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Group Services Guide

Let us handle your airport and local transportation, unique evening events and the personalized touches that ensure your guests vividly remember their visit to Santa Fe long after returning home.

Our dinner events include wonderfully catered meals at private estates, intimate art galleries and Western ranches, as well as at the many fabulous restaurants for which Santa Fe is known. Combine dinner with entertainment by talented Native American and Spanish performers. Or try our Star Party, which showcases New Mexico's unusually dark night sky. Led by our expert and very entertaining astronomer, guests use telescopes to examine galaxies, planets, star clusters and more.

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Focused Team-Building Adventures

These activities employ experiential techniques that can be tailored to the group's needs and desires. Focus areas may include team building, communications and collaboration, problem solving, leadership development, trust building or celebration of group accomplishments.

Mountain Scavenger Hunt with GPS Technology: Groups share and bond during this unique event, held in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest and other scenic locations. We add new excitement to a group hike in a beautiful setting by combining fun, physical activity and GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. After a briefing with the guide who will accompany them on the course, each team uses an advanced GPS device to search for a hidden location, where they unearth a clue, and sometimes undertake team challenges, to help them find the next destination. This event encourages teamwork while educating everyone on a new generation of orienteering technology. We emphasize team building, communication and fun! Each guest receives a themed gift (an attractive pocket compass/thermometer) to recognize the achievement of completing the hunt.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch. During the winter months, the scavenger hunt can be conducted on snowshoes.

Santa Fe Geocaching Challenge: This new and exciting adventure involves the use of GPS devices to discover and explore some of Santa Fe's most prominent historical and cultural landmarks. As part of the challenge, group participants will find popular sights and learn more about historic Santa Fe in a fun and adventurous way. At several stops, guests also undertake a team challenge before proceeding to the next destination. Upon completion of the Challenge, all guests will receive a themed gift for their accomplishment.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch.

Corporate Adventure Challenge: Groups that thrive on challenge and adventure will find our multi-sport Corporate Adventure Challenge stimulating and rewarding. Teams are given the unique challenge of navigating a scenic course while undertaking three exciting sports such as geocaching with GPS technology, mountain biking and wall climbing. Teammates -- who must collaborate and support and encourage each other to meet the challenge -- gain valuable insights into their colleagues as well as the northern New Mexico setting. Your group will rise to a new level in successfully completing this customized adventure race. Each guest receives a themed gift (an attractive pocket compass/thermometer) to recognize the achievement of completing the race.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 25 guests and can include lunch.

Western Adventure Challenge and Party: Upon arrival at the Ranch, guests are divided into "posses" and take on the role of a cowboy or cowgirl during the times of the Wild West. Posses compete in a Western Challenge involving a variety of adventurous team challenges and games such as dummy steer roping, archery, cowboy relays and casino gaming. Afterwards, the group enjoys a western themed party, Western stunt show, delicious BBQ dinner, and Western band at this famous and fun setting.
This event can be organized for groups from 40 to over 250 guests.

Trucking and Trekking Adventure: Your group will enjoy an exhilarating all-terrain vehicle ride in a Swiss Army truck (a "Pinzgauer") followed by a fun GPS trek to search for hidden, scenic locations. Get beyond the ordinary and explore rugged trails on the historic Route 66 to La Bajada Hill. Descend part of the treacherous road with "hellish switchbacks" that leads to the village of La Bajada. The high desert views are stunning along this alignment of Route 66, used as a major thoroughfare between 1926 and 1932. This same route served as the Royal Road or El Camino Real, the principal trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. This ride will be bumpy, occasionally dusty and overall a rugged and exciting adventure.

Afterwards, your group will experience our unique and fun trekking adventure with global positioning satellite (GPS) technology. Following a briefing on how to use the technology and receiving coordinates for the first hunt location, each team is given several advanced GPS devices to search for hidden spots. Children are also rewarded with treasures at the target sites! At the hidden locations, teams unearth a clue and sometimes undertake a challenge to help them find the next destination. This stimulating event promotes fun and team-building, encourages problem solving and educates everyone on a new generation of orienteering technology. A guide accompanies each team on the course.

