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Horseriding and Ranch Vacation USA

Enchantment Equitreks is the destination for adventurous equestrians who are looking for more than a nose-to-tail operation. Each day is a new adventure as you ride four to five hours exploring desert canyons, wading through river beds, climbing towering mountains, tracing the steps of cowboys, and looking out for ancient pottery shards. You will visit historical Santa Fe, where the Spanish conquistadors once rode through and Native Americans now sell their beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry. They want to show you the rich landscape, southwest culture, and unique cuisine that makes New Mexico unforgettable!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 200 pounds / 90.7 kilograms, but can be waived for a tall athletic man
  • Horse height range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack type: Western or Australian tack
  • Horse breed: Quarter horse, thoroughbred, grade

Meet the instructors

Justyn
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Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Ride through the painted desert and alpine forests
  • Splash through the Rio Grande river
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: 1-5 participants
Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Your lodgings will be at quaint AirBNB just a short walk from the ranch house. The two-story house is nestled on a juniper and pine tree ridge overlooking the valley below. Decorated in a rustic and eclectic southwest style, it offers three bedrooms, two and a quarter baths, a shared kitchen, and a common room. Free WiFi and access to laundry service. The area is landscaped for relaxation. Wooded paths lead to reading nooks, hammocks for naps, meditation alcoves, and quiet spaces for yoga.

The hot tub is available year-round, and the pool is open during the summer. The property is teeming with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes just ripe for the picking. Bicycles are available for further exploration. The area is conveniently located close to golf courses, hiking and mountain biking trails, ski areas, and the river.

Environmentally conscious

  • Composting toilets
  • Greywater systems
  • Solar

Landscaped for relaxation

  • Wooded paths lead to reading nooks
  • Hammocks for naps
  • Quiet spaces for yoga
  • Mountain bikes available
  • Hot tub and pool available

Program

Enjoy a three-hour adventure in the mountains and a relaxing picnic under the pines. Day rides can be extended to a four-hour ride. Unlike many outfitters who ride in the same area, Enchantment Equitreks takes advantage of New Mexico's diverse landscapes and terrain by trailering out to a new trail each day. They load horses, tack, picnic, and clients and drive 20 to 45 minutes to the riding destination. Some days, you will be galloping through the sandy arroyos of a painted desert. The next day, you will scale alpine forests and Enchantment Equitreks loves to splash through the waters of the Rio Grande river.

A typical riding day is two hours of riding, a picnic lunch break, and two hours of riding. Time in the saddle depends on weather and terrain. You do not camp out in these places but return back to the ranch where a hot shower, a hearty meal, and a soft bed await. Safety is their number one priority. They are not a nose-to-tail dude ranch but an equine adventure business. All horses have been trained in trail riding skills and manners. However, they do have a mind of their own. To thoroughly enjoy your stay, they require that your riding ability is at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of your rides.

They ask all riders to be comfortable at a walk, posting trot, and strong canter on the trail within a group, as well as mount or dismount the horse unassisted. Riders do need to be physically fit enough to be in the saddle three to four hours a day. If you do not feel that you meet this criterion, but are still interested, they strongly suggest riding lessons. This will help you to be more confident and comfortable in the saddle. They will give riding tips and suggestions on the trail to keep you safe, however, they do not give riding lessons.

Riding for a cause

While they are dedicated to providing you with an amazing experience, they are also committed to healing their horse community. All of their ranch horses are originally from a rescue and have been expertly re-trained as experienced trail horses. They continue their work with the rescues through their foster program.

Instructors

Justyn Vogel

Location

This holiday will take place at Enchantment Equitreks, New Mexico, USA. This small ranch is nestled in the pines at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains. New Mexico offers varied landscapes including deserts, mountains, and rivers. It is rich with cowboy culture, Spanish influence, Native American traditions, and outstanding cuisine.

Distances

  • Albuquerque - 40 minutes
  • Santa Fe - 1 hour

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

All meals are included in the price. New Mexican cuisine is wholly unique, rich with local ingredients, slow-cooked meats, and spiced with roasted green and red chili. The meals not only showcase this local flavor, but the ingredients are plucked straight from Enchantment Equitreks' gardens, local farms, and ranches.

Each morning, you will be greeted with a European-style breakfast set out in the guesthouse or patio. Lunches will often be picnics during the day's ride. The evenings will be filled with sit-down, family-style dinners, relaxing next to a fire, and gazing out at the stars. They are able to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can book optional yoga classes and off-ranch excursions with MST Adventures such as stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, biking, and hiking.

Yoga a la carte

  • Long session - one hour 15 minutes: 45 USD
  • Short session - 45 minutes: 25 USD
  • One long and one short sessions - 60 USD

What's included

  • 5 days of horse riding activities
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and water on trails
  • Transfers to and from Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
  • Equestrian equipment (helmet, chaps, gloves)
  • Use of basic toiletries, towels, and hairdryer
  • Access to the hot tub, pool, and laundry
  • Yoga equipment (mat, blocks, blankets, bolsters)
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Tax

What's not included

  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Enchantment Equitreks will meet you at baggage claim at a predetermined time with a sign that has your name on it.

Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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