Destinations in the Railyard Park and Plaza

The Railyard Park + Plaza provides a special central gathering place for Santa Fe residents and visitors—a place where Santa Fe comes together. Among the highlights:

Children’s Play Area

1-childrens-play-areaA Children’s Play Area designed to promote children’s creativity and activity, including a climbing wall, a water play feature, slides, and special toddler features


Outdoor Performance Space

1-outdoor-performance-greenAn Outdoor Performance Space for concerts, movies, trapeze shows and other public events

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas with grills and tables set amid shade trees and park gardens

Bicycle and Walking Trails

1-bicycle-and-walking-paths5,000 feet of Bicycle and Walking Trails link to a citywide trail network

Water Harvesting System

An innovative Water Harvesting System stores rainwater for plant irrigation to make the park sustainable for the dry climate of Santa Fe

Acequia Madre

don-unser-3The Acequia Madre, a 400-year-old irrigation ditch, feeds trees, gardens and grasses as a historic counterpart to the modern water harvesting system

Community Food Gardens


Community Food Gardens filled with native and edible plants are nourished in part by the Acequia Niña, a newly created lateral ditch extending from the Acequia Madre



Rail Gardens

The Rail Gardens commemorate the Rail History of Santa Fe starting in 1880. 4 rail lines are in place in the Park which represent the original 4 railway lines that called the Park home.

Circular Rose Ramada

A peaceful stroll through the Rose Ramada will take you back to the turntable element of railyards in the late 1880’s, which served as the end of the line and turnaround point for trains arriving in Santa Fe as well as the maintenance center.

Drought-resistant Gardens

1-drought-resistent-gardensDrought-resistant Gardens include the beautiful Bird and Butterfly Garden and Rail Gardens

Native Bee House

1-native-bee-houseThe Native Bee House provides native bees a pesticide-free shelter and nesting material and is surrounded by all of their favorite pollen sources. There are over 1,000 species of native bees in New Mexico.

Bee Info Graphic (pdf)

Bee Brochure (pdf)

Bee Fact Grid

The Railyard Plaza

The Railyard Plaza provides space for the Santa Fe Farmers Market and other community events that draw thousands to the Railyard each week

Wood Water Tower

1-wood-water-towerA modern interpretation of a historic Wood Water Tower holds 40,000 gallons of rooftop rainwater and is a Railyard Plaza landmark

Restaurants, Shopping and More

The Railyard is an active mixed-use space. For a list of businesses, please click here for the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation website.