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Santa Fe & Taos Walking: Natural & Artistic Inspiration in New Mexico

New Mexico, United States

from $2,898* per person 6 Days May, June, September, October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 20 people max
  • Santa fe, new mexico
  • Active & Adventure trips
It’s the convergence of art, history, geology... and chile peppers. Each day you spend in Santa Fe and Taos will inspire you. The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Simple pueblos that are still standing after a thousand years. Flowers of the desert. The flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe. The spices of a southwestern meal. And some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever seen. You’ll understand why artists seem to find their muses here. You may even find one of your own. But we only take care of your first six days here. If you decide to stay, the rest are yours to plan and enjoy.

  • A 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
  • Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape
  • Explore artsy Santa Fe and authentic Taos
  • Rancho de San Juan, combining European elegance with Southwestern style

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New Mexico, United States

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Day 1 Explore historic Santa Fe, whose rich past is preserved in centuries-old adobe architecture and splendid European-style churches In Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, explore slot canyons and cone-shaped rock formations created millions of years ago.

Day 2 Hike an ancient route to fascinating cliff dwellings in Bandelier National Monument Imagine an Ancestral Pueblo community thriving amid the sculpted volcanic tuff of Frijoles Canyon.

Day 3 A weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions  Tour the revered Santuario de Chimayó, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed The 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a marvel of American Indian architecture, welcomes you Loop through foothills clad in piñon and juniper or get to know Taos.

Day 4 European elegance and Southwest style at Rancho de San Juan Descend into a deep gorge where the Red River and Rio Grande converge, and watch for red-tailed hawks, porcupines and mule deer.

Days 5-6 Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape  Discover the striking scenery made famous in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings A delectable candlelit dinner at the nationally acclaimed Three Forks awaits Hike to a point overlooking the Jemez Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Range.

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