Get some culture, have some fun.


It doesn't have to be one or the other. Santa Fe Art Tours specializes in art-focused tours that prioritize you, the viewer, through engaging activities and lively conversation. We'll probe unique themes, delve into art, chat with artists, and visit local culinary landmarks. Choose one of our signature walking tours or customize your own –– and discover the City Different through its thriving art scene.

Canyon Road Art Tour

Canyon Road Quickie


Home to over 80 art galleries, Canyon Road can be a little bit overwhelming. Cue Canyon Road Quickie, an introduction to Santa Fe's most famous thoroughfare. With stops at a charming historic site and a small selection of galleries, the Quickie encapsulates the Canyon Road experience without tuckering you out.

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Nedra Matteucci Galleries

A Matter of Taste

Let Your SEnses collide

What makes a work of art good or bad? Why are we personally drawn to one artist and not another? These are some of the questions we'll explore during this tour of three diverse Santa Fe art galleries. We'll conclude the tour with a tantalizing chocolate elixir at the one-and-only Kakawa Chocolate House.

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Downtown Santa Fe

Discover Downtown

Settle into santa fe

The perfect way to orient yourself in Santa Fe, the Discover Downtown tour is a fun and relaxed walk through Santa Fe's historic plaza area. We'll focus on arts and culture and cover some spots to eat, drink, and shop. In true Santa Fe style, the tour pace is slow and leisurely, and it includes a stop at C.G. Higgins Confections, home of handmade truffles.

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Custom Art Tours

A Tailored tour just for you

Interested in a particular style of art? Looking for something specific? Have a special request? No problem. A custom art tour is perfect for anyone who would like a more personalized experience, from collectors to specialized travel groups, to wedding parties. The possibilities are (almost) endless. Try something different in the City Different!



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    Colors of Chimayo

    a Vibrant day trip

    Journey to the historic village of Chimayo, known for its legendary "holy dirt" and its rich artistic heritage – and some of the best chile you've ever tasted! On this immersive day trip, join Elaine Ritchel of Santa Fe Art Tours and Angelisa Espinoza of Heritage Inspirations on an excursion designed to awaken your senses. This day trip departs from Santa Fe and Taos, enabling visitors in both cities to experience this vibrant cultural corridor.

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    Farm to Canvas

    The railyard experience

    Art enthusiasts and foodies, unite! This innovative walking tour highlights two sides of Santa Fe's bustling Railyard district – upscale art galleries and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market – and weaves together mindfulness, making, and the farm-to-table mentality in a way that’s accessible to all. Join local artist Liz Brindley for a walk through the Railyard and dive into art through an ecological lens.


    Not your typical tour.

    Intimate, personal, engaging. No spiels, no crowds. Our tours are truly audience-oriented. While our tours are relaxed and accessible, we've actually distilled a lot of fancy learning theory and museum education methodology to create informative and memorable experiences that are also a lot of fun. Here's a glimpse at what makes us different.

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    Slow & Select

    We take the old adage "quality over quantity" to heart. By visiting a small number of galleries and spending time with a select few works of art, we create time and space to slow down, look closely, and enjoy the experience.


    Conversation is the cornerstone of our tours. Our discussion-based approach promotes learning, exploring, and sharing. And, we don't do rehearsed spiels, so every tour is one-of-a-kind. While art historical methods inform our tours, this is also about you –– the viewer –– and your personal responses to art. 




    Reciting facts and figures is not our priority. Rather than just receive information, we want you to engage, connect, and explore. Through activities that encourage close-looking and conversations with practicing artists and gallerists, we'll actively delve into the work on view.


    Chris, TripAdvisor

    "Elaine's tour was a step beyond the standard lecture-style visit to a museum or gallery, where listening is the primary action. It was equal parts art history lesson, interactive discussion and colorful personalities." 

    Sinnabun, TRIPADVISOR

    "This tour far exceeded my expectations. Santa Fe is known as something of an art hub, and as someone who isn't immersed in that scene, it can appear to me as hard to access. BUT, this tour really opened up that world to me."


    Elizabeth, TripAdvisor

    "I cannot speak highly enough of Elaine! We were her first tour with kids under 5 and she knocked it out of the park! The selection of galleries she chose were perfect for my kids and she had so many tricks up her sleeve to keep them both engaged and interested. I would recommend this tour to anyone as she really does tailor to the group she's with."

    Marliese, TripAdvisor

    "Not only was I experiencing Santa Fe's amazing collection of art, additionally, Elaine leads you into a conversation that brings forth who you are, what you're doing and what's occurring in the world. She is remarkably tuned into her individual or group, and has an understanding of the art through the ages. Elaine is well received and at home in Santa Fe's galleries and museums- so those with her feel the same. Thank you."