Produced by Ditch The Box Studios with contributions from Santa Fe Tourism, 12FPS, and Mountain Movers Media.


JUNE 9 - 10 in Santa Fe, NM

So You’re going to MAKE a trip to Santa Fe…

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Be Prepared For:

  • High altitudes
  • Upper 80s for daytime temps, lower 50s or upper 40s for nighttime temps
  • Dry weather most likely, with remote chance of brief, heavy rainstorms
  • Bright sun with less UV protection
  • Very low humidity
  • Beautiful vistas
  • Gorgeous skies
  • Great stargazing
  • Fantastic hiking
  • Lots of arts and culture
  • Delicious (and sometimes spicy) food
  • A comprehensive set of layers and resources accessible on this Google Map.

Where am I going?

Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city. We think of ourselves as part of a dynamic region of traditional makers, groundbreaking scientists, innovative artists, restless inventors, dedicated explorers and makers of all types.

Regionally, we’re located in the Mountain West, near the Rio Grande river and nestled against the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The Rio Grande corridor is also home to Albuquerque and Taos, New Mexico along with numerous Native American Pueblos and rural towns and villages. New Mexico is a sparsely populated state, which makes the relationships between communities all the more important.

High and Dry

The city of Santa Fe is about 7200 feet above sea level, topping Colorado’s famous “mile high” city by more than 2000 feet. Take adjusting to the altitude seriously! The most important thing to do is stay hydrated. Drink extra water! Drink even more extra water if you’re engaging in dehydrating activities (like our fantastic local breweries and distilleries). Another thing to be prepared for at high altitude is your actual proximity to the sun--There’s about 25% more exposure to ultraviolet light than there is at sea level. Bring sunscreen! Bring hats! Bring parasols! Bring shade drones that orbit your head and emit a constant cooling mist! But remember that as night falls, the temperature can drop 30 or 40 degrees, so bring a jacket or a pullover of something.

High points of high elevation:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Protect yourself from sun
  • Be ready for warm days and cool nights

How do you get there?

You can fly into either Albuquerque or Santa Fe.

Both cities are located off interstate highways and are accessible by scenic roadways as well.

Both cities are Amtrak accessible via the Southwest Chief.

There is a Greyhound bus terminal in Albuquerque but no longer a dedicated stop in Santa Fe.

We are able to accommodate visitors arriving by hot air balloon or UFO.

Albuquerque, NM is at the junction of Interstates 25 and 40 and Santa Fe is just up the 25 toward Denver--about an hour away.

Flying into Albuquerque

You’ll arrive at the Albuquerque International Sunport. It’s a small airport that’s easy to manage. It has service from many carriers with strong support for Southwest, Jet Blue, Alaska, Frontier, American, Delta, United, Allegiant, and Boutique.

From the Sunport, Sandia Shuttle runs multiple routes to and from Santa Fe each day.

There’s a free shuttle to a large rental car center. The shuttle runs every 5 minutes from the 1st level of the terminal. Companies include:

  • Alamo
    • (800) GO-ALAMO (462-5266)
  • Avis
    • (800) 331-1212
    • Hearing Impaired/TDD: (800) 331-2323
    • Espanol: (800) 874-3556
  • Budget
    • (800) 527-0700
    • Hearing Impaired/TDD: (800) 826-5510
  • Dollar
    • (800) 800-4000
  • Enterprise
    • (800) 736-8222
  • Hertz
    • (800) 654-3131
    • Hearing Impaired/TDD: (800) 654-2280
  • National
    • (800) CAR-RENT (227-7368)
  • Payless
    • (800) PAYLESS
  • Thrifty
    • (800) 847-4389

The RailRunner Commuter train runs between Santa Fe and Albuquerque with a limited schedule. Your Santa Fe Home Team is working on some special routes---so stay tuned.

Flying into Santa Fe

Even smaller and more manageable is the Santa Fe Airport. The carriers are American and United and all flights will currently come from connections in Dallas, Denver or Phoenix. Hertz and Avis operate car rentals.

