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.
Days 1-2 Explore historic Santa Fe, learning about its rich multicultural influences and noteworthy architecture, including the Santa Fe Plaza and San Miguel Mission, reputedly the oldest church in the United States Experience a variety of landscapes as you descend from aspen forest to cactus-studded desert on a hike through the Santa Fe National Forest Walk an ancient route to cliff dwellings in Bandelier National Monument It's easy to imagine an Ancestral Pueblo community thriving amid the sculpted volcanic tuff of Frijoles Canyon.
Day 3 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, where you can visit the resort's award-winning spa or rejuvenate in the only hot springs in the world with four kinds of geothermal mineral water.
Day 4 Experience New Mexico's breathtaking natural diversity Watch for red-tailed hawks, porcupines and mule deer as you hike to an overlook above the Rio Grande Gorge The 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a marvel of American Indian architecture, welcomes you.
Days 5-6 A tapestry of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions Climb through alpine forests, peaceful meadows and rocky moraines up to Williams Lake Visit tiny Chimayó, founded in 1680 and renowned for its talented weavers The most impressive rugs and clothing can be found at Ortega Weaving, where nine generations of craftsmanship are on display Visit the revered adobe Santuario de Chimayó, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed.
- 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
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado (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)
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (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 (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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Sante Fe City Tour (1 Hour)|
|Taos Pueblo Tour (2 Hours)|
|6||Chimayo Weaving Demonstration and Chile Tasting (2 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/17-22 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/31-6/5 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/14-19 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $450 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 (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
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.- 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.- 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.- Chicago, IL