Taking full advantage of the rugged and beautiful surroundings of northern New Mexico, the guides and staff of Santa Fe Mountain Adventures curate outdoor experiences that are perfect for escaping the everyday. By working with a collection of local businesses, they provide services ranging from fully-appointed trail rides on horseback to fly-fishing trips on private ranches to rafting excursions down the Rio Grande. Custom designed vacation experiences let adventurers choose from a wide variety of activities, and always incorporate culturally and intellectually enriching elements that they'll remember long after they travel home or decide to live among the iguanas.
The blazing sunshine of summer and the snowy vistas of winter act as backdrops for New Mexico Adventure Co.’s range of outdoor entertainment. From June through September, summertime activities exercise adrenal glands with the thrills of ATV rides and whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande. Scenic jeep tours, horseback riding, and guided fly-fishing slow the tempo of these warm-weather pursuits and give guests a chance to drink in the scenery and nibble on the natural terrain. Come winter, equipment rentals take the fore, sending guests down mountainsides in goggles, skis, snowboards, and sleds. Year round, the adventure outfit’s eatery, Old Tymers Cafe, refuels patrons in between recreational pursuits with full breakfasts, pizzas, and Mexican eats.
Touting a special permit for access to the Carson National Forest, licensed fishing guide Jeff Fagan spearheads private half- or full-day fishing trips for novice or experienced anglers. Fagan unveils fertile ice-fishing holes and fly-fishing spots where license-toting guests can seize fish with included rods, tackle, waders, and well-forged arrest warrants from Poseidon.
For roughly 50 miles, the Rio Grande winds through canyons and the Taos Ski Valley, passing along reddish-brown hills and the distant peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, fisherman Taylor Streit casts his line into the rushing water and snags a rainbow trout. An expert fly fisher, Mr. Streit has guided other anglers through Northern New Mexico's waters for more than three decades. He's written three fishing books, been inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and lit up television screens on programs such as Legends of Rod & Reel. But perhaps the greatest testament to Taylor Streit's success is his son Nick—a championship fisherman in his own right and the current owner of Taos Fly Shop.
Nick has guided trips alongside his dad since he was a teenager, and —along with a full staff of expert anglers—the two continue to lead fishing trips that catch brown trout, rainbow trout, and other fish species in waters such as the Rio Grande and the lower Red River. For their most-dedicated customers, they run a fly-fishing school. Their beginner programs teach basics such as how to cast a line, whereas intermediate classes teach anglers how to read a river's water. Back on dry land, Nick also sells flies, fly rods, and other fishing gear.