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Area Code -- In 2007 New Mexico added a new area code. The northwestern section, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, retained the 505 code, while the rest of the state changed to 575.

ATM Networks -- As in most U.S. destinations, ATMs are ubiquitous in the cities of northern New Mexico. However, in the small mountain towns, they're scarce. ATMs are linked to a network that most likely includes your bank at home. Cirrus (tel. 800/424-7787; www.mastercard.com) and PLUS (tel. 800/843-7587; www.visa.com) are the two most popular networks in the United States and in this region.

Babysitters -- Most hotels can arrange for sitters on request. Alternatively, call the professional, licensed sitter Linda Iverson (tel. 505/982-9327).

Business Hours -- Offices and stores are generally open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with many stores also open Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday in the summer season. Most banks are open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday, 9am to 6pm. Some may also be open Saturday morning. Most branches have ATMs available 24 hours. Call establishments for specific hours.

Currency Exchange -- You can exchange foreign currency at Bank of America, 1234 St. Michael's Dr. (tel. 505/473-8211).

Dentists -- Dr. Gilman Stenzhorn (tel. 505/982-4317 or 505/983-4491) offers emergency service. He's located at 1496 St. Francis Dr., in the St. Francis Professional Center.

Doctors -- ABQ Health Partners, 465 St. Michaels Dr. (tel. 505/995-2400), is open Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm and Friday 8am to 5pm. For physician and surgeon referral and information services, call the American Board of Medical Specialties (tel. 866/275-2267).

Emergencies -- For police, fire, or ambulance emergencies, dial tel. 911.

Etiquette & Customs -- Certain rules of etiquette should be observed when visiting the pueblos.

Hospitals -- St. Vincent Hospital, 455 St. Michaels Dr. (tel. 505/983-3361, or 505/995-3934 for emergency services), is a 248-bed regional health center. Patient services include urgent and emergency-room care and ambulatory surgery. Health services are also available at the Women's Health Services Family Care and Counseling Center (tel. 505/988-8869). Ultimed, 707 Paseo de Peralta (tel. 505/989-8707), a new urgent-care facility near the plaza, offers comprehensive health care.

Hot Lines -- The following hot lines are available in Santa Fe: battered families (tel. 505/473-5200), poison control (tel. 800/432-6866), psychiatric emergencies (tel. 888/920-6333 or 505/820-6333), and sexual assault (tel. 505/986-9111).

Internet Access -- Head to the Santa Fe Public Library at 145 Washington Ave. (tel. 505/955-6780), or retrieve your e-mail at FedEx Kinko's, 301 N. Guadalupe (tel. 505/982-6311).

Libraries -- The Santa Fe Public Library is half a block from the plaza, at 145 Washington Ave. (tel. 505/955-6780). The Oliver La Farge Branch library is at 1730 Llano St., just off St. Michael's Drive, and the new Southside Library at 6599 Jaguar Dr., at the intersection with Country Club Road. The New Mexico State Library is at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey (tel. 505/476-9700).

Liquor Laws -- The legal drinking age is 21 throughout New Mexico. Bars may remain open until 2am Monday to Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. Wine, beer, and spirits are sold at licensed supermarkets and liquor stores, but there are no package sales on election days until after 7pm, and on Sundays before noon. It is illegal to transport liquor through most Native American reservations.

Lost Property -- Contact the city police at tel. 505/955-5030.

Newspapers & Magazines -- The New Mexican -- Santa Fe's daily paper -- is the oldest newspaper in the West. Its offices are at 202 E. Marcy St. (tel. 505/983-3303; www.santafenewmexican.com). The weekly Santa Fe Reporter, 132 E. Marcy St. (tel. 505/988-5541; www.sfreporter.com), published on Wednesdays and available free at stands all over town, is often more willing to be controversial, and its entertainment listings are excellent. Regional magazines published locally are New Mexico magazine (monthly, statewide interest; www.nmmagazine.com) and the Santa Fean magazine (6 times a year, Southwestern lifestyles; www.santafean.com).

Pharmacies -- Del Norte Pharmacy, at 1691 Galisteo St. (tel. 505/988-9797), is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and Saturday, 9am to 1 pm. Delivery service is available.

Police -- In case of emergency, dial tel. 911. For all other inquiries, call the Santa Fe Police Department, 2515 Camino Entrada (tel. 505/428-3710). The Santa Fe County Sheriff, with jurisdiction outside the city limits, is at 35 Camino Justicia (tel. 505/986-2400).

Post Offices -- The main post office is at 120 S. Federal Place (tel. 505/988-2239), 2 blocks north and 1 block west of the plaza. It's open from 8am to 5:30pm. The Coronado Station branch is at 2071 S. Pacheco St. (tel. 800/275-8777), and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday 9am to 4pm. Some of the major hotels have stamp machines and mailboxes with twice-daily pickup. The zip code for central Santa Fe is 87501.

Radio -- Local radio stations are BLU (102.9), which plays contemporary jazz, and KBAC (98.1), which plays alternative rock and folk music.

Safety -- Although the tourist district appears very safe, Santa Fe is not on the whole a safe city; theft and the number of reported rapes have risen. The good news is that Santa Fe's overall crime statistics do appear to be falling. Still, when walking the city streets, guard your purse carefully because there are many bag-grab thefts, particularly during the summer tourist months. Also, be as aware of your surroundings as you would in any other major city.

Taxes -- A tax of 7.937% is added to all purchases, with an additional 5% added to lodging bills.

Television -- There are five Albuquerque network affiliates: KOB-TV (Channel 4, NBC), KOAT-TV (Channel 7, ABC), KQRE-TV (Channel 13, CBS), KASA-TV (Channel 2, FOX), and KNME-TV (Channel 5, PBS).

Time Zone -- New Mexico is on Mountain Standard Time, 1 hour ahead of the West Coast and 2 hours behind the East Coast. When it's 10am in Santa Fe, it's noon in New York, 11am in Chicago, and 9am in San Francisco. Daylight saving time is in effect from early March to early November.

Useful Telephone Numbers -- Information on road conditions in the Santa Fe area can be obtained by calling the State Highway and Transportation Department (tel. 800/432-4269). For time and temperature, call tel. 505/473-2211.

Weather -- For weather forecasts, call tel. 505/988-5151.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.