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Visit & Photograph many HIstoric sites including the Oldest Church in the United States right across the street from our downtown Learning Lounge, & the Miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel staircase just down the street!


Cars can also be rented in the Santa Fe area for day trips if needed.

Car rental prices are significantly less expensive if rented in the Santa Fe area versus at the airport. Check with car rental companies for current pricing and availability.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car-
SANTA FE, NM 87505-7614
(505) 986-1414

Budget Car Rental

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ECO -Friendly Workshops: Our location can SAVE!

Enjoy all the unique charms Santa Fe has to offer from our historic downtown location- on foot, by taxi, or by pedi-cab! Only the Santa Fe Digital Darkroom Photographic Workshops are located in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico —walking distance to the Santa Fe Plaza, historic sites, as well as a variety of restaurants, shops, hotels and other accomodations.

Our historic downtown Santa Fe location makes it possible to reduce your carbon footprint, and save you money in car rental fees. Depending on your specific needs and the type of workshop you are joining, you may not need to rent a car for your entire trip.

Although Santa Fe Digital Darkroom does not provide transportation for location shooting, locations can however be arranged in walking distance or within pedi-cab and taxi boundaries. Carpools are also an option for group workshops for those who choose not to rent a car. Just let us know if you need assistance exploring whether this is option for you!

* Cars can be rented in the Santa Fe area for day trips if needed
• Pedicab services available in warmer month with SantaFePediCabs
• Direct shuttle servies available from the ABQ airport to the downtown area
• Convenient and affordable private shuttle services also available to / from airport as well as around town with Laurence Longwell by appointment 505-501-3704
• New NM Railrunner train runs from ABQ to downtown Santa Fe
• A variety of downtown accomodations available for all budgets within walking distance

HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS NEARBY or walking distance to US:

Garrett's Desert Inn (across the street from our Workshops) approx $79 -129
Sage Inn (some may need a car or taxi ride from here, although walkable for many) approx $79-$99
Ghost Ranch Santa Fe (some may need a car or taxi ride from here, although walkable for many) approx $110


Inn of the Govenors

Old Santa Fe Inn
Inn of the Five Graces
Hotel Loretto La Fonda
Hotel Saint Francis
La Posada Luxury Spa & Hotel

Santa Fe Downtown Hotels


Shuttle Services : from/to the Albuquerque Airport is provided by several companies. Shuttle service is available by exiting the luggage claim area. Sandia Shuttle (1.888.775.5696 or will drop off and pick up at nearby downtown hotels, or fly into Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

You may also choose to ride the new NM Railrunner Train. Northbound fare to Santa Fe is $7. Shuttle buses are available by exiting the luggage claim area. The bus will take you to the train depot. Once in Santa Fe bus service provided as part of your train fee will take you to the Railyard stop which is a few blocks from our Workshops. For more details and schedules visit*

*NOTE: Trains do not run on Sundays and most holidays. Saturdays have a different schedule. Ratesand schedules are subject to change without notice. Please check schedules before you arrive for updates.

Historic sites

Oldest Church

Santa Fe boasts the United States’ oldest public building, church, house and neighborhood. It has 10 major museums and some 200 world-class art galleries, making it an art and history lover’s paradise.

Downtown Santa Fe is a National Historic District. At its heart is the Plaza. Bounded by Palace Avenue on the north, Old Santa Fe Trail on the east, San Francisco Street to the south, and Lincoln Avenue on the west. The park like Plaza is the main town square. On its north side is the Palace of the Governors, built in 1610 as Santa Fe’s original capitol building and first major structure. The one-story adobe spans the block and is the oldest U.S. public building still in continuous use.

The front portal is reserved for Native Americans to sell their traditional and contemporary jewelry, pottery, sand paintings, and other arts and crafts. They are there 360 days a year from 8 a.m. to dusk. The Native American Artisans Program of the Palace of the Governors provides an opportunity for these talented artists and craftspeople to market their original artwork in a venue that assures authenticity for the buyer. The goods displayed and sold by program participants must be made by the seller or by their household members.

Miraculous Staircase

East of the Plaza is a turquoise portico with shops, restaurants and courtyards, and the Sena Plaza. At the end of East San Francisco Street, is St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral. South on Old Santa Fe Trail is the Loretto Chapel erected in 1873-1878. Its choir loft staircase which makes two complete 360-degree spiral turns without center or side supports is said to be a “miraculous” architectural achievement. Legend has it that the chapel’s small size and choir loft height precluded a conventional staircase. Faced with using a ladder or rebuilding the balcony, the good sisters prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, and a carpenter appeared who constructed the staircase and mysteriously left without payment.

Further south on Old Santa Fe Trail is an area formerly known as Barrio de Analco and part of a National Historic District. Some homes date to the mid-18th century. On the eastern side of Old Santa Fe Trail at 215 East De Vargas Street is the oldest house in the United States, built around 1646. At the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and East de Vargas is San Miguel Mission Church, said to be the country’s oldest church structure. The altar was built by Indians from Mexico in 1610, and mass is still celebrated every Sunday. The adobe Santuario de Guadalupe, west of the Plaza was built between 1776 and 1796. It holds a stunning altar painting and is the country’s oldest extant shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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