This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 40 guests and can include lunch.

Sundowner Hikes and Outdoor Cooking Class: Our knowledgeable guides will lead your group on an energe'tic hike to explore the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, an easy drive from Santa Fe. This late afternoon hike will be based on your groups desire and will include stops to learn about flora and geology -- plus views from high above the city. Afterwards, your efforts will be rewarded as our staff and a master chef meet you for a cooking class and sundowner treat. We have partnered with the Santa Fe School of Cooking to offer a full Southwestern cooking experience. Your chef will lead the group in whipping up a full sundowner meal in the mountains with the use of Dutch ovens. While preparing your meal, savor a glass of local wine and some fresh chips and salsa and enjoy a breathtaking sunset in the expansive skies of northern New Mexico.

This event can be organized for groups from 12 to 50 guests.

Downtown Historic or Southwestern Cooking Scavenger Hunt with GPS Technology: These scavenger hunts, also using GPS devices, take place in the heart of Santa Fe with a focus on Santa Fe history and/or distinctive southwestern cuisine. Teams visit popular sites and learn about historic Santa Fe while gathering crucial resources and information for creating a gourmet meal or completing a history trivia challenge. The hunts focus on team planning, effective use of resources, leadership, and recognition of team and individual accomplishments.

The Scavenger Hunt can also be modified to culminate with a "Build-a-Bike" "voluntourism" project, where the group assembles bikes for needy children in the Santa Fe area.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 75 guests and can include lunch.

Ropes Challenge Course: Teams work together to navigate obstacles and barriers to promote trust and teamwork. Sample challenges include the High Y, in which participants climb in pairs, traversing a wire to a common goal (the climbers are attached to safety ropes and wear a harness and helmet); the Dangle Duo, in which participants, also climbing in pairs, ascend a shaky ladder to a common goal; and the Climbing Tower, in which groups of three are connected by a tether and climb to a common goal.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 60 guests and can include lunch.

Puye Cliffs Tour and "Voluntourism" Adventure: For more than three centuries beginning in the late 1100's, Puye Cliffs was home to approximately 1500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there. These inhabitants are ancestors of the present-day Santa Clara Pueblo people. Knowledgeable native guides lead guests on an exploration of this recently re-opened monument, including close-up examination of the enigmatic cliff dwellings as well as the mesa complex, with anthropological interpretation.

After the tour, the group works side-by-side in mixed teams with Santa Clara Pueblo members in community service while learning more about both modern and ancient Pueblo cultures. This hands-on restoration project provides groups a great opportunity to contribute to preservation of this cultural heritage site by rebuilding some of these ancient dwellings. Native dance or pottery demonstrations can be arranged as an additional part of the group experience.

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch or dinner.

Rock n' Raft Adventure: Start your day off by rappelling into the breathtaking Rio Grande Gorge. After an exciting morning of rock climbing, you'll enjoy lunch along the famous Rio Grande River. In the afternoon, you'll experience the most scenic and fun sections by raft on an adrenaline-inducing whitewater trip through the Class III Racecourse stretch of the Rio Grande. This trip can also be done in reverse order.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 24 and includes lunch.

Igloo Building Challenge: This unique, winter teambuilding challenge will give your group the ultimate test in working together, communicating and problem solving. Join our knowledgeable guides in a scenic forested area to build an igloo from scratch using natural materials. Team participants can decide on the design and then work closely together to construct this most basic of human needs: shelter. (available January - March only based on weather conditions)

This event can be organized for groups from 6 to 20 people.


Leisure or Casual Team-Building Adventures

Whitewater Rafting: The most fun and scenic sections of the Rio Grande -- including the adrenaline-inducing Class III Racecourse stretch -- are within striking distance of Santa Fe. Whether you choose a whitewater adventure on the Racecourse or a float trip on a calmer stretch, your group will experience the pleasures of navigating the Rio Grande, one of America's most impressive rivers, through awe-inspiring canyons.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch and/or a stop at a scenic and convenient winery on the return trip.

