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Our Mission and Team

Our mission is to enrich the lives of our guests by providing an adventurous, educational and rejuvenating Santa Fe vacation experience. Santa Fe Mountain Adventures was launched to enhance the experience of group and leisure travelers who visit the Santa Fe area while also attracting new adventure travelers to northern New Mexico.

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures is managed by experienced staff, adventure leaders and an advisory board of tourism, destination management, hospitality, experiential education, personal development and marketing experts. The Santa Fe Mountain Adventures program is developed in partnership with Outside, America's leading active lifestyle magazine. Outside, which is headquartered in Santa Fe and has a strong connection to northern New Mexico, shares our vision for adventurous travel that fuels a healthy lifestyle.

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Owen Perillo - Chief Adventure Officer
Owen is the founding owner of Santa Fe Mountain Adventures LLC. He is a graduate of Cornell University and was a former Leadership Partner at Accenture, a publicly held consulting and outsourcing company. At Accenture, Owen led a global advanced technologies group, serving clients that included several start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies in the travel services, transportation and consumer products industries. His strong project management skills help ensure the success of large, complex programs at SFMA.

He retired early from Accenture, in 2002, to spend more time with his family and to pursue a second career aligned with his passions of outdoor adventure, destination management, health and fitness. Since then, Owen has studied Exercise Physiology and Outdoor Education, and is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Health Fitness Instructor. Owen is also certified in Wilderness First Aid. His hobbies include hiking, running, biking, skiing, triathlons and travel. He has climbed many fourteeners in Colorado,summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and trekked to Macchu Pichu in 2012.

Owen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Mountain Center, a non-profit organization that uses experiential adventure programs to promote personal discovery and social change for at-risk youth, families and groups.

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Kerry Helke - Adventure Director
Kerry joined Santa Fe Mountain Adventures in 2011 and was promoted to Adventure Director in 2012. Kerry enjoys working with our clients to create unique and fun programs that show-off the amazing city and surrounding areas of Santa Fe.

Prior to coming to Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, Kerry worked as an event planner for over twelve years and has had the great fortune to organize many amazing events involving Fortune 500 companies, celebrities and cool venues. She has planned everything from Galas to Golf Tournaments to Grand Opening Ceremonies. Since moving to Santa Fe ten years ago, Kerry has also immersed herself into fitness and the outdoors, becoming a certified Fitness Trainer, Red Cross Instructor and Outdoor Recreation Instructor. Kerry is very involved in the Trails Alliance of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society. She works hard to promote and gain new trail access as well as volunteering throughout the year on trail maintenance.

Kerry lives in Santa Fe with her husband, her baby son and her two shelter dogs. She loves to be active and enjoys being outdoors year-round hiking, running, cycling, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing or snowshoeing.


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Pat Peterman - Destination Services Coordinator

Pat became a part of the Santa Fe Mountain Adventures team in 2013 as a guide and enjoyed it so much she started working in the office as the Destination Services Coordinator.

Managing projects and people comes naturally to Pat. For years, she's found herself in the role of organizer in both corporate and non-profit environments and working in the media. Pat has orchestrated and executed everything from client cocktail parties, to concerts, to nightly news programs. Now she plans fun. When you combine Pat's event planning experience, communication skills, and enthusiasm for anything outdoors, you get the perfect fit for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures.

Travel is Pat's passion. She has explored the U. S. and wandered to every corner of New Mexico. Pat and husband Tom have been all over the world, including an extended stay in Israel. She recently organized and led a group of adults and students on a tour to India.

Pat and her husband live in Albuquerque and occasionally allow their three nearly grown children into their almost empty nest. You can find her camping, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, cycling, canoeing or kayaking when she's not busy planning exciting events for SFMA guests. Pat still enjoys her role as host and guide. She finds meeting diverse groups of people stimulating and providing them with new experiences rewarding.

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Mark Fene - Guide Extraordinaire

Mark Fene is in his third year with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. He especially enjoys team building while weaving in Santa Fe's deep cultural heritage, history, and amazing natural landscape.

