Upper Canyon Road is just a short way from the art galleries and restaurants.
Upper Canyon Road is just a short way from the art galleries and restaurants found along the lower part of this popular Santa Fe street. Residences here are mostly single-family homes, more than a few of which were built back in the 1600s and 1700s. The tree-lined roads in this neighborhood are narrow and winding, which didn’t at all bother its original users – people riding down the road on their horses and mules – and today they add to the old world charm this area embodies.
While there usually aren’t the views found in other parts of the city, Upper Canyon offers an outsized share of verdant gardens, a feeling of romance, plenty of history, and grace. The homes are primarily Pueblo-style and Territorial, the lots not especially huge, but the ambiance is luxurious, well appointed, and opulent.
Canyon Road itself is no more than half a mile long, but what a world famous half-mile it is: over one hundred galleries, eclectic shops and boutiques, and a top shelf selection of world-renowned restaurants. Homes along the lower part of Canyon Road are usually attached to galleries, offering a live-work mix right in the middle of all the urban action. At the very top of Upper Canyon Road, the Randall Davey Audubon Center provides 135 acres of hiking trails and grounds in which to explore. In the fall, visitors and residents become part of the road’s "Paint & Sculpt Out," and every Christmas Eve, around 25,000 revelers – locals and out-of-towners alike – gather on Upper and Lower Canyon for the annual Farolito Walk. A favorite holiday tradition, glowing farolitos (paper bags weighted with sand and candles) line the streets, along with luminaria bonfires every few blocks, and residents opening their doors for hot cider or wine, while passersby sing carols.