Experience a true New Mexican adventure
Choose from one our favorite cultural excursions below, or inquire with us about somewhere you are interested in. We are flexible and permitted many places. Just Ask!
All of our day hikes include:
- Pick-up/drop-off to your hotel or other designated meet-up spot
- Organic trail mix, fruit and other snacks provided at no additional cost
- Lunch to be provided by a local Co-Op, options discussed at booking
- Filtered, clean water in reusable bottles, cooled and ready to go
- Extra packs provided if needed
- Hiking Poles available
*cost includes everything including insurance for our staff to take care of you out on the trail!
*Children under 12 hike at a discounted rate, just ask us!
*Gratuity not included
Full Day Cultural Excursions
Chaco Culture National Historic Park
5 Hour Drive (Round Trip)
Nice During: Spring, Fall and Winter
Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic
Trail Level: Easy-Moderate
Length: 1-8 miles depending on hikes
Chaco Canyon is a place of profound spiritual and cultural significance, and has been for more than a thousand years. It is an incredible place to explore the ruins of a vast ancient "city" and to walk trails well-worn by thousands of people over time. It is a place to reflect, to open to the vastness of the sky and land, and to touch history. Our excursion to Chaco is a long day but well worth it. We will see the whole canyon and walk several important sites, as well as have a picnic lunch on top of a mesa surrounded by pottery sherds. This is an incredible investment into Southwestern culture and history. If you have been to Chaco and would like to discuss particular hikes and sites, we are happy to do so, as we have explored them all!
El Malpais National Monument
4 hour drive (Round Trip)
Nice During: Spring, Fall, Winter
Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic
Trail Level: Easy
Length: 1-5 miles at the most
El Malpais ("badlands" in Spanish) is a fascinating geological gem; a valley filled with lava which has spewed and dribbled out of the Earth there for more than a million years. There are ice caves and lava tubes to explore, and massive bat migrations. There are sandstone bluffs and arches carved by time. There are other-worldy trails atop A'a and Pahoehoe lava flows. Nowhere else on the continental US has as much visible lava as this area, and it is enchanting to explore. We can tailor this day depending on your curiorities and energy, but it will include lots of exploring, some walking, and a picnic lunch in the shade of one of the oldest Douglas Fir trees in the world.
Bandelier National Monument
2 hour drive (Round Trip)
Nice During: Anytime, very busy in Summer
Popularity: Light-Heavy Traffic (seasonal)
Trail Level: Easy-Difficult (depending)
Length: 1.5 miles Main Loop + .5 Alcove House
Bandelier is an incredible wilderness area known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and several thousand ancestral Pueblo dwellings. What makes this National Monument exceptional is the human history, which extends back for over 10,000 years when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons. By 1150 AD, Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements. Reminders of these pastimes are still evident in the park as are the strong ties of the modern Pueblo people. By 1550 the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from their homes here to pueblos along the Rio Grande (Cochiti, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo). We get to explore these ancient dwellings today, worn as they are through centuries of weather and use. This is one of the places that makes New Mexico truly special.