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New Mexico

Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente and Taos: The Land of Enchantment

There is a good reason Northern New Mexico is called the "The Land of Enchantment." For millennia, people have gravitated to the Rio Grande Rift Valley and the flanking Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. The heritage they left behind is still thriving in the culture, cuisine and landscape we will experience along our route. Santa Fe is truly the epicenter of the American Southwest, and as we explore the 400 year-old streets we will sample what makes the town unlike any other. Heading north through Ojo Caliente and on to the historic town of Taos, we pass through four different Native American Pueblos; ride along a segment of the famed High Road to Taos; and cross the Rio Grande beneath sacred mesas riddled with ancient petroglyphs. Add to this natural mineral hot springs and hiking trails through dramatic white cliffs that inspired the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, capped off with the ultimate in comforts at our hotels and spas. Ride, relax and experience the enchanting land of New Mexico on this cycling vacation of a lifetime.
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$3099 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Cycle fantastic routes - Through narrow historic streets of Santa Fe, within expansive aspen and pine forests, beneath sublime high desert mesas and badland formations and over the breathtaking Taos Gorge Bridge 565 ft. above the Rio Grande River
Treat yourself to inventive, Southwestern and globally-inspired dishes born from Santa Fe and Taos' deeply rooted culinary scene
Hike through the white sandstone canyon that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe at Plaza Blanca, near the charming town of Abiquiu
Soak in the ancient healing waters at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Watch the Experience
Succinctly, my recent Trek Travel trip exceeded my expectations quite nicely. With little doubt, I’ll be back for another trip in the future, and will most certainly recommend Trek Travel to others. The geography provided for spectacular vistas and extraordinary terrain for cycling, and there is a rich history and culture to experience as well.
-Guy

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Inn on the Alameda Hotel at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. Please be prepared to ride, dressed in your cycling clothes, and have your shoes and any riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides at a park in downtown Santa Fe followed by a short round of introductions, an orientation, safety talk and bike fitting. Then you'll head out on today's ride which traces some of the country's oldest roads, the Santa Fe Trail and Canyon Road, around the enchanting town of Santa Fe before ending at your downtown home for the night. Take some time to settle in before gathering for a lively social hour and getting to know each other better. You'll hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead from your guides, then walk to the legendary Santa Fe eatery Café Pasqual's to enjoy unique and delicious dishes of Southwest American cuisine, all regionally sourced and inspired. Take a moment during your visit to check out the upstairs art gallery, which is run by the chef and proprietor Katherine Kagel.

Today's Ride:

Inn on the Alameda to Foothill Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 1,020 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Inn on the Alameda to Museum Hill Loop
Approximately 11 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Inn on the Alameda to Museum Hill Loop with Hyde Park Hill Climb
Approximately 27 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Inn On the Alameda

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Departing Santa Fe, today we ride north through the verdant and shady art community named for the nearby Pueblo Tesuque. A short brisk climb is followed by a gentle 1500 foot descent over 15 miles passing through the Pojoaque and Nambé Pueblos. After riding by the iconic Sacred Heart Church, we begin ascending a section of the High Road to Taos through picturesque red rock formations to Chimayó. Known for its miraculous healing dirt, the charming Santuario de Chimayó has been referred to as the "Lourdes of North America" and is home to one of the largest religious pilgrimages in the western hemisphere. Chimayó is a great stop for gifts and photo ops and your guides will provide a delicious picnic lunch for you during your stop here. Descending into the Rio Grande valley, through the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Avid route follows the Rio Chama to the Rio Ojo Caliente, past sacred mesas and ancient petroglyphs. Your day ends at the famed Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.

Today's Ride:

Inn on the Alameda to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Via Chimayó
Approximately 40 miles with 1,460 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Inn on the Alameda to Santuario De Chimayó
Approximately 28 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Inn on the Alameda to Ojo Caliente
Approximately 62 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

