Getting Here

By Car | By Shuttle | Parking Lot Rules

Getting Here By Car

The Opera is located seven miles north of Santa Fe on the west side of US Highway 84/285. Please note that rideshare and public transportation options are limited and may be unavailable post-performance.
  • Travel north on US 84/285 to Exit 168: "Tesuque Village/Opera Drive/ Ave Monte Sereno."
  • Turn left at the end of the exit ramp.
  • Turn right onto the frontage road ("Opera Drive") and travel 1.4 miles to the Opera entrance.
  • Travel south on US 84/285 to Exit 168: "Tesuque Village/Opera Drive/Ave Monte Sereno."
  • Turn right at the end of the exit ramp.
  • Turn right onto the frontage road ("Opera Drive") and travel 1.4 miles to the Opera entrance.

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Getting Here By Shuttle*

Book a comfortable round-trip ride from Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Santa Fe shuttles pick up from several locations, and the early shuttle arrives in time to attend the Preview Buffet or the first Prelude Talk.

  • Early service arrives 2.5 hours prior to the performance. 
  • Late service arrives a half-hour prior to the performance.
  • The ABQ shuttle does not allow time to dine or attend the Prelude Talks.

Shuttle tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance; they may sell out earlier. 


*Please note that due to the pandemic, shuttles will not be offered for the 2021 Season.

Questions? Please call the Box Office at 800-280-4654 for more information.

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Parking Lot Rules

The Opera’s parking lots open three hours prior to the performance. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the performance to avoid traffic congestion. Parking is free, as is a shuttle between the lower parking lot and the theatre entrance.

Learn more about the Opera's parking policies for tailgating and larger parties below.

  • The parking lot is available starting three hours before the performance time.
  • General parking spaces are first come, first served. Special parking spaces are reserved as a benefit of certain Donor Levels.
  • For the safety of all, everyone must follow the instructions of Parking Crew personnel.
  • Picnic tables adjacent to the parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Please be considerate of others waiting to use the picnic facilities. In order to provide access to as many as possible, patrons are encouraged to share tables.)
  • Most tailgate setups are accommodated directly in front or back of your vehicle. Parties with more than one vehicle must arrive together (no parking spaces may be saved).
  • Setups must allow for emergency vehicle access in all rows of the parking lot.
  • All attendees must be ticketed for that evening’s performance.
  • No electrical service is available and electric generators are not permitted.
  • No charcoal fires are allowed.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Vehicle alarms that activate during a performance will be disconnected.

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