New Mexico Birding and Wildlife Tours

New Mexico Birding Tours

If you are interested in New Mexico Birding and Wildlife Viewing Tours, come and join us at Kaiyote Tours!

We organize birding and nature tours throughout New Mexico.  Every August we organize a very special tour that includes the Santa Fe Opera.  Please go to that page for more details about our Santa Fe Birding and Opera Festival Tour.  We also offer a 6-day Santa Fe birding and nature tour for anytime of year.  

Call us at 970-556-6103 or email us at KaiyoteTours@gmail.com to book your trip! 
 
Single Day Trips:  If you only need to book a tour by the day and will supply your own lodging, the price is $320 per day for 1 - 4 people and $30 for each additional person.  Price includes lunch, snacks, and water to refill your water bottle. 
 
Multi-day Tours

The 6-day Santa Fe Birding Tour

This tour focus on the birding, nature and cultural sites of Santa Fe and areas that are a 1-hour drive from Santa Fe.  We stay at the same hotel the entire time, or if you are interested in camping, the campsite is the same for the entire tour. 

October 9 - 14, 2022:  4 spots available.  Let us know what other dates work for you

Click here for a detailed Itinerary of the 6-Day Santa Fe Birding Tour

Click here for a list of BIRDS we have seen in New Mexico

Price:  The 6-day Santa Fe birding tour with lodging at hotel is $2,610 per person (based on double occupancy). Please contact us for solo traveler rate.  The 6-day “car-camping” tour is $1,950 per person (2 person minimum).

The 9-Day New Mexico Birding Trail

This tour starts in Albuquerque and slowly travels 220 miles down the Rio Grande River Valley, stopping at all the best birding locations.  From Las Cruces, the route crosses over the southern San Andres Mountains, which form the eastern edge of the Rio Grande rift valley and which have also created the White Sand Dunes composed of gypsum crystals that have leached and blown from the mountains. On the eastern side of the San Andres Mountains, we will cross the Tularosa Basin and spend a few days camped at the base of the Sacramento Mountains and then head back to Albuquerque.  

October 16 - 24, 2022:  4 spots available.  Let us know what other dates work for you

Click here for a detailed Itinerary of the 9-Day New Mexico Birding Trail

Click here for a list of BIRDS we have seen in New Mexico

Price:  9-day “car-camping” tour at state park and national park campgrounds is $2,925 per person (2 person minimum). 9-day birding tour at hotels is $3,915 per person (based on double occupancy). Please contact us for solo traveler rate.

Pricing details

Car Camping Tours include:  Campsite fees, meals, camping gear, and entrance fees into state parks and national wildlife refuges.

Hotel Tours include:  Lodging, meals, and entrance into state parks and national wildlife refuges.  

Not included:  National park entrance fees (if you already have a national park pass, please bring it along).  

Lodging:  We recommend "car-camping" tours because we will see more birds and wildlife while staying at the campgrounds.  We have wonderfully comfortable tents and sleeping pads.  If you choose to join a tour that provides hotels, the stops and locations are approximately the same.   The hotel lodging is "medium class" hotel, such as Best Westerns. 

Camping tours include breakfast, lunch, and dinner:  Breakfast will be cooked on the grill or on the fire at camp. Lunch will be picnic style, sandwiches, fruit, etc. Dinner will be cooked on the grill or on the fire at camp.  We travel with a mini-Weber Charcoal Grill and we can grill steaks, hamburgers, chicken, or fish.  Sometimes we have hotdogs and s’mores on the fire.  We also travel with a Dutch Oven and cook shrimp stir-fry, pasta dishes and other delicious meals. We can accommodate vegetarians and vegans, no problem! 

Gear you need to bring:  Outdoor clothes including hiking boots, rain jacket and pants and warm clothes, including hats and gloves.  The mountains can be cold even in the summer.  Everyone should have their own head lamp and/or flashlight, refillable water bottle, day pack for hiking and a personal small emergency kit. 

Campfires:  Most all locations permit campfires (when there is not a fire ban), and we will have a campfire every night and if you like, we can have s’mores and sometimes cook hot dogs over the fire.

Showers:  There are pay showers at most all of the state park campgrounds, but not at the national park campgrounds

Custom Tours

We also offer custom tours.  You can choose lodging at either campgrounds or hotels.  Please let us know if you have specific birds and/or wildlife that you would like to see and how many days you would like to tour New Mexico.  Please request an itinerary and we will send you the day to day details of the tour. 

Details

  • Travel Dates: By request or join an already scheduled trip
  • Group size:  2 - 8, plus guides
  • Trip Length:  Minimum of 3 days (2 nights) and custom as you choose. 
  • Price:  Car-camping tours at state and national park campgrounds are $325 per person, per day (2-person minimum). Tours at hotels are $435 per person, per day (based on double occupancy.) 
  • Not included:  Entrance into national parks (if you already have a pass, bring it along).
  • Hotel Tours include:  Lodging, meals, and entrance into state parks and national wildlife refuges, dinner not included, please contact us for details.
  • Car Camping Tours include:  Campsite fees, food, camping gear, and entrance into state parks and national wildlife refuges.

Gear you need to bring:  Outdoor clothes including hiking boots, rain jacket and pants and warm clothes, including hats and gloves.  The mountains can be cold even in the summer.  Everyone should have their own head lamp and/or flashlight, refillable water bottle, day pack for hiking and a personal small emergency kit. 

Meals:  We travel with a mini-Weber Charcoal Grill, and we can grill steaks, hamburgers, chicken, or fish.  Sometimes we have hotdogs and s’mores on the fire.  We also travel with a Dutch Oven and cook shrimp stir-fry, pasta dishes and other delicious meals. We can accommodate vegetarians and vegans, no problem!  Breakfast will be cooked on the grill or on the fire at camp.  Lunch will be picnic style, sandwiches, fruit, etc. Dinner will be cooked on the grill or on the fire at camp. 

Electricity:  There will be electricity at some of the campsites.  We travel with a lithium generator, and you will have access to power for recharging your equipment.

Campfires:  Most all locations permit campfires (when there is not a fire ban).

Showers:  There are pay showers at most of the local and state park campgrounds.  

Gear List

If you need gear, we can supply it at no extra charge.  Just let us know in advance.

Suggested to bring:
1) Backpack for your gear
2) Rain gear or rain poncho or umbrella
3) Refillable water bottle
4) Sunscreen and bug spray
5) Hats for both sun and warmth
6) Binoculars
7) Wear Layered comfortable clothes. 

Payment and Cancellation Policy
Single-day tours:  Full payment is due 72 hours prior to tour. There are no refunds within 72 hours of tour. 

Multi-day tours:  A non-refundable payment of $600 per person is requirement to reserve a spot on a trip.  Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure date.  If you are reserving a spot within 90 days of start date, full payment is required to reserve a spot.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal and check payment. 

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