Canyon Road in Santa Fe is, arguably, one of the most famous “art streets” in America, if not the world. Long ago it was, literally, just a narrow dirt road leading up to the canyon. Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is now one of Santa Fe’s most visited Historic Districts.
Initially a farming community, houses were built using Native American and Spanish methods, with materials that were readily available: mud, straw and wood. Rounded adobe homes with walls built around courtyards, often comprised whole complexes for extended families. The picturesque neighborhood that grew up along this old trail resonated with family, heritage and history.
Eventually, the beauty of Canyon Road, with its simple and often crumbling old adobes, attracted artists—that and the affordable rents. Over the decades it became a thriving artist’s colony with many artist’s studios and artist-run galleries—much like Truchas is today.
But Canyon Road was “discovered” and after this occurred a lot of the artists responsible for its creation were forced out by ever increasing rents.
Today Canyon Road remains a great street for art and artists, even if its character has shifted. Anna and I took a stroll up and down this short half-mile long street and were once again entranced by the old and lyrical quality of the street itself. Even before stepping into the galleries, Canyon Road is worth a visit—for its architecture, its history and its charm.
Thought you’d enjoy walking it with us:
Love to you all,