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|New Mexico and Colorado, USA||October 10-17, 2015 & October 9 – 16, 2016||$2,395|
New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, is conveniently adjacent to our favorite part of Colorado – the San Juan Mountains. This is a perfect playground for Canyon Calling adventurers who love the multi-activity format of our trips. We’ll hike and bike and explore old west mining towns. We’ll soak in hot springs, explore ancient ruins and visit galleries and museums in Santa Fe and Taos. A highlight is our stay is in Georgia O’Keefe country where we form a deep appreciation of the red canyons, magical mesas and soft light that Georgia O’Keefe loved so deeply. We’ve also included a stay at a tranquil and sacred mineral springs resort and spa offering restorative body therapies. Fall is a perfect time in the high desert and San Juan Mountains with mild day time temperatures and cool nights. Join us out West!
Your Canyon Calling Tour Guide will meet you at 2pm at Albuquerque Airport and we’ll all drive north to Santa Fe to check into our hotel. You’ll have time to explore the wonderful galleries, enjoy the shops, visit the Georgia O’Keefe or other wonderful museums. Santa Fe also has a multitude of architectural and cultural subjects for photographers. We’ll dine at a favorite local restaurant where you’ll be able to sample the New Mexican cuisine. Overnight Santa Fe.
(Note: If you arrive into Albuquerque in the morning, or the day before, and want to get to Santa Fe earlier there is an inexpensive shuttle available.)
After breakfast we’ll drive north and west to Bandelier National Monument. We’ll hike Frijoles Canyon, containing ancestral pueblo homes, kivas, rock paintings and petroglyphs. Some of the dwellings were rock structures built on the canyon floor; others were “caveats” produced by voids in the canyon wall and carved out further by humans. After lunch we’ll head north to Taos and discover the quaint downtown for shopping and check into our hotel to relax. After dinner you may wish to further explore the unique downtown of Taos.
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After breakfast, we’ll visit the Taos Pueblo, a 1000 year-old village and the First Living World Heritage Site. Our local guide will lead us through the village explaining construction methods, traditions and ceremonies as well as the modern life of the people in her tribe. We’ll stop by the Rio Grand Gorge for some wonderful photographs, then we’re off to a tranquil and sacred mineral springs resort and spa. We will check in for an overnight stay at this Spa Finder-voted “Top 10 Best Hot Springs Spas in the World”. These springs are deemed sacred by the Native American tribes of Northern New Mexico – a gathering place and source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. The sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. This is the only hot springs in the world with a remarkable combination of four different types of mineral water. Over 100,000 gallons per day come to the surface, revitalizing those who soak in the long believed healing waters. The ten pools are filled with different types and combinations of waters with temperatures ranging from 80-110 degrees. After soaking and relaxation, we’ll enjoy the onsite restaurant which provides a casual dining experience and charming atmosphere. The chef blends local flavors with global cuisine to create a delightful menu that ranges from seasonal Southwestern favorites to a variety of international dishes, plus an extensive selection of local and imported wine and beer are available in the adjacent wine bar. We’ll sleep well in our comfy beds tonight.
We will enjoy breakfast at our hotel before a scenic ride through the San Juan Mountains north to the old-west mining town of Silverton to have lunch and explore, and maybe even dress up for an ol’ tyme group photo. Then we’ll travel to the adorable mountain town of Ouray, often referred to as the “Gem of the Rockies. Here we check into our hotel and stroll through the town in this picturesque setting of historic Victorian buildings and enjoy our dinner with views of the steep, mountain background.
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After breakfast we will drive over to the beautiful ski town of Telluride for our bike ride. We’ll drive high up into the nearby mountains and ride bikes down the Galloping Goose trail, the old train route. This ride is a wonderful mixture of forest and lakes, mountain flowers and stunning views. Back in our van, we’ll head up and over a 10,000’ pass to the Delores River Valley, stopping for lunch along the way. This afternoon we’ll explore Mesa Verde National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we walk through Spruce Tree House we get a wonderful sense of the lives of the Anasazi. You can even climb down into a kiva, a room used for religious rituals. Drive to nearby Durango for dinner and lodging for the evening.
After breakfast in Durango we’ll drive south to Chaco National Historic Park. We’ll join a ranger-led program and get a taste of the monumental architecture and complex community life of the Chacoan culture that existed from 800 to 1200AD. It is truly astounding to wander the well-preserved ruins of the great houses and kivas and imagine the sophisticated social organization in which this community of thousands thrived. After lunch, our destination this afternoon is Abiquiu – specifically Ghost Ranch – yes, Georgia O’Keefe country! Check into our cottage and relax amongst the red canyons, majestic mesas and amazing skies. Dinner this evening is in the dining room.
My first visit to the Southwest was chock full of grand memories. You made the trip so relaxing and fun. It was like traveling with true “road sisters!” — Regina E, MD
It’s fun to get up early in the cool air and enjoy some quiet time before breakfast and watch the desert come alive. A wonderful two-hour hike takes us up through red rocks and white gypsum near Kitchen Mesa. The red and yellow cliffs of this mesa were favorite subjects for O’Keefe’s paintings. The views are spectacular and you can see why this ranch was so beloved by her. We’ll stop for lunch on our drive back to Albuquerque and check into our lodging before heading to a favorite local restaurant for our farewell dinner as we reflect on all our experiences of the past week.
After breakfast, enjoy the amenities of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.