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Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour
Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour

It's the convergence of art, history, geology...and chile peppers. Each day you spend in Santa Fe and Taos will inspire you. The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Simple pueblos that are still standing after a thousand years. Flowers of the desert. The flowers of Georgia O'Keeffe. The spices of a Southwestern meal. And some of the most spectacular sunsets you've ever seen. You'll understand why artists seem to find their muses here. You may even find one of your own.

Day 1 Explore historic Santa Fe, whose rich past is preserved in centuries-old adobe architecture and splendid European-style churches  In Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, discover slot canyons and cone-shaped rock formations created millions of years ago.

Day 2 Hike an ancient route to fascinating cliff dwellings in Bandelier National Monument Imagine an Ancestral Pueblo community thriving amid the sculpted volcanic tuff of Frijoles Canyon.

Day 3 A weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions  Visit the revered Santuario de Chimayó, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed The 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a marvel of American Indian architecture, welcomes you.

Day 4 Soak in Ojo Caliente's pools, the only hot springs in the world with four kinds of geothermal mineral water  Hike up to Williams Lake in Taos Ski Valley or get to know Taos. Descend into a deep gorge where the Red River and Rio Grande converge, and watch for red-tailed hawks, porcupines and mule deer.

Days 5-6 Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape  Discover the striking scenery made famous in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings There's time to relax at Ojo Caliente: visit the resort's award-winning spa or rejuvenate in the hot springs  Explore areas with petroglyphs etched centuries ago.

Trip Highlights
  • A weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions
  • Hike centuries-old paths to ancient cliff dwellings and descend into a deep wildlife-rich river gorge
  • Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape
  • Explore artsy Santa Fe and authentic Taos
  • Soak in ancient hot springs thought to be sacred
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Premiere & Casual Inns

La Posada de Santa Fe (2 nights): In the heart of town, a welcoming property featuring Pueblo revival architecture, viga and latilla ceilings, and an abundance of Southwestern art. (pool, spa)

El Monte Sagrado (1 night): 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)

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (2 nights): Blending seamlessly into the cliffs, this remote desert oasis features ancient mineral springs believed to be sacred by American Indians. (pool, spa)

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
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 3.4 600
Santa Fe guided walk (2.5 hours)
2 4.0 500 5.5 500 12.5 400
3 1.0 0
Santuario de Chimayó visit (30 minutes)
4 6.1 100 6.7 800 7.8 1400
5 5.0 1200
Earthship Biotecture tour (30 minutes)
6 3.0 600 5.0 600

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 5/18-23 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/15-20 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/3 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

Guest Trip Reviews

This was the best Backroads trip we've taken. The area is breathtakingly beautiful. And the accommodations, food and fellow travelers were super.
Leslie Cohen - Miami, FL

I can't say enough wonderful things about our two leaders. They worked so well together, and made the journey enjoyable, stimulating, and educational. Their flexibility, understanding of individual needs, and enthusiasm for the area were key in making this trip so spectacular. They made the history of New Mexico come alive with the interpretive walks in Frijoles Canyon, the Ghost Ranch and Tsankawi Ruins. New Mexico is definitely the Land of Enchantment - I fell in love with the area. I was so impressed with how each day's hike could be so different from the day before - in such a short time, I got to experience so many different landscapes. I learned so much about the history of the Native Americans in that area - seeing is knowing! I would have repeated this trip immediately and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
Geraldine Monahan - Greenwich, CT

Superlative! I plan on going on another trip and encouraging my family and friends to travel with Backroads. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.
Eileen Bell - Chicago, IL