Summer is New Mexico's busiest season, but cooler weather and arts events stretch the prime visiting time well into fall. The destinations listed below are easy to reach from either Santa Fe or Taos. For more information on lodging and restaurants, contact the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/777-2489 or www.santafe.org) or Taos County Chamber of Commerce (505/758-3873 or www.taoschamber.com).
High Road to Taos Art Tour. Self-guided tour and open houses in villages between Santa Fe and Taos. Sep 21-22 and 28-29. For a map and brochure, call (866) 804-5702 or visit www.highroadnewmexico.com.
Spanish Market. Among the biggest events in Santa Fe, a summer and a winter market hosted by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society feature 250 artists, including santeros, tinsmiths, potters, and weavers. Summer market takes place July 27-28 on the main plaza; winter market is December 7-8 at the Sweeney Convention Center. (505) 982-2226 or www.spanishmarket.org.