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Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour

New Mexico's Land of Enchantment

From $2,798 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$830 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 5.125% New Mexico state sales tax.

Ride off the beaten track in New Mexico, the land that so inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. Where high desert beauty awaits. And routes perfect for biking. Like the back roads of Taos past traditional adobe homes and sagebrush. Or the high road to Chimayó. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains and down Gallery Row in Santa Fe. A ride, a destination and a vastness you won't easily forget. 

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Highlights

  • Bike breathtaking high-desert mesa landscapes filled with juniper trees, sagebrush and iconic adobe homes
  • Explore artsy Santa Fe and authentic Taos, where amazing art and stunning scenery compete for attention
  • Delight in watching the sun set from your private terrace at Santa Fe's Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
  • Discover a multicultural weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions and cuisines
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Itinerary

Day 1 In Taos, pedal quiet roads where coyote fences and adobe homes provide the foreground to high-desert mesas and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains | Enjoy a picnic lunch of Southwest-inspired specialties | Visit iconic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church. 

Day 2 Experience a fascinating mix of multicultural traditions | Stroll through 1,000 years of history during a tour of Taos Pueblo | Bike through Arroyo Seco, a small artist community | If you like, tackle a portion of the Enchanted Circle, a scenic byway that curves around the base of 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak and encompasses endless vistas

Day 3 Ride through the mesas and copper-colored hills of the High Road desert to the tiny village of Chimayó, established in 1680 | Spice-lovers won't want to miss a tasting of Chimayó's renowned heirloom chile peppers! | On your way to Santa Fe, stop by the revered El Santuario church, where the soil is believed to have miraculous healing powers. 

Days 4-5 Spin through the foothills of Santa Fe or set off on a relaxing nature hike from the hotel | Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Santa Fe's old neighborhoods, past cafés, galleries and boutiques—feel free to stop in!

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 May

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,798 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$830 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 5.125% New Mexico state sales tax.

Premiere Hotels

El Monte Sagrado
El Monte Sagrado

Taos (2 nights)

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Fe and Taos

More On This Trip

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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 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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 15 600 31 1800
2 20* 1000 29 1400 42* 3200 51 3500
3 22* 1550 31* 1850 38* 2500 45* 3900
4 18* 1200 25* 1800 36 2500 47 3200
5 12 800
Nature Hike (1 Hour)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 & 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Fe and Taos

The Original Local Network

Over many of years of biking in this amazing region – which other active travel companies seem unable to figure out – we've worked closely with the Taos Pueblo to create a private tour of their extraordinary indigenous community, designated a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Riding around New Mexico you'll feel like you're cycling through a Georgia O'Keeffe painting.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Santa Fe and Taos—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Navigate Your Way in Santa Fe and Taos

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Santa Fe and Taos. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Best Leaders in Santa Fe and Taos

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Santa Fe and Taos, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Santa Fe and Taos you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Santa Fe and Taos has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Santa Fe and Taos trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

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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 & 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.
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