Explore New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, on this action-filled family journey - packed with history, culture, and active adventure. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This exciting New Mexico adventure is perfect for families with kids aged 9 years and up.
Our expert MT Sobek guides are attuned to the needs of family adventurers who want to maximize their time.
We expertly blend active adventure with historical and cultural immersion — it's way better than summer camp!
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.
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.
Historic southwestern hotels and a stunning camping spot right on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge.
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.
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.
Included in our camp are three-person for every two people, or 4 person tents for families wishing to stay together plus comfortable Paco Pads (sleeping pads) and fresh sleeping bags.
We will use single and tandem inflatable kayaks. Younger kids can be in tandems with guides or parents, depending on their size.
We will use 6-person paddle boats, and all adults and desiring children will paddle.
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.
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!
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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