Fly-Fishing: The serenity that comes from casting a fly on a clear mountain stream is yours on a Pecos River angling outing. Northern New Mexico boasts some of the most enjoyable fly-fishing in the Rockies. Catch (and release) wild brown trout on private land along the gorgeous Pecos, northeast of Santa Fe, accompanied by experienced guides who will take some of the mystery out of landing a lunker.

This event can be organized for groups from 6 to 18 guests and includes lunch.

VIP Golf: Your group will experience one of the finest courses around Santa Fe, among the most challenging and beautiful in the Southwest -- and quickly discover why golfers prefer teeing off at altitude. Options include the spectacular Black Mesa, Towa Golf Resort, and/or exclusive access to the private Las Campanas Golf Club.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 72 guests in leisure or tournament format, and can include cart set-up, club rentals, and snacks or lunch.

Bandelier Adventure and other Hiking Adventures: We customize guided hikes to premier destinations in the Santa Fe area. Learn about the history and geology of places such as Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Monument and the Santa Fe National Forest. Our hiking trips are tailored to your group's desire and fitness level. The easiest outing is a gentle and rolling walk with stops to learn about history, native flora and local geology. A more strenuous hike may include more elevation gain and spectacular views. Our guides' wisdom and encouragement will keep your group smiling.

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch.

Pinzgauer - The Ultimate New Mexico 4WD Adventure: Get beyond the ordinary and explore rugged trails in a Pinzgauer, considered to be "one of the most capable all-terrain vehicles ever made". Take a ride on the historic Route 66 down La Bajada Hill and experience one of the few primitive segments remaining. You will descend the adventurous road with a dozen challenging switchbacks to the village of La Bajada. The high desert views are stunning along this alignment of Route 66, used as a major thoroughfare between 1926 and 1932. This same route served as the Royal Road or El Camino Real, the principal trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe from the 1500's to the late 1800's. This ride will be bumpy, occasionally dusty and overall a rugged and exciting adventure.

This event can be organized for groups from 6 to 20 guests.

Cast & Blast: Enjoy a day of sporting clays and fly-fishing on a remote ranch outside of Santa Fe. Guides will conduct a short casting clinic to help get everyone comfortable with fly-fishing techniques and then work closely with guests to ensure everyone has fun and catches (and releases) a lunker. While part of the group is fly-fishing, the others will enjoy a short sporting clays course on the ranch. Guests will have the opportunity to switch activities after a couple of hours.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 24 guests and can include lunch.

Mountain Biking: Your group can sample a fat-tire feast of exciting trail riding in the Santa Fe National Forest and other areas nearby. Our guided mountain biking is customized for a variety of skill levels and interests, from an easy cruise along the scenic Santa Fe Rail Trail to the more challenging singletrack of the Dale Ball Trails. Our expert guides are knowledgeable insiders, intimate with the terrain and handy with a spare tube.

This event can be organized for groups from 4 to 20 guests and can include lunch.

Horseback Riding: Climb aboard a friendly equine to experience the natural world at a pace conducive to absorbing northern New Mexico's spectacular mountain scenery. Trail riding requires no previous experience, though skilled riders will enjoy our outings every bit as much as novices. Our partner stables show every guest a good time, with high-alpine rides in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that make you feel like you're starring in your very own Western.

This event can be organized for up to 14 guests and can include lunch.

Snowshoe Adventure: We lead snowshoers in exploring the Santa Fe National Forest or one of northern New Mexico's natural treasures, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, an 89,000-acre property inside a collapsed volcano crater in the Jemez Mountains. You'll find and follow animal tracks, learn about geology and open yourself to senses that are subdued in summer. Our guides keep everyone comfortable, and skiing or snowshoeing effortlessly.

This event can be organized for groups of 4 to 20 guests and can include lunch.

Downhill Skiing Adventure: Ski Santa Fe, just a half-hour from downtown, offers superb glade skiing, sunshine and plenty of powder. Join our mountain ambassadors for a half- or full day of lift-served skiing at the ski resort, finding the best runs and views. Guests will discover why Ski Santa Fe is a hidden gem of the Rockies.

This event can be organized for groups of 12 or more guests and can include lunch.

Native American Related Experiences


Northern New Mexico Cultural Adventure: This introduction to ancient and modern Native American cultures and a traditional Spanish village (Chimayo) includes lunch at a beautiful old New Mexico-style hacienda. Explore Bandelier National Monument, an unforgettable site that reveals 2,000 years of Native American history, including the ancient pueblo in Frijoles Canyon where visitors can climb into cliff dwellings. Next, visit a modern-day Native Pueblo that holds to its ancient customs, beliefs and architecture. Then experience the culture epitomized by the Santurio de Chimayo, a centuries-old mission church. The Santurio is one of the most important U.S. Catholic pilgrimage sites because of the miracles attributed to the soil beneath the church.

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and includes lunch.

Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos Tour: Bandelier, located northwest of Santa Fe in the volcanic Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos, is best known for its several thousand ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings. The adventure includes close-up examination of the enigmatic cliff dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, with anthropological interpretation, and a hike to learn more about the history and geology of the region. After Bandelier, the group will visit the famous Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. This museum offers a variety of hands-on activities and serves as a window to the history and research of the Los Alamos National Labs.

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch.

Puye Cliffs Tour: For more than three centuries beginning in the late 1100's, Puye Cliffs was home to approximately 1500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there. In the late 1500's, Puye Cliffs' inhabitants moved into the Rio Grande River valley likely due to drought. These inhabitants are ancestors of the present-day Santa Fe Clara Pueblo people. Knowledgeable native guides lead guests on an exploration of this recently re-opened monument, including close-up examination of the enigmatic cliff dwellings as well as the mesa complex, with anthropological interpretation. Native dance or pottery demonstrations can be arranged as an added part of the group experience.

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch or dinner.

Pecos National Historical Park Tour: Between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Glorieta Pass, the Pecos Pueblo sits at a cultural crossroads. Since the 1400's, the Pecos Indians were middlemen, trading between the farmers of the Rio Grande Valley and the hunting tribes of the buffalo plains. Other cultural influences came from the Spanish conquerors and missionaries, Mexican and Anglo armies and eventually settlers traveling the Santa Fe Trail. At its peak, the Pecos Pueblo was a regional power with over 2,000 inhabitants. Your group will walk the short trail winding through the Pecos Pueblo and the Mission Church Ruins. Knowledgeable guides will acquaint the group with the significance and history of the area, including a short talk about the Battle at Glorieta Pass, the "Gettysburg of the West".

This event can be organized for groups of various sizes.

Taos and the High Road Adventure: Enjoy a journey to Taos to visit one of the most famous pueblos and to see other popular Taos sites -- plus a lunch stop at Doc Martin's in the historic Taos Inn. The group will take the scenic High Road to Taos with a stop in the old Spanish village of Chimayo where they will encounter the centuries old art of weaving. The group will then experience the culture epitomized by the Santurio de Chimayo -- one of the most important U.S. Catholic pilgrimage sites because of the miracles attributed to the soil beneath the church. This adventure's highlight will include a visit to the Taos Pueblo, a United Nations World Heritage Site. This ancient Native American village has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. The group will also have time to enjoy the many intimate shops and art galleries within Taos.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 45 guests and includes lunch.

Other Cultural Activities

Santa Fe Cultural Tour: Enjoy a private walking tour of the oldest capital city in the United States -- a memorable stroll through hundreds of years of history, beauty, culture and conflict. Your group will be led by entertaining and informative guides who will share the cultural impact of Santa Fe. The tour includes visits to major downtown historic sites and pointers to popular restaurants, shops and museums to enjoy during the group's stay.

Enhance this tour with stops at several premier museums and/or art galleries to create a full "Santa Fe Highlights Tour." This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch.

