Anyone who has ever spent any time in New Mexico likely knows exactly why the state is called the Land of Enchantment, with its high-desert mesas, towering mountains and breathtaking blue, pink and orange skies.
But some of its most spectacular sites are those that most tourists, whose primary destination is usually Santa Fe, will never see. Albuquerque-based Heritage Hotels and its sister tour company Heritage Inspirations are working to change that by offering glamping experiences in some of the rural state's most magical yet lesser-known and harder-to-reach locations.
A Heritage Inspiration tent that is set up in the wilderness as part of its "Journey Within" glamping trips in the Taos wilderness. Photo Credit: Paulina Gwaltney
Heritage Hotels and Heritage Inspirations began partnering in 2016 with overnights excursions to Chaco Canyon after the hotel company opened Albuquerque's Hotel Chaco, whose design was inspired by the 1,000-year-old ruins of the Southwest's ancestral Pueblo people in western New Mexico.
This summer the companies are tapping into the growing demand for luxury glamping expeditions by expanding those options to the Taos area, using Heritage Hotels' El Monte Sagrado Resort as a launching point to some of northern New Mexico's most majestic points.
The new "Journey Within" tour incorporates outdoor activities such as sunset yoga in the Rio Grande Valley, stand up paddle boarding on Lake Abiquiu and hiking in Ghost Ranch with luxury camping in the remote Taos wilderness.
"Our guests are astounded by the scope of what we provide," said Heritage Inspirations owner Angelisa Murray, "things like spacious canvas tents, deluxe foam pad mattresses on custom built wooden bed frames, farm-to-table gourmet meals, colorful textiles, even small thoughtful extras like a dream catcher hung above each bed and an evening toast of wine."
Murray said she was inspired to create the newest immersive New Mexico experience while looking out her own backyard at Taos Mountain.
"I thought how infrequently travelers get to Taos and Northern New Mexico, yet how spectacular the area is, and I just knew I had to find a way to share the glory of this place," she said. "This isn't just about art, but about the incredible land, the longstanding and unique heritage, and the special spirit that permeates the area."
The kick-off tour is scheduled for Aug. 10-12, during this year's Perseid meteor showers. Additional dates include Oct. 5-7, just before the Oct. 8 new moon. Several trips are also planned around new moons in 2019, May 31-June 2 and Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
The cost is $849 plus tax, per person. Tour participants are also offered special pre- and post-tour nightly rates of $149 plus tax at El Monte Sagrado.