New Mexico: Land of Enchantment
7 Day Inn Tour
Come experience the flavor, the culture, the feeling of enchantment here that you won’t find any other place. The Land of Enchantment exhibits a quality of light that is almost magical and has attracted artists for hundreds of years. We will ride through the badlands where eroding red rock has created extraordinary shapes in the landscape. Dramatic scenes will unfold before you: cottonwood-lined river valleys, golden aspen covered hillsides, and dry, rugged canyons and mesas.
The tour is filled, but call us. We may be able to squeeze you in.
Rolling hills with a couple steeper climbs. Moderate cycling level.
6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 4 picnic and sack lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, visit to Bandelier National Monument, tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, van support & trained guides.
Fly in and out of Santa Fe, NM and take a taxi or shuttle to our starting hotel. Or fly into the Albuquerque, NM airport and take a commercial shuttle to Santa Fe. If you drive, you can leave your car at the hotel for the week. At the end of the tour, we will shuttle you back to our starting hotel or the Santa Fe airport by 3:30pm.
DAY 1: We meet in Santa Fe at 3:00pm for a rental bike fitting. Then we’ll have an orientation at 5:30pm followed by our first dinner together. Feel free to arrive early and explore this city, one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. It’s nestled in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains and averages 325 sunny days a year. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our first bike ride to Chimayo. We’ll visit the legendary shrine El Santuario de Chimayo built of adobe and known for its healing powers for centuries. Thousands of pilgrims make their trek to this sacred site every Easter. Some people have been known to walk there from Albuquerque 90 miles away. Lunch is on your today, but you can stop at the local café for a vegetarian tamale or a frito pie for a taste of southwestern fare. 31 miles.
DAY 3: We’ll bike the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway today. Our ride takes us past artist studios where the Milagro Beanfield War movie was filmed, past a famous pottery gallery, and an adobe church dating back to the 1700s. We’ll bike through the pine and aspen forests of Santa Fe National Forest and watch the terrain change to open plain and scrub desert. We’ll end the day in the artist colony of Taos, staying overnight in the heart of town for the next two nights. 31 or 49 miles.
DAY 4: Our layover day in Taos will be a day of options. You’ll be able to choose to bike a loop route through the quiet villages of Arroyo Hondo and Arroyo Seco. Along the way, you can take in beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Spend the afternoon visiting art galleries, shopping at handmade jewelry and moccasin stores and enjoying a green chile burger. Or visit Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Explore the multi-storied adobe buildings that have been inhabited for over 1000 years. 27 miles.
DAY 5: We leave town behind and bike into the countryside today, exploring true Georgia O’Keeffe territory. We’ll follow the Rio Grande River down to our accommodations at the historic Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs. There you can relax with an optional soak, massage or herbal wrap. 28 – 43 miles.
DAY 6: We’ll begin the day with a quick ride to the town of Abiquiu. After a picnic lunch, we’ll tour the former home of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. This unique 18th century hacienda offers a glimpse into the life of this outstanding woman. She was famous for her brilliantly colored paintings of adobe homes set against deep blue skies and close-up images of blossoming lilies and poppies. 30 miles.
DAY 7: After a delicious breakfast, we’ll shuttle to Bandelier National Monument. Situated in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier is one of the most famous archeological sites in the country. It’s a car-free park, and we will hike to the striking cliff dwellings left by the Ancestral Pueblo people during the 1100s. You can explore the Alcove House by climbing a series of wooden ladders to the large cave high above the canyon floor. Then you can look at petroglyphs and learn about the fascinating stone kivas used for religious ceremonies. It is a beautiful and sacred place.
After lunch, we’ll shuttle back to Santa Fe to say our good-byes. We’ll arrive at the Santa Fe airport and our starting hotel by 3:30pm. 0 miles.