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The Open Range: New Mexico to Texas

Road Trip the USA’s Mountains, Canyons & Ranches

Best time to travel
Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Ideal length
16 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€12,299 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Albuquerque and home from Houston.
  • 16 days’ pre-arranged car rental in a standard SUV.
  • 16 nights’ accommodation in Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, Marfa, Chinati Mountains, Chalk Draw and the Davis Mountains.
  • Unique experiences including a Taos Pueblo tour with the Director of Tourism, a Native American cooking class with an award-winning author and an exploration of Bee Cave Canyon with an archaeologist guide.
  • Sleep under starry skies on an overnight river trip along the canyons of Big Bend National Park and marvel at some of the darkest night skies in the country, guided by an astronomer.
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Introduction

Get ready for a luxury road trip of unparalleled access to private ranches and one-of-a-kind experiences with authors, archaeologists, astronomers and more. Begin your journey in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. A state with a refreshing lack of industrialisation, New Mexico is teeming with fascinating history, art and a sustainable farm scene. Continue your self-drive adventure to west Texas, spending nights on luxurious ranches and exploring the breathtakingly remote landscapes of Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Albuquerque.

Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and drive through the Sandia Mountains and along the picturesque Turquoise Trail to your luxury accommodation in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, your home for the next three nights.

Get to know Santa Fe.

Feast on Native American cuisine at the home of chef and award-winning author, Lois Ellen Frank. You will also tour the campus of the Santa Fe Institute where researchers are studying complexity science, AKA the “Big Questions”.

Santa Fe
Journey to historic Taos.

Enjoy a three night stay at a luxury adobe casita. Privately tour Taos Pueblo, the oldest continually inhabited settlement in the US and a UNESCO-listed site. Your tour is led by the pueblo’s Director of Tourism, allowing you unparalleled access into the homes of locals.

Taos Pueblo
Discover farm life in Albuquerque.

Travel to the outskirts of New Mexico’s biggest city for a two night stay on an organic farm. Cycle through acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees and lush manicured gardens and say hello to the farm’s alpacas, peacocks, Churro sheep and farm cat.

Alpaca in Albuquerque
Cross the border to the Lone Star State.

Drive to Marfa, Texas’ art hub. Spend two nights here, admiring the contrast of dusty railroad outposts and contemporary art scene. Drive to the edge of town and witness the mysterious Marfa Lights, surreal and unexplained flickers of light in the night sky.

Marfa
Experience the thrill of a Texan ranch.

Drive to one of the state’s oldest ranches, hidden in the Chinati Mountains, for a two night stay. On the expansive 30,000-acre estate, you can find historic forts, Native American petroglyphs and roaming local wildlife including turkeys, javelinas and roadrunners.

Fort in Chinati Mountains
Sleep under the starry skies of Big Bend National Park.

Float through the canyons of the park’s Rio Grande on an overnight river trip. Continue your road trip to a luxury ranch in Chalk Draw. Accompanied by an archaeologist, privately explore Bee Cave Canyon, the largest prehistoric rock shelter in the region.

Nighttime in Big Bend National Park
Enjoy tranquillity in the Davis Mountains.

Stay at a luxury ranch in these remote mountains for two nights. The sharp rise of these mountains forms a unique sky island. Guided by an astronomer from the McDonald Observatory, marvel at some of the darkest night skies in the country.

McDonald Observatory
Drive to the airport for your flight home.

Drop off your rental car and board your flight. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Inn of the Five Graces

Inn of the Five Graces

In the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, Inn of the Five Graces is a feast for the senses. Housed in a traditional cluster of adobe buildings, the inn is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.

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Casa Gallina

Casa Gallina

Located on the edge of historic Taos and surrounded by tranquil pastoral farmlands, Casa Gallina comprises a collection of adobe casitas.

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Los Poblanos Inn

Los Poblanos Inn

Built in 1932, Los Poblanos Inn is surrounded by acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees and lush manicured gardens.

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Hotel Paisano

Hotel Paisano

Located centrally in downtown Marfa, Paisano is a historic and charming gem. First opened in 1930, the Paisano has a rich history.

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Cibolo Creek Ranch

Cibolo Creek Ranch

19th-century rusticity meets modern luxury at Cibolo Creek Ranch. Situated in the Chinati Mountains, Cibolo Creek is one of the oldest ranches in Texas.

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Chalk Draw Ranch

Chalk Draw Ranch

Hidden amongst the Santiago Mountains, Chalk Draw Ranch is a hidden desert oasis in the Big Bend. This lavishly appointed Mexican hacienda-style guesthouse sits on 20,000 acres.

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Withers Ranch

Withers Ranch

Set deep within the Davis Mountains, Withers Ranch sits on an undiscovered canyon wilderness in ultimate seclusion.

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What people are saying

Aisling and her team are just outstanding at what they do. They have an incredible knowledge of the travel industry and I have had the best experience with OROKO Travel. From the first phone call to enquire about a holiday to the call we received after our holiday, I cannot say enough about this company. They are truly outstanding. I really look forward to working with them again in 2022 and hopefully for many years to come. There are no travel specialists like OROKO. 5 stars, just fantastic!

Sinead & family – Croatia, September 2021

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