Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College, 250 acres in the most beautiful part of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the country’s oldest capital city. Just steps away from hiking trails, a short walk to half a dozen museums, and a longer walk to hundreds of galleries, St. John’s, which is 7,300 feet above sea level, is the perfect blend of mountain living and access to culture. Santa Fe is a small, historic city built mostly of adobe in the downtown area. The population is what’s known as tri-cultural—American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo—a mixture that represents the old and the new, the traditional and the avant garde.
Santa Fe has traditions that go back generations and families that have called New Mexico home for over hundreds and even thousands of years, yet Santa Fe has long been a destination for people seeking creative inspiration, new experiences, easy access to nature, intellectual and psychological freedom, and spiritual awakening. St. John’s College embodies the open and welcoming ethos of Santa Fe. Though the books we read are lofty and deep, rooted in history and tradition, the college community embraces a certain ease and lightheartedness shared by Santa Feans at large, as well as the local penchant for innovation, quirk, and creative thinking.
Santa Fe has a thriving live music scene as well as a burgeoning young-artist community. It is also home to cutting edge scientific research, multiple conservation organizations, and an active culinary scene. Los Alamos National Laboratory is nearby, as are the Santa Fe Institute, School for Advanced Research, IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts), and other historic and culturally important sites and attractions. The city of Albuquerque is just over an hour’s drive away. Many Santa Feans take advantage of easy access to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and white water rafting on the Rio Grande.
Students from other parts of the country sometimes consider their time in Santa Fe as an adventure in the open West. Those from neighboring cities and states are sometimes surprised to find out that there is an internationally regarded Liberal Arts College in northern New Mexico. However you discovered us, we’re glad you did.
Plane: Airport Transportation Service From Albuquerque Sunport:
Train: Eastbound and westbound Amtrak trains stop at Lamy, a small town 17 miles from Santa Fe. The Lamy Station Shuttle runs between Lamy Station and the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Reservations should be made in advance by calling 982-8829. The shuttle service will stop at St. John's College if the request is made ahead of time.
Bus: Within Santa Fe, Santa Fe Trails bus service makes regular stops at St. John's College. Schedules may be picked up at the Meem Library, Conference Services, and various locations around town, or you may call 955-2001.
Car Rental: Most national car rental companies are at the Albuquerque airport or in Santa Fe. Reservations should be made in advance.
Taxi: Within Santa Fe, call Capital City Cab at 505-438-0000.
Train: Visit the New Mexico Rail Runner website for information on rates and schedules.
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