The Experience

Natural & Artistic Inspiration in New Mexico

It’s the convergence of art, history, geology…and chile peppers. Each day you spend in Santa Fe and Taos will inspire you. The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Simple pueblos that are still standing after a thousand years. Flowers of the desert. The flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe. The spices of a Southwestern meal. And some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever seen. You’ll understand why artists seem to find their muses here. You may even find one of your own A weave of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions Hike centuries-old paths to ancient cliff dwellings and descend into a deep wildlife-rich river gorge Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape Explore artsy Santa Fe and authentic Taos Soak in ancient hot springs thought to be sacred


Days 1-2 Explore historic Santa Fe, learning about its rich multicultural influences and noteworthy architecture, including the Santa Fe Plaza and San Miguel Mission, reputedly the oldest church in the United States A favorite local trail offers an introduction to the region’s ruggedly beautiful landscape Hike an ancient route to cliff dwellings in Bandelier National Monument It’s easy to imagine an Ancestral Pueblo community thriving amid the sculpted volcanic tuff of Frijoles Canyon. Day 3 Ghost Ranch: art history set amid a gorgeous red-rock landscape Discover the striking scenery made famous in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings There’s time to relax at Ojo Caliente, where you can visit the resort’s award-winning spa or rejuvenate in the only hot springs in the world with four kinds of geothermal mineral water. Day 4 Experience New Mexico’s breathtaking natural diversity Watch for red-tailed hawks, porcupines and mule deer as you hike to an overlook above the convergence of the Red River and Rio Grande The 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo, a marvel of American Indian architecture, welcomes you. Days 5-6 A tapestry of Spanish, Mexican, Anglo and indigenous traditions Climb through alpine forests, peaceful meadows and rocky moraines up to Williams Lake Visit tiny ChimayĆ³, founded in 1680 and renowned for its talented weavers The most impressive rugs and clothing can be found at Ortega Weaving, where nine generations of craftsmanship are on display Visit the revered adobe Santuario de ChimayĆ³, where modern-day pilgrims flock to be healed.


The Route

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