Santa Fe is known for its year-round enjoyable weather with over 300 days of sunshine each year. The abundance of nature and gorgeous scenery make Santa Fe the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates the natural world or wants to get some fresh air. Regardless of the season, there are many outdoor activities for people of all skill levels to experience. Here are 3 top outdoor Santa Fe adventures, all of which you can do while lodging at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear.
#1 – Hiking in Santa Fe
Whether you are looking for a short leisurely stroll or a challenging day-long climb, there is a path for you in Santa Fe. You won’t have to travel far to find one of the numerous hiking trails available in Santa Fe River Park, Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe National Forest, or many other locations near the city. Each hike provides its own uniquely spectacular views, whether that be the scenic aspen trees at Aspen Vista or the breathtaking vistas of La Tierra Trails Loop. Many routes, such as those in Hyde Park, also have several locations to stop for and enjoy our deluxe picnic basket. Request our exclusive hiking guides for more details on each of these trails, including difficulty level, length, and directions. We also offer a Trekking Package that supplies you with all of the essentials for a hike in Santa Fe.
#2 – Horseback Riding Around Santa Fe
If you are looking for a little more adventure during your trip, try horseback riding around Santa Fe, a tradition here in the Southwest. For a truly personalized saddleback experience, go for a ride with Vision Quest Western Horseback Riding. They will customize your ride according to your skill level, desired duration, and time of day, such as a sunset ride option. All rides are completely private with your tour guide, Joaquin, a professional horseman and stuntman/actor (he can be seen in major productions such as Cowboys and Aliens and The Lone Ranger). Unlike other companies that might ride on crowded public trails, Vision Quest takes you throughout their ranch with stunning landscapes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Previous riders have said they appreciated the rich knowledge that Joaquin shared about the history of the region and his Native American heritage.
#3 – Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Santa Fe
If you thought Santa Fe’s scenery was stunning from ground level (or on horseback), you should see it from the sky! Hot air balloon rides over Santa Fe are another one of the unforgettable outdoor experiences available here from May to October. For an exhilarating yet peaceful morning, jump in the basket with Johnny Lewis, a pilot for 30 years, at his five-star rated Santa Fe Balloons Company. Hot air balloon flights, lasting about an hour, will begin early in the morning for beautiful sunrise views and cool temperatures. He will take you over Las Barrancas (The Ravines), where you will have a bird’s eye view of the canyons and desert land. They take care of all transportation accommodations and even include Champagne and a light brunch following the flight. Previous customers have said the experience was memorable and practically indescribable.
Top-Rated Bed & Breakfast in Santa Fe
Book your stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, a top-rated bed and breakfast in Santa Fe. First, you’ll enjoy a gourmet, multi-course breakfast before heading out each morning. Then, after a day enjoying these 3 top outdoor Santa Fe adventures, you’ll return to relax in your comfortable guest room or suite with thoughtful amenities. If you’re looking for an even more special experience, check out our Ansel Adams Suite, named after the famous photographer who frequently stayed at our villa. This suite offers a comfortable, private two-bedroom home that overlooks the Old Santa Fe Trail. Featuring a private entrance, shaded courtyard, and kiva fireplace, you will have everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. We hope to see you soon!
Updated March 2023