How to Beat the Line and Make the Most of Meow Wolf

As we reach peak attendance during Santa Fe's world-class tourism season, there are a few helpful tips visitors can use to beat the lines at Meow Wolf.

When Meow Wolf first opened the House of Eternal Return in 2016, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect for attendance. Since opening, we’ve been blessed by hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world (who are giving us phenomenal reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere) and that number is only going up now with summer arriving and the world-class Santa Fe travel season is in full swing.

Because of this, there are lines at times.

We want everyone who visits to have a unique, personal experience with the exhibition and so we’ve compiled some tips for visitors to help you avoid peak hours, and maximize your brain-melting fun.

Peak Hours End in the Afternoon

Many people assume the best time to show up for anything is early. Maybe that’s why sometimes crowds form in the morning. People who want to beat the line may be better off showing up later. Traffic into the House goes down considerably almost every day between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

The space is open until 8 p.m. on the weekdays, 10 p.m. on weekends—more than enough time to take in the sights! Float café and bar opens at 9 a.m. for coffee and non-alcoholic items, and begins serving alcohol at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends, so you can see your fill and then discuss it with your family and friends over refreshments.

 Cool off in House of Eternal Return all summer long. Photo Credit: Kate Russell
Cool off in House of Eternal Return all summer long. Photo Credit: Kate Russell

Will-Call and Family Passes

Most of the people in line are waiting to buy tickets. The will-call line is much smaller. You can get tickets online here: They are not dated and can be used any time for general admission (but not for special events or concerts).

Additionally: our annual passes are both cost-effective and a quicker way to access the House (again, for general admission, not special events or concerts). At $150 for a single guest and $300 for a family, annual passes provide a wonderful way to see the exhibition followed by a year of opportunities to re-visit, whether it’s to crack the mystery of the House, find those rooms (plural) you missed the first time, or simply to escape and immerse in the surrealistic multiverse. Simply present the stylish, matte-black pass at the will-call line and you’re on your way!

Plan to make the trip soon? If you know someone who could use the tips in this post, please share using the social media links below. We look forward to seeing you soon.