New Mexico Red Jeep tours — Photo courtesy of New Mexico (private) Jeep Tours
Sure, many have heard of the Pink Jeep tours (found in Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada), but few know that New Mexico has jeeps to call its own - the New Mexico Jeep Tours. And no, they're not pink, they're red, one of New Mexico's signature colors borrowed from the traditional Spanish flag.
NM ghost town remnant — Photo courtesy of Roch Hart, New Mexico (private) Jeep tours
Ghost towns, ancient ruins, wild horses - these are just some of the things Roch Hart, owner of New Mexico Jeep Tours, and his other drivers might show you on one of their many excursions offered. The most popular tour takes place on a 20,000 acre ranch, exclusive to New Mexico Jeep Tours. Let the driver know beforehand what suits your fancy and how much you're up to doing - some passengers may or may not want to hike, others may prefer more adventure, like kayaking. There are combination tours offered to include both things - they customize for you. Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures has teamed up with New Mexico Jeep tours, saving you 10% on the package when combining the two adventures.
Petroglyphs in New Mexico — Photo courtesy of New Mexico (private) Jeep Tours
On the Jeep and Mountain Bike combo tour, you'll get a chance to see some ancient petroglyphs, or cliff drawings, Spanish homesteads and some spectacular views before starting off on your bike tour amongst the sandstone cliffs of Ancient Puebloan people. Here, the nearly 8,000-foot volcanic plug, Cabezon Peak (meaning "big head" in Spanish), can be viewed as you hunt for artifacts. The tour company is good about providing plenty of food and drink along the way.
New Mexico scenery on the Red Jeep tour — Photo courtesy of New Mexico (private) Jeep Tours
New Mexico Jeep Tours has expanded from one jeep and one guide to three of each. The owner, Roch Hart, has switched from felony investigations to investigating New Mexico landscapes, for both his jeep tour business and his avid hobby, photography. He is happy to announce new overnight comfort camping, desert survival skills and archaeology tours. Most tours are approximately three hours, but they suggest taking a longer one to get the true New Mexico experience.