Immerse yourself in the regional culture, landscape and history of northern New Mexico as our expert guides lead you on signature excursions that will take you high into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, across the red rocks of Abiquiu and into Santa Fe’s world-class art galleries.
- Daily One-Hour Hike
Meet us in the Adventure Center for a complimentary, guided hike along the Camino Encantado Trail, where you’ll hear the history of Rancho Encantado and the surrounding landscape.
- Mountain Bikes
Hop aboard our state-of-the-art Orbea mountain bikes for a private, guided tour tailored to your level of ability and interests, from thrilling downhill rides through aspen and alpine forests to more mellow, meandering trails.
- Hot-Air Ballooning
Soar high above the Land of Enchantment at sunrise in a private hot-air balloon flight. Each tour is tailored to your time commitment and interests.
- Horseback Riding
Ride through breathtaking countryside on full- or partial-day trips, suitable for beginner or experienced riders.
Play a round amid dramatic, sandstone ridges at Black Mesa Golf Course in Mesilla or at the top-rated Paa’ko Ridge, home to fantastic high-desert views, native vegetation and arroyos.
- Fly Fishings
Whether you're an experienced angler or have never heard of a tippet, we'll send you out with a highly experienced guide.
- Whitewater Rafting
Ride the world-famous rapids of the Rio Grande. Known as the Racecourse, this 4-mile (6.4-kilometre) series of Class II and III rapids is the most popular in New Mexico and promises an exhilarating ride.
- Jeep Tours
A beautiful and rugged Jeep ride through the alpine Santa Fe back country offering grand vistas and a scenic environment.
- Amazing Stargazing
Santa Fe’s clear skies and serene evenings make it an ideal stargazing destination. Capture up-close images of the moon, planets, star clusters and galaxies through a high-tech telescope.
- Expert Guides
- Private Tours
- Orbea and Santa Cruz state-of-the-art mountain bikes
- Jeep Tours
- Ski Rental Concierge
- Gourmet Boxed Lunches
High Mountain Ramble
Start your adventure with a scenic drive into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, up to 10,350 feet (3,155 metres). From the Santa Fe Ski Basin, our guide will lead you on a moderate hike along mountain streams and verdant meadows to views of distant peaks. Ambitious hikers can climb above the tree line and visit crystal-clear mountain lakes. (Half-Day and Full-Day)
Rio en Medio
Just a short, 10-minute drive to the trailhead, this moderate hike meanders through a lush mountain canyon, home to a variety of vegetation – oak trees, chokecherries, wild hops, prickly-pear cactus, cholla cactus, rose bushes, ponderosa pines and even towering Douglas fir trees – and culminating at a pool-and-water cascade. (Three-Hour and Half-Day)
The “Valley of Shining Stone” offers hikers a variety of hidden canyons and vistas, each filled with history, geology, ethereal rock formations and quiet wonder. Spend a day with our knowledgeable guides who will transport you to the gems of this area, which have inspired artists, adventurers and dreamers since the 1900s. (Half-Day and Full-Day)
HISTORICAL & CULTURAL EXCURSIONS
Santa Fe City Tour
Soak up the vibrant mix of cultures that abound in the nation’s oldest and highest capital city, at 7,000 feet (2,134 metres) above sea level. With an itinerary tailored to your interests, your private guide will show you the historical neighbourhoods, buildings, architecture, churches, folklore, galleries, museums and shops of this great American Southwest crossroads. (Three-Hour and Half-Day)
Native American Cultural Tours
Experience a private, guided tour of nearby Bandelier National Monument with historical exhibits and ancient cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Native Americans. A tour of the less-travelled areas follows ancient footpaths and kiva ladders into 800-year-old cliff dwellings with remarkable petroglyphs. Modern-day Pueblo life also can be explored with our knowledgeable guides. (Three-Hour to Full-Day)
The Abiquiu (Valley of Shining Stone) area has inspired artists and adventurers for more than a century, offering a window into New Mexico’s past and present, influenced by Native American and Spanish cultures and traditions. Marvel at red-rock mesas, surreal formations at Plaza Blanca, the hidden Copper Canyon and, towering above it all, Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved Cerro Pedernal. (Half-Day and Full-Day)
High-Road Cultural Pilgrimage
