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New Mexico Self-Guided Bike Tour

Santa Fe to Taos: Exploring 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 encounter what makes the town unlike any other. Heading north to the historic town of Taos, we pass through four different Native American Pueblos and ride along a segment of the famed High Road to Taos. Ride, relax, and experience the enchanting land of New Mexico on this cycling vacation of a lifetime. Book your trip with confidence »

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From:
$2299 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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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
Treat yourself to inventive, Southwestern and globally-inspired dishes born from Santa Fe and Taos' deeply rooted culinary scene
Soak in the unique Southwestern style in the region's best accommodations
Explore the culture of New Mexico within an immersive activity of your choice
Watch the Experience
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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2020 - June 1, 2021 Departures:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
  • 4-5 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
  • 1 Guest        Call us for pricing*


2021 Departures After June 1, 2021:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$3,000 per person to trip price*
  • 1 Guest        Call us for pricing*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.
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Your Trek Travel guide 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 lunch downtown Santa Fe with your guide, followed by an orientation, safety talk and bike fitting. As you head out on today's ride, get a taste of Santa Fe's historic plaza while riding west of Santa Fe. You'll be met with sweeping views of the Santa Fe National Forest as you get acquainted with your Trek bike for the week. If you're looking for a challenge right out of the gate, tackle Hyde Park Road as it takes you north of the city. The ride will bring you to your home for the night, Bishop's Lodge. Take some time to settle in and explore this beautiful property before an evening of your choosing at the Lodge.

Today's Ride:

Las Campanas Loops
Approximately 33 miles with 2,250 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Las Campanas Loops with Hyde Park Hill Climb
Approximately 46 miles with 3,750 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Bishop's Lodge

Included Meals:

Lunch

Today's ride traces some of the country's oldest roads, the Santa Fe Trail and Canyon Road, around the charming town of Santa Fe, the county's oldest capital city. Challenge yourself as you climb through the foothills of the Sangre de Christo mountains, tracing the east side of town. If you're looking for more miles this morning, choose to head south following a local's favorite loop through Galisteo Basin Preserve. This afternoon, venture to Santa Fe's historic plaza -- home to one of the largest art markets in the country. Enjoy a historic walking tour, shop for souvenirs, or indulge in the local cuisine. Whatever you choose, you are sure to experience the Spanish and Native American culture.

Today's Ride:

Foothills Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,865 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Galisteo Loop
Approximately 64 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Bishop's Lodge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Taos beckons, and a 75-mile route lies between you and this historic, artistic hamlet at the base of sacred Taos Mountain. The ride takes you north through the verdant and shaded art community named for the nearby Pueblo Tesuque. A short brisk climb is followed by a gentle 1,500-foot descent over 15 miles passing through the Pojoaque and Nambé Pueblos. After riding by the iconic Sacred Heart Church, we begin ascending the High Road to Taos through picturesque red rock formations on the way 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 a perfect opportunity to stop for lunch. The route continues north as you enter Carson National Forest with juniper trees flanking each side of the road, before you begin the descent into Taos at McGaffey Ridge. Once in Taos, you will check-in to your beautiful home for the next three nights before dinner of your choosing.

Today's Ride:

Santa Fe to Taos
Approximately 75 miles with 6,125 feet of climbing

Hotel:

El Monte Sagrado

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today offers maximum flexibility in Taos as you rest your legs from yesterday’s ride. Those seeking a challenge this morning can tackle the climb to the Taos Ski Valley and back, and those in search of a more relaxed morning can unwind at your magnificent hotel pool and spa. The rest of the day is yours for the taking. This afternoon, 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 1,000 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the historic streets of Taos in search of the perfect gallery or eatery for dinner. 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:

El Monte Sagrado to Taos Ski Valley Return
Approximately 43 miles with 3,055 feet of climbing

Hotel:

El Monte Sagrado

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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 9,110 feet 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. Celebrate your journey this evening at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Today's Ride:

El Monte Sagrado to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Return
Approximately 45 miles with 3,300 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

Taos is incredibly serene in the morning and an early start ensures you ride at the best time of day and have plenty of time before checkout. The 20-mile loop circles the town, taking you 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, cruise through the rural byways that skirt town and back through the historic plaza to our hotel. Invigorated from your 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 your guide will meet you at the hotel to collect the bikes and offer a shuttle back to Santa Fe. The 90-minute shuttle will bring you to the Inn on the Alameda where you will bid farewell and close out a wonderful week in New Mexico.

Today's Ride:

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

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Bishop's Lodge

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New hotel for 2021! Bishop's Lodge, the iconic 1920s resort situated on 317 acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains is being reenvisioned as one of the top resorts in the nation — respecting the property's rich history and original design while incorporating state-of-the-art luxury features throughout its accommodations, grounds, and amenities. The possibilities are endless on this gorgeous property.
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El Monte Sagrado

Taos, New Mexico

This boutique hotel can truly be regarded as a sanctuary. Set on a vast property beneath the sacred Taos Mountain and shrouded in old cottonwood and aspen trees, there is no comfort, amenity, or standard of service that 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.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided 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. In 2019, we upgraded 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 Domane+ LT

The Domane+ LT combines the best of the race-built Domane endurance bike with a slight pedal-assist perfect for climbing the toughest hills. This bike primarily functions as a road bike, but on tough hills or in strong headwinds, you can get an extra boost by using the electric assist feature. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, 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, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet 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 guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
42 miles
TOTAL MILES:
254 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,150 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
18,903 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain on our New Mexico self-guided bike tour is varied with sustained ascents and somewhat challenging climbs if you opt for the more difficult routes. New Mexico is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. Type 2 Riders, with proper bike handling, might find the hills challenging but could be comfortable with the climbs and distance by opting for an electric-assist bike. Please note that Santa Fe and Taos are 7,000 feet (2134 meters) in elevation, and some of the rides go as high as 9,000 feet (2,742 meters). This elevation can make any terrain more challenging than what you would experience at lower elevations.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not 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 seeks 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) or Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF)
MEETING TIME:
11:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) or Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF)
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) or the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF). SAF is a small regional airport with limited flights options, therefore guests tend to have more success flying through ABQ.

For those flying into Albuquerque, 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 located about a half a block from the first night's hotel is the only walkable option. The cost is $40-60/day (depending on demand). Call 505-995-8689 to discuss the daily rates for the dates you will need parking. Alternatively, a more affordable option is the Santa Fe Airport for $3/day. However, the airport is 18 miles from the pickup/drop-off hotel and you are responsible for your own transportation to drop off and pickup your vehicle.

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 and together you will walk to a local eatery for lunch and discuss the week ahead. Please have your cycling clothes, shoes, and any riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch, your guide will give you a brief orientation, safety talk, and bike fitting before you head out on today's ride.

If you will be late for the meeting time or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name 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.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Following a one and half 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 the Santa Fe Regional Airport via taxi or another transportation method of your choosing.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

At 7,000 feet 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 5,500 and 6,500 feet and typically are about three to five 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 1500s 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 so much to see and do. It is regarded as the third largest art market in the US, as well as one of the culinary meccas of North America, and is indeed 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 ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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