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I have already got some good ideas from some guys at the 29er board, but they reccomended here as well. We are going to be there around the weekend of June 25.

I am trying to scheduling a bachelor party/mountainbike/rafting trip for may or june. We are a small group and initially we thought about going to Vegas, but thought that we wouldn't get very much riding in. So then we were gonna go to Moab, but then we remembered how hot it got on those slick rocks that time of the year.

Anyways our next idea is to go to the Santa Fe or Taos area for a nice 5 day mountainbike weekend, with he bonus of a little whitewater.

If we stay in Taos, is Santa Fe too far away--or is there plenty of riding in Taos? If we stay in Santa Fe is Taos too far away for if we need to get in a boat early?

As I am looking for lodging, what areas might be best other than the obvious. Definitely looking for something in way of rental house/condo for 4-6 guys.

If you happen to know of any ideas, trails, outfitters, buddies, cabins etc feel free to email or to pm. chrisbucher AT yahoo DOT com.

thanks a ton
 

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shark67 said:
I have already got some good ideas from some guys at the 29er board, but they reccomended here as well. We are going to be there around the weekend of June 25.

I am trying to scheduling a bachelor party/mountainbike/rafting trip for may or june. We are a small group and initially we thought about going to Vegas, but thought that we wouldn't get very much riding in. So then we were gonna go to Moab, but then we remembered how hot it got on those slick rocks that time of the year.

Anyways our next idea is to go to the Santa Fe or Taos area for a nice 5 day mountainbike weekend, with he bonus of a little whitewater.

If we stay in Taos, is Santa Fe too far away--or is there plenty of riding in Taos? If we stay in Santa Fe is Taos too far away for if we need to get in a boat early?
I'd say more riding right around santa fe, and Taos is an easy 1.5 hr. drive away. If you book a rafting trip, do it soon through an outfitter in santa fe, and they'll bus you up & back. The other option is to split time between sf and taos - get the SBT trail ride in, and the rafting can be done via a Taos outfitter. Taos riding will require 15-60 minute drives to the trailhead; Santa Fe trails are all accessible via bike from town, and I'd say there's a lot more food & fun in Santa Fe, but I'm a little anti-Taos biased ;)

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As I am looking for lodging, what areas might be best other than the obvious. Definitely looking for something in way of rental house/condo for 4-6 guys.
That's the hard part - lodging at either spot can be pricey... do some research and bounce the preliminary results back here... I think the Rodeo de Santa Fe is that weekend - so book sooner than later!

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If you happen to know of any ideas, trails, outfitters, buddies, cabins etc feel free to email or to pm. chrisbucher AT yahoo DOT com.

thanks a ton
You may want to look at renting a mongo RV, as both in SF and Taos there are primo spots of real estate available to park/camp/ride. Gives you the portability too....

Either place, try and stay as close to downtown as you can, as it'll make it fun cruising about for post-ride eating/drinking. Both downtowns are very pedestrian friendly!
 

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we rented an awesome house from a management co last year for $80/day-person..Maybe pricey but it was classy. We a day trip to S.F to ride but did most of the stuff in Taos.
 

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Both downtowns are very pedestrian friendly!
Hmmmm, doesn't sound like the Santa Fe I know, where a woman from Colorado was dragged four blocks under a car while crossing the street at the Plaza. This just months after another pedestrian was struck!

Downtown Santa Fe can be an excellent place to get hit by a drunk driver or a rubber-necking touron. Be careful!
 

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so what your saying is...

If two of the main things I want to do is SBT and raft, those things are best done thru Taos in that they are far away from santa fe.

How far is SBT from santa fe?

I have a line on a couple of rental houses, but I don't want to drive around all day once we get there, so I am trying to figure out where the best location to stay is.
 

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shark67 said:
If two of the main things I want to do is SBT and raft, those things are best done thru Taos in that they are far away from santa fe.

How far is SBT from santa fe?

I have a line on a couple of rental houses, but I don't want to drive around all day once we get there, so I am trying to figure out where the best location to stay is.
Taos is an hour from SF, but the shuttle setup is another 25 miles father to Angel Fire. There is the foothills trail in Taos too for another shorter ride.