Mark holds a degree in forestry with majors in forest management and wildlife biology. He has worked with the US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and as a National Park Ranger in many places including Yellowstone, Redwoods, Mt. Ranier, Denali in Alaska, and in Hawaii. Mark also has a deep interest in Native American culture, past and present, having traveled and explored ancient sites throughout North, Central, and South America. Beyond all his travels and adventures, Mark considers the Southwest home and loves to share his passion for history, culture, the arts, and nature.


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Tom Gallegos - Guide Extraordinaire

Tom is one of our master guides who provides cultural and educational tours throughout northern New Mexico. He helps visitors experience our native Pueblos, Spanish villages, beautiful outdoors, destinations, and unique cuisine. Tom leads tours for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and is awaiting publication of his first novel, "Secrets to Tell" on the early years of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. Tom is a native of Taos and currently lives in Santa Fe. He has been guiding for seven years.


In addition to the core team above, we have 15 additional part-time guides, facilitators and hosts.

Adventure Partners

Astronomy Adventures
Do you remember a time when the skies were darker, the stars brighter and the wonder and awe of the night sky was enough to captivate the imagination? Astronomy Adventures does. And New Mexico still has skies that are clear and dark enough to explore the many fascinating jewels of the night. Astronomy Adventures, offering entertaining and educational night sky tours, serves the curious traveler seeking to find experiences that go far beyond the ordinary. Telescopes and binoculars provided.

Bishop's Lodge Stables
Bishop's Lodge Stables offers scenic guided trail rides through the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They provide a "dude ranch"- like atmosphere and western-style rides with friendly wranglers and gentle horses on trails with inspiring vistas. An orientation prior to the ride is provided by knowledgeable wranglers and instruction is given on the trail.

Mellow Velo
Mellow Velo has mountain bikes, road bikes, city cruisers and kids' bikes! Take a relaxing city ride through the historic district and shop or sightsee. Trail riding today? Mellow Velo is only a short bicycle ride to miles of intense intermediate singletrack.

New Wave Rafting Company
New Wave offers raft trips from mild to wild on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. Funyaks (inflatable kayaks) are available in low water. You participate by paddling. Since 1980, New Wave has run the "tightest ship" on the Rio Grande, with the best guides, best equipment and best service.

The Reel Life
The Reel Life, an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter and Guide Service, offers guided fly fishing on exclusive private ranches and in the Santa Fe National Forest. The Reel Life is passionate about providing positive outdoor experiences for its clients--a big smile at the end of the day is the guides' greatest reward.

Santa Fe School of Cooking
The Santa Fe School of Cooking celebrates the historic traditions and food of New Mexico. As culinary ambassadors, the instructors strive to introduce guests to regional cooking, local agriculture, restaurants, and producers of locally packaged foods. The school offers demonstration classes covering everything from traditional New Mexican to Native American and Mexican cuisine (each includes recipes and a full meal), as well as hands-on experiences. The school's unique relationships with farmers and producers allow it to offer the finest and freshest ingredients in the classroom and for sale in its market.

Santa Fe Walkabouts
Santa Fe Walkabouts offers customized tours for individuals and small families. They specialize in Pinzgauer Tours, a Swiss Army vehicle that goes beyond the ordinary and explores the rugged trails of Northern New Mexico.

Wild Earth Llama Adventures
Wild Earth Llama Adventures offers custom-designed llama treks and gourmet lunch day hikes for all ages and fitness levels in the seldom-visited wilderness areas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos and Santa Fe. Friendly, knowledgeable guides and "llovable" llamas will help you create the wilderness experience of a lifetime.

Affiliations

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Outside
The Santa Fe Mountain Adventures program is developed in consultation with Outside, America's leading active lifestyle magazine. Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and Outside share a vision for adventurous travel that fuels a healthy lifestyle. www.outsideonline.com

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Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Here you'll find - Things to Do, Where to Stay, Outdoor Adventures, Shopping, Dining, a full Calendar of Santa Fe Events, How to have a Santa Fe cultural adventure and more. www.santafe.org



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New Mexico Tourism Department
The department's annual Visitors Guide to the Land of Enchantment offers comprehensive information about touring New Mexico. www.newmexico.org



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Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures is an active member of the chamber. Visitor and relocation information is available on the chamber's website. www.santafechamber.com

Contact Us

For more information about Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, send us an e-mail at info@santafemountainadventures.com or call us today at 505-988-4000 or 800-965-4010.