New Mexico Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour

New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment

Bienvenido a Santa Fe! Northern New Mexico is just about as close as you can get to bicycling in a foreign country without leaving the states. From the earth-toned adobe walls, the bright red strings of chiles hanging from portals and the smoky fragrance of pinon wood burning, you can experience it all from the saddle.

 

We’ll cycle into New Mexico’s colonial past through old Spanish villages, photographing 17th-century mission churches and visiting artisans where they live and work. At times you may feel like you’re in a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, and you are–colorful mesas, towering cliffs and unusual rock formations.

 

You’ll be fueled by Indian fry bread and New Mexico green chile while riding at elevations between 5,800 and 8,500 feet–the Southern Rockies to the east, the volcanic Jemez Range to the west. The hills are tough in the high desert, and some people have a hard time adjusting to the elevation, but the Support Vehicle is there to help make this challenging ride possible.

 

This tour features the entire High Road to Taos, a scenic byway north out of Santa Fe, as well as a loop around Los Alamos & Bandelier (cliff dwellings), and backroads west across the Rio Grande Gorge and south through the small villages of Ojo Caliente (hot springs) and Abiquiu (O’Keeffe’s home). So pack your sense of adventure and get ready for a feeling of “enchantment” you won’t find anywhere else. No passport required!

 

FUN FACT: New Mexico’s lowest elevation is higher than any other state’s low point.

Tour Highlights

Santa Fe's historic plaza and the Palace of the Governors

Historic paths, Old Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real

Cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument

Secret City and birthplace of the atomic bomb

Santuario de Chimayo, a famous pilgramage site

Overnight in a real-life ``Milagro`` town (from Robert Redford's film Milagro Beanfield War)

The High Road to Taos

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Mineral Springs of Ojo Caliente

O'Keeffe's Home & Studio Tour

Lodging Options

Inn on the Alameda

Truchas Peaks Place

Casa Benavides Inn

Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa

Day 1: Your Southwest cycle tour starts off in Santa Fe where we will take a morning spin negotiating narrow streets around the plaza and following historic paths like Old Santa Trail and El Camino Real. Time to sightsee and lodging adjacent to the well-known art district provides ample opportunity to get used to the elevation (7,000 feet).

 

Day 2: Transport to Frijoles Mesa above the Rio Grande to ride the finger-like mesas cut by steep canyons in Los Alamos County. The loop has a remote feel with incredible views, and a side trip to the Secret City allows for lunch and a visit to the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Post-ride, we’ll drive down into Bandelier National Monument. We return to Santa Fe for a 2nd night at Inn on the Alameda.

 

Day 3:  Today we begin the High Road to Taos, a state scenic byway starting with a climb out of Santa Fe. During lunch we can discover the mysterious legend of the tiny chapel of Santuario de Chimayo. We sleep tonight at 8,050 feet in the hilltop village of Truchas, where Robert Redford’s Milagro Beanfield War was filmed.

 

Day 4: Another day along the High Road. We ride the rolling terrain of several river valleys through old Spanish villages that have seen little development. Highlights include several of the most beautiful churches in the Southwest. In Penasco, grab a bite before tackling U.S. Hill, then descend from Carson National Forest into Taos.

 

Day 5: Heading west out of Taos our first stop is the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, an area landmark 650 feet above the river. Our last night we land at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, a remote retreat dating back to 1916 with pools, mud baths and a hiking trail up the sandstone to the ancient ruins of Posi Pueblo.

 

Day 6: O’Keeffe loved the Southwest, and on our last day we pedal through a small piece of the landscape that captivated her, and also visit her home and studio. We also ride along rivers–Rio Ojo Caliente, El Rito and the larger Rio Chama.

“Betsy and James, were enthusiastic and catered to the guests, the accommodations were uniformly superior, the riding, mostly on paved trails, was great fun, the food quite tasty, and the Colorado scenery, with the aspens changing to gold during the course of the week, was amazing. The W-V planners have mapped out a route that is challenging but not overwhelming”

~Arthur S., TripAdvisor

Trip Information

6

Trip Length - Days

New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Tour Type
Road Bike
Difficulty Level 4
Tour Rating
Experienced
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour Elevation
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30-50

Daily Mileage

Check In Location
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tour Area
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle
18

Minimum Age

Meals

5 Breakfasts | 4 Lunches | 3 Dinners

Pricing
  • PP Double Occupancy

    $2195
  • Single Supplement*

    $506
  • Standard Bike Rental

    $150

*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.

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