• Walk amid scenery immortalized in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings
  • Learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the high desert
  • Visit 800-year-old cliff dwellings
  • See Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a native guide
  • Cross the Rio Grande 650 feet above the river

The landscape that inspired artist Georgia O'Keeffe is our territory for this walk in enchanting New Mexico in the deep Southwest of America.

The major art center of Santa Fe is our starting point for exploring a landscape of rock formations, mountain ranges, aspen and cottonwood forests under expansive skies.

At Bandelier National Monument we find ancient cliff dwellings, kivas and petroglyphs and walk a juniper and pinion pine route through Frijoles Canyon.

Sunday Overnight: Inn on the Alameda

We meet mid-afternoon to explore the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the heart of the historic city of Santa Fe before gathering for a wine tasting early evening. The Welcome Dinner is at La Casa Sena where the performance of light operatic hits complement the scrumptious fare.

Monday Overnight: Inn on the Alameda

After a tasty breakfast at the Inn, we drive northwest across the Rio Grande valley to the Jemez Mountains, an unusual volcanic range that harbors the ruins of the Ancestral Puebloan Indians. Our walks will take place at Bandelier National Monument where we will explore 800-year-old cliff dwellings, kivas and petroglyphs. After lunch we walk a juniper and pinion pine route through Frijoles Canyon.

Tuesday Overnight: Abiquiu Inn

In the morning we hike in the Rocky Mountains, also called the Sangre de Cristo, just east of Santa Fe. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and learn a bit about the geology and flora and fauna of this region. We lunch at an outdoor cafe en route to Chimayo, where we stop at the famous Sanctuario de Chimayo, a major pilgrimage site, and then visit the Centinela weaving studio, which has been worked by the award-winning Trujillo family for seven generations. We arrive in Abiquiu for a casual sunset stroll before dinner at the Inn.

Wednesday Overnight: Abiquiu Inn

We visit the Chama River overlook and then spend the day at nearby Ghost Ranch, immersed in the rich and colorful geology of an uplifted piece of the Colorado Plateau. We take our time to make the ascent to Chimney Rock, with unforgettable views of the colorful desert and Cerro Pedernal, the flat-topped mountain which featured prominently in O'Keeffe's paintings. After a picnic lunch, either walk into Box Canyon or visit the museum, which chronicles the Late Triassic period 200 million years ago, including New Mexico's state dinosaur, as well as more recent anthropologic finds from this region.

Thursday Overnight: Inn at La Loma Plaza

A morning walk and then we will drive further north on our journey. We lunch in the historic Ojo Caliente Springs Resort. We check into our B&B before heading out on the town for dinner in Taos.

Friday Overnight: Inn at La Loma Plaza

We will visit Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited dwelling in the US. Here a native Pueblo Guide will give us a tour of this historic village, sharing a bit about the Pueblo customs that are still a big part of this living culture. An afternoon hike in the high mountains will leave us breathy and invigorated. We'll hike among shimmering aspen forests and clear, cold streams.


A farewell breakfast at our lovely B&B and then travelers can opt to shuttle back to Santa Fe or Albuquerque, or to stay on to soak up the southwest for a little bit longer.
"We like to stay in comfortable places and we know it will always be comfortable."
Terrain: Mostly good trails, sometimes rocky in places, with elevation gains of 300-800 ft. Altitude to 9,000 ft. 5-7 miles per day.


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(Single Supplement $595.00)
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From Sep 10 to Sep 16 (more dates)
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Arrival: Santa Fe / Departure: Taos


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Hotels - Where we stay

Inn on the Alameda

Inn on the Alameda

The Inn is one of the 500 'Greatest Hotels in the World' and is situated in the heart of Santa Fe, between the historic Plaza and the galleries of Canyon Road. This ideal location provides many opportunities for quiet morning walks, exploring museums, shopping, restaurants and local Santa Fe festivities. The Inn offers a secluded setting with private flower-filled courtyards. Each room is designed with emphasis on detail and southwestern style comfort. All rooms are en-suite with local artwork, cable television, plush robes, Egyptian cotton bedding, iron/ ironing boards and hairdryers. Each morning enjoy the 'Breakfast of Enchantment' featuring local fruits, juices, baked pastries, muffins and homemade granolas.

Abiquiu Inn

Abiquiu Inn

Since 1985, the Abiquiu Inn has evolved as a haven for guests seeking quiet and efficient hospitality. A great place to get away from it all, the Inn is situated in the serenity of the Chama Valley and only a few minutes from Ghost Ranch which, we explore for a whole day including a visit to the dinosaur museum. The area around Abiquiu has been a gathering place for tribal people since before the Anasazi settled there more than a thousand years ago.All rooms are en-suite with southwestern decor, color television, telephone, heating and air conditioning. We dine at Cafe Abiquiu, which has a reputation for fine food with a variety of dishes from around the world as well as cuisine from Northern New Mexico.

Inn at La Loma Plaza

Inn at La Loma Plaza

Inn on La Loma Plaza, featuring Old World charm, Southwest ambiance and exceptional hospitality, is an elegant Taos Bed and Breakfast Inn located in a quiet and relaxed setting. A truly beautifully restored hacienda sequestered behind thick adobe walls in a quiet park with towering trees, commanding mountain views and expansive gardens. The Hotel features spacious guest areas, with high ceilings, hand-carved wood details, local art, and romantic rooms with wood burning fireplaces, handcrafted furniture, air conditioning, mountain views and decks or patios. A full gourmet breakfast with a buffet is served each morning All rooms have private bath, fireplace, phone, High-Speed wireless internet, TV and VCR. Complimentary spa, pool, tennis and health club privileges.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants