Taos, Santa Fe & Great Sand Dunes National Park
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, transfers, leaders, spa entry, trail maps and narratives. Note: rooms at Ojo Caliente Resort have no in room showers. Upgrade to ensuite room available.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Albuquerque and tour locations.
Not included: Airline service to Albuquerque; Guide Gratuity.
Spa time at Ojo Caliente
Hotel 8:00 am
“Great people to travel with. Loved the Rio Grande hike and finding a waterfall near Williams Lake.” Monica S.
Of the many magnificent landscapes that we embrace as a part of our hiking tours, perhaps none is more startling than that offered by Great Sand Dunes National Park. Nestled against the grand backdrop of Southern Colorado’s rugged Sangre De Cristo Mountains, the dunes are the centerpiece in the surreal setting that defines the magnificence of the Rocky Mountain West. Distantly removed from any ocean or desert, the dunes present an incongruous contrast with the snowclad peaks that hover above. Created by the persistent winds that blow across the San Luis Valley, the dunes soar to an elevation of 750 feet and are the tallest dunes in North America.
We combine this unique national park with several other fascinating regions in the area. Culturally, Taos is the center of the modern Puebloan people, and geologically it is a meeting of mountain and plateau. We experience both with a hike on the edge of the desert southwest and a chance to explore the local pueblo. Next we enter the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument where we hike into the massive Rio Grande Rift at the confluence with the Red River. The rift is a sign of our earth’s plate tectonics in action, and the resulting canyon is like a mini Grand. And we top the tour off at the natural hot springs of Ojo Caliente with a desert walk on their property and a luxurious soak in the healing waters, before a last lunch in the artsy town of Santa Fe.
|Day 1||Van shuttle to Taos, hike Devisadero Loop, overnight at El Pueblo Lodge, Taos||5|
|Day 2||Hike Williams Lake from Taos Ski Area, time to explore Taos, overnight at El Pueblo Lodge, Taos||6|
|Day 3||Hike to confluence of Rio Grande and Red Rivers in the Rio Grande Gorge Recreation Area; Shuttle to Great Sand Dunes Lodge||6|
|Day 4||Hike to Mosca Pass; overnight at Great Sand Dunes Lodge||7|
|Day 5||Morning on the Sand Dunes, Drive to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, free time at spa; overnight at Ojo Caliente||5|
|Day 6||Hike Ojo Caliente in the morning; drive to Sante Fe, have lunch, afternoon to explore and shop, van shuttle return to Albuquerque||6|