Visiting Santa Fe

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest capital city and its second-largest art market, is a vibrant city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. An amalgam of the three cultures celebrated in New Mexico—Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo—the city is a magnet for those engaged in creative arts, for intellectuals, and for lovers of outdoor recreation.

July offers such events as the International Folk Art Market, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.

St. John’s is located only three miles from Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza and within walking distance of four major museums and the famous Canyon Road art galleries.

Visiting the Santa Fe Campus, Summer 2022 COVID-19

Santa Fe is typically a lively city teeming with summer festivals, concerts, galleries, museums, and fabulous restaurants. Given the pandemic, some attractions may have limited capacities and hours. Please visit the Santa Fe tourism website for the most up-to-date information.

The college is following the State of New Mexico and City of Santa Fe mandates for safe operation due to the ongoing pandemic, while assessing the changing situation for additional campus policies. Summer Classics is adhering to the college’s plan that will guide phased continued campus activities. The dashboard resource page is updated weekly and outlines the factors guiding each phase of reopening and operation. While the dashboard is primarily addressing degree program students, these standards apply to non-degree seminars offered by the college. First priority for safe activities will be given to enrolled degree program students, particularly in the matrix color-phases when de-densification is a factor, such as with on campus housing.

On-Campus Accommodations

On-campus room and board is available for Summer Classics 2022. On-campus accommodations are simple: a private room with a shared bathroom and common space on a single-gender floor. Rooms are sparsely furnished with a single xl-twin bed, a student desk, basic bed linens, towel, wash cloth and a twin pillow. The setting is more camp-like than a hotel. You are encouraged to bring items that offer you added comfort. Campus housing is not air-conditioned but does make for a pleasant commute to class! Dining Hall meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast are included. Multiple-week in-person registrants can stay over Saturday night for no extra charge.

The cost for one week is $650.

If you are interested in purchasing on-campus housing, make a reservation on the Registration page.

Off-Campus Accommodations

There are many hotel, B&B, and Airbnb options in Santa Fe. If searching for vacation rental accommodations, note that the college is located in the Historic Eastside community. If searching for hotels, the vast majority are located near the Santa Fe plaza, just three miles from the St. John’s campus.

St. John’s College partners with a number of hotels through Campus Travel. Link directly through the hotel logos to view information and make a hotel reservation.

Weather in Santa Fe

July is the hottest month in Santa Fe, with temperatures varying from 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also the beginning of Santa Fe’s rainy season, which usually entails brief thunderstorms in the afternoons. “Rainy” is a relative term as Santa Fe only averages 14 inches of rainfall per year. The days are warm, but the nights are usually cool, with low humidity typical of a high desert climate. The best clothing advice is to bring sun hats for the day and a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.

Transportation to Santa Fe

The closest major airport is in Albuquerque, a one-hour drive from Santa Fe. Travel reservations from the airport to Santa Fe may be made with an airport shuttle service. The Santa Fe Regional Airport also operates a limited number of commercial flights. Limited public transportation is available within Santa Fe by bus. For greater flexibility, a rental car is recommended.