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About Santa Fe

We are excited to welcome you to Linux Kernel Summit 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Santa Fe, New Mexico's capital, embodies a rich history and culture that is evident in everything from the architecture to the food and art. The city has long been a center for arts and culture - and is home to the country's third largest art market. With a backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and over 320 days of sunshine, the world-class city of Santa Fe will be a new home away from home.


Fun Facts about Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the highest state capital in the United States - sitting at 7,000 ft. above sea level.

Founded in 1608, Santa Fe is America's oldest state capital. Only two older surviving cities, both in Florida, exist.

Santa Fe's full name is "La Villa real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco De Asis" which translates to "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi."

The Palace of Governors, built in 1610, is America's oldest continuously occupied public building. It is considered a national treasure!

Smokey the Bear was invented in New Mexico after the Captan Gap Fire of 1950.


Things to Do and See

Visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has the world's largest collection of O'Keeffe's work with over 1,100 of her paintings and drawings. The museum also hosts special exhibitions of O'Keeffe's work or that of other modernists such as Pollock, Warhol and Levine.


Tour the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture - Laboratory of Anthropology
Founded in 1909, the Musuem of Indian Arts and Culture was created to preserve the material culture of the Native Americans in the region. In 1947, the musuem combined with JD Rockefeller's Laboratory of Anthropology, an institution dedicated to the study of culture in the Southwest. Today, the museum hosts impressive collections of pottery, jewelry, and basketry as well as regular performances of Native American music, dance, storytelling and traditions.


Shop Canyon Road
Canyon Road was once a trade route leading to the community of Pecos on the eastern slope of the mountains. Today, the half-mile stretch in downtown Santa Fe has the world's densest concentration of art galleries! All kinds of art, from sculptures and paintings to jewelry and pottery are for show and sale along the road - most of it with a Southwestern flair!


Explore Randall Davey Audubon Center
The 135-acre Randall Davey Audubon Center, on Upper Canyon Road, has bird watching tours and nature walks. Set in the Santa Fe River Watershed and surrounded by forest, the Center sees approximately 130 different species of birds. Visitors can wander the trails on their own or take a guided walking tour to learn about the environment and its inhabitants.


Visit Santa Fe Plaza and Historic Downtown
The Plaza is a National Historic Landmark located in downtown Santa Fe. The city square has a unique traditional Spanish-American style that dates back to colonialism. It was, and still is to this day, a major gathering point in the city. The oldest public building in the US, the Palace of the Governors, is also located on the Plaza.










Additional Helpful Links

Santa Fe Extended Weather Forecast
Getting Around Santa Fe