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Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill

This high desert botanical garden is a unique display of Northern New Mexico's geology.  

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This is not your average botanical garden. There are no manicured lawns or giant beds of flowers here. This garden is dedicated to the plants that thrive in the high desert environment where water is scarce. The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill was designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, and features a mashup of native and non-native plants. 

Museum Hill also features several trails, including one designed for bikers. Others wander over the mountain top, alternating between thickets of flowering desert bushes and views of the surrounding landscape. Interspersed with the various plants are incredible sculptures created by local artists.  

Know Before You Go

Wear sunscreen and hiking shoes, some of the trails are narrow and steep. Plan on spending at least two hours here and walking over a mile at altitude if you desire to see the entire garden. 


April through October Admission 
$10-Adults from outside New Mexico, $9 -Adults in-state New Mexico, $8-Seniors 65+/Active Military $7-Students with ID and Youth (13-17), Free – SFBG Members and Children 12 and under.


November through March Admission
$7 -Adults from in-state and outside New Mexico, $6-Seniors 65+/Active Military, $5 -Students with ID and Youth (13-17), Free-SFBG Members and Children 12 and under.


Hours and admissions are from the garden's website. 

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