The landscape that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe is the canvas for today's adventure. After a bountiful breakfast we will ride up quiet back roads through the funky little town of El Rito. The short option begins here skipping the climb. Descending from El Rito, the views of the Sangre De Cristo and Jemez Mountains unfold before us in a spectacular panorama. We will take a break from riding for lunch in the picturesque town of Abiquiu. Here you can explore the historic plaza galleries and museum, check out Bode's eclectic General Store, or with advanced reservations take a tour of the Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio (tickets are not available day-of so if you are interested in this tour you must book your tickets well in advance. You will also be responsible for your own transportation back to the hotel after the tour). Lunch will be on your own today and there are a couple of options to choose from. We'll then leave Abiquiu by bike and head to the trailhead for the fantastic hike at Plaza Blanca. Plaza Blanca is a sublime White Rock Canyon created by 20 million year-old volcanic ash deposits. It is easy to see why this magical place was a favorite subject for the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Today's ride ends here. Avid riders will return to Ojo Caliente via the Rio Chama Valley to complete the out and back and those who choose to end their ride in Abiquiu or at Plaza Blanca will shuttle back to the hotel. For those wanting a "rest day" you can skip the ride entirely to enjoy the spa, hike around the extensive trails in search of Pueblo relics, and soak in the mineral springs under the New Mexican sun. Tonight is your night to dine and relax on your own.

Today's Ride:

Ojo Caliente to Abiquiu
Approximately 38 miles with 2,030 feet of climbing

Short Option:

El Rito Summit to Abiquiu
Approximately 19 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ojo Caliente to Abiquiu Return
Approximately 68 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Taos beckons and a 43-mile route lies between us and this historic, artistic hamlet at the base of sacred Taos Mountain. Our ride begins with a moderate climb out of the Ojo Caliente River Valley onto the Taos Plateau. From atop this vast, volcanic landscape, views of Truchas Peaks and New Mexico’s highest point—Wheeler Peak—dominate the skyline. It's not until you reach the Taos Gorge bridge, hovering 565 feet above the class IV Rio Grande, that the immensity of the geology of the Rio Grande Rift and the sheer force of this river become apparent. This truly breathtaking ride ends at a local Taos brewery for a well-deserved lunch and craft brews. After lunch, two options fill the remainder of the day. Those who would like more riding can tackle the climb to the Taos Ski Valley and back, and those seeking a more relaxed afternoon can unwind at our magnificent hotel pool or wander the historic streets of Taos in search of the perfect gallery or eatery. While our hotel has a fantastic restaurant, De La Tierra, the nearby Taos plaza also has abundant options for all tastes and budgets for your choice of dining tonight.

Today's Ride:

Ojo Caliente to Taos
Approximately 43 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

State Route 567 to Taos
Approximately 32 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ojo Caliente to Taos with Ski Valley Climb
Approximately 72 miles with 4,575 feet of climbing

Hotel:

El Monte Sagrado

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today can offer the biggest ride of your trip, complete relaxation at the hotel and spa, or something right in the middle: you choose. Riders can roll up and over Palo Flechado Pass at 9110 ft. to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire. This unique museum is a powerful place to reflect on a challenging part of our history. From here you may choose to continue over Bobcat Pass (9,820 feet) and stop in Red River for lunch of your choice before riding through Questa to complete the epic Enchanted Circle. Today's ride returns the way you came over Palo Flechado and back to Taos with plenty of time to explore the galleries, shops and eateries of Taos. Or opt for a rich cultural encounter with a visit to the Taos Pueblo, which has been consistently occupied by the Tiwa speaking Native Americans for over 1000 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whichever option you choose we will regroup for a festive social hour at the hotel bar and will recap our journey at the highly rated Lambert's of Taos.

Today's Ride:

El Monte Sagrado to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Return
Approximately 45 miles with 3,340 feet of climbing

Short Option:

El Monte Sagrado to Palo Flechado Pass Return
Approximately 35 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Enchanted Circle Loop
Approximately 85 miles with 5,900 feet of climbing

Hotel:

El Monte Sagrado

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Taos is incredibly serene in the morning and an early start ensures we ride at the best time of day and have plenty of time before checkout. Our 20-mile loop circles the town, taking us through Ranchos de Taos and past the St. Francis de Asis Mission made famous by many artists and photographers. After a brief stop to tour and photograph the church and plaza, we will cruise through the rural byways that skirt town and back through the historic plaza to our hotel. Invigorated from our early ride, brunch awaits at The Gardens in the De La Tierra Restaurant. There may be one more chance for a soak in the amazing hot tub before we shuttle back to Santa Fe. After a 90 minute shuttle back to Santa Fe, we will bid farewell at the Inn on the Alameda with plenty of time to catch shuttles to wherever you need to go.

