Moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico – What You Need to Know


Planning to Move to Santa Fe?

If you are moving to Santa Fe, you already know that The City Different has an abundance of history and a world-renowned art scene. But what do you need to know to live here?


The Santa Fe Public Schools district consists of 3 high schools, 3 combined high school-middle schools, 3 middle schools, and 21 elementary schools. The district supports magnet and community schools, educating over 13,500 students. Santa Fe is also home to several private schools ranging from preparatory to religious to alternative schools.

Parks and Recreation

Santa Fe’s Parks & Recreation Department provides fun opportunities for residents throughout the year at its five recreational centers. Enjoy a game of tennis at the outdoor tennis courts. Learn how to kayak or ice skate. Take a yoga, Pilates, or water exercise class. Skate on the ice arena, or play volleyball, basketball, or indoor soccer.
Santa Fe also boasts more than 50 parks. Take a scenic walk through rose gardens, or let the kids play at the local playground. Catch a local soccer, softball, or rugby match at one of the athletic parks.
If you are interested in getting your game on or spending time outdoors, the Parks & Rec Department has got you covered.


The Santa Fe city government provides water, wastewater, trash, and recycling services for city residents. PNM is the electricity provider in Santa Fe. If you need natural gas service, contact New Mexico Gas Company.


Be prepared for weather extremes. Sitting in the foothill of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains foothills at an elevation of 7,199, Santa Fe’s high desert climate means hot summers and frigid winters. With over 300 days of sunshine and an average of 14 inches of rain per year, invest in sunscreen over an umbrella.


You have plenty of options for grocery shopping in Santa Fe. National chains including Albertson, Trader Joe’s, Smith’s, and Whole Foods have locations in Santa Fe. When you consider regional chains, like Sprouts Farmers Market, Food King Cost Plus, and El Paisano Supermarkets, and local establishments like Kaune’s Neighborhood Market and La Montañita Co-op Food Market, Santa Fe can meet a wide range of shopping needs.
Santa Fe’s three malls Santa Fe Place Mall, Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe, and DeVargas Center, offer clothing stores, food courts, and grocery stores.
Sales tax in Santa Fe is 8.4375%.

Golf Courses

Santa Fe has some great golf courses with some of the best views around.
Enjoy incredible panoramic mountain views at the award-winning Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. As one Golf Advisor reviewer said, “This course is like a classical song, it builds somewhat slowly on the front 9 finishing with a great crescendo on the back.”
The Towa Golf Resort, 12 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza, “offers three independent nine-hole courses challenge with dramatic elevation changes, seasonal weather conditions, and scenery of such extraordinary beauty it threatens to distract the most focused golfer.”
Quail Run describes itself as a “PGA-rated, par 32, nine-hole golf course that is suited for all skill levels.” Like with many of the other courses it offers spectacular views. Quail Run also offers vacation rentals, dining, fitness areas, and tennis.
Santa Fe Country Club is a semi-private facility known for its friendly attentive staff, 18 holes over 7,000 yards, and long history. It first opened in 1928 and is a great place to play a relaxed round of golf.

Ski Santa Fe

Ready to hit the slopes? Then Ski Santa Fe is where you want to be. And if you can’t make it to the slopes, you can watch some of their Webcam feeds here.

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