Optional breakfast at hotel.
Morning walking tour of Taos Pueblo with a Pueblo guide.
Head west over the Gorge Bridge to one of northern New Mexico’s most alluring oases—Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. We will take a vision quest on this pristine land then soak in the springs and rejuvenate in the brilliant New Mexico sunlight, the ultimate indulgence.
Traveling the open roads between Taos and Ojo reveals gorgeous vistas of the vast mountain-fringed desert. The distractions of the wired world disappear in the startling yet welcoming silence.
Any residual stress instantly falls away upon arriving at Ojo Caliente, one of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S. since 1868, whose healing waters have been held sacred by the native Pueblo people for millennia.
This secluded sanctuary, nestled in a cottonwood-dotted river valley, is the only hot springs in the world with four unique, sulfur-free mineral waters: iron, arsenic, soda and lithia. Sample fresh regional foods at the Artesian restaurant, enjoy a hot-stone massage at the full-service spa, and hike one of Ojo’s many scenic trails through Carson National Forest.
Lunch and dinner at Ojo Caliente. Overnight El Monte Sagrado.
Optional breakfast at hotel. Check-out.
Morning drive to the small village of Abiquiu, where the American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe lived from 1949 to just before her death in 1986 at age 98. The awe-inspiring Abiquiu landscape, with red and yellow cliffs and mesas, expansive vistas, and winding desert roads, is an O’Keeffe canvas come to life.
Driving through the land that O’Keeffe so loved recalls her urgent need to capture what she called “the unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big far beyond my understanding-to understand maybe
by trying to put it into form. To find the feeling of infinity on the horizon line or just over the next hill.” Reconnect with your creativity to create the outcomes you desire.
Visit storied Ghost Ranch, where O’Keeffe also had a home. This sprawling former Dude Ranch is now a Presbyterian Church-run conference and retreat center. Hike one of the many nature trails with stunning vistas of the desert landscape. In this serene sanctuary, still your mind, calm your heart, and refine your ability to be fully Present in every moment.
Lunch at Abiquiu Inn.
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out.
Free time to shop and visit Santa Fe’s world-class museums, including the Museum of American Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, featuring a host of Native American archeological, ethnographic, and fine arts objects, along with rare artifacts from excavated sites across New Mexico.
Nestled in the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the southern Rockies, Santa Fe is the oldest—and, at 7,000 feet, highest—U.S. capital city, founded by the Spanish in 1619. This stunning high-desert city has long attracted artists captivated by its natural beauty. Among the notables who flocked here were painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and John Sloan; photographer Ansel Adams; and novelist D.H. Lawrence.
“The moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine high up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend ... and the old world gave way to a new,” wrote Lawrence in 1931.
First inhabited by the Pueblo Indians centuries ago, Santa Fe boasts an ongoing cultural tradition as multi-faceted as its Native American, Spanish, and Anglo roots. Also known as The City Different, it ranks consistently as one of the top travel destinations in the U.S and claims the country’s third largest art market.
The intimate scale of Santa Fe—with its old winding streets, hidden courtyards, adobe-style architecture, and beautifully preserved historic landmarks—makes it ideal for exploring by foot.
Browse the shops surrounding the Plaza for Native American pottery and baskets, boldly colored Navajo blankets, Hopi kachina dolls, and Spanish colonial-inspired folk art called santos and bultos—painted and wood-carved representations of saints.
For a taste of New Mexico’s art history, visit the nearby New Mexico Museum of Art, a masterpiece of Pueblo Revival architecture, to admire a top-notch collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art, with an emphasis on artists working in the Southwest.
The light-infused New Mexican landscapes and portraits of Native Americans by early Santa Fe artists Gustave Baumann and Will Shuster, and Ernest Blumenschein and Victor Higgins, who settled in nearby Taos, are reminders of the art colonies that flourished in northern New Mexico in the early 1900s.
A must-see stop on the Santa Fe art circuit is the nearby Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, showcasing the iconic art of the early twentieth-century painter who immortalized the New Mexico landscape. In the summer of 1929, O’Keeffe made the first of many trips from New York City to northern New Mexico. The southwestern landscape and culture inspired a significant shift in her art as she experimented with new colors, forms, and compositions.
Visit with the Zuni people. Shops within the community sell Native American arts and crafts, including Zuni creations. Lunch at Zuni Pueblo.
Afternoon drive to Acoma Pueblo, south of Albuquerque. Perched on a 357-foot-tall mesa and called the Sky City, Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited city in North America.
Walking tour of Acoma with a Pueblo guide.
The pueblo's lofty, isolated location made it virtually impenetrable throughout the precontact period, which allowed the village and its people to flourish and develop distinct cultural traditions, many of which the Acoma community still honors today.
On the drive to Albuquerque airport, take in the Turquoise Trail, stopping along the way to see the historic mining villages of Madrid and Cerrillos, now home to eclectic shops, galleries, and artist's studios.
There is nothing quite like the Land of Enchantment!
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