Highlights

  • 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 ft 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

Meet in Santa Fe to explore the historic city center before gathering for a wine tasting. Our Welcome Dinner is at La Casa Sena, where servers perform light operatic hits to complement the scrumptious fare.

Monday Overnight: Inn on the Alameda

Drive northwest across the Rio Grande valley to the Jemez Mountains, an unusual volcanic range. Here we'll visit the historic and prehistoric ruins of the ancestral Puebloan Indians. These stone-built fortresses often were upward of four-stories high, and contained as many as 3,000 rooms. They now constitute some of the largest archaeological ruins in the US.

Tuesday Overnight: Abiquiu Inn

Hike today in the Rocky Mountains just east of Santa Fe. Lunch is at an outdoor caf en route to Chimayo, an ancient village as well known for its namesake chilies as its reputation as a healing site. Some call its Catholic chapel the Lourdes of America. Afterwards, we visit the Centinela weaving studio, which has been worked by the award-winning Trujillo family for seven generations.

Wednesday Overnight: Abiquiu Inn

See the breathtaking Chama River and surrounding landscape from an overlook way above the valley floor. Then call in at Ghost Ranch, made famous by its connection to the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. We'll slowly ascend the Chimney Rock trail to towering cliffs of rich earth hues. It's just the spot to enjoy unforgettable views of a glorious desert in full color, and the narrow mesa, Cerro Pedernal.

Thursday Overnight: Inn at La Loma Plaza

After a morning walk, we drive further north, stopping for lunch in the historic Ojo Caliente Springs Resort, before continuing on to our wonderful Inn in Taos. We'll have dinner out in Taos tonight.

Friday Overnight: Inn at La Loma Plaza

Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited dwelling in the USA is today's destination. A native Pueblo guide gives us a tour of this historic village, sharing a bit about the Pueblo customs that are still a big part of this living culture. Our afternoon hike is in the high mountains among shimmering aspen forests. Farewell Dinner tonight.

Saturday

After breakfast, guests can opt to shuttle back to Santa Fe, or stay on in Taos.
Moderate
"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.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$3,395.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $495.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $3,225.00

Dates

From Sep 2 to Sep 8 (more dates)
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Arrival: Santa Fe
Departure: Santa Fe

Activities

Walk ClassicHistoric Monument VisitNational Park Visit
New Mexico September 2018 Map

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