.

Gorgeous Golf Near Santa Fe

Whether you're a skilled putter on the green or just setting out to learn the game, a round of golf at the gorgeous Towa Golf Club offers a great way to spend a summer day. Located at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Towa was named Best Golf Resort in North America and New Mexico’s Best Golf Hotel by the World Golf Awards. Twenty-time PGA winner Hale Irwin and renowned golf course designer and landscape architect William Phillips designed the terrain, incorporating spectacular scenery and three separate nine-hole courses. Towa's exciting golf experience includes sizable changes in elevation, striking rock formations and more. Fore!