New Mexico & Colorado



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  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Hotel plus
  • Wildlife


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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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Enjoy a 13-night guided walking holiday exploring New Mexico and Colorado, accompanied by an experienced HF Holidays’ leader and a local guide. Walk in the desert of New Mexico, with its ancient American Indian villages, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with sparkling mountain lakes and wild flowers. Breathtaking scenery at every turn.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy the contrast between desert, grassy plains and rugged mountains
  • Explore 1,000 year Ancestral Pueblo villages
  • See the Spanish and European influences in these Western states
  • Discover wilderness areas in the Colorado Rockies
  • Take a scenic train ride from Durango to Silverton
  • Walk in the dramatic  landscapes of the Rocky Mountain National Park

Price includes

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays’ leader
  • National park entry fees and travel by coach or minibus
  • Train ride from Durango to Silverton
  • Tips

In pictures...


Stay in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, selected for their stunning locations, centrally located in town, or in the national parks. All of the hotels have excellent facilities including restaurants and most have pools and hot tubs.

Marriott-Hotel in Albuquerque We begin with the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque, where we spend the first 2 nights. Centrally located, this city centre hotel offers elegantly designed comfortable rooms, new lobby, lounge, restaurant and views over the Sandia mountains. 411 rooms in total.
Inn-of-the-Governors in Santa Fe Our next 2 nights are at the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, located in downtown Santa Fe. Warm and welcoming rooms await, with a Native American Indian theme. In-house saloon, and outdoor heated pool. 100 rooms in total.
El-Monte-Sagrado Resort in Taos We head to Taos, for 1 night at El Monte Sagrado resort. Natural surroundings meet total luxury at this Native American Indian inspired oasis. If you  have time, you might want to indulge in a treatment in the Living Spa. 84 rooms and suites in total.
Far-View-Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park Crossing from New Mexico into Colorado we stay in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, at the Far View Lodge, located 15 miles inside the park boundary (2 nights). Enjoy views across the table top plateau as you relax at dinner. This property reflects the true essence of Mesa Verde with solitude all around you. There are fabulous stargazing opportunities from your own balcony. There are no TVs at this property, although free WiFi is available. 150 rooms in total.
Stonebridge-Inn in Snowmass Into the Rocky Mountains, and we’ll be staying 3 nights at Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass, near Aspen. Enjoy spacious and comfortable bedrooms, with stunning views, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. This is an alpine lodge which has been refurbished throughout.
Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park Lobby In Estes Park we’ll spend 2 nights at the The Ridgeline Hotel(Formerly Rocky Mountain Park Inn), newly renovated,and just outside the Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a half mile walk into the hustle and bustle of Estes Park. Indoor swimming pool and hot-tub. 150 rooms in total. 
Sheraton-Denver-Downtown-Hotel Our final night is at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel, a large city centre hotel within this mile high city, with all the usual facilities.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible we will contact you in advance.


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Walks are full and part day with some sightseeing, between 2½ -9½ miles with up to 1,650ft of ascent. A couple of the walks are at an altitude of up to 13,100ft, mostly on good paths, which give the level 3 grading.

Day 1: Arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2 nights)

Days 2-3: Walk in Petroglyph National Monument, visit Acoma Pueblo, the oldest inhabited community in North America. Discover the rock formations at Tent Rocks. Drive to Santa Fe (2 nights)

Days 4-5: Walk in Bandelier National Monument, drive the scenic High Road to Taos (1 night) passing old Spanish settlements and churches, including the pilgrimage church at Chimayo. Enjoy a walking tour of Taos.

Days 6-7: Visit Taos Pueblo with its adobe buildings. Drive north into Colorado to the Mesa Verde National Park (2 nights). Full day of walks and activities in the National Park, home to the famous cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians.

Days 8-10: Take the scenic train ride from Durango to Silverton, both former gold rush mining towns. Continue to Snowmass near Aspen (3 nights). Enjoy a self guided walk to Maroon Bells and a guided walk on the Lost Man Loop. 

