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Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour

New Mexico's Rich Heritage & High-Desert Beauty

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,999 - $4,199 pp dbl occ

($850 for sgl occ) plus 5.125% tax

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 on our Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour will inspire you. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment.

New Mexico Walking & Hiking Tour
New Mexico Walking & Hiking Tour

New Mexico

Start/End Santa Fe

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • 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 
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hike among piñon pines in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding Santa Fe | Go on a walking tour of Santa Fe with a local expert, 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 | Get a taste of contemporary Southwest art by touring local galleries | Hike 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. 

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Santa Fe

Celebrate the spirit of the Southwest at this elegant modern retreat adorned with handcrafted furnishings, traditional textiles and paintings just steps from the historic plaza district. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

Days 3-4

Visit Ghost Ranch and behold the raw elemental beauty that drew artist Georgia O'Keeffe to make New Mexico her home in the 1940s | Hike through this unique landscape, spending time amid slot canyons and conical rock formations created millions of years ago | See Plaza Blanca, a dramatic geologic formation in the Rio Chama hills, made famous by a series of the artist's paintings | Stay in an eco-conscious resort a short stroll from the center of Taos where you can browse shops and galleries featuring the works of talented local artists. 

El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico
El Monte Sagrado
| Premiere Hotel

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)  

Days 5-6

Hike up to a peak once used by the Taos Pueblo Indians as a lookout point to keep watch for invading Apaches | 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 | Unwind at our stunning hotel, where you can enjoy a morning stroll on the property or relax at the well-known spa. 

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Santa Fe
| Premiere Hotel

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)  

Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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. Backroads is an equal opportunity provider operating under a special permit administered by the USDA Forest Service, Carson National Forest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 500 ft. gain
Sante Fe Guided Walk (1 hour)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Plaza Blanca Visit (1 hour)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Nature Walk (1 hour)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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.

Hiking Without Your Leaders

Some of the hikes on this trip fall within Carson National Forest, where we hold a permit to operate. Due to permit limitations, our hike on Day 2 is unguided. Your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions so you can explore on your own. We appreciate your cooperation with the National Forest's regulations.

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