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Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Bike iconic routes like the Enchanted Circle
  • Artsy Santa Fe and authentic Taos
  • Ride along the edge of the stunning Colorado Plateau
  • Soak in ancient hot springs thought to be sacred
  • A cultural weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions

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New Mexico's Land of Enchantment

Where can you ride the back roads between three distinct cultures? In New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe’s land of enchantment. With vast cloudless skies. Stark high desert beauty. Roasting chiles scenting the air. Roads perfect for biking. Like the Enchanted Circle towering above Taos. Or the high road to Chimayó. And then there’s the route through the Jemez Mountains and down into the melting landscape of Bandelier National Monument. Yes. Santa Fe and Taos offer a ride, a destination and a vastness you won’t easily forget.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic and Riding Conditions

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, that's not always possible in New Mexico and some options on this trip follow more heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic and Riding Conditions

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, that's not always possible in New Mexico and some options on this trip follow more heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches.

Itinerary

Day 1 Explore Abiquiu and El Rito along the edge of the awe-inspiring Colorado Plateau  Welcome to Georgia O'Keeffe country, where the subjects of some of the artist's most iconic paintings come to life Enjoy a picnic lunch of traditional local specialties Bike past white cliffs and sagebrush as you descend into the Chama and Ojo River Valleys.

Days 2-3 A cultural weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions  On your way to Taos, ride up the wide rift valley of the Rio Grande River and across the Gorge bridge, one of the highest in the US  Stroll through 1,000 years of history during a tour of the Taos Pueblo Bike the iconic Enchanted Circle, a scenic byway that curves around the base of 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak encompassing endless vistas, quaint ski towns and a stop at Eagle Nest Lake.

Day 4 Pedal through the mesas and copper-colored hills of the High Road desert to the tiny village of Chimayó, established in 1680 On your way to Santa Fe, visit the revered El Santuario church, where the soil is believed to have miraculous healing powers.

Days 5-6 Artsy Santa Fe, where galleries and gourmet cuisine await your exploration  Pedal through historic Spanish and Indian ruins, oases of hot springs and waterfalls  Our ride through the Jemez Mountains ends in Bandelier National Monument  Top it off with a leisurely spin in the old neighborhoods past cafés, galleries and boutiques - feel free to stop in!

Premiere Inns*

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
* Casual Inn

Ojo Caliente (1 night) Blending seamlessly into the cliffs, this remote desert oasis features ancient mineral springs believed to be sacred by American Indians. (pool, spa)

El Monte Sagrado
El Monte Sagrado

Taos (2 nights) With a warm inviting style inspired by American Indian and global cultures, this elegant haven is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just outside of Taos. (spa)

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe (2 nights) Surrounded by the serene high-desert landscape overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this elegant resort combines luxurious amenities with distinct Southwestern style. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

I have only been on two Backroads trips so far, but you distinguish yourself with the quality of your trip leaders. They far exceed your competition. The other benefit for us is that my husband is a stronger cyclist so the van support allows us to go on more challenging trips and both enjoy our vacation.
Gretchen Yager- Encinitas, CA
This was without a doubt the most beautiful region I've ever ridden in. It was also the most challenging, but worth every mile.
Jim DiCello- Columbus, OH
Excellent trip - the rides were challenging and the scenery was incredible. Our leaders were great guides/hosts and really made everyone feel welcome. The trip was challenging in the areas I wanted it to be (cycling) and easy/stress free when off the bike.
Dale Surbey- Houston, TX

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 CLASSIC DATES
May 2015
June 2015
September 2015
October 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 21* 1600 36 2000
2 34* 1700 43 1800 53 2000
3 28 1200 42* 3100 91 5100
4 33* 1300 51* 3100 62 3400
5 16* 1500 29* 2600 54 4000
6 25 1300
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the New Mexico tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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