Take a private guided excursion along the back roads of northern New Mexico, once the northernmost territory of the Spanish Kingdom. Visit traditional villages and sacred holy places such as the Santuario de Chimayo, stopping along the way to meet local artists, historians and gallery owners. (Half-Day and Full-Day)
Join us on a magical tour to Taos where art, nature and history meet. Visit Rancho de Taos, St Francis de Assisi Church, the home of Kit Carson and Hacienda de Los Martinez, and the World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo. Walk the Plaza and explore art museums featuring works by Ernest L. Blumenschein, Nicolai Fechin, Millicent Rogers and R.C. Gorman. Then soak up the natural beauty during a scenic return drive via the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and along the Rio Grande Valley. (Full-Day)
A variety of explorations abound at this magical property made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her expressive depictions of the classic, Colorado Plateau red-rock geology, including hiking, museums, archaeology, paleontology and horseback riding. (Half- and Full-Day Tours)
Custom Cultural Tours
Our custom tours offer a look at northern New Mexico’s little-known hidden gems. Explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic retreat, Ghost Ranch, or a sensitive, fiercely protected, unexcavated Tewa Village (access is seasonal and by permit only). Please contact the Adventure Center or the Four Seasons Experience Assistants Desk for more details and availability.
Wine & Culture of New Mexico
Follow the fascinating migration of winemaking through northern New Mexico with your knowledgeable guide, tasting fine local wines along the way. Each winery and tasting room have their unique flavour and charm. The tour is tailored specifically for you, stopping at quaint and friendly tasting rooms and historic cultural attractions. (Three-hour, four-hour or half-day tours available)
Bonanza Creek Movie Set Tour
Bonanza Creek is a 14,000-acre working cattle ranch and movie set – our expert private guide will lead you on an excursion to this renowned site to experience the movie magic. Visit a famed movie set, discover behind-the-scenes secrets and film-making techniques, learn about the history of Santa Fe and the fabled Santa Fe Trail, and uncover the stories and characters that made the Wild West and the Southwest so famous. (Four hours)
Santa Fe City E-Bike Tour
Experience “The City Different” on two wheels with a private guided e-bike tour. Begin your journey with a scenic overlook of the city before gliding down hillside streets to discover Santa Fe. Ride past storied monuments, with stops along the way to learn about the historic plaza and Eastside, and explore popular spots in newly redeveloped neighborhoods like The Railyard district. (Three hours)
La Tierra Trails
This trail system boasts 25 miles (40 kilometres) of single track, ranging from technical switchbacks to easy-flowing rides and all offering beautiful views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The hilly, cross-country aspect of these trails gives the rider a healthy workout in a picturesque environment. (Three Hours)
Pachecho Canyon Descent
Embark on an exhilarating, easy to moderate, downhill ride from the Santa Fe Ski Basin at 10,350 feet (3,155 metres) through a canyon full of pine, aspen groves, mountain streams, meadows and wild flowers. The descent ends in a piñon- and juniper-dotted landscape, just a few pedal strokes from Rancho Encantado. This is one of our most popular family rides. (Three Hours)
Galisteo Basin Trails
Explore the newest single-track trails in the Santa Fe area. This basin contains 20 miles (32 kilometres) of trails perfect for moderate riders looking to elevate their heart rates. Vibrant yellow- and red-rock formations make up the colour scheme with the nearby Ortiz and Sandia mountains as a backdrop. (Three Hours)
Skiing and Snowboarding
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, our Resort is a short distance from the exhilarating slopes and pristine powder of Ski Santa Fe.
Explore snow-covered forest trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or venture up high into the Santa Fe Ski Basin.
Meet The Team
Hans LoehrAdventure Architect
Hans uses his first-hand knowledge of the guiding program to customize each adventure. He can often be found researching new experiences, visiting with local tourism partners, and forging bonds with the local artisans who share their stories with Four Seasons guests.
“My passion is sharing this magical destination with guests who are visiting for the first time. There is no better reward than watching someone experience the stories, culture and physical beauty of northern New Mexico through our curated adventure programs, and then begin planning their return trip!”