Navigating the more than 100 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in less than a mile along Santa Fe’s Canyon Road can seem a daunting process that involves much strategy and watch syncing.
Those looking to stroll along with a sense of awe—not intimidation—should ditch their cars. The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15 minutes and offers two stops on Canyon Road and a third nearby at Alameda and Paseo de Peralta. Those already driving should park and walk. Public lots are available on the lower end of Canyon Road in three places: off Paseo del Peralta, next to Kakawa Chocolate House (1050 Paseo de Peralta, 982-0388)—a worthy stop in its own right for decadent truffles and elixirs—and two off Canyon, just shy of Delgado and Garcia Streets. A fourth public (paid) parking lot lies on the east end of Canyon at 777 Canyon Road. The Teahouse (821 Canyon Road, 992-0972) and Café des Artistes (223 Canyon Road, 820-2535) bookend the road, offering two places for respite and light fare. Finally, two of the city’s attraction-worthy restaurants, The Compound (653 Canyon Road, 982-4353) and Geronimo Restaurant (724 Canyon Road, 982-1500) serve memorable fine-dining meals to cap off the day.
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Canyon Road Galleries
Canyon Road Contemporary
This gallery represents some 15 emerging US contemporary and internationally known artists working in a variety of mediums. It’s located in the historic Delgado House.
403 Canyon Road, 983-0433, canyoncontemporary.com
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Gallery
Tucked into Gypsy Alley, this gallery hosts monthly solo and group exhibitions of mostly abstract works from Native American, Australian Aboriginal and American Southwest artists.
702 and 702½ Canyon Road, 992-0711, chiaroscurosantafe.com
With locations in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Venice, Calif., this gallery curates works by nationally and internationally recognized established artists working in abstract painting and sculpture.
558 Canyon Road, 992-1100, gebertcontemporary.com
Gerald Peters Gallery
Gerald Peters Gallery features museum-quality works from the founders of the Santa Fe and Taos artist colonies, as well as leading contemporary artists. Don’t miss the lovely sculpture garden.
1011 Paseo de Peralta, 954-5700, gpgallery.com
Via two locations, Manitou presents bold contemporary images of the Southwest and beyond through a variety of mediums. Look for the work of big names such as Tom Perkinson, Miguel Martinez and Billy Schenck.
225 Canyon Road, 986-9833; 123 W Palace Ave.,
Known for representational work by more than 50 emerging and mid-career artists, Meyer Gallery offers a large selection of landscape and still life paintings and bronze sculptures.
225 Canyon Road, 983-1434, meyergalleries.com
Nedra Matteucci Gallery
The grand dame of Canyon Road’s west end, this gallery presents contemporary and historically significant works, including those by the Taos Society of Artists and masters of American impressionism and modernism.
1075 Paseo de Peralta, 982-4631, matteucci.com
Representing established contemporary artists, Nüart is unique in highlighting Latin American as well as European and American artists.
670 Canyon Road, 988-3888, nuartgallery.com
Dealing in contemporary photography, the gallery boasts an always surprising collection by internationally renowned and emerging artists.
370 Garcia St., 988-5152, photoeye.com
Sherwoods Spirit of America
Sherwoods not only presents Native American art, but also curates antiquities, making it distinct among galleries.
1005 Paseo de Peralta, 988-1776, sherwoodsspirit.com
Turner Carroll Gallery
This gallery deals in international contemporary art by established museum-track artists.
725 Canyon Road, 986-9800, turnercarrollgallery.com
Ventana Fine Art
A more than 100-year-old schoolhouse houses the contemporary painting collection at this gallery; a manicured exterior sculpture garden completes the experience.
400 Canyon Road, 983-8815, ventanafineart.com
Exclusively representing local artists working in a variety of mediums, ViVO is the only Santa Fe gallery with a room devoted to book art.
725 Canyon Road, 982-1320, vivocontemporary.com
Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe
With a companion gallery in Houston, Wade Wilson Art exhibits 20 painters, photographers and sculptures, nearly all of whom have works collected by museums.
217 W Water St., 660-4393, wadewilsonart.com
Zaplin-Lampert offers a fine collection of works by the early artists of the Taos and Santa Fe artist colonies and is a go-to source for pieces by Gustave Baumann and Gene Kloss.
