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FAQs & policies


  1. 1. High Altitude

    Santa Fe is situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,133 meters), with many of our hikes starting at higher elevations. We recommend that visitors acclimatize: allow yourself a day or two to get used to the altitude and keep yourself properly hydrated, drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco.

    Not everyone will feel the effects of the high altitudes but some visitors will experience nausea or lightheadedness, and headaches. Know yourself, give your body time to adjust, and never over exert yourself.

  2. 2. Weather

    Santa Fe is known for its abundant sunshine and low humidity. We proudly claim to average more than 300 days of sunshine per year. In the summer months, daytime temperatures range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) to a high of 86°F (30°C). Be aware that, even on days when the temperatures are in the 70s, the sun can be brutal. Wear a hat and sunscreen, bring your sunglasses, and drink plenty of fluids. Summer nights are cool in the high country and temperatures can sometimes drop to the low 50s (10°C); bring a light jacket or sweater in case it’s needed.

    In the winter, temperatures range from a low of 14°F (-10°C) to a high of 40°F (4°C). The winter of 2008 saw heavier snowfall than usual, particularly up in the Santa Fe Ski Basin, but the city itself has an average of 32 inches of snow each year.

  3. 3. Clothing/Outdoors Gear

    It’s much more enjoyable being outdoors if you have the appropriate gear so here are some items we recommend you have:

    • Comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking boots or trail shoes with good traction, and appropriate socks. River shoes, such as Chacos or Tevas, for rafting and fishing.
    • Lightweight t-shirts – it’s best to bring non-cotton layers
    • Sweatshirt or jacket for early morning and evening hikes
    • Rain gear for the July and August thunderstorms
    • Sunscreen/sunblock and lip balm
    • Hat or baseball cap


    In the winter, please also pack several warm layers (synthetics, wool and fleece work best), warm non-cotton socks, a water-resistant outer layer, and a warm hat and gloves in addition to the above.

  4. 4. Basic Rules

    • Children and minors under the age of 18 will require adult supervision.
    • Dogs under 100 pounds can accompany clients – limit of 2 per outing. No other pets are allowed.
  5. 5. Release Waiver

    All guests must review and sign a release waiver prior to their participation in the program.


Our rates are based on the number of hours you’re out with us as well as the number of participants in the group. Pricing can be found alongside our featured hikes/offerings. Published rates do not include New Mexico’s Gross Receipts Tax nor do they include gratuities for our guides.

Here’s what we do include. Santa Fe Mountain Adventures will provide bottled water, snacks (fruit and granola bars), as well as the use of our fanny packs, rain gear and walking sticks. Entrance fees are also included with the exception of special requests (such as a visit to the O’Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiu). Additionally, we will provide a light lunch for our 6-hour excursions and a boxed lunch for our 8 plus hour adventures. Lunch, if requested, at a restaurant will be at the client’s own expense.

We will pick up from most places of lodging within the greater Santa Fe area at no additional cost.


Payment for all of our adventures is to be made in full at the time of booking. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

If you need to cancel your Santa Fe Mountain Adventures excursion for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible.

For leisure guests, a full refund provided if you cancel 48 hours before the scheduled outing. Fifty percent (50%) refund provided for cancellations made 24 to 48 hours before scheduled outing. No refund will be provided if cancellations are made less than 24 hours before an outing or if there is a No Show.

Group programs usually have a one-month or longer cancellation period.

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures reserves the right to cancel a guided adventure at any time due to inclement weather conditions or other safety reasons. In the event we cancel, we will provide you with a full refund.

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