The take out for the rafting is on the way to santa fe....but not far out of Taos.

Our lodging was on the road to the Ski area just past Arroyo Seco...not the most convienent for any of that...but the views are spectacular and it's far enough, you can party loud late.

The best place to be is near the road going to Angel fire and the main road into town. (hwy 68 and 64)
 

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what if

I found some places to stay in Angel Fire. Is that just ski village, or is there other stuff there? Will we have to go to Taos for provisions? Is angel fire just too far away from good riding and rafting? I have also found some decent places in Taos, but I have yet hear back on availability.

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shark67 said:
I found some places to stay in Angel Fire. Is that just ski village, or is there other stuff there? Will we have to go to Taos for provisions? Is angel fire just too far away from good riding and rafting? I have also found some decent places in Taos, but I have yet hear back on availability.

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AF is central to lots of excellent riding.... and not much else - but about 45-50 minutes drive (if your not stuck behind a slow driver) to Taos, where all the non-biking "action" (very relative term) is. AF is a sleepy little ski village, but you are close to a lot of riding, including right at the ski area..... there is a local coffee shop just down the road (divy at best - and truck-stop type coffee) and a supermarket and all.

Santa Fe blows, so yeah, stay away from here.... :rolleyes:
 

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Hmmmm, doesn't sound like the Santa Fe I know, where a woman from Colorado was dragged four blocks under a car while crossing the street at the Plaza. This just months after another pedestrian was struck!

Downtown Santa Fe can be an excellent place to get hit by a drunk driver or a rubber-necking touron. Be careful!
That's a multiple daily occurence back in NYC, so it seemed more like a fluke when that happened. Caveat: if you do walk around Taos or SF, heads up. Nuevo Mexicanos are terrible drivers.

That said, on foot, while watching out for cars, it's cool. Got the Beamster on PSA duty here. *whew*! FWIW Typical week sees me driving (work, store, whatever) 1 or two times. I walk to the stores, bars, restaurants and ride to work, gym, bike shops etc....
 

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Confused...

What exactly is Prostate-specific Antigen duty? When did this morph into a thread about saddles?

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Got the Beamster on PSA duty here.
And why hasn't anyone suggested staying at the San Juan casino, conveniently located midway between Taos & SF? It's like Vegas, only more pathetic. (CB, that's a joke - just stay in SF, make the easy drive up to Taos for riding, use Native Sons in Taos to shuttle SBT, and use a SF rafting company that'll do the driving up & back for you.)
- Joe
 

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this is all coming in to place

I found a great place just outside of Taos, the only thing I think I have left is, there are about a ton of whitewater places. Any recommedations?

I know NuMexJoe advised on native sons, but I didn't know if anyone knows anything else. I am sure they are all pretty good, but if someone wants to help a buddy who works for a rafting company or has had good experience somewhere, I will be happy to go that direction

thanks for everyone's help
 

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I would NOT recommend Native Sons for rafting. They have a poor attitude and make it clear they resent having to take your money and provide a service. It's just that they're the only game in town for a SBT bike shuttle unless you've got 2 vehicles. But for rafting, there are pleny of other choices. Competition is good.
 

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And why hasn't anyone suggested staying at the San Juan casino, conveniently located midway between Taos & SF?
- Joe
Howabout that funky casino in Espanola? It had a really bizaare mix of indian and english. "Ok-Kay" Casino ...I lauged my a$$ when I saw it!
 

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What exactly is Prostate-specific Antigen duty? When did this morph into a thread about saddles?
That is too funny Joe. We missed you today (SAT 4/16) before the rain came down!
 

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and use a SF rafting company that'll do the driving up & back for you.)
- Joe
That's the other bonus if you stayed in SF - potentially riding the shuttle bus to the put-in with bathing-suit clad "folks" ;) .
 

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If you want to do SBT, and have only one car, you can usually find a bike-shop employee in taos who would gladly get up early for your money. This is what I have done in the past, and feel a lot better about paying them than some outfitter. But I guess if you have a bunch of guys, they may not be able to acccomadate you. Just a suggestion.
 
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