Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Situated in Santa Fe’s scenic Museum Hill neighborhood, Santa Fe Botanical Garden offers 12 acres (5 hectares) of landscaped gardens and wooded areas that showcase the natural beauty of New Mexico’s flora and desert terrain. The garden opened in 2013 and continues to grow and expand.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden melds the cultural with the natural across its four zones, each dotted with art installations. The Orchard Garden serves as the entry point for visitors, while the kid-friendly Eyes and Hands (Ojos y Manos) garden highlights plants used for food, healing, dyeing, and weaving. The Pinyon-Juniper Woodland protects a pristine woodland ecosystem, while each of the five Courtyard Gardens reflects an aspect of Santa Fe’s cultural history.
Visitors can walk along Arroyo Trails between the Old Pecos Trail and the Botanical Garden, or cycle along the new Museum Hill Bicycle Trail.
Things to Know Before You Go
Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a great place for families to learn about the New Mexico desert.
Don’t forget to bring sun protection; parts of the garden lack shade and the sun can be intense.
The garden’s main pathways are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair parking is available in the Museum Overflow Parking Lot.
How to Get There
The botanical garden is located at Museum Hill just off Old Santa Fe Trail. The best way to get there is to drive; free parking is available in a gravel overflow parking lot near the entrance gateway.
When to Get There
The garden is open Wednesday to Sunday with shorter hours during the winter (November to March). Contact the garden ahead of time to find out what’s in bloom.
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
Those interested in a more natural exploration of the high desert ecosystems should visit the garden’s sister property, a 35-acre (14-hectare) nature preserve protecting a rare cienega (marsh). Entry is free, and the preserve offers the opportunity to experience the biodiversity of this unique habitat.