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OFF ROAD ADVENTURES

Petroglyphs and the Historic Route 66

Between 1926 and 1937, the famed Route 66, or the Mother Road, came through the city of Santa Fe.  Take a ride from the heart of Santa Fe towards La Bajada Hill and experience sections of the original road that to this day remain unpaved. Our guides will share stories about Route 66 as well as the history of the Ancient Pueblo people and the Spanish settlers.  We’ll even show you petroglyphs that the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indians left on basaltic cliff faces as you journey back into Santa Fe!

Duration:
2 hours
Season:
Year round
Level of difficulty:
Easy ride with short walk to view petroglyphs
Pricing:
$70 per person for the 2 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $140 plus tax).

CALL OF THE WILD – ELK MOUNTAIN

Take a jaunt on one of the highest mountain roads in New Mexico.  Elk Mountain, located 11,661 feet above sea level, provides adventurers with stunning 360 degree views, from the rugged Truchas Peaks to iconic Hermit Peak, and from the southern most tip of the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, to the Plains.  This tour is particularly dramatic during the fall season when the aspens are changing to their glorious golden foliage.

Duration:
4 hour off road adventure
Season:
April 15 through November 15, weather permitting
Level of difficulty:
Moderately challenging off road adventure
Pricing:
$136 per person for the 4 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $272 plus tax).

The Land Rover Discovery, or a similar off roading SUV, will be utilized for parties of 2 to 5. The Pinzgauer will accommodate groups of 6 or more.

NEW MEXICO’S HISTORIC LOOKOUT TOWERS

Perched high on mountaintops, manned fire towers provide an excellent viewpoint for spotting wildfires. Popular in the 1900s, many are unutilized these days. Take a scenic ride, ascending over 3,000 feet and across four vegetation zones, to a historic and unique lookout tower built in 1940. Enjoy the expansive views from our turnaround point at 10,200 feet, particularly striking in the fall when the aspens have changed color.

Duration:
3 hour off road adventure / Available as a 4 hour excursion with a hike
Season:
April 15 through November 15
Level of difficulty:
Moderately challenging off road adventure
Pricing:
$102 per person for the 3 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).
$136 per person for the 4 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $272 plus tax).

The Land Rover Discovery, or a similar off roading SUV, will be utilized for parties of 2 to 5. The Pinzgauer will accommodate groups of 6 or more.

DIABLO CANYON & THE HISTORIC CHILI LINE

Ride the Pinzgauer through a wide open arroyo, drifting occasionally in the sand, and then along a narrow dirt trail, surrounded by a juniper and piñon forest, to the breathtaking Diablo Canyon, a popular local rock climbing area. The 4×4 adventure takes you back in time with stories about the town of Buckman and the old “Chili Line”, a narrow-gauge railroad that linked Santa Fe to Antonito, Colorado from 1887 to 1941.

Duration:
2 hours (or 3 hours with a short hike at Diablo Canyon)
Season:
Year round
Level of difficulty:
Easy off road adventure
Pricing:
$70 per person for the 2 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $140 plus tax).
$102 per person for the 3 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).

WILD WEST SAFARI

A very remote and difficult place to access, yet a short ride from Santa Fe, the vistas at this destination will astound you. View wild horses, Cowboy and Indian ruins with pottery shards, and spectacular painted desert landscapes. For those who sign up for a longer tour, we will show you petroglyphs, petrified wood, caves and cliff dwellings.

Duration:
3 hours
Season:
Year round (contact us a week prior to requested tour date)
Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderately challenging 4x4 adventure.
Pricing:
$120 per person for the 3 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $240 plus tax).
$156 per person for the 4 hour tour. Minimum of two participants (or $312 plus tax).
The Land Rover Discovery, or a similar off roading SUV, will be utilized for parties of 2 to 5. The Pinzgauer will accommodate groups of 6 or more.

RIO GRANDE ADVENTURE

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The Rio Grande, which flows from Colorado through New Mexico, Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico, has been an integral part of the southwest for hundreds of years. Ride the high desert trails of Caja del Rio in our Pinzgauer and walk to an overlook that provides stunning views of the river and White Rock Canyon. Located only 20 miles west of Santa Fe, our destination is off the beaten path and a great place to learn about the Rio Grande rift and New Mexico’s geologic history.

Duration:
3 hours (tour is offered from August 16 through February 28)
Level of difficulty:
Moderately challenging route
Pricing:
$102 per adult / $82 per child (12 years and under). Price does not include tax. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).

SAGEBRUSH FLATS – VOLCANIC FIELDS

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Take an exceptionally fun ride in our Pinzgauer to the west of Santa Fe and explore one of New Mexico’s many volcanic fields. The Caja del Rio Plateau, or Cerros del Rio, offers a rugged landscape, dotted by cinder cones and sparsely covered with piñon pines and juniper trees. The dirt roads that traverse the plateau are rarely utilized, offering explorers the opportunity to truly enjoy nature.

Duration:
3 hours
Level of difficulty:
Moderately challenging route
Pricing:
$102 per adult / $82 per child (12 years and under). Price does not include tax. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).

HISTORIC ROUTE 66

Take a ride along the Historic Route 66 and hike a portion of La Bajada Hill, with its switchbacks leading down to the town of La Bajada and Cochiti Pueblo. The high desert views are stunning along this historic and still unpaved trail that in earlier years served as the royal road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the famed Camino Real.

Duration:
3 hours
Level of difficulty:
Easy ride with optional short walk
Pricing:
$102 per adult / $82 per child (12 years and under). Price does not include tax. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).

TOR HILL AND THE BLOWHOLE

Another spectacular 4×4 adventure at the Caja del Rio plateau, this excursion takes you to Tor Hill with views of the Cerros del Rio volcanic fields, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Jemez Mountains. Take an optional walk to view the remnants of New Mexico’s volcanic history or simply enjoy the magnificent vistas.

Duration:
4 hours
Level of difficulty:
Moderately challenging route
Pricing:
$136 per adult / $109 per child (12 years and under). Price does not include tax. Minimum of two participants (or $272 plus tax).

NEW MEXICO SUNSET TOURS

Take a scenic dirt road from the village of Tesuque up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Drive through a forest of majestic ponderosa pines and beautiful aspens to a viewpoint near the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Enjoy the crisp air, ten thousand feet above sea level, and delight in one of New Mexico’s stunning sunsets.
We offer these sunset tours from mid-April through mid-November, weather permitting, departing from Santa Fe approximately 2 hours before sunset.

Duration:
3 hours
Level of difficulty:
Easy off road adventure
Pricing:
$102 per adult / $82 per child (12 years and under). Price does not include tax. Minimum of two participants (or $204 plus tax).
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