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New Mexico • Luxury • Southwest • North America

New Mexico, United States, North America

from $2,995* per person 6 Days June, September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Trek Travel 24 people max
  • Santa fe airport, santa fe, new mexico, united states
  • Culture & Nature trips
Explore the confluence of ancient and modern cultures as you ride from Santa Fe to Taos, through the sublime mountain and high desert landscapes of New Mexico's Land of Enchantment. Exquisite dining and accommodations accented by flavors, colors, and textures of the beautiful region range from traditional to trendy. Pedaling along the crest of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, crisp sunshine, winding roads, expansive vista, and Colonial Spanish villages greet you with all the warmth that is New Mexico.

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New Mexico, United States, North America

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Itinerary

Day 1:
Road Bike | Santa Fe Museum Loop | approximately 17 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Short Option | Santa Fe Historic Loop | approximately 11 miles with 400 feet of climbing
Avid Option | Santa Fe to Ski Basin | approximately 30 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (113 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501)
at 12:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Following a light lunch, comprehensive bike fit, overview of our day and safety, you
will take to the road. Experiencing Santa Fe is best done from the seat of a bicycle, and that is exactly how you will explore the
museums, galleries, and back roads of this charming town today. Your short route will take you up the art gallery-laden Canyon
Road, into the foothills overlooking the Jemez and Sandia Mountains and up to Museum Hill, home to four of Santa Fe’s most
lauded museums, including the very popular Museum of International Folk Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American
Indian. As you spin back through the narrow adobe-lined streets of Santa Fe, take time to visit the oldest church and house in the
U.S., built in 1610, or one of the many shops, galleries, and museums. This evening, we’ll meet for drinks as your guides fill you
in on the details of the week to come, before dining together at the extremely popular Pasqual’s restaurant.
Hotel | Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi | 505 988 3030 | www.InnOfTheAnasazi.com

Day 2:
Road Bike | Los Alamos—Bandelier Loop | approximately 19 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Moderate Option | Los Alamos Loop - Extended | approximately 26 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Avid Option | Los Alamos—Bandelier Loop and Santa Fe Return | approximately 80 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Hike | Tsankawi and Bandelier National Monument
Today provides a number of options to arrive at our highlight destinations, the Anasazi Cliff Dwellings of Bandelier National
Monument and Tsankawi Ruins. For those looking to spend their day mostly on foot - exploring the ruins, caves, Kivas, petroglyphs,
and cultural artifacts of the two monuments - two short shuttles from our hotel make this a reality. A short and quiet ride through
the Jemez mountains around Los Alamos, the site of the infamous Manhattan Project, is still possible in between hikes. For those
interested in a more vigorous day of riding, you may choose to ride back to Santa Fe after lunch, across the Rio Grande River
through the Santa Clara, Pojuaque, and Tesuque Pueblos. This “something-for-everyone” day is sure to be a highlight, capped off
by a southwest feast at the top-rated Epazote restaurant in the heart of Old Town Santa Fe.
Hotel | Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi | 505 988 3030 | www.InnOfTheAnasazi.com

Day 3:
Road Bike | Santa Fe to Taos Via the High Road with Shuttle | approximately 60 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing
Short Option | Santa Fe to Chimayo | approximately 28 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Avid Option | Santa Fe to Taos Via the High Road | approximately 78 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Leaving Santa Fe, today you will ride through pueblo country into the Rio Grande Valley. The cottonwood-shrouded village of
Tesuque is the first stop along the way, where you can observe a 600-year-old bronze casting method, glass blowing, and stroll
through a modern sculpture garden at the Shidoni Gallery. After passing through the Pojoaque and Nambe’ Pueblos, you will
ascend through majestic red rock badland formations. Renowned for the 8-generation Trujillo and Ortega Family weaving
tradition and the Chimayo Heirloom Chile, Chimayo is also home to the Santuario de Chimayo, a popular pilgrimage site and
place of healing. You will continue on the “High Road to Taos” - through charming villages such as Truchas, Las Trampas, Penasco,
and the Picuris Pueblo. Along the way, witness remnants of Spanish Colonial influences that shaped the European flavor of this
region, set against pristine snow-capped mountains and red rock formations. Your last of two long climbs for the day (6-7%
average) lead you to a rollicking descent into the expansive Taos Valley with Wheeler Peak and the Rio Grande Gorge as your
panorama. Twisting through the charming historic back streets of Taos, you may feel as if you have entered a foreign country
somewhere between Spain, Mexico, and ancient America. Although today can be challenging, our final accommodations have all
the resources to sooth the effects of a good day’s ride.
Hotel | El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa | 800 828 8267 | www.ElMonteSagrado.com

