Santa Fe usually has a dry, desert climate, with sunny weather, but winter months can bring cold weather and snow. The city's elevation is 7,000 feet above sea level, and covers 35 square miles in a valley near the Rio Grande river. The city sits at the southern base of the Rocky Mountains and is located between two Mountain ranges: the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the Jemez Mountains to the west. 
The population of Santa Fe is 72,056 inhabitants.  The residents are ethnically diverse, with a large number of peoples of Native American Indian descent and of Hispanic Origin. The Pueblo Indians are indigenous to the area, and other local Native American groups include the Comanche, Apache and Navajo.  
The Santa Fe City Council is the legislative authority of the city. The City Council is formed of 8 members, 2 members from each of the 4 districts. Each council member serves a 4 year term. The Mayor also serves a 4 year term of service. 
The closest International Airport is Albuquerque International Sunport, located in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Santa Fe has a small municipal Airport with commercial flights from Denver, Colorado.