New Mexico: Santa Fe & Taos Bicycle Tour 2023

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2023
 
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  • Come join us on one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States: Santa Fe.
  • Santa Fe is known for its shopping, excellent dining, historic and unique architecture as featured in its downtown, Canyon Road and The Guadalupe/Railyard districts, featuring cafes, restaurants, museums and art studios.
  • On our first day we will bicycle with views of the Rio Grande and Sangre de Christo Mountains, while descending 2000 feet into the city of Taos. Our riding will also have us descend from Taos Sky Valley (or optionally ride up to Ski Valley, one the favorite climbs for local cyclists).
  • We will also bicycle on what is considered one of New Mexico's most stunning stretches: The High Road Scenic Byway.
  • In addition, on your free day you can ride the optional Paeo del Bosque paved Bike Trail with the group; or on your own, you can peruse and explore the Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos, the city adjacent to the creation of the atomic bomb.
  • On our final day, we will ride a route that may be remembered as your favorite ride of all, after we descend 4000 feet from the Santa Fe Ski area back into the city of Santa Fe after enjoying the scenery overlooking the mountains and forests.
  • Unpack only one time as we stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour.
Day 1, Saturday - September 23, 2023
 
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Welcome Dinner
 
Begin your first day in Santa Fe, the nation's 2nd oldest city, and celebrate Santa Fe’s 402 years of cityhood by enjoying the adobe architecture, culinary wonders and city history. Visit the Capital of New Mexico. which was chosen as the Capital and later the state. Originally Pedro de Peralta - the first Governor of New Mexico when it was a province of Spain wanted - wanted an area the was more secure and easily defended. Visit the downtown area and the various art studios, where pictures can be viewed and purchased from a few hundred dollars to a few million dollars. A Georgia O'Keeffe Painting was sold by the O'Keeffe Museum for $44.4 million! Welcome dinner will be at the Cowgirl Restaurant, a Santa Fe legendary dining landmark with New York Times noted, “Great margaritas” or maybe you have seen this gem on Rachel Ray, either way it is the winner of the Best of Santa Fe Award. Welcome Meeting & Dinner scheduled for 4:00pm with the group.
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Santa Fe South
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!)
  • Internet
  • Fitness room
  • Whirlpool
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Coin Laundry
  • Hair Dryer
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Dinner:
 
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Cowgirl Restaurant
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Recommended by Rachel Ray, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, and voted Best of Santa Fe by the Santa Fe Reporter -
 
Entrée Choices:
  • BBQ Sampler Platter - Mesquite-smoked Ribs, Brisket and BBQ Chicken served with BBQ beans, coleslaw and potato salad
  • Salmon Tacos al Carbon - Grilled salmon fingers folded into two flour tortillas along with melted Jack cheese, chopped lettuce and tomato, served with our own tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, rice and beans
  • Chiles Rellenos - beer-battered Anaheim chilies stuffed with Jack cheese, topped with red or green chile and melted cheese and served with rice and black beans. A favorite with locals!
  • Fajita Platters - with guacamole, grilled onions & peppers, Jack cheese, sour cream, salsa, rice, black beans & tortillas; choose from chicken breast, flat iron steak, Portobello mushroom or seared tofu fajitas.
Day 2, Sunday - September 24, 2023
 
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Taos, Ski Valley and Rio Grande Gorge 
 
Transport to Taos as we prepare to bicycle from the Taos Ski Valley, while taking in views of the Rio Grande and Sangre de Christo Mountains. We will descend over 2000 feet while enjoying all the beauty of the Southwest. Some people also choose to ride up to Ski Valley from Taos. After the ride we will take time to enjoy Taos, a city of art and culture that was named by National Geographic as one of the "Top Adventure Towns." The culture captures a Spanish and Native American influence. Also you can find local art, adobe architecture and Taos Pueblo, a sovereign nation within the United States, encapsulating the living culture of the Pueblo Indians, whose ancestors have lived there for a millennium. The natural beauty of the Taos continues to have an important influence customs, cultures, artists and adventurers. As the first settlers to areas knew, the relationships between land, water, sky, weather and wildlife and creativity and quality of life here are close ones as we experience the culturally rich area.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 19 miles riding from Ski Valley to Taos; or 34 miles, riding from Ski Valley to Rio Grande Gorge to Taos; or 52 miles riding from Taos to Ski Valley to Rio Grande Gorge and back to Taos.
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 3, Monday - September 25, 2023
 
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The High Road Scenic Byway
 
We travel to and then bicycle the area that is considered as one of New Mexico’s most stunning stretches. Many cyclists believe this byway is one of the most spectacular rides through New Mexico and is designated as an official scenic byway with beautiful views while experiencing a variety of landscapes. We will take in its beauty while on bicycles including views of the mountains, desert, trees and beautiful small towns. 
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 33 miles, riding from Penasco to the end of the High Road Scenic Byway.
 