Southwestern Cooking Class: Hands-on cooking classes are a great way to get your group interacting together in a fun, new environment. Participants break into small teams, and each team is responsible for creating a different part of the distinctive Southwestern menu. Everything is overseen by one of the Santa Fe School of Cooking's outstanding local chefs, who help to ensure that everything is going to taste great! The chef will also share tips, techniques and hints about cooking all the while. Your event will end with everyone enjoying the meal that they created together.

This event can be organized for groups of 15 to 35 guests and includes a gourmet meal.

Santa Fe Restaurant Walking Tours: Meet top local chefs and learn about Santa Fe's diverse, culinary scene, while getting a chance to experience as many restaurants as possible in one outing! Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. We'll start at the internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking for a meet and greet with the chef/guide complete with a delicious sampling from their repertoire, then it's out for a guided tour to four of Santa Fe's most prestigious dining destinations. Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America's Top Culinary Capitals!

This event can be organized for groups from 12 to 24 guests and includes food and beverage tastings at each tour stop.

Santa Fe Geocaching Challenge: This new and exciting adventure involves the use of GPS devices to discover and explore some of Santa Fe's most prominent historical and cultural landmarks. As part of the challenge, group participants will visit popular sights and learn more about historic Santa Fe in a fun and adventurous way. Upon completion of the Challenge, guests will be rewarded with a themed gift for their accomplishment.

This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 75 guests and can include lunch.

Abiquiu and Georgia O'Keeffe Home Tour: Abiquiu is an inspiring destination surrounded by the gorgeous New Mexican landscape. As part of your tour, you will enjoy a rare visit to the Georgia O''Keeffe Home. George O'Keefe was a famous American artist whose extensive portfolio included countless paintings of New Mexico's natural beauty. In 1949, O'Keeffe moved from New York City to Abiquiu and lived in a 5,000 square-foot home dating back to the Spanish Colonial era. Other sights on this tour include places such as the Echo Amphitheater, Abiquiu Lake and Ghost Ranch.

This event can be organized for groups from 10 to 22 guests and includes lunch.

Art Gallery Adventure: This walking tour of the historic Canyon Road gallery and art district provides guests an understanding of Santa Fe's rich visual art tradition. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, guests visit three prominent galleries, which focus on a range of themes from Historic Southwestern to American Indian to Contemporary. Experts at each gallery present an introduction, and answer questions while guests view the art.

This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 36 guests and can include lunch.

Creative Pottery and Clay Workshops: Painting ceramics or building clay pots can be a relaxing way to get in touch with the group's creative side. The hands-on experience of working with paint on ceramics or shaping the clay has a variety of beneficial effects. Clay workshops involve learning building techniques and a historical perspective of the art, depending on its root culture. Whether it's to take a break from meetings, give kids in your group a fun outlet, or a way to facilitate team-building, we can customize the group's experience.

This event can be organized for groups of 16 to 30 guests and can include refreshments.

Santa Fe Insider's Shopping Adventure: Join us for a scenic walk through downtown Santa Fe while our shopping guru leads your guests to the best shops and values in Santa Fe. After getting some expert tips and pointers to specialty shops for items such as pottery, jewelry, textiles and other Native American goods, the group will have the opportunity to shop with our expert or on their own. Shoppers will enjoy special privileges at key stores as part of this shopping adventure. To celebrate and show off their shopping success, the group will meet at a popular downtown restaurant.

This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 20 guests and can include lunch.

Museum Hill Adventure: Venture beyond downtown and Canyon Road to the cluster of Santa Fe arts institutions known as Museum Hill. Guests visit three of these delightful and varied museums, which focus on a range of themes from Spanish Colonial to American Indian to Folk Art, accompanied by expert guides who provide context, history and insight into the exhibitions. Enjoy a cornucopia of art in a beautiful hilltop setting.

This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 36 guests and can include lunch.

Star Party: What's up there beyond the Big Dipper? Blessed with high altitude and little artificial light, stargazing in New Mexico is a dream. In our unusually dark sky, there's much to observe and identify. Our expert astronomers engage the group by bringing the more remote jewels of the night sky within reach. Using binoculars and telescopes, guests are introduced to close-up views of objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 150 guests and includes refreshments.