White Mesa

3 hour to 7 hour tours

Tierra Amarilla Anticline (extended moderate hike on 4 or more hour tour)

Few places boast the scenic marvels and magnificent landscapes of the Land of Enchantment.  And few places in New Mexico can compare with the rugged beauty surrounding White Mesa.  Painted deserts, high mesas, and sandstone cliffs conceal ancient ruins, petroglyphs, fossils and historic homesteads. Volcanic necks dominate the vistas, and folds in the earth reveal layers of ages past.  Years ago the Rio Grande valley was formed by the separation of enormous tectonic plates .  On the eastern side, the plates shifted back and tilted to form the Sandia Mountains. On the western side, the earth ripped open to create the Tierra Amarilla Anticline.  Not far from here was discovered one of the longest dinosaur fossils ever found, the gigantic Seismosaurus. Enter a landscape where ancient sea beds, once deep within the earth, are now revealed as painted deserts and gypsum formations in a geological wonderland.

Please note:  The White Mesa tour and its additional options involve longer hikes.  While the 3 hour tour has an easy 3/4 mile round trip hike, the additional options involve hikes ranging from 1 mile to 2 miles round trip with moderate inclines.

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Sun on the White Mesa

White Mesa Tour Options and Pricing (Tax Included):

NO WHITE MESA TOURS AVAILABLE ON WEEKENDS (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)

All tours are personal and private (only your group will be on the tour), and include water and snacks.

The White Mesa Tour has 2 meeting location options.  We can either meet you in the US Eagle Credit Union parking area (next door to the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo), or pick you up at your hotel IN ALBUQUERQUE ONLY for a $35 fee. See our Meeting Locations page for details.

HYATT TAMAYA SPECIAL!  For those staying at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, we can pick you up for free if you are taking the White Mesa Tour

**10% discount for Seniors (65 and over) and military

3 HOUR TOUR:  Tour includes Ancestral ruins, dramatic southwest landscapes, sandstone  formations, and an easy hike to a geological wonderland.
$150 per personcabezon_crop
$120 for children 17 and under
$230 for a single rider

Group of 3 or more:
$125 per person
$90 for children and teens under 17

Create Your Own Tour  The options listed below can be added to the 3 hour tour to increase tour length by an hour each.  For example, you could add the Seismosaurus/petroglyph hike to the 3 hour tour to create a 4 hour tour, or add the Tierra Amarilla Anticline hike and the hoodoo hike to the 3 hour to create a 5 hour tour.  Mix and match options to create up to a 7 hour tour.  The choice is yours!

Tierra Amarilla Anticline hike:  For those interested in doing a little more hiking, add a hike to the Tierra white_mesa_anticline_webcroAmarilla Anticline and take in the amazing vistas of the White Mesa trails.  This is an approximately 1 mile round trip moderate hike which includes numerous inclines but is rewarded with incredible views. Can be abbreviated in the interest of time. 

 

 

Seismosaurus/petroglyph hike:  If dinosaurs and petroglyphs (prehistoric rock etchings) are your thing, the Seismosaurus/petroglyph hike is a moderate TWO MILE ROUND TRIP HIKE on fairly level ground (site where the Siesmosaurus dinosaur was found; fossils have been removed and are now in the Albuquerque Museum of Natural History)

 

Hoodoo hike:  Hike in to the hoodoo (sandstone spires) site to see
some 
remarkable  sandstone formations.  This is 1.5 mile hike over fairly level terrain.

PRICINGOjito hoodoos

4 HOUR TOUR
$195 per person
$140 for children 17 and under
$300 for a single rider

Group of 3 or more:
$150 per person
$125 for children and teens under 17.

5 HOUR TOUR
$235 per person
$155 for children 17 and under
$350 for a single rider

Group of 3 or more:
$185 per person
$140 for children and teens under 17

6 HOUR TOUR -INCLUDES LUNCH-
$280 per person
$185 for children 17 and under
$400 for a single rider

Group of 3 or more:
$215 per person
$160 for children and teens under 17

7 HOUR TOUR -INCLUDES LUNCH-  Make a day of it!  In addition to everything seen on the above tour options, take side trips and explore the amazing landscape both in the Jeep and on foot.  It’s your tour, so you get to call the shots!
$340 per person
$215 for children 17 and under
$450 for a single rider

Group of 3 or more:
$270 per person
$190 for children and teens under 17

A $50 DEPOSIT will be required to secure tour reservation. Deposits will be subtracted from the total cost when payment is taken at the end of your tour.  Deposits will be refunded if tour is cancelled due to weather.  Deposits will also be refunded if cancellation is requested by customer MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE of tour start time.

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