The Burning of Zozobra

Every fall a raucous chant fills the air in Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park: “Burn him! Burn him! Burn him!” It’s not a witch hunt, but the ritual torching of Zozobra, a 50-foot-tall marionette with long, grasping arms, glowering eyes, and a moaning voice.

A crumbling church bell tower and wooden crosses mark the site of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Visiting Taos Pueblo in New Mexico

Even if you’ve been in New Mexico for a while and think you’re inured to adobe, Taos Pueblo is an amazing sight. Two clusters of multistory mud-brick buildings from the 1200s make up the core of this village, one of the oldest continually inhabited community in the United States.

Ten Thousand Waves brings Japan to Santa Fe.

Spas and Hot Springs in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to some of the finest hot springs you can find; some have remained glorious spots of relaxation away from it all at the end of a long, rewarding hike, while others have grown into full-service luxury spas. Whatever your preference, here are the best spas and hot springs in New Mexico from Santa Fe, Taos, and the Pueblo of Jemez.

Exterior of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House / Inn in Taos. New Mexico.

Taos Plaza Walking Tour

Here you’ll find the major sights around Taos Plaza listed in the order of a potential walking tour. Stroll quickly to get oriented, or take your time and visit the museums along the way. Either way, you’ll pass a few other historical spots as well.

The tree-lined Winsor Trail (no. 254) mountain biking path.

The Santa Fe Biking Scene

Mountain bikers have fantastic outlets very close to Santa Fe, while those who prefer the open road will love the challenges in the winding highways through the mountains north of the city. Take to the trails with these directions and route highlights, or hit the best road route in the area.

New Mexico's Pedernal Peak, seen from Ghost Ranch.

Visiting Ghost Ranch in New Mexico

Despite the name, Ghost Ranch has very little to do with hauntings. Instead on the retreat’s grounds you’ll find ample opportunity to explore, from museums of anthropology and paleontology to a handful of hikes that lead to beautiful panoramic views.