Today's Ride:

El Monte Sagrado to Blueberry Hill Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Shuttle to Santa Fe

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Inn on the Alameda

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our home tonight is located steps away from historic downtown and Canyon Road yet just beyond the fray of tourists and traffic. Hailed by reviewers on Trip Advisor as one of the top boutique hotels in Santa Fe, you will enjoy comfortable and classy southwestern style rooms, attentive service, fantastic breakfast, plus all the amenities you'd expect. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub or relax in many of the outdoor gathering spaces within the elegant adobe walls. Inn of the Alameda is also an excellent location from which to to base your Santa Fe wanderings before or after your Trek Travel trip.
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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

In the heart of the majestic New Mexican high desert, where artists like Georgia O'Keeffe found their inspiration, you will find a simple and elegant resort and spa built into the landscape and centered around natural thermal waters. The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has been named one of the "coolest hotels in the West" and once you arrive you likely will not want to leave. The springs themselves have been a gathering place for Native Americans for thousands of years, and numerous hiking trails from the resort take you past relics of those societies. The resort itself began in 1868 as a bathhouse and the historic hotel where we dine was constructed in 1916. Today the resort offers comfortable accommodations, a wide array of spa treatments, mineral pools of varying temperatures, delicious cuisine and is the perfect basecamp for our explorations of the area.
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El Monte Sagrado

Taos, New Mexico

This boutique hotel can truly be regarded as a luxury sanctuary. Set on a vast property beneath the sacred Taos Mountain and shrouded in old cottonwood and aspen trees, no comfort, amenity or standard of service is overlooked. Located three blocks from shops, galleries, museums and the historic Taos Plaza, it's an excellent location for exploring town. For those who simply cannot get enough spa relaxation, the Living Spa is for you. El Monte Sagrado is a unique property that employs sophisticated green architecture and global accents and is downright cool! From the spacious rooms to the lively Anaconda bar there is a little something for everyone here. Please note: This is a luxury-level property.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
34 miles
TOTAL MILES:
203 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,790 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
10,720 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain in Northern New Mexico is hilly to mountainous, and the rides feature an average of about 50 feet of elevation gain per mile. Of course, shuttles are always available when you've had enough and our shuttle points are designed to facilitate skipping the rougher or more heavily trafficked sections of the routes. Keep in mind that the elevation above sea level here is between 5,500 and 7,000 feet with avid options reaching almost 10,000 feet. This elevation tends to add a bit of difficulty to the terrain. Please also note that many of the roads in this region have a "chip seal" surface, which is a type of pavement treatment that is more rough than typical asphalt. Our New Mexico trip is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking
  • Museums
  • Historical Sites
  • Art Galleries
  • Spa Treatments
  • Mineral Hot Springs
  • Shopping
  • Hot Air Ballooning

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
MEETING TIME:
11:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:45 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).

We recommend booking a seat on the Sandia Shuttle Express (www.sandiashuttle.com) for transportation from the Sunport (ABQ) to Santa Fe. This option is available for $33 (each way) and you may request to be dropped off at the Inn on the Alameda (or another Santa Fe hotel, depending on where you booked your pre-night stay). If you plan to drive your own vehicle to the trip start and need a place to park it for the week the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica Parking Lot,

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Inn on the Alameda (303 E Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After meeting at the hotel you'll enjoy a fresh, delicious lunch at a downtown park and, after a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride through the historic town of Santa Fe.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Inn on the Alameda (888 984 2121), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

Following a 1.5 hour shuttle from Taos we will say our farewells at 12:45 PM at the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe. From here you may choose to stay for more time in town or return to the Albuquerque Sunport via Sandia Shuttle or another transportation method of your choosing.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

At 7,000 ft above sea level, Santa Fe and Taos are both very comfortable in May/June and September/October. Temperatures can range from the mid 60's to the low 80's during the day and are usually in the 30's or 40's in the evenings. Ojo Caliente, the Rio Grande and the Chama River Valley lie between 5500 and 6500 ft. and typically are about 3-5 degrees warmer on average. This high desert and mountain environment can have rain storms and sudden cold weather at any time of the year. Humidity is very low and the sun can be intense during the middle of the day. Please come prepared for all weather conditions, and include waterproof and windproof layers as well as sun protection in your riding and hiking attire. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are few places in North America quite like Santa Fe. It's a town of vibrant culture, color and texture, and offers a world class experience for any traveler. Santa Fe is the oldest Capital city in the US with buildings dating back to the late 1500's and a founding date of 1610 by the Spanish. Steeped in Native American, Spanish and Mexican History, Santa Fe has a unique character of earthen Adobe architecture that forms the organic grid of its charming streets. Many would say one night is not enough in Santa Fe as there is simply so much to see and do. It is regarded as the 3rd largest art market in the US, as well as one of the culinary meccas of North America, and is truly the cultural capital of the Southwest. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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