To witness nature's most awe-inspiring panoramas, one must often resort to amphibious vehicles, hike for days, or sit through hours of hobbit close-ups. Ride an industrial beast through Mother Nature’s arid splendor with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get an Off The Beaten Path off-road tour for two from Santa Fe Walkabouts (up to a $194 value). Tours depart from 311's Café on the Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Operating under the auspices of Georges Mally, a transplanted Frenchman who speaks New Mexican Nature fluently, Santa Fe Walkabouts transports outdoorsy duos to the desert’s hidden hiking gems in a vintage four-wheel-drive Pinzgauer. In a 2.5-hour tour, a qualified tour guide keeps adventurers fun-facted about the local plants, animals, and terrain as they jounce over ditches, straddle rocks and ridges, and smash effortlessly through checkpoints set up by police cacti. After traveling a safe distance from civilization, wanderers unleash their wild sides on trails that zig and zag through stunning vistas. At tour's end, hiking buddies will behold the sunset as it paints the sky, dapples the rocks, and spills out candy when struck with a bat.
Safety is Santa Fe Walkabouts’ first through tenth priority. As such, Georges Mally is certified in CPR and wilderness first aid, and the online FAQ section contains essential information designed to keep participants from committing common nature faux pas, such as coming between a bear and its big, sloppy sandwich.