• Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico Bike Tour
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  • Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico Bike Tour
  • Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico Bike Tour

Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour

New Mexico's Land of Enchantment

  • 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

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 Jemez Mountains and down Gallery Row in Santa Fe. A ride, a destination and a vastness you won't easily forget. 

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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 the Enchanted Circle, a scenic byway that curves around the base of 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak and encompasses endless vistas, quaint ski towns and a stop at Eagle Nest Lake. 

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!

I am a novice rider and started out with trepidation. The trip was a big confidence builder for me, thanks to the group leaders.
Barb - New York

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

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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.
$2,798 - $3,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$830 to $890 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 5.125% New Mexico state sales tax.

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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 Dates & Prices tab.

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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)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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The desert is captivating, leaders made all the difference!

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from New York

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I am a novice rider and started out with trepidation. The trip was a big confidence builder for me, thanks to the group leaders.

 
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Most challenging and visually stunning trip in U.S.!

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from Huntsville, AL

Comments about Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour:

Santa Fe and Taos has something for all levels of riders, E-bikes for the ones who need a little boost, the van for ones who need a little more, and great bikes for ones who love the challenge. The colorful rocky scenery is constantly changing with time of day and the snow-capped mountains are literally breathtaking. The ever present chili is as a must try as well as the mineral pools and day hike to the petroglyph decorated pueblo homesites. I experienced so much more than I ever imagined I would. Must go!

 
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My first week long cycling adventure

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from Florida

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Comments about Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour:

The best part of the trip was the three guides. Laurie, Agata, and Eric worked so hard and worked so well together to meet everyone's needs. Great, great trip. This was the first time I have ever done anything like this and it was such a fabulous experience that I will look to Backroads again.

 
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The exciting colors of the Southwest from a bike seat!

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from Los Angeles, CA

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It's the only way to really see the country! Especially when you pedal by day & relax afterwards at such beautiful properties, courtesy of Backroads planning & impeccable expertise!

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Dates & Prices

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.

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

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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.

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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)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

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—both are 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 why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

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 Premiere Inn trip, 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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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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

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

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