New Mexico, USA

Santa Fe-Taos Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$3,398

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

35-65 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hiking & River Rafting

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

“All the earth colors of the painter’s palette are out there.” (Georgia O’Keeffe)

Flame-red chiles; golden adobe; snow-white peaks and sapphire sky: Ansel Adams, Thomas Wolfe and Georgia O’Keeffe were all smitten with New Mexico’s intensity. Enjoy a multitude of options for cycling, hiking, culture and history – and feast richly on the region’s phenomenal cuisine. Ride the stunning High Road to Taos and the Enchanted Circle. Spend a half-day rafting the Rio Grande River; explore ancient dwellings in Bandelier and Taos Pueblo, and still have time to wander Santa Fe’s renowned art district.

National Parks on This Tour: Bandelier National Monument

Guide Teri Smith Loves This Tour Because: “The Santa Fe region is generally colorful, where everyone and everything is bright, happy and beautiful. You see everything from high snow-capped peaks to rose-colored desert to broken mesas. The first time I saw it I thought, ‘I should marry a cowboy because then I could see this every day!’ Being here lets you learn a lot about the past and how it relates to our present. It makes you appreciate your life in a way that few places can. And being on a bike tour, you have that time to get up close.”

Teri recommends this trip for: “Someone who is looking for a good trip to lengthen their riding season. Anyone who is keen for a challenge a bit beyond beginner-level – it’s good for intermediate and advanced riders too.” 

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Bandelier National Monument. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Explore art galleries and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Ride into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Inn of the Governors

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

20 miles

Elevation

+1392 ft / -891 ft

Meet us in Santa Fe (public shuttle available from/to Albuquerque). Santa Fe boasts the third-largest fine art market in the United States, and it’s one of the greatest cities in the world for dining!  Galleries and museums abound on the famous Canyon Road; local artists peddle their jewelry and crafts in the city’s plaza. Go for a morning bicycle ride on the outskirts of Santa Fe.  Explore the town’s rich culture this afternoon. Stay tonight at the Inn of the Governors, in the heart of downtown. Savor one of the city’s fabulous restaurants for tonight’s dinner.

Day 02

Pore over mysterious Bandelier National Monument. Ride to Chimayo.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa Escondida

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

22 miles

Elevation

+2019 ft / -1541 ft

Head to Bandelier National Monument. Stroll through ancient cliff dwellings carved high on the canyon walls, where Ancestral Pueblo people made their home nearly 1,000 years ago. Ride north after lunch – through mesas and red hills to the town of Chimayo, famous for its weavings and its church.  Spend tonight at the intimate Casa Escondida, with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges.

Day 03

Ride the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway, with its tiny Spanish towns and expansive views.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa Benavides

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

42 miles

Elevation

+2,978 ft / -4,082 ft

Bicycle the scenic High Road to Taos today, through endless panoramas of pine forests, snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, and remote cottonwood-filled valleys. Stop along the way for a weaving demonstration by local artisans. Spend the next three nights at Casa Benavides in Taos, a beautiful adobe inn ranked by Sunset Magazine as one of the best in the Southwest.

Day 04

Raft the Rio Grande. Peruse Taos.

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Casa Benavides

Ability Level

All Levels

Raft the Rio Grande Canyon this morning! Paddle Class II and III rapids carved through the desert rock, with the help of local guides and instructors.  Visit storied Taos Pueblo this afternoon. This is the largest existing multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States, and home to Taos Native Americans for more than 1,000 years. Hankering for some downtime? Explore Taos’ shops and artists’ galleries, or get a massage.

Day 05

Ride the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa Benavides

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

62 miles (or 85)

Elevation

+3986 ft / -4370 ft (or +5669 / -5671)

Ride the Enchanted Circle, a view-crammed loop north of Taos circling the highest peak in New Mexico: Wheeler Peak. The landscape is quite diverse: alpine forests, open range, cattle country, lakes, and fascinating small towns. The eastern half of the Enchanted Circle features long, gradual downhills through peaceful valleys of pasture and forest as it winds back to Taos. Bicycle 62 miles of this amazing loop (with boost options for the climbs) or the whole 85 miles.

Day 06

Ride to picturesque Arroyo Seco before heading back to our finish in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

13 miles (or 26)

Elevation

+418 ft / -961 ft      (or +2162 / -2705)

Choose from two options today: Pedal your bicycle down a quiet side road beside a creek, into beautiful Arroyo Seco valley, or challenge yourself with a ride up to Taos Ski Valley. Visit storied Taos Pueblo this afternoon. This is the largest existing multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States, and home to Taos Native Americans for more than 1,000 years. Want to stay in Santa Fe after the tour? It’s just a short ride there – on your bike or in the van. Need to fly home? We’ll miss you. But we’re happy to take you onward to Albuquerque and the airport.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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