If your group is looking to travel to experience the beauty, nature, history, and culture of the Southwest, head to Santa Fe for an unforgettable weekend getaway.
Explore the attractions in the area together such as pueblo ruins, Native American culture, caves, the Rio Grande, hot springs, and the scenery that inspired the art of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Albuquerque, New Mexico is a quick flight from western and central cities, and the drive to Santa Fe is about an hour. Santa Fe also has a municipal airport serviced by a few major carriers.
There are a wide variety of day trips available right outside Santa Fe, including whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Rio Grande. Fly-fishing is popular on the Pecos River and in nearby lakes. In and around Santa Fe, there are hot springs such as Black Rock Hot Spring and Bodhi Manda Zen Center. The most popular pools are in the Jemez Mountains, including the natural Spence Hot Springs (open year-round) and numerous smaller pools nearby.
There are also a variety of parks and museums within a short drive of Santa Fe. North of town, along the famous Santa Fe trail, Pecos National Historic Park preserves New Mexican history beginning in the Fourteenth Century with the pueblo of Pecos, two Colonial Spanish Missions, Santa Fe Trail sites, a 20th century ranch, and a Civil War Battle site.
In Las Vegas, New Mexico, there's a fantastic wildlife refuge with incredible bird watching. You can also visit Ghost Ranch to view the landscape that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe.
Another great day trip from Santa Fe is to take the 61-mile Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, with awesome vistas and hiking at Sandia Crest (also accessible by tram).
Or, travel back though American history with your group through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, which are now flourishing again with art, crafts, food, music, and museums.
Taos and Ranchos de Taos blend 3 distinct cultures of Indian, Spanish and Anglo into a highly renowned art community. These mountain towns are a scenic 90-minute drive from Santa Fe.
Consider a hot-air balloon ride above and inside the gorge and see the second highest bridge in the country (also accessible by road). Taos boasts excellent skiing in the winter, with over 50 expert trails and lifts reaching over 11,800 feet.