Dinner:
 
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Andiamo
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Awards include: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 1st Place Winner in Best of Santa Fe and Diner's Choice Award by OpenTable.
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Chicken Parmesan – Mary’s chicken, melted fontina, roasted tomato sauce and spaghetti
  • Grilled Idaho Ruby Trout – seasonal vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon parsley butter
  • Chicken Piccata – Ramaty’s chicken, mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach
  • Fettuccine Alfredo – reduced heavy cream and parmesan Reggiano
  • Penne Arabiata – Garlic, tomato sauce, chili flakes, basil and parmesan – with chicken or shrimp.
  • Local Lamb Burger - with aioli and mint pesto on home baked gluten-free or brioche roll, served with lemon marinated kale
Day 4, Tuesday - September 26, 2023
 
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Free Day or Optional Paseo del Bosque Bike Trail in Albuquerque 
 
Enjoy a free day to explore the Santa Fe area or take the SAG vans to the optional morning bicycle ride, riding the Paseo del Bosque Bike Trail, the premier bicycle path in Albuquerque. If taking a free day, explore historic Santa Fe with all of their art museums and shops. Please make reservations ahead of time if exploring the world famous Georgia O'Keefe Museum or the Immersive Art Experience of Meow Wolf. In addition take a journey on your own to Bandelier National Monument run by the National Park Service to view the ancient ruins and cave dwellings and then proceed down to the famous town of Los Alamos.The Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677 acre United states National Monument that preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans. After spending time exploring Bandelier take a stop in the small town of Los Alamos, which is adjacent to the famous Los Alamos National Laboratory where Robert Oppenheimer and fellow physicists created the world's first atomic bomb during World War II. 
 
Bicycling Route: TBD
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 5, Wednesday - September 27, 2023
 
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Santa Fe's Galisteo Loop 
 
Today brings a few choices as we bicycle south of Santa Fe from the hotel and ride the Galisteo Loop, a favorite ride of Santa Fe cyclists. We will bicycle past long horn cattle, beautiful mountain-scapes, adobe architecture and expansive farms; or ride into the downtown area on your own to explore Santa Fe, the Capitol city of New Mexico. Santa Fe (literally "holy faith" in Spanish) is one of the most intriguing art centers in the world with sculpture, visual art, galleries, music, dance and opera. The Los Angeles Times named it one of the top places to visit and one of America's most popular travel destinations. Finally, take the time to see Meow Wolf a unique arts and entertainment collective with something to see for everyone.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0, staying at the hotel; 35 miles, riding to the lunch stop and then taking SAG; or 49 miles, riding the entire loop from/to the hotel .
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday - September 28, 2023
 
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Ski Santa Fe & Santa Fe
 
Today we venture to the top of Ski Santa Fe by van for a truly exhilarating downhill journey - we will descend over 4000 feet while doing very little pedaling, but with lots to see. We bike down the mountain and through vistas of trees that open up into panoramic views of the the entire mountain area with designated pull-outs for pictures and to absorb the natural beauty of the mountains and forests. Just down from the top we will make a stop at the Vista Grande Overlook Observation Site with mountains in the distance as far as you can see. We will then continue riding on this very lightly traveled road - the road ends at the ski resort - and is primarily used by bicyclists and hikers, during the fall.

Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel or 26 miles, bicycling from the Ski Santa Fe back to the hotel. [Descend over 4000 feet with only 400 feet of climbing]
 
Dinner:
 
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Santa Fe Capitol Grill
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- "Prepared from scratch, using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients" -
 
Entrée Choices include:
  • TBD 
Day 7, Friday - September 29, 2023
 
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Wake up in Santa Fe and tour the city one last time before heading home.
 
Breakfast provide by hotel each morning
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
  • Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes on some of the most popular bike routes in the state. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast or anything in-between.
Arriving by Automobile:
  • Drive to the Hampton Inn Santa Fe, 3430 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507; parking your car at the hotel for the duration of the trip. 
Arriving by Plane:
  • Fly directly into Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) about 6 miles from the starting hotel and UBER/Lyft to the hotel. (Yes, it is nice to fly into a small airport; yet have service by American and United Airlines.) Or fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) about 60 miles from the starting hotel and rent a car to the hotel.
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. Hampton Inn Santa Fe, 3430 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Weather for Santa Fe area in September:
  • Average High 77°

 

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