TAAC Conference Hotel Information
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa will serve as the UAS TAAC Headquarters and Host Hotel. All UAS TAAC related activities, including registration, keynote addresses, sessions and workshops, exhibits, meals, and bus departure for classified day, will take place at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.
TAAC Conference coordinators have arranged a special discounted lodging rate equal to the prevailing government rate of $119 (plus tax) for each night of December 3 (Sunday) through December 7 (Thursday).In order to reserve lodging at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, you must first register for UAS TAAC. Once you register, you will receive a 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.
If you are flying to Albuquerque International Sunport, we recommend making a shuttle reservation to Santa Fe. (See Airports/Shuttle Service below)
TAAC Conference coordinators have arranged a special discounted Parking Fee ($10/day) at the Eldorado Hotel for UAS TAAC attendees who have lodging reservations at the Eldorado Hotel. Public parking is also available in close proximity at rates ranging from $10-$18 per day.
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
(When departing Santa Fe for Albuquerque International Airport, please allow approximately 90 minutes for travel time.)
Santa Fe Airport – 9 miles to Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Rental Cars are available at the airport (Hertz and Avis).
Santa Fe Airport – (505) 955-2900
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. 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).
Interesting Facts for the TAAC Conference Host City
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.