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Room to Grow in Santa Fe County, NM

You can spread your wings in Santa Fe County.

By Livability on October 27, 2021

Nambe Falls, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe / Courtesy of Santa Fe County

Some parts of the country are known for their outdoor activities, arts and culture and spectacular terrain. Others draw accolades for their “brains,” in the form of technological advancements or sustainable practices. 

In Santa Fe County, you’ll find both. From Madrid and Los Cerrillos to Lamy and Pojoaque, all activities co-exist in this magical place, where natural beauty and deep cultural roots touch your soul, inspiring a unique lifestyle. 

“Santa Fe County is a confluence of science and technology, outdoor adventure and culture,” says County Manager Katherine Miller. “Our temperate four seasons and mountains provide abundant outdoor recreation, including international-class mountain biking and skiing.” 

The characteristics that make Santa Fe County exceptional include its business-friendly environment, heightened innovation, striking geography and a lifestyle filled with adventures that feed the soul. 

With more than 300 sunny days a year, this high-desert mountain country beckons with mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and golfing in stunningly scenic surroundings. And then there are the 500 miles of pristine hiking trails, ripe for year-round exploring. 

Few places on earth offer the rich history and cultural diversity of Santa Fe County. From the world-class Santa Fe Opera to the internationally acclaimed interactive art installation of Meow Wolf, this area is steeped in creativity and inspiration. 

“Santa Fe County is a confluence of science and technology, outdoor adventure and culture.” 

– Katherine Miller, Santa Fe County Manager

Sustainability also plays a big role, as Santa Fe County is dedicated to helping residents and businesses solarize, conserve energy and implement other best practices. Innovation flourishes here, too, with local craft breweries and distilleries as well as state-of-the-art, high-tech industries, and spin-offs from two nearby national labs. 

Filmmaking takes top billing here, most recently with “News of the World” starring Tom Hanks. MovieMaker magazine ranked Santa Fe No. 2 on its 2021 list of “Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker” in the Small Cities and Towns category. 

“We welcome you and your business to locate and thrive here in the heart of the Southwest,” Miller says. 

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