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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
|New Mexico, USA||June 17 – 22, 2018||$1,695|
New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, is a perfect playground for Canyon Calling adventurers that enjoy a softer adventure. We’ll hike and explore the beauty that is Northern New Mexico. We’ll soak in hot springs, explore ancient ruins and visit galleries and museums in Santa Fe. A highlight is our stay 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. Spring is a perfect time in the high desert with mild day time temperatures and cool nights. Join us in the magic that is Northern New Mexico!
Your Canyon Calling Trip Leader will meet you at the Albuquerque Airport in baggage claim area at 2pm and we’ll drive north to Santa Fe to check into our hotel for 2 nights. We’ll dine at a favorite local restaurant where you’ll be able to sample the New Mexican cuisine. Overnight Santa Fe.
After breakfast we’ll have the morning to explore the wonderful galleries, museums, and enjoy the shops of Santa Fe. Santa Fe also has a multitude of architectural and cultural subjects for photographers. In the afternoon, 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 our hike we’ll drive back to Santa Fe for a dip in the pool before dinner. Overnight Santa Fe.
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy the morning in Santa Fe, then head to Ojo Caliente 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 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. After soaking and relaxation we’ll enjoy dinner at the Artisan Restaurant on site and sleep well in our comfy beds tonight.
We’ll be up early for a sunrise hike leaving from the property to watch the sunrise over this beautiful desert mountain area. We’ll see shards of pottery from ancient civilizations and work up an appetite before heading back to the Spa to enjoy breakfast at our hotel. We’ll have time to relax in the luxurious mineral springs again before checking out of our rooms. Next, we’re off to Abiquiu – yes, Georgia O’Keefe country! Check into our accommodations at Ghost Ranch and we’ll enjoy dinner in the onsite Dining Hall, and relax amongst the red canyons, majestic mesas and amazing skies.
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 at Ghost Ranch takes us up through red rocks and white gypsum to Kitchen Mesa. The red and yellow cliffs of these mesas are breathtaking and were favorite subjects for O’Keefe’s paintings. Back at the ranch, we’ll have lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Ghost Ranch that was so beloved by Georgia O’Keefe and by our guests!
After breakfast, we will head south to Albuquerque to transfer to the airport for your flight home, which should be booked for departure no earlier than 2pm.
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