Days 11-12: Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park (2 nights). Superb walks in the Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Day 13: Half day walk on the Ute Trail before heading to Denver for a city tour and our final overnight stay. (1 night) 

Day 14: Return flight.

Day 15: Arrive UK.

Please note: no-flight holidays finish on day 14.

General Information

A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of your stay.



You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

You’ll generally qualify to enter the USA using the VWP if your British passport:

  • describes your nationality as a ‘British Citizen

(From 1 April 2016 all passengers entering the US under the VWP will need to have an ePassport with an integrated chip)

If your current British passport is not an ePassport you can contact Her Majesty’s Passport office for a replacement to allow you to use the VWP. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the United States on your current passport.

and you:

  • aren’t a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
  • haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011
  • have received authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation at least 72 hours before you travel (see below)
  • can show that you have enough funds available on arrival to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy in London or contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you’re arriving by air or sea you should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website. Please note that this is the only official ESTA website. There are third-party companies that operate websites which look like the ESTA application site, but which charge a processing fee on top of the official fees.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:

Visitors must pay for all medical services. Adequate health insurance is therefore essential.

Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.

The local currency in the United States of America is the US Dollar. ATMs are widely available across the country. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.


Time in New Mexico + Colorado GMT - 6 hrs

Tips are included on this holiday.

Liability waivers
Companies operating outdoor or adventure activities in the USA now commonly require their clients to sign a liability waiver form before participating in the activity. These forms have been introduced by American insurance companies as a means of offering protection against ‘frivolous’ or ‘opportunistic’ legal claims.

During the course of your holiday you may be asked to complete a liability form with your name, address and signature. This form indicates that by signing it you are waiving your rights to pursue legal action against our agents, in the event of personal injury or loss. However, as all of the activities included in your itinerary are part of a pre-arranged holiday, booked and paid for in the UK, this waiver form has no legal weight whatsoever. Your holiday contract is with HF Holidays and as stated in our Booking Conditions, is therefore governed by UK law.

We must ask you to sign the waiver forms presented to you by our agents, as not doing so could effectively invalidate other key aspects of the insurance cover they hold. But please be reassured that in the unlikely event that you had cause to make a claim for negligence arising from your holiday, your signing of these waiver forms would in no way undermine or alter your legal rights.

Meal arrangements for breakfasts and dinners in hotels and restaurants will vary. At some you may be able to select from the full menu, at others there may be a restricted choice, or there may be no choice (with the exception of course of previously advised special dietary requirements). These arrangements are dictated by the policy of the particular hotel or restaurant in dealing with groups – some feel that in order to provide efficient service, they need to concentrate on a limited menu. We endeavour where possible to ensure that a good choice is available, but find some venues more flexible than others.

Our choice of places to eat is reviewed for each tour based on the experiences of each group, with the aim of ensuring the optimum arrangements at each stop on the tour.

It is worth noting that portions may well be larger than you are used to – it is generally considered acceptable to share, for example, a pudding or cake. Meals are often not served as hot as in the UK.

Breakfasts at some hotels in America are now becoming large continental buffet affairs where you self-select items and eat them on disposable plates.

Evening meals are normally arranged for between 7pm and 8pm to save rushing the day’s activities and to give you time to refresh beforehand. 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab 


Steve Bullen

Steve has been leading Natural World and Walking holidays for HF Holidays for over 26 years. His main interests include wildlife, astronomy and geology, and he manages a small nature reserve in Lancaster. Steve is also a keen natural history photographer and his photos have been published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Guardian, and local publications.

Steve has led numerous tours from our Worldwide Journeys range including holidays in the Caribbean, New Zealand, Canada, South America, South Africa and Asia, as well as many of our European destinations.

Steve is leading our 17 September 2017 departure.


Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person


  • Single room: £860
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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