Santa Fe & Taos Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

New Mexico's Desert Beauty

From $3,098 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$800 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 5.125% New Mexico state sales 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 and your family spend in Santa Fe and Taos will inspire you.

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Santa Fe

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  • 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
New Mexico

Santa Fe

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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.

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 July
2018 August

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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 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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From $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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

Traveling with Kids


Premiere Hotels

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe (1 night)

Inn and Spa at Loretto
Inn and Spa at Loretto

Santa Fe (2 nights)

El Monte Sagrado
El Monte Sagrado

Taos (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Fe and Taos

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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.

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 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.


All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Fe and Taos

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Santa Fe and Taos trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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.

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.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Santa Fe and Taos designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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.