Women of the West Historical Walking Tour

Experience New Mexico’s rich history through the eyes of some its most influential and fascinating women, like Dona Tules, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Harvey Girls, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. This walking historical tour of the downtown Plaza neighborhood starts with coffee and pastries.

The Basics

  • Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30am-12:00pm

  • Historical walking tour. Those looking for a food tour should check out our other tours.

  • 2.5 hours

  • $45/pp

  • Instant confirmation online or call 505-395-0552 to book over the phone

  • This is a walking tour. We will walk approximately 1.5 miles, so you MUST BE IN GOOD WALKING CONDITION TO FULLY ENJOY THE TOUR

The Experience

Our newest tour, “Women of the West - Pioneering Women in Santa Fe’s History” focuses on telling New Mexico’s rich history through the eyes of women. We explore the downtown historic Plaza neighborhood by foot while learning about the lives of influential and fascinating women from across New Mexico’s history.

From exploring the matriarchal role of traditional Puebloan Native American communities to learning why Santa Fe was recently ranked the #1 city in the country for female owned businesses, this tour will leave you with a much deeper understanding of how New Mexico’s diverse and varied history was shaped by strong, independent women.

This tour is designed with all audiences in mind. Tours are limited to eight guests to ensure a personal experience.

NOTE: the primary focus of this tour is historical - it is not a food tour. We encourage those looking for food tours to check out our food-focused tours of the Plaza, Railyard or Canyon Road.

The Details

  • Enjoy a late morning stroll around the streets of Santa Fe’s downtown Plaza neighborhood while exploring our city’s incredibly rich history through the eyes of historically important women.

  • Available on Mondays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm

  • Departure point: Santa Fe Plaza  (directions included with booking confirmation)

What’s included:

  • Historical walking tour of downtown Santa Fe

  • Fun and informative tour guide

  • Wander New Mexico’s Pocket Guide to Santa Fe

  • Wine tasting with small nibbles

What’s not included:

  • Gratuity for your tour guide (optional)

What You'll Learn About

The focus of this tour is the history of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico and important and fascinating female historical figures, including:

  • Pre 1600s: matriarchal societies in Pueblo Native American communities

  • Early 1800s: Saloon owner and so-called “Queen of Sin” Dona Tules and Santa Fe’s Wild West days

  • 1840s: Pioneer Susan Shelby Magoffin and the Santa Fe Trail

  • 1870s: The Sisters of Loretto and the mysterious Loretto Chapel

  • 1880-1920s: The Harvey Girls and the arrival of the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe railroad

  • 1930s-1980s: Georgia O’Keeffe, Mabel Dodge Luhan and the rise of Santa Fe’s contemporary art scene

Which Historical Sites You'll See

This tour covers over 1,000 years of history in 2.5 hours. You will learn about historical sights including (please note we see these sites from street while talking about them - we do not go inside due to time constraints):

  • Santa Fe Plaza

  • Palace of the Governors

  • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis

  • La Fonda Hotel

  • Loretto Chapel

Or call 505-395-0552 to book over the phone

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Which Historical Sites You'll See
Chef Fernando Olea at Sazon Santa Fe
The Experience