Explore Santa Fe's Historic Railyard

Santa Fe, United States

Experience hosted by Garrett

90 mins, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Private groups available for up to 30.

What you'll do

On this 90-minute walking tour, we’ll make our way along
the historic railroad tracks, sidings, and warehouses as we explore how the railroad changed Santa Fe when it arrived in 1880 - and how this vibrant arts and historic district has become Santa Fe's "living room."

We'll gather under the Railyard's 40,000-gallon water tower to learn about how the railroad came to the Southwest and connected the region to the rest of the country - and opened it up to tourism. You'll learn about Prohibition-era brothels and the murder of the chief of police, and how the Railyard evolved from a transportation hub into an arts and cultural center.

Our walking route covers about 1 mile on sidewalks and features two historic depots, warehouses, a slough of railroad buildings dating to the 1880s along Guadalupe Street, the Santuario de Guadalupe - the oldest shrine in the United States - and the historic lumberyard of the Sanbusco center (now New Mexico School for the Arts), which supplied building materials for the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos during World War II.

Bring your camera and good walking shoes. The Railyard has considerable urban charm, numerous art galleries, restaurants, and hosts the city's farmers market. Those with time and thirst afterward can join me for a beverage (cash bar) at one of the many fine establishments in the Railyard.
On this 90-minute walking tour, we’ll make our way along
the historic railroad tracks, sidings, and warehouses as we explore how the railroad changed Santa Fe when it arrived in 1880 - and how this vibrant arts and historic district has become Santa Fe's "living room."

We'll gather under the Railyard's 40,000-gallon water tower to learn about how the railroad came to the Southwest and connected the region to the rest of the count…

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your host, Garrett

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe via Washington, D.C. I came to know the Railyard as I researched New Mexico's Prohibition history, and especially from the notables who traveled to Santa Fe by train. One of those visitors was author Willa Cather and her partner Edith Lewis, who visited in 1925 and 1926 as they explored the ideas that became "Death Comes for the Archbishop," which I'm writing a book about.

I love Santa Fe's Railyard so much that I live close enough to be awoken by the Railrunner commuter train every morning. I can't wait to share the Railyard's hidden gems with you!
Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe via Washington, D.C. I came to know the Railyard as I researched New Mexico's Prohibition history, and especially from the notables who traveled to Santa Fe by train. One of those visitors was author Willa Cather and her partner Edith Lewis, who visited in 1925 and 1926 as they explored the ideas that became "Death Comes for the Archbishop," which I'm writing a book about.

I love Santa Fe's Railyard so…
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Where you'll be

On this fun outdoor walking tour of Santa Fe's historic Railyard District, you'll explore charming historic warehouses and depots, visit the nation's oldest shrine in the Santuario de Guadalupe, and learn the amazing history of how the railroad transformed Santa Fe when it arrived in 1880.

Rated 4.86 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Gary
October 2021
Garrett brought the Sante Fe Railyard District to life for my wife and I. Great history, humor, and even a good reccomendation for our lunch afterwards. Do yourselves a favor - book with Garrett!
Paul
October 2021
Host was very knowledgeable and personable. Had good stories regarding the history of the several places we visited. Easy stroll and did not feel rushed.
Judith
October 2021
We booked Garrett’s walking tour well in advance with high expectations. All of them were met. Garrett is a great communicator with a passion for Santa Fe that is infectious. We learned so much about the town’s history, culture and architecture. It made our stay here all the more interesting and enjoyable. As a bonus, the tour group was friendly and equally invested in learning about the area. We highly recommend it!
Jim
September 2021
This was a fun tour of the Railyard district, leaning about the impact ofthe railroad on Santa Fe, the eventual decline of both passenger rail service and the area. and the revitalization of the area with a new focus. Garrett was very pleasant and obviously had a lot of stored knowledge that he pulls from to tell his stories.
Sharon And Jim
September 2021
This is our second tour with Garrett- when I saw he was the guide, and we had not seen or learned much about the railyard area, we signed up right away. This tour was exceptional, in that Garrett knows so much of the history of Santa Fe, and he is able to integrate this knowledge with the individual sites seen, and their stories. We would recommend this tour to all visitors to Santa Fe.
Kristy
September 2021
Garrett has a passion for the stories he brings to his tour! Great glimpse into the still evolving story of Santa Fe’s Railyard.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

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