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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 Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,099 - $4,299 pp dbl occ

($850 - $1,350 for sgl occ) plus 5% 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 in the Land of Enchantment will inspire you.

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 through this unique landscape, spending time amid slot canyons and conical rock formations created millions of years ago | Learn about Santa Fe’s distinctive architecture and multicultural influences on a guided walking tour | High above the Moreno Valley, marvel at stunning views of Eagle Nest Lake, Wheeler Peak Wilderness and the surrounding mountains | Stay in an eco-conscious resort a short stroll from the center of Taos | Spend some time browsing 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 3-5

Visit Ghost Ranch and behold the raw elemental beauty that drew artist Georgia O'Keeffe to make New Mexico her home in the 1940s | Visit historic Chimayó, founded in 1680 and known for its weavers and revered house of worship | The village is home to the well-preserved adobe Santuario de Chimayó, a National Historic Landmark, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed | Hike trails used by the Pueblo peoples for millennia while taking in the cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument | Ensconced amid the foothills of the Santa de Cristo mountains, our stunning hotel invites you to relax and unwind | Take in the austere beauty of our surroundings during a morning stroll on the hotel grounds or indulge with a signature treatment 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)  

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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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. Due to heat, the quality of the trails and the fact that most activities take place at elevations of 6,000–10,000 feet, the routes tend to 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
Santa Fe Guided Walk (1 hour)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 5
Nature Walk (1 hour)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 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

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