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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 for 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. Visit historical Santa Fe where the Spanish Conquistadors once rode through and where Native Americans now sell their beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry. Enchantment Equitreks wants to show you the rich landscape, southwest culture, and unique cuisine that makes New Mexico unforgettable!

Meet the instructors

Justyn
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Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • 1 day touring in Santa Fe
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Experience ranch lodging
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 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 lodging will be at a 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 bath, a shared kitchen and a common room. There will be free Wi-Fi and access to laundry service.

Environmentally conscious

  • Composting toilets
  • Greywater systems
  • Solar

Landscaped for relaxation

  • Hammocks for naps
  • Quiet spaces for yoga
  • Mountain bikes available
  • Hot tub and pool available

Program

Riding for a cause

While Enchantment Equitreks is dedicated to providing you with an amazing experience, they are also committed to healing their horse community. All of the 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.

Horse riding

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, and picnic with clients, and drive 20-45 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 awaits.

Horse riding requirements

Safety is the number one priority. Enchantment Equitreks is not a nose-to-tail dude ranch but an equine adventure business. All of the 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 be at an intermediate level due to the terrain and lengths of the 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/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 criteria, 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 trail to keep you safe, however, they do not give riding lessons.

Included excursions

  • A day in Santa Fe

You will join your hosts on a trip up to iconic Santa Fe where you can visit local artisans, museums, shops, and the famous Cowgirls Restaurant.

  • Visit to a local horse rescue

Instructors

Justyn Vogel

Location

This program 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's rich with cowboy culture, Spanish influence, Native American traditions, and outstanding cuisine.

Distances

  • Albuquerque - 40 minutes
  • Santa Fe - 1 hour

Food

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
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

Book your next outdoor excursion with Enchantment Equitreks' partners at MST Adventures. With 360 days of sunshine, New Mexico is the perfect place to explore the outdoors. Whether you would like to add an excursion to your visit or look for an adventure for a non-riding partner, mountain, stream, and trail adventures offer biking, hiking, SUP, kayaking, and snowshoeing.

Enchantmen Equitreks can coordinate a morning ride along the banks of the Rio Grande and an afternoon kayak or SUP in rivers red waters. Non-riding partners can also paddle along the river, watching you ride along its banks and meeting for a picnic lunch.

What's included

  • 4 days of riding activities
  • 1 day in Santa Fe
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Snacks and water on the trail
  • Equestrian equipment (helmets, chaps, gloves)
  • Use of basic toiletries (towels, grooming products, hairdryer)
  • Access to the hot tub, pool, and laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Airport transfers
  • Tax

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 15% 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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Trip information

Specialty rides are also available. Please send an inquiry for more information.

  • April Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
  • May Wine Festival
  • June Rodeo De Santa Fe
  • July Spanish Market
  • August Indian Market
  • September New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo
  • October Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

Wednesday April 27, 2022
(7 days / 6 nights)

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