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New Mexico Land of Enchantment Hiking Tour

Hike through the Land of Enchantment

Our journey begins in the colorful desert and alpine wilderness set outside of lively Santa Fe. Our trails then transport us to a magical Anasazi settlement and on to Ghost Ranch where we soak up the pastel-hued landscapes that inspired Georgia O'Keefe. Making our way to Taos, we explore magnificent canyons, traditional pueblos, and lush alpine meadows. Did we mention charming inns and southwestern cuisine?

Days 1-2: Tent Rocks-Santa Fe-Atalaya Mountain

In Santa Fe, the exquisite Inn on the Alameda is our home base for exploring outlying trails. Our first hike features unusual volcanic deposits at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument followed by an afternoon stroll through some of the city's finest art galleries. We then hike through pinon and juniper forest to the summit of Atalaya Mountain with its sweeping views of Santa Fe, the Jemez Mountains, Sandia Peak and the Rio Grande River Valley.

Days 3-4: Bandelier-Ghost Ranch

At Bandelier National Monument we travel through a designated wilderness area before dropping into Frijoles Canyon at the center of an ancient Anasazi civilization. The following day we experience the inspiration behind Georgia O'Keefe's most notable paintings as we hike the canyons and mesas of Ghost Ranch.

Days 5-6: Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Taos-Rio Grande

High in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, we explore a far different world of alpine beauty. Take the afternoon to explore Taos, its galleries, and its 600-year-old pueblo. Before concluding in Santa Fe, we hike into the Rio Grande's pristine inner gorge.

Trip Details

6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Trip Type:

    Hiking
  • Trip Rating:

    Moderate
  • Price:

    $2698
  • Single Supplement:

    $700
  • Gateway City:

    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Meeting Place:

    Santa Fe, New Mexico

2014 Dates:

  • Sep 28 - Oct 03
       (The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins on October 4)

2015 Dates:

  • Jun 07 - Jun 12
  • Sep 27 - Oct 02
       (The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins on October 3)

Activities:

  1. Hiking (6 full days)

Inn Highlights:

Just a few blocks from Santa Fe's historic plaza, pamper yourself with a massage and enjoy your room's handmade furniture and local artwork at the Inn on the Alameda. The Abiquiu Inn provides for a restful evening in a quiet setting just a few blocks from Georgia O'Keefe's former home. Casa Benavides B&B, featuring adobe construction with viga ceilings, wood burning fireplaces, and extensive colorful gardens, is located just two blocks from the historic Taos Plaza.

Trip Extension:

The conclusion of the September and October departures coincides with the mass ascension of 600 hot air balloons on the opening and closing mornings of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta--a spectacular event that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

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