NEW – Bike Touring based in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
NEW – Bike Touring based in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Bienvenido a Santa Fe! Let’s cycle in one of America’s most distinctive cities past centuries old adobe buildings and bright red strings of chiles hanging from portals. Known as the City Different, Santa Fe embodies a rich history melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native America culture, which is apparent in its architecture, food, art and language. This experience has the flair of cycling in a foreign country, but without ever leaving the States!
The 4-day tour features a special orientation ride that winds through the historic district, a spin on the Old Santa Fe Trail, a day on city bike trails and an out-and-back north on backroads to the village of Tesque and Rio en Medio. You’ll be fueled by Indian fry bread and New Mexico green chile while riding at elevations between 6,500 and 7,800 feet beneath a backdrop of Southern Rockies.
This is a fantastic revision of our inn-to-inn Santa Fe Bike Tour, with as little shuttling as possible! This new tour version has all daily bike rides starting from the lovely Inn of the Governors. Called a “hub-and-spoke” style trip, you get to unpack and pack up your suitcase only once for the entire trip!
This tour is rated as “Active,” but don’t be intimidated by the rating! Since we’re staying in the same place every day, you’re free to do whatever you like! Want to skip a ride? Relax at the Inn in the morning, stroll around Santa Fe for the afternoon and meet your riding partners for dinner in the evening!
The Inn of the Governors has been an inn since the mid 1960s, but a century ago, it was the site of a cavern that was used to store ice as a water supply during hot summers. By the early 1900s, the plot was used as a stable and then an auto shop before Santa Fe transformed into a tourist destination and more inns began popping up around the city. It has transformed and expanded significantly since those early days, however, and today you can expect a luxurious experience with a daily sunrise breakfast, included parking for those driving, and an on-site pool.
The rides will range from 15-30 miles, so you’ll have plenty of time to get to know Santa Fe! So pack your sense of adventure and come find out why they call New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. No passport required!
Santa Fe's historic plaza and the Palace of the Governors
Historic paths, Old Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real
Cooking class & meal at the Santa Fe School of Cooking
Inn of the Governors
Day 1: Your Santa Fe cycle tour starts negotiating the narrow streets around the historic Plaza, and the areas of South Capitol and the Railyard District. Today is all about exploring downtown, noting places you may want to come back to over the next few days and getting used to the elevation (7,000 feet).
Highlights: Canyon Road, where 100 galleries line the half mile street, the O’keeffe Museum, the country’s Oldest Church, several 19th-century cathedrals, including the one with the mysterious staircase, the Roundhouse (state capital) and the Palace of the Governors where Indians from all 19 northern pueblos sell their wares in a fashion modeled after the fiesta markets of Old Mexico.
After a picnic lunch, we’ll immerse ourselves with a group walking tour, taking in more than 400 years of history, culture and architecture of America’s oldest capital city. Then you’ll have time for a bit of sightseeing before our sure-to-be-memorable culinary experience at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Day 2: Yesterday we visited the End of the Santa Fe Trail Monument on the Plaza, and today our bike route traces the final miles of this historic route. Later choose to stroll the well-known art district Canyon Road, or spend time on Museum Hill, home to four museums representing a different facet of the area art and culture with a campus that also acts as a public sculpture garden and includes several of Santa Fe’s most recognizable pieces. Dinner is on your own tonight and we’ll serve up several suggestions walking distance from the hotel. And we highly recommend you soak and unwind at Ten Thousand Waves, an oasis inspired by the great Japanese mountain hot springs.
Day 3: Today we hit the city’s bike paths starting with the Rail Trail. Be sure to take a selfie at the bright red Santa Fe caboose. Then you’re on Acequia Trail for a short distance and neighborhood streets to reach Arroyo Chamisos Trail. Finally, the River Trail, which takes you almost all the way back to the Plaza area where we’ll hit the local food truck scene for a late lunch. The afternoon is yours. And tonight the group heads to the Shed, a place where you can downshift a couple centuries enjoying Southwestern fare on the patio of an adobe hacienda, circa 1692. Some folks don’t think you’re “arrived” in town until you’ve eaten here. After our celebratory meal, hike up to the Cross of the Maryrs, downtown’s best sunset viewing spot.
Day 4: Our last day we head north out of town on backroads into the village of Tesuque with an option to continue along the edge of Santa Fe National Forest to Rio ed Medio. Roadside attractions include Shidoni, a shady green compound made up of two galleries surrounded by a peaceful outdoor garden where you can browse the largest selection of contemporary sculptures found in the Southwest. Pop in next door to the locally owned Tesuque Glassworks and watch the magic of fiery kilns and molten glass. After lunch at Tesuque Village Market, which is reminiscent of an old world trading post, we tackle our final miles, zoom back down into Santa Fe and say “hasta luego” to new friends and the City Different.
3 Breakfasts | 4 Lunches | 2 Dinners
PP Double Occupancy
Standard Bike Rental
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.