Burning of Zozobra: Tips for getting to Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The 99th Burning of Zozobra is Friday. This year, the tradition will have a 2000s theme, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary next year.

Every year, thousands of people from all over New Mexico head to Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park for the event. If you’re planning to go, there are a few things you should know when it comes to parking and transportation.

“Take the Rail Runner, we actually paid to have another Rail Runner stick around and wait to take you back to Albuquerque,” said Ray Sandoval, event organizer.

Once the Rail Runner arrives in Santa Fe, there will be free buses that will take people to and from the venue. Those will run continuously, starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

“We also have an ADA shuttle,” Sandoval said. “It’s important for us that folks who have mobility issues can participate. You can pick up that ADA shuttle at the South Capital Rail Station as well.”

People can catch buses at the South Capitol Station, and even leave their cars there.

“Park at the South Capital Rail Station in Santa Fe,” Sandoval said. “We have five parking lots there, and we have buses that are running every 15 minutes that can come get you and drop you off right at the site.”

Keep in mind that parking at Fort Marcy Park and the surrounding neighborhood will be very limited. Other options include parking in downtown Santa Fe or the Santa Fe Plaza.

Remember gates close at 8:45 p.m. Friday.