Day 4:
Road Bike | Taos to Taos Ski Valley Out and Back | approximately 35 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Short Option | Taos to Arroyo Secco Return | approximately 20 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Avid Option | Taos to Taos Ski Valley Out and Back with Gorge Bridge Option | approximately 55 miles with 3,600 feet of
climbing
Today is a great day to experience Taos and recharge for the Enchanted Circle the following day. Options abound in this amazing
high desert town and your guides are there to help plan the best day for you. Start your day with a hot air balloon ride over the
Rio Grande Gorge, followed by rafting the class 2 & 3 rapids on the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande. Perhaps galleryhopping
is more your style, followed by an afternoon at the renowned hotel spa. Of course, for the riders, an optional ride up to
the Taos Ski Valley takes you in to the shadow of New Mexico’s highest peak and out to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, crossing
800 feet above the rapids. No matter what your activity, don’t miss the Taos Pueblo, which has stood in various forms for over
1000 years, and is arguably one of the most historic places in North America. Tonight is your night to roam the magical adobe
plaza and historic back streets of Taos in search of the ultimate dinner of your choice.
Hotel | El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa | 800 828 8267 | www.ElMonteSagrado.com

Day 5:
Road Bike | Enchanted Circle to Viet Nam Memorial Return | approximately 44 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing
Avid Option | Taos to Enchanted Circle Loop | approximately 85 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing
Moderate Option | Enchanted Circle to Questa with shuttle | approximately 65 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Today we take on the challenging and stunning Enchanted Circle, famous as one of the most popular road routes in the southwest.
For those seeking a moderate ride, the 44-mile out-and-back ride gets you - onto what many past guests have called the “perfect
climb and descent” - up to Palo Flechado Pass, to the Viet Nam Memorial, and back to Taos. It climbs and descends 2800 ft over
44 miles, at an average of 4%, through aspen and ponderosa forests. For the avid cyclist, the entire Enchanted Circle - which
circumnavigates New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak - is, to many, the highlight of their trip. As you peddle across
the majestic Moreno Valley, watch for eagles and pronghorn antelope. Save some energy on the climb up to Bobcat Pass, reaching
10,000 feet at the halfway mark as it is followed by a ripping descent and a challenging set of 1-2 mile climbs and descents back
to town. Tonight you will gather for a stellar farewell dinner at the award-winning El Meze restaurant in Taos.
Hotel | El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa | 800 828 8267 | www.ElMonteSagrado.com

Day 6:
Road Bike | Taos Valley Loop | approximately 20 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Your ride today cruises through the charming adobe-lined backstreets and quiet willow shrouded roads surrounding Taos,
reminiscent of many European villages. The natural beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley is
stunning, but only a small slice of today’s experience. Many historic sites dot your path, including the adobe church of St Francis
de Assisi, made famous by Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams, and the Milicent Rogers Museum. A one-and-one half hour
shuttle takes you back to Santa Fe, where your journey began and we bid farewell. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 12:45 PM
at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. Guests are free to stay in Santa Fe or catch a shuttle to Albuquerque International Airport
(ABQ) to fly home. Please do not schedule flights out of ABQ earlier than 4pm. There are two options for getting to ABQ
Airport from Santa Fe: Sandia Shuttle offers hourly shuttle service between 5 AM to 7 PM from Santa Fe. The trip takes 1 hour.
Reservations are required by calling toll free 888 775 5696 or visit www.SandiaShuttle.com. Rates are $27 per person one-way.
Train service is also available between Santa Fe and downtown Albuquerque for $7 each way via the New Mexico Rail Runner
Express, www.NMRailRunner.com.


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