Explore Santa Fe's Historic Railyard

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Experience hosted by Garrett

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

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
  • 42 Reviews
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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 4.93 out of 5 from 42 reviews.

Melissa
January 2022
We loved our walking tour of this off the beaten path neighborhood! Garrett was super knowledgeable and answered our millions of questions and accommodated all of our needs and requests (bathroom stops, photos) and provided great recommendations for lunch afterwards, and other places to visit around the city. Highly recommend doing a tour with Garrett!
Amy Rhoades
December 2021
My family enjoyed Santa Fe's Historic Railyard tour with Garrett so much. From his warm greeting and introduction with a handy map, to history of the area and its purpose, to architecture and stories. Garrett covered it all! Take this tour or another one of Garrett's other great tours.
Katherine
December 2021
We really enjoyed Garrett's Santa Fe Railyards tour. He has a passion for and great knowledge of the area and it showed in his presentation of the buildings and history of the sites within the Railyards. We would definitely go on another tour with Garrett!
Margie
November 2021
We have visited Santa Fe numerous times and cannot believe how many new things we learned on Garrett’s tour! If you haven’t visited the Railyard Area it’s such an interesting contrast to any previous Santa Fe experiences-and gives you a unique perspective on how Santa Fe is growing. Garrett is knowledgeable, funny, personable and passionate about his new hometown of Santa Fe. All of his clients benefit from his extensive research! We would definitely recommend this tour!
Liane
November 2021
Garrett is so knowledgeable and easily picked up on topics that we were curious about and smoothly incorporated our interests into the tour and make it unique. Garrett even sent us a follow up message listing other Santa Fe sites that came up in conversation which made it so much easier to reference and head out to experience them. I even ran into some of the other participants at one of Garrett’s great suggestions. Shows we all trusted his guidance. Don’t pass up on his tour, you’ll be grateful for the knowledge and experience.
Sydney
November 2021
The Railyard tour is the second tour I have done with Garrett, the first being his Willa Cather, Death Comes to the Archbishop, Tour. I highly recommend any tours Garrett Peck is leading. You will so enjoy meeting Garrett and learn so much about Santa Fe.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 30 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

Water
Hat
Good walking shoes (please no flip-flops)
Sunscreen

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before the start time for a full refund.