Where do you stay?

We’ll add possible discount codes as they come up and alternatives, including Santa Fe residents willing to “host a maker.”

A comprehensive set of hotels and lodging alternatives is on the Google Map.

How do I get around?

If you stay in the downtown area near the convention center, you’ll be able to walk to most destinations.

  • NOMCON is working to arrange some transportation for key events not within walking distance from the convention center.
  • Uber and Lyft both operate in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque.
  • The local bus system in Santa Fe is Santa Fe Trails.
  • Car rentals are available in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
  • Another car rental option is Turo. It’s kind of an Airbnb for cars.

What do you do?

New Mexico has a wonderful state museum system as well as a number of other museums and cultural institutions.

How about childcare?

We are currently working on a couple of childcare options and will flush out details ASAP.

Possible Partners:

  • Make Time
  • Chimera

What should you eat?

Chile, for starters.

Red or Green? This is the state question in New Mexico and it refers to our famous chile peppers.

Pro Tips: Chili with an “i” is what they make in Texas with lots of beans--chile with an “e” is what we grow in New Mexico and make into savory stews and sauces. Green chile is chile that is harvested when the chile pepper reaches a mature size and is a deep green color. Red chile is made from peppers that remain on the vine and ripen into a bold red color. Both can range from relatively mild and to alarmingly hot. Green chile has a little more acid and can be a brighter flavor with a sweeter heat. Red chile is a deeper, super savory sauce. Green is usually a chunkier style while red is usually smooth. Both can be served as sauces on top of, or inside of, foods like burritos or rellenos or enchiladas, etc.

If  you can’t choose between Red or Green, you can opt for “Christmas” which is half and half. If you don’t like spicy, ask for your chile on the side, even if you’re told it’s mild.

New Mexican style recommendations:

  • Atrisco Cafe and Bar
  • Tomasita’s
  • Tia Sophias
  • The Shed
  • La Choza
  • Plaza Cafe
  • The Pantry

World-class cuisine:

  • Geronimo
  • Restaurant Martin
  • Radish & Rye
  • Eloisa

Local faves:

  • Paper Dosa
  • Fire & Hops
  • Shake Foundation
  • Taco Foundation
  • El Chile Toreado
  • Plaza Cafe Southside
  • Izanami
  • La Boca
  • Burger Stand
  • Santa Fe Bite

Other food resources:

  • Santa Fe Reporter Restaurant Guide

The Breakfast Burrito

  • El Chile Toreado
  • Tia Sophia’s
  • Betterday Coffee


  • Iconik
  • Betterday
  • Ohori’s

I’m bringing the whole family.

  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • Meow Wolf

Hiking and outdoor activities

Where’s the weird stuff?

It’s all a little weird. Trust us.






I want to congratulate all those involved in bringing the inaugural makerspace conference, NOMCON, to Santa Fe next year, especially those at MAKE Santa Fe for their commitment to letting the world know about the vibrant maker community here in northern New Mexico. My goal at the federal level is to create more makerspaces, and encourage startups and small businesses to use these spaces for economic development. Community makerspaces fulfill many roles: they help strengthen communities; they provide mechanisms for early childhood and family education; they help familiarize community members with entrepreneurship and provide them the resources and networks to pursue their ambitions; and they provide rural communities with the infrastructure to create needed jobs.

– Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe is incredibly honored to welcome NOMCON 2018!
Our 400-year multi-cultural history is one of craft, community, and invention and our modern ethos of creative innovation is a great fit for welcoming the Nation of Makers to the City Different!
Our community is committed to supporting the national conversation and serving as host for the Nation of Makers inaugural gathering.

– Mayor Javier Gonzales


Huge shout-out to Zane Fischer, Katrina Mendoza, and Shannon Murphy for their work coordinating the submitting of a truly impressive application with support from so many local organizations, including (listed alphabetically):

We look forward to continuing to grow support for the conference both locally, and nationally! If you know organizations from around the country that would like to get involved as sponsors, please have them complete following sponsorship interest form: