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Riding Adventures


What adventure can we create for you?

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Riding Adventures


What adventure can we create for you?

 

Full Week Rides

7 days, 6 nights, 4 days riding

8 days, 7 nights, 5 days riding

This week long adventure will immerse you in the vibrant southwest culture. Both of these packages include a short road trip to iconic Santa Fe where you will visit museums and art galleries, shop along the historical plaza, and taste the flavors of New Mexico.


 

half week ride

5 days, 4 nights, 3 days riding

This short excursion is perfect for a cowgirls weekend wth your best gal pals or a romantic getaway with that special cowboy.


 

day ride

Enjoy a three hour adventure in the mountains and a relaxing picnic under the pines. Day rides can be extended to a four hour ride. 


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Brewery day Ride

New!

We have paired trail riding and craft beer in a new partnership with our local east mountain brewery, The Ale Republic. The fun starts with a 2 1/2 hour ride through the pine ridges and flower lined meadows of Gutierrez Canyon. The 300-acre Gutierrez Canyon property was purchased by the City of Albuquerque in 1963, making it one of the first pieces of land the City set aside for the preservation of nature. Elevations here range from 6,100' to 7,600'. Steep-sided, rocky canyons containing usually dry stream beds characterize this property. Pinon-juniper forests dominate this site, but there are also scenic stands of ponderosa pine. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the East Mountains from various vantage points including the beer garden of Ale Republic. We end our ride at the brewery for lunch, a brew, and a tour of the brewing process. Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry! They also offer local cider and wine.


What makes us unique?

each day is a different adventure

Unlike many outfitters who ride in the same area, we take advantage of New Mexico's diverse landscapes and terrain by trailering out to a new trail each day. We load horses, tack, picnic, and clients and drive 20-45 minutes to our riding destination. Some days we will be galloping through the sandy arroyos of a painted desert, the next day we will scale alpine forests, and we love to splash through the waters of the Rio Grande river. We do not camp out in these places, but return back to the ranch where a hot shower, a hearty meal, and a soft bed awaits.


multi-day rides are all inclusive

  • Transportation to and from Albuquerque Airport

  • Lodging in our Guest House

  • All meals, snacks and water on trail

 

we can cutomize the length of your stay

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Specialty Rides


We feature a variety of specialty rides through out the year

Specialty Rides


We feature a variety of specialty rides through out the year

Balloon Fiesta WEEK

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October 6-13 2019

8 days, 7 nights, 5 days riding, 1 day in Santa Fe, 1 MORNING at the Balloon Fiesta

Every October people from all over the world come to New Mexico for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one of the most photographed events in the world. With the Sandia Mountains looming above the valley and the river winding below, the hot air balloons have a perfect backdrop to fill the sky. We are the only outfitter that takes our clients riding with these picturesque globes floating overhead. We often catch them making a splash and dash in the river! Each day will be planned for optimum balloon viewing and mild terrain so that you can take as many pictures as possible. You will get up close and personal with these inflated airships when we spend the morning helping our friends at the fiesta blowing up and launching their balloon. The afternoon will be spent amongst the wide variety of vendors with local foods and arts and crafts. Don't miss unique way to experience this amazing event!


ADD ONE OF THESE EVENTS TO YOUR STAY


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Rodeo Days

Rodeo De Santa Fe   ~ June 19 - 25 2019

New Mexico Sate Fair & Rodeo ~ September 10-16 2019

What is more iconic of the southwest than a rodeo? This American tradition isn't just for the movies, it a way of life for many Cowgirls and Cowboys. Join us for a night of mutton busting, bull wrangling, and bronc riding.

Rodeo De Santa Fe, one of the oldest rodeos in the southwest, is located just minutes from the historical Santa Fe Plaza. Its an annual stop on the rodeo circuit for many of the best contenders from the nation.

The New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo combines an appreciation for agriculture, highlights local artists, and presents the biggest rodeo in the state. This event offers a variety of exhibits featuring livestock, gardening (such as the 110lb pumpkin), horse shows including, western, English, and driving, arts and crafts. Daily shows include Flamenco and Indian dancers. Also this rodeo is one of the last stops for athletes from all over the world to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo . 


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wine festival

Albuquerque Wine Festival ~ May 23-29 2019

New Mexico wine is a hidden gem of the southwest with vineyards as old as the Spanish Missionaries. This festival will show case our local wineries where you can sample and purchase various varietals, including Hatch Green Chile white. Enjoy the day with live music, traditional foods, and handmade arts and crafts. Add one of these events to your multi day ride.

Albuquerque Wine Festival is held in the heart of the city with the Sandia Mountains towering in the distance. The day is filled with 27 different vendors to visit, including wineries, foods, and arts. Enjoy the many local bands and acts as you sip vino from your commemorative wine festival glass.


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Gathering Of Nations

Pow-Wow ~ April 25-29 2019

 

From the Pueblos of Taos to the southern lands of the Mescalero Apache and the many tribes in between who call New Mexico home, the Native American rich history and living culture are the multifaceted texture to our state.  

The Gathering of Nations is the largest Pow-wow in North America with over 565 tribes from around the U.S. and 220 from Canada participate and compete. This event highlights the many celebrated traditions of the Native American culture, such as dancing, singing, drumming, bead work, costumes, jewelry, pottery, and weaving. Watch as Miss Indian World is crowned, feast on native dishes, and experience the ageless customs of so many Native American Tribes.  


 

Fall Foliage

Late September - Early October

Book your retreat in the fall and explore the colors of the autumn leaves as they change. The mountains are gilded in golden aspens and the river banks are quilted with red and yellow cotton woods. This time of year in New Mexico is a photographer's dream. 

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Equine & Yoga


Explore the balance between horses and yoga

Equine & Yoga


Explore the balance between horses and yoga

Yoga doesn’t take time, It gives time
— Ganga White

Give yourself the gift of time.

Experience one of our unique yoga packages.


Yoga mini retreat

5 days, 4 nights, 3 days of Yoga and Riding

When you feel the need for a quick escape from the demands of a busy schedule our yoga weekend is just the place to slow life down. Every equestrian has felt the rejuvenating powers of being horseback in nature. We want to combined that healing with the grounding of yoga.  Reconnect to your center with Aroma Therapy Hatha or enliven your evening with Vino and Vinyasa. With two yoga sessions daily and a creative list of classes to choose from we can build just the restorative weekend you are looking for. 

YOGA RETREATs 

8 days, 7 nights, 5 days of Yoga and Riding, 1 day in Santa Fe

7 days, 6 nights, 4 days of Yoga and riding, 1 day in Santa Fe

When you truly need to immerse yourself in the restorative powers of equine and yoga, this retreat balances your mind, nourish your body and lighten your soul. Each yoga session is hand crafted by our co-owner, Justyn Vogel, to suit your experience and needs. Our trail guides select each ride with your riding style and level in mind. In addition to your two yoga sessions per day we also offer an introductory into Equi-Yoga.  Essentially this week is about you and what you need to find peace and balance.

yOU CAN ALSO ADD A VINYASA OR YIN YOGA SESSION TO ANY STAY AT THE RANCH


Where ever you find the foot print of the human being in the sand, you find the foot prints of the horse walking next to him

EQUI-YOGA

 

Horses have carried us through history and have been our partners along the way. It's only natural that they accompany us in our journey of self discovery. Equi-Yoga borrows asanas (poses) and breathing techniques from yoga and translates them into the saddle. You begin this program on the mat creating a foundation of breath and learning the asanas. As you move to the saddle our horses stand patiently, often breathing and stretching with you, as you begin to find a flow. When you are ready to advance, the horse walks out on a lounge line as you match your rhythm with the animal. This unique technique highlights many trouble areas, such as the neck, shoulders, arms, seat, and legs. It brings awareness to your balance and strength, essentially because your mat is moving to its own pace. By adding the equine element to yoga the equestrian will learn to adjust to new situations with breath and supplenss, reevaluate the body cues to keep clear communication, and build a deeper connection to your horse. This discovery can be utilized to enhance your riding and your yoga practice. "It helps you explore your body from the inside out, " explains Marty Whittle, founder of Equi-Yoga. 

 


Meet our Yoga instructors

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A good day in the saddle is as healing as a session on my mat.

Justyn Vogel

As co-owner and outfitter of Enchantment Equitreks, Justyn has blended her passion for horses and yoga in our EquiYoga program. After practicing for 15 years, she received her teacher training at Indi Yoga Studio in 2017. Trained in a Vinyasa and Yin style that focuses function over form, Justyn leads classes focused on rider release and body awareness. Her classes embrace those new to yoga and practicing yogis. She will take you from mat, to saddle, to trail with sessions designed to create awareness of the asana and horsmanship connection. 


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Yoga Guide * Foodie * Soul Searcher * Lover of Life & Naps

Samantha Sandoval

Sam is passionate about encouraging growth of the physical and spiritual self! She believes that yoga is for everyone! These passions influence her style of teaching, as she enjoys guiding her students through a relaxing yogic journey, focusing on breath, movement and releasing the heaviness that may arise during your practice. Her goal is to make yoga a truly personal experience that provides you with the precious gift of self care. This allows you to escape, even if for just an hour, from the demands of the outside world. Sam hopes that the time you’ve spent with her will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! 

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Working Vacation


Join our team and experience the rewards of working with rescue horses.

Working Vacation


Join our team and experience the rewards of working with rescue horses.

Working Vacation

This is your opportunity to join the Enchantment Equitreks Team!

 
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share our mission

Our core mission to rehabilitate and re-home rescue horses is the focal point of our business and we want to share our experiences with you. This 8 day working volunteer program offers riders age 15 and older the ability to develop their trail riding skills, learn to work with rescue horses, and immerse themselves in the Southwest culture. Each day will be spent working on the ranch, in the saddle, and engaging with clients. Down time can be spent at the pool or hot tub, hiking, biking, or joining a yoga class.

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Typical Day

  • Helping with ranch chores and horses. Most of the daily chores such as feeding and mucking are done by staff, but you may be asked to grab a pitch fork and pitch in. We also have chickens, cows, and gardens that always need attention. You may be asked to gather eggs, pick veggies, or ride out to check the cows.

  • Loading and unloading equipment and tack in the trailer before and after rides. Cleaning tack and horses after rides.

  • Grooming horses and helping tack before rides or training.

  • Lots of riding! You will either be riding with clients, going on training rides with wranglers, or exercising ranch horses.

  • Helping with meals. If you like to cook, we always need help in the kitchen. Not an aspiring chef? You can help set the table and clear dishes after meals.

  • Other activities may include visiting the horse rescues and going with clients on tourism days to Santa Fe and Madrid.

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What’s Included in your Package

  • Lodging in either our guest house or main house. We provide basic toiletries, hair dryer, linens and towels, wifi, laundry services. Rooms may be shared by same sex volunteers over the age of 18.

  • Meals. If we have clients you will be joining them for meals. Breakfast is a European continental, lunches are often light salads and soups, dinners are family style that highlight New Mexican cuisine. If we do not have clients then meals will be similar and taken with your hosts. We can accommodate many dietary needs.

  • Airport transportation to and from the Albuquerque Airport.

  • Access to pool, hot tub, hiking trails, mountain bikes.

  • If there is an event during your stay, such as the rodeo, you are invited to go but entree fees (usually about $20) are an additional cost. You are always welcome to join yoga classes. There are extra activities, such as kayaking, you can add at your own cost.

  • Lots of riding and horse time! If we aren’t riding we will be training horses. You will receive hands on time during our training process.


Our Expectations

The role of a volunteer is to assist with the riding, care and preparation of our horses and clients. We are a small, family operation and we want this to be a great experience for all involved. We hope that you feel like you’re staying with friends so it is important for you to be aware of our expectations.

Experience: This program is open to riders no younger than 15 years old. We do ask our volunteers to have some horseback riding experience at a novice level. A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.

Working Environment: We understand that there are many different training methods out there. We do not prescribe to any one method. We have developed a program that works for our horses and trainers. We ask all volunteers to be open to our program, be willing to follow directions when working with horses, and be respectful to trainers, wranglers, staff and clients. If at any time we feel like a volunteer has placed a horse or another person in a dangerous situation we will ask them to leave with no refunds.

Punctuality: When dealing with the welfare of animals there are certain tasks that must be done at certain times. Failure to do this not only holds up staff and other volunteers it effects the experience of the client and the amount of time we can spend in the saddle having fun. In the summer we ride very early in order to beat the heat of the day, which means some morning will start as early as 5am.

Alcohol and Drug Policy: We are well aware that everyone likes to have a good time and will happily join in with volunteers for a drink after work. On the other hand we will not accept regular drunkenness and operate a zero tolerance policy on drug use and under age drinking. We are also a smoking free facility.

Before we started our own horseback riding vacation business, Mel and Justyn joined the volunteer program at Mozambique Horse Safari. The Retzlaff’s caring nature, passion for rescue horses, and attention to detail were the inspiration for Enchantment Equitreks. We have fashioned our own volunteer program after theirs in hopes that we can provide the same fun filled and enlightening experience.


Our Volunteer programs are 8 days April-November

Volunteers dates coincide with all other vacation dates. Please scroll through the calendar for availability. Although most of these dates are set up for 7 days, we will extend the dates for a 8 day package.

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