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  • New Mexico walking and hiking tour

New! Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour

New Mexico's Desert Beauty

  • Immerse yourself in a fascinating 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
  • Learn all about Georgia O'Keeffe country—iconic art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape
  • Delight in watching the sun set from your private terrace at Santa Fe's Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Pueblos that have stood for a thousand years. Flowers of the high desert. The paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe. The spices of a northern New Mexican meal. And some of the most spectacular sunsets you've ever seen. Each day you spend in Santa Fe and Taos will inspire you.

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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 | Hike among aspens in the mountains surrounding Santa Fe | Enjoy a cooking class in the evening | 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.

Days 3-4 Visit historic Chimayó, founded in 1680 and home to the revered adobe Santuario de Chimayó, a National Historic Landmark, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed | Hike in the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a sub-range of the Rockies | In Taos, browse shops and galleries featuring the works of talented local artists | The 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a marvel of American Indian architecture, welcomes you.

Days 5-6 Visit Georgia O'Keeffe country to hike amid slot canyons and conical rock formations created millions of years ago | Unwind at our stunning hotel, where you can enjoy a morning stroll on the property or relax at the well-known spa.

pp dbl. occ.
(+$800 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 5.125% New Mexico state sales tax.


6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Santa Fe, New Mexico

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe (1 night)

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)

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Santa Fe (2 nights)

Located near the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail, this luxury boutique hotel shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel, just a couple blocks from the plaza. If you're a wine connoisseur, you'll appreciate that Wine Spectator Magazine has granted the inn's Luminaria Restaurant an “Award of Excellence” every year since 2009. (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)

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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
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 3 400 6 500
Sante Fe Guided Walk (1 Hour)
2 4 300 6 800 8 1000
3 2 100 5 1400
Chile Tasting (2 Hours)
4 5 500
Taos Pueblo Tour (1 Hour)
5 3 600 5 1300
6 2 100

Note: The terrain on this trip includes historic town walks, canyon trails and may involve ladders to view ancient cliff dwellings. Most activities take place at elevations of 6,000–10,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

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

Walk through a Georgia O'Keeffe Painting

In our many years of exploring this amazing region – which other active travel companies seem challenged to figure out – we've worked closely with the Taos Pueblo to create a private tour of their remarkable indigenous community, designated a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wherever you hike – on desert plateaus, through slot canyons, past surreal red-rock formations – it's like you're moving through a Georgia O'Keeffe painting.

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 trail—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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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.

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.

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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


  • 10 or more guests: from $3,098 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ

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