|During the summer season there is a wonderful couple that offers regional tours. Their names are Leroy and Lois
Hinderliter. The Hinderliter's have been in the area for a long time and are very well versed in the history and lore
for each tour site.
Our tours are usually scheduled for Tuesdays. Guests to take the tour meet in the clubroom. Departure is typically
at 9am. Most participants choose to drive their own vehicle. As some of the tours last all day, please make sure
you leave your pet with food and water, have fuel in your vehicle, and arrive in the Golden Eagle Clubroom no later
than 8:45am. You will receive a important details about where we are going, what there is to do, and the
approximate time we will return. Every driver is loaned a walkie-talkie set to the same channel so the Hinderliers
can communicate tour information to everyone at the same time. Our tours are highly informative and entertaining,
plus, the scenery is marvelous! Information on current outings are posted in the Golden Eagle Clubroom and at
the front desk. A sign up sheet is available in the Clubroom a few days prior to the tour.
You may request tours that are not listed. Please contact the front desk staff and they will get word to the
Hinderliters with your request. If their time allows, they will be happy to accomodate you. You may also contact
them with any questions about things to do or see while visiting the area.
PLEASE SEE TOUR DESCRIPTIONS BELOW:
mountains and forest to Chimayo. As we enter Chimayo, which is also a small town, we will go to probably one of the
best Mexican restaurants in the area for lunch. We will then go to the old Catholic Church which was built when this
country was still "New Spain". We will then visit a local weavers shop. The current generation is the seventh generation
of weavers. They still weave the old fashioned way with hand and foot powered wooden machines. We will come back
through Espanola on the way back to Eagle Nest. This is an all day trip.
clearance vehicle. Please bring water and a camera. We will leave Golden Eagle at 9:00 a.m. and travel to Red River
. From Red River we will travel up to a very scenic forest road to a couple of old mining communities. We will be able
to see old foundations etc. We will pass the old Midnight mining camp and go on to the Anchor mining camp. We will
see various old structures from the mining days. We will be walking and you probably could get good use of a walking
stick. There is a small stream flowing and there is a chance of finding gold. Bring your wife’s metal pie pan or
something similar if you choose to pan for gold. Hiking boots would be good. After you have made your fortune in gold
we will have a picnic lunch. Please bring your lunch, water, a camera and a walking stick. We will then travel on a
very scenic forest road to Red River . From Red River we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour
DeKeuster. They will take us from the clay - to the wood fired kiln - to the finished pottery. We will then travel back to
the Vietnam Memorial. This is the very first Vietnam memorial in the United States . This is an excellent memorial.
be an experienced driver. We will leave Golden Eagle at 9:00 a.m. and travel to Red River . From Red River we will
travel west toward Questa where we will take the cutoff to Cabristo Lake . We will then take a forest road to the trail to
Cabristo Lake . This trail is only three miles but very narrow and rocky. At the top we will view a very beautiful mountain
lake. You may choose to hike some around the lake. At this point we will have a picnic lunch. Please bring your
lunch, water, a camera and maybe a walking stick. We will then travel on a very scenic forest road to Red River . From
Red River we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour trip.
on to the historic town of Cimarron. Our tour will take us to the old town beginning at the St. James Hotel. This hotel
hosted people such as Buffalo Bill, Jessie James, Zane Grey, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, among others.
We will then take a guided walking tour of about one mile. We will probably have lunch at the St. James Hotel. This
tour should last about 4-5 hours.
clearance vehicle. Please bring water and a camera. We will travel towards Angel Fire then south and take Forest
Road 76. This is a very scenic and sometimes rocky forest road. We will reach an altitude of over 11,000’. The scenery
is just beautiful and we should see many wildflowers in bloom. We will intersect 518 near Sipapo and travel on to Taos
. We will have lunch in Taos . From Taos we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour trip.
Questa is the Wild Rivers. This is where the Rio Grande and the Red Rivers meet. We will look down several hundred
feet to the fast moving waters. From there we will go south to the fish hatchery where you can feed the large trout. We
will then go to Taos for lunch. After lunch we will visit the Rio Grande Gorge. This is a very fascinating view of the Rio
Grande - something you will talk about. This tour is about 5-6 hours.
an experienced driver. We will leave Golden Eagle at 9:00 a.m. and travel to Red River . From Red River east for a
few miles where we intersect with the road (trail) going to Goose Lake . We will ford the Red River which will be
flowing. We will then take this seven mile trail to Goose Lake . We will experience many very rocky places. This is a
very narrow trail. When at the top our elevation at that time will be over 12,000’. The view from the top is just
outstanding. The lake is very beautiful lying at the base of a large mountain. We could see big horned sheep. At this
point we will have a picnic lunch. While having your lunch many chipmunks will want their share. Please bring your
lunch, water, and a camera. We will then return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour trip.
scene from the movie “Lonesome Dove”. The next stop will be at the Mora Fish Hatchery where we will learn the steps
that this fish hatchery uses from the fingerlings to the grown fish. They deal with the Gila Trout. After this we will travel
on to Mora to have lunch at Hatcha’s which is a very nice authentic Mexican restaurant. We will then return to Golden
Eagle. This is a nice tour for our Golden Eagle guests.
vehicle. We will leave Golden Eagle at 9:00 a.m. and travel to Red River . From Red River we will drive up Malette
Canyon for a few miles where we intersect with a forest road. After a few miles we will take the 4 wheel drive trail up to
the top of Greenie Peak . Our elevation at that time will be over 12,000’. The view from the top is just outstanding. At
this point we will have a picnic lunch. Please bring your lunch, water, and a camera. On the way down we will
probably encounter come still water, but should have no problem. We will then return to Red River on a very scenic
forest road. The tour will terminate at Red River where you may choose to do some shopping.
shortly after the founding of Santa Fe . At this time this was part of New Spain . We will travel north to the Taos
Pueblos which have been here for about 1,000 years. We will have all the time we need to explore the old town. Bring
water as the pueblo has no water or electricity. After we have visited the pueblo we will have lunch at a very nice
Hispanic restaurant in Taos .
have a 4 wheel drive and a high clearance vehicle. We will travel through Angel Fire and take the turnoff on Highway
120. This is a very scenic, and rocky road. From Ocate we will travel south to the Salmon Ranch where we will view
their beautiful flower gardens. We will then travel to Mora where we will have lunch at a small Mexican restaurant.
From there we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour trip.
turn left and go to the Salmon Ranch to pick our berries. Also at the ranch is a beautiful flower garden plus a store for
your enjoyment. After picking the raspberries and visiting the flower garden and store we will have lunch at the small
café there on the grounds. They serve a small but delicious New Mexican menu.
should have a 4 wheel drive a high clearance vehicle and an experienced driver. We will travel towards Red River
then take the old pass which is east of Red River . This is a very scenic, rocky and narrow road. We will take a side trip
to a very pretty spot called Foster Park . We will have our picnic lunch here and will then return and exit at the Bobcat
Pass area. From there we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about a 6 hour trip.
on to the historic town of Cimarron. We will travel south of Cimarron to the largest scout encampment in the world.
Here we will tour the former summer home of Waite Phillips who gave thousands of acres to the scouts. After this tour
we will have lunch in Cimarron. From Cimarron we will travel south to Rayodo and tour the re-constructed home and
trading post of Kit Carson. This tour should last about 4-5 hours.
1915. This theatre is designed in the European Rococo style and hosts top entertainment. Close by is a very fine
museum with excellent local history. The host there is a former coal miner who gives personal insight. We will have
lunch in Raton then travel south toward Eagle Nest. We will stop and tour the abandoned Van Houton Mine. This is
back of the NRA which we will also visit. On the way back if time permits we will visit the Dawson cemetery which holds
the remains of several hundred coal miners killed in two explosions. This is a 5-6 hour tour.
You should have a 4 wheel drive and a high clearance vehicle. We will travel towards Taos then take the forest road at
the Valle Escondido cutoff. This is a very scenic, rocky and narrow forest road. There will probably be a spot where we
will encounter standing water. We will finish this road at the intersection of highway 518 south of Taos . We will then
travel to Taos and have lunch at Michaels Kitchen. From Taos we will return to Golden Eagle. This should be about
a 6 hour trip.
starts north of Cimarron and comes out at Costilla which is north of Questa. This road is a typical forest road. At one
point we will be just on the far side of Mount Baldy. We will also park at a spot where we can walk to the original house
of a family in the early times. The walk is about a mile round trip. We will have a picnic lunch at this stop. We will get
into very pretty streams on this road plus very scenic view from high areas. We have seen both Elk and Bear on this trip.
This is an all day trip.
we will be among Alpaca's. We will get to feed them and learn about the history and care of the Alpaca. The Alpaca
are protected by the Great Pyrenees dogs which we will see. We will then travel on to Mora and eat at a very popular
Mexican restaurant. This tour will be about 4-5 hours.
9 a.m. and travel to San Luis, Colorado. This town is just north of the Colorado/New Mexico line. While going we will
pass through wild horse country and may see some wild horses. While in San Luis we will visit a spectacular sanctuary
situated above the town. We will also visit the old store which is complete with groceries, hardware, etc. At lunch we
will eat at a local mexican restaurant. This will be an all day trip for our Golden Eagle guests.
and travel to Raton. At Raton we will have a potty break then travel on to the Volcano. The elevation at the rim is
about the same as our elevation here in Eagle Nest. You will be able to hike to the bottom of the caldera and also hike
the rim if desired. The sight from the top is just beautiful. From Capulin we will travel a short distance to Folsom to an
old museum that is fabulous. You will be able to see artifacts and also information on the site where the evidence of
early human habitation occurred. From there we will travel back to Raton for a late lunch. We will then return to Eagle
Nest. This is a nice tour for our Golden Eagle guests which will probably last 4-6 hours.
way to Raton we may see the large wild herd of Buffalo. We will probably stop at Raton for a potty break. At Trinidad
we will board the free Trinidad Trolly. The trolly stops at the Welcome Center and all the museums while showing us
the features of this town on the Santa Fe trail. We will have lunch in Trinidad before heading back to Eagle Nest.
Trinidad also has a super Wal-Mart who wish to leave the tour there.
have a park tour guide if needed. This fort was established on the Santa Fe trail for protection from Indians. There are
many ruins of the fort such as the old hospital ruins pictured above. After the tour we will drive into Las Vegas and have
our lunch. From there we will drive a short distance to some hot springs. You may wish to come back on your own later
to enjoy the hot springs. We will then return to