Santa Fe will inspire you.

Santa Fe’s colorful history and culture inspire creative artists from all walks of life. Visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, and all forms of creativity are embraced with enthusiasm in The City Different. You'll find yourself surrounded by a unique ambience that both locals and visitors have known and enjoyed for hundreds of years.

For more information about Santa Fe,
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 San Miguel chapel (The Oldest Church)

San Miguel chapel (The Oldest Church)

So much to see

The city’s unique architecture and historic buildings invite you to explore the narrow streets of downtown and surrounding historic neighborhoods. A walk down Canyon Road gives you a tour of many art galleries (too many to see in a day) and some of the most famous restaurants in town. San Miguel chapel, on the historic Santa Fe Trail that still leads to The Plaza in the middle of town, is said to be the oldest church in the United States. A few steps away is an adobe house that claims to be the oldest house in the U.S. And a few steps from both is another local favorite, Upper Crust, the oldest pizza restaurant in Santa Fe. Our city is a celebration of old and new. And, of course, Santa Fe is also close to other fascinating places: Los Cerrillos and Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid), colorful, former ghost towns that have been revived by artists and adventurous characters; the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, including the famous Taos Pueblo; Los Alamos, the Secret City, home of the atomic bomb; Bandelier National Park with ancient cliff dwellings; and much more.


so much to do

Downtown Santa Fe is the heart of the city, just as it has been for more than 400 years. The Plaza, in the center of downtown, is a meeting place, a hub for art shows and music, antique car shows, low-rider car shows, and all sorts of community togetherness. The Plaza is surrounded on three sides (and several blocks beyond) by unique shops, famous restaurants, amazing hotels, historic churches, and world-class museums. On the north side of the Plaza you’ll find the block-long portal of the Palace of the Governors (now a museum), where Native Americans sell jewelry and other art pieces, and where former governor Lew Wallace held court and worked on his famous novel, Ben Hur. Also on the north side of the Plaza is the New Mexico History Museum and the historic New Mexico Museum of Art.  

 The Santa Fe Plaza marks the historic center of town and the end of The Santa Fe Trail.

The Santa Fe Plaza marks the historic center of town and the end of The Santa Fe Trail.


 The Rio Grande seen from White Rock Overlook near Los Alamos.

The Rio Grande seen from White Rock Overlook near Los Alamos.

so much nearby

If being in Santa Fe is inspiring, exploring the surrounding area of mountains, rivers, and villages is even more so. Most locals agree that a lifetime is not enough time to experience all that northern New Mexico has to offer.


Students have a unique opportunity to visit the Santa Fe Opera, a spectacular open-air theater surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains, offering world-class opera. Patrons often arrive early for tailgate picnics with gourmet meals and drinks. The Opera also offers special dining options, such as pre-made tailgate picnics and preview buffet dinners for a set price.

This year’s program includes: Candide, The Italian Girl, Madame Butterfly, and Ariadne auf Naxos.

BATA is pleased to arrange opera tickets for students.

 Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera