Explore New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, on this action-filled private family adventure - packed with history, culture, and fun. You'll visit Bandelier National Monument, where petroglyphs, ancient dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the native people whose descendants still live in the surrounding communities. Camp on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge with amazing views of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the river 1,000 feet below. Uncover adventure in Taos Ski Valley and raft the mighty Rio Grande.

Due to the short length of this Family Adventure, a date night is not included.

  • Explore ancient native ruins, desert landscapes and wildlife by land and by river

  • Visit the historic Taos Pueblo and discover Bandelier and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments

  • Hike up to Williams Lake and challenge yourself on New Mexico's only via ferrata

  • Arrive: Albuquerque, New Mexico or Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Depart: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Group Size: 6-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 9 Years Old


  • Day01

    Welcome to New Mexico

    Fly into Santa Fe or Albuquerque at any time today and take a shuttle ride to the hotel in Santa Fe. For those who prefer extra assistance, we have scheduled one group transfer from Albuquerque International Sunport (airport) at 3pm. Santa Fe is the oldest and highest capital in the United States and recently celebrated its 400th anniversary. Its unique architectural style incorporates both indigenous and colonial influences. Tonight, meet for a trip orientation and walk to your welcome dinner in historic downtown Santa Fe.

  • Day02

    Explore Bandelier National Monument & Camp by Rio Grande Gorge

    Enjoy a picturesque drive up into the mountains that encircle the Jemez Caldera on the way to Bandelier National Monument. Hike to a beautiful waterfall and overlook into Whiterock Canyon, then take time to explore the many archeological sites on the main loop trail and climb ladders to explore the ancient dwellings. After a trailside lunch, we'll drive into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, briefly stopping along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge, the fifth tallest bridge in the U.S., where big horn sheep climb below.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - Wild Rivers
    • Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Kayak the La Junta Section of the Rio Grande

    After breakfast, break camp and hike to the river, where your guides will give a detailed safety briefing and orientation for today's kayaking adventure. Our starting point, La Junta, marks the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande and offers a rare scenic float through one of the most pristine and less-traveled sections of the National Monument. Paddle through thrilling Class II and III rapids, stopping for a picnic lunch along a beach. Once through the canyon, drive out of the Gorge, up to Taos Ski Valley (9,500'), home for the next two nights.

    • Accommodation: The Blake
    • Activity: 6 hours/1 mile hiking with 800' elevation loss and 7 miles inflatable kayaking
    • Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike to Williams Lake & Traverse Taos' Via Ferrata

    Wake to a cool morning in the mountains. After breakfast, shuttle 10 minutes to the trailhead, then hike gently uphill past fascinating fields of glacial scree to a beautiful alpine lake in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Upon returning, enjoy a picnic lunch and then challenge yourself to New Mexico's only via ferrata, a rock-traversing trail using steel cables to support your exploration. End the day at the Blake, with time to wander into the village, enjoy a margarita, or sneak in a spa treatment before dinner.

    • Accommodation: The Blake
    • Activity: 5 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 950' elevation gain and loss, including the via ferrata
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Visit Taos Pueblo & Raft the Rio Grande

    This morning, visit the town of Taos and tour the Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site, an adobe settlement that has been continuously inhabited by the native Tiwa people for a thousand years. As a sovereign nation within the United States, Taos Pueblo is focused on preserving their ancient traditions, culture, and language. This afternoon, experienced guides challenge you through Class III rapids on the mighty Rio Grande, with rapids names like "The Maze," "Albert's Falls" and "Thunder Dome." Travel back to Santa Fe for our final night celebration.

    • Accommodation: The Inn of the Governors
    • Activity: 2.5 hours/6 miles rafting Class III rapids
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer morning / 1-hour private van transfer afternoon
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Explore Historic Santa Fe & Depart

    After breakfast, explore downtown Santa Fe on your own before your flight home or onto your next adventure. We highly recommend visiting the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the New Mexico History Museum, both of which offer a wonderful recap of your time here.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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    Why take this trip with us?

    Reason #01

    This exciting New Mexico adventure is perfect for families with kids aged 9 years and up.

    Reason #02

    Our expert MT Sobek guides are attuned to the needs of family adventurers who want to maximize their time.

    Reason #03

    We expertly blend active adventure with historical and cultural immersion — it's way better than summer camp!

    Meet Our Guides

    Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

    What To Expect

    • Activities

      Moderate hiking on mountain trails covering up to 3.5 miles per day at a maximum elevation of 11,040', plus Class III rafting and via ferrata.

    • Lodging

      Historic southwestern hotels and a stunning camping spot right on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge.

    • Climate

      A mild, arid climate characterized by light precipitation, sunshine, and low humidity. Average summer temperatures range from the high 70°Fs at high elevations to slightly above 90°F at lower elevations.


    • Who will meet me on arrival?

      You can fly into Santa Fe or Albuquerque at any time today and take a shuttle ride to the hotel in Santa Fe. For those who prefer extra assistance, your MT Sobek guide will meet you at the Albuquerque International Sunport (airport) at 3pm on Day-1 for our one scheduled group transfer.

    • What kind of camping equipment is provided on this trip?

      Included in our camp are three-person for every two same household people, or 4 person tents for families wishing to stay together plus comfortable Paco Pads (sleeping pads) and fresh sleeping bags.

    • What kind of kayaks do we use on the Rio Grande on Day-3?

      We will use single and tandem inflatable kayaks. Younger kids can be in tandems with guides or parents, depending on their size.

    • What kind of boats do we use on the Rio Grande on Day-5?

      We will use 6-person paddle boats, and all adults and desiring children will paddle.

    • Should I be concerned about creepy crawlers in the desert?

      While there are critters to be cautious of, such as rattlesnakes, they are rarely seen in campgrounds as they wish to be left alone and avoid human interaction. If spotted, maintaining a safe distance is always the best course of action.

    • What makes this trip great for families?

      Our trips for ages 9 and up are active, but not strenuous, with shorter days of activity than our normal MT Sobek trips. We include child-friendly meal options, one night wherein adults can be on their own, as well as fun activities to do together!

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      Additional Cost

      • $750.00 Single Supplement

      Price Includes

      • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
      • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
      • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
      • Potable water and snacks throughout
      • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
      • Age-appropriate welcome gifts for minors
      • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
      • All necessary kayaking and paddle boat gear
      • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
      • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

      Price Does Not Include

      • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
      • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
      • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
      • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
      • Optional travel protection
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