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Old Santa Fe Walking Tours

Ken Ortolon is a former journalist who has a passion for history, particularly the history of the American Southwest. His interest in New Mexico history was sparked in the 1980s when his wife began making frequent trips to Santa Fe on buying trips for her art gallery, which specialized in Native American art and jewelry. Ken enjoys sharing his knowledge of the centuries-old city of Santa Fe and the people who have lived here—Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American. Ken also has extensive knowledge about the notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid, and is available to lead tours focusing on Billy’s life in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Old Santa Fe Walking Tours

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Santa Fe is a city with more than 400 years of history. Founded by the Spanish in 1610, Santa Fe has a blend of cultures, including Spanish, Mexican, Native American and American, that give it an unusual feel. The city is not only the oldest state capital in the country but also, at 7,000 feet in elevation, the highest state capital.On this tour you can immerse yourself in the history of Santa Fe, see some of the oldest buildings in the United States and discuss our unique architecture and cuisine. You also will learn about Native American culture and key events that shaped the current relationship between Americans and the Native tribes.


Duration: 2 hours

Price: $30 per person


Billy the Kid Tour

Billy the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney, was one of the most notorious outlaws of the American Southwest. Legend has it that he killed one man for every year of his short life. Billy lived in Santa Fe when he was a young boy and teenager.On this tour we will walk around historic downtown Santa Fe seeing sights that we know have a connection to Billy the Kid, from a jailhouse to a church, and discuss his unexpected friendship with a Catholic nun. We will also discuss Billy’s life from his birth in New York City to his death at age 21 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.


Duration: Approximate 1 hour and 30 minutes

Price: $30 per person


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Phone: (512) 569-9613


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