Hotel and Travel

Hotel Information

TAAC has arranged special discounted lodging rates with four Heritage Hotels in Santa Fe.  The rates at each hotel are equal to the prevailing government rate of $100 (plus tax) for each night of December 11 (Sunday) through December 15 (Thursday).   Each hotel is conveniently located within close proximity and walking distance to each other, the Santa Fe Historic Plaza, art galleries, craft markets, and museums.  Each hotel has historic charm and modern amenities.

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa will serve as the TAAC Headquarters.  All TAAC-related activities, including registration, keynote addresses, sessions and workshops, conference meals, and classified session bus departure will take place at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

In order to reserve lodging at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, you must first register for the conference.  Once you register for the conference, you will receive a conference confirmation e-mail that will give you a “Group Code”.  The Eldorado Hotel & Spa will require this Group Code when making your reservation.  Without a Group Code, your reservation cannot be made in the TAAC room block at the TAAC discounted rate.

Three other Heritage Hotels are listed below that DO NOT require a Group Code (you MUST use the special reservation link for each hotel to get the TAAC rate).  If you call the hotels directly, just identify yourself as being with the UAS TAAC Conference and you will receive the prevailing government per diem rate ($100 plus tax).

Free hotel shuttle for each Heritage Hotel will be provided throughout each day of the conference to and from the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

Eldorado Hotel & Spa
(505) 988-4455 or toll free (800) 955-4455
2 blocks to the Plaza.
St. Francis Hotel
(505) 983-5700 or toll free (800) 529-5700
2 blocks to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.
2 blocks to the Plaza.
Hotel Chimayo
(505) 992-5861 or toll free (855) 752-9273
3 blocks to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.
½ block to the Plaza.
The Lodge
(505) 992-5800 or toll free (866) 238-4218
5 minute drive to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa and to the Plaza

TAAC Conference Street Map

View a street map with the hotels and plaza labeled (in PDF format).


Hotel Parking

If you are flying to Albuquerque International Sunport, we recommend making a shuttle reservation to Santa Fe.  (See Airports/Shuttle Service below)

Parking is available at each hotel.  Fees apply at Eldorado Hotel & Spa ($18/day), Hotel Chimayo ($12/day), and St. Francis Hotel ($12/day).  The Lodge offers free parking.  Public parking near hotels and plaza is available; fees vary from $10 - $18 per day.


Airports/Shuttle Service

Albuquerque International Sunport - 66 miles to Santa Fe Hotels
With over 100 flights daily on airlines including American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways.

Sandia Shuttle Service
Provides transfer service between the Albuquerque International Airport and Eldorado Hotel & Spa with hourly trips throughout each day (7am-7pm). 
Telephone: (505) 242-0302 or, toll free, (888) 775-5696.
Cost: $30 one way
From Albuquerque International Airport to Santa Fe, the shuttle service runs from 8:45am to 8:45pm.
From Santa Fe to Albuquerque International Airport, the shuttle service runs from 5:00am to 7:00pm.

When departing Santa Fe for Albuquerque International Airport, please allow approximately 90 minutes for travel time.

Santa Fe Airport - 9 miles to TAAC hotels and the Santa Fe plaza
Located southwest of the city, the Santa Fe Municipal Airport provides commercial airline service by two airlines.  American Eagle Airlines provides daily flights to and from Santa Fe and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX).  United Express provides daily service to and from Santa Fe and Denver (DEN) and Phoenix (PHX).
Rental Cars are available at the airport (Hertz and Avis).
Santa Fe Airport – (505) 955-2900

Roadrunner Shuttle Service
Provides transfer service between Santa Fe Municipal Airport and Santa Fe hotels for each flight coming in.
Telephone: 505-424-3367
Cost: $16 one way.  Cost increases after 9:00pm.
Transfer service is also available by reservation only for the Albuquerque International Sunport.  Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance.
Cost: $32 one way.



Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district’s crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks, museums, Plaza, Palace of the Governors, shops, and art galleries.  Below are just a few of the “things to see and do” while visiting Santa Fe.


  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • New Mexico History Museum
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture


  • The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Loretta Chapel
  • Palace of the Governors
  • Historic Plaza
  • Canyon Road
  • Santa Fe Historic District


Some of the best places to ski in the Southwest is in the Santa Fe area. With an average of 300 sunny days a year and plenty of snow during the winter season, Santa Fe is a skier's paradise bringing up to 300 inches of snow a year to some ski resorts and plenty of races, winter festivals and other events. Ski Santa Fe opens November 24, 2016.  It has a base elevation of 10,350 ft. Located only 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe, it has 79 trails (20% easy 40% intermediate 40% expert).


Santa Fe, NM Monthly Weather Forecast


Interesting Facts

History – The nation’s oldest capital city

Thirteen years before Plymouth Colony was settled by the Mayflower Pilgrims, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was established with a small cluster of European type dwellings.  It would soon become the seat of power for the Spanish Empire north of the Rio Grande.  Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi.

While Santa Fe was inhabited on a very small scale in 1607, it was truly settled by the conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta in 1609-1610.  Santa Fe is the site of both the oldest public building in America, the Palace of the Governors and the nation's oldest community celebration, the Santa Fe Fiesta, established in 1712 to commemorate the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico in the summer of 1692.  Peralta and his men laid out the plan for Santa Fe at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the site of the ancient Pueblo Indian ruin of Kaupoge, or "place of shell beads near the water."

The city has been the capital for the Spanish "Kingdom of New Mexico," the Mexican province of Nuevo Mejico, the American territory of New Mexico (which contained what is today Arizona and New Mexico) and since 1912 the state of New Mexico.  Santa Fe, in fact, was the first foreign capital over taken by the United States, when in 1846 General Stephen Watts Kearny captured it during the Mexican-American War.

De Vargas Street House

The Oldest House rests on part of the foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo dating from around 1200 AD.  This pueblo was once inhabited by a tribe from the Tano speaking tribes of the northern part of the territory.  Sometime around 1435 AD, this tribe abandoned their village, moving on to other sites farther south in search of water, better fields or hunting grounds.