651 Canyon Road, 982-6100, zaplinlampert.com
Off Canyon Road
With more than 250 art galleries in Santa Fe, a substantive portion lie away from Canyon Road. Many are divvied into two equally walkable neighborhoods: downtown and the Railyard District. Lest visitors spend the entire afternoon browsing for a parking spot instead of art, here are a few recommendations: Public (paid) lots are available at 100 E Water St., 215 Cathedral Place; 251 E Alameda St.; and Camino de la Familia and Paseo de Peralta at the Railyard. Parking garages are also available at 216 W San Francisco St. and 119 S Federal Place (at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center), both downtown, and at 503 Camino de la Familia at the Railyard. Because the Railyard boasts ample parking, it’s a fitting jumping-off point. The Plaza is just a few blocks away, but if walking is a concern, the free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15 minutes, circuiting the Railyard, Canyon Road and several downtown drop-off points. Numerous restaurants are within sight, including New Mexico favorites such as Tomasita’s (500 S Guadalupe St., 983-5721), a beacon in the Railyard, and iconic The Shed (113 E Palace Ave., 982-9030).
Addison Rowe Gallery
This downtown gallery represents the legacy works of significant 20th-century modernists including Jozef Bakos.
229 E Marcy St., 982-1533, addisonrowe.com
Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.
Situated just off the Plaza, this gallery presents historic masterpiece photography, including rare works by Ansel Adams and contemporary works, in both composition and technique.
122 Grant Ave., 984-1234, andrewsmithgallery.com
Blue Rain Gallery
Representing established contemporary artists in a variety of mediums, this downtown gallery devotes a portion of its collection to innovative Native American artists, such as New Mexican Tony Abeyta.
130 Lincoln Ave., 954-9902, blueraingallery.com
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
In its expansive Railyard location, this gallery exhibits contemporary works with an emphasis on monochrome and color-field painting. It has a second location in Newport Beach, Calif.
554 S Guadalupe St., 989-8688, charlottejackson.com
Chuck Jones Gallery
Dedicated to the prolific work of animator Chuck Jones, who brought life to characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, this eponymous gallery represents his work and that of other artists of his ilk.
135 W Palace Ave., 983-5999, chuckjones.com
David Richard Gallery
Specializing in post-war American abstract art, this Railyard gallery is a destination for expressionism, geometric and pop art.
544 S Guadalupe St., 983-9555, davidrichardgallery.com
Eight Modern often premieres the work of internationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and photographers in Santa Fe.
1601 Paseo de Peralta, 995-0231, eightmodern.net
Eggman & Walrus Art Gallery
This hip Downtown gallery showcases cutting-edge experimental works in 2-D and 3-D installations and performance art.
130 W Palace Ave., 660-0048, eggmanwalrus.com
From its Railyard location, Evoke showcases provocative international contemporary artists via monthly exhibitions.
550 S Guadalupe St., 995-9902, evokecontemporary.com
James Kelly Contemporary
This gallery relocated to an alternate, smaller location within the Railyard in 2014, but continues to represent postwar American and European works.
1611 Paseo de Peralta, 989-1601, jameskelly.com
With a museum-quality space in the Railyard and a 40-year reputation for excellence, LewAllen is considered one of the top galleries in the city. Through contemporary and modern divisions, it hosts a lively exhibition schedule, rotating every three months. The gallery has a second location in Scottsdale, Ariz.
1613 Paseo de Peralta, 988-3250, lewallencontemporary.com
Monroe Gallery of Photography
The Monroe Gallery specializes in black-and-white images with a photojournalism bent.
112 Don Gaspar Ave., 992-0800, monroegallery.com
Set within La Fonda hotel, Photogenesis represents fine art photography, with an emphasis on mid-20th-century French photographers and the modern-day work of Nicholas Trofimuk.
100 E San Francisco St., 989-9540, photogenesisgallery.com
VERVE Gallery of Photography
Exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photographs rotate every three months at this downtown gallery.
219 E Marcy St., 982-5009, vervegallery.com
William R Talbot Fine Art
This downtown gallery specializes in works on paper, including maps, photographic prints and paintings, with a focus on Western Americana.
129 W San Francisco St., 982-1559, williamtalbot.com
William Siegal Gallery
This Railyard gallery presents an unmatched collection of pre-Columbian sculpture and textiles and contemporary works.
540 S Guadalupe St., 820-3300, williamsiegal.com
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Zane Bennett’s 10,000-square-foot Railyard gallery runs the gamut of mid-career international to emerging regional to blue-chip artists.
435 S Guadalupe St., 982-8111, zanebennettgallery.com