During the legislative session, the Roundhouse — it's the only round capitol building in the country — is often crowded with people running between committee meetings and hand-shake sessions. But the building's hallways are also adorned with hundreds of works of art. The Capitol Art Collection was created in 1991 and consists of nearly 600 works exhibited in the building's public spaces and on the grounds outside. The collection is currently valued at more than $5.6 million. Self-guided tours can be taken Monday through Friday. Free guided tours are also available.
SANGRE DE CRISTOS
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to Santa Fe's adobe skyline. A short drive out of the city leads to numerous hiking and biking choices. In the fall, the changing aspens attract thousands of people.
Just be prepared for the change in altitude. Santa Fe sits about 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) above sea level and the mountain vistas can top out around 12,000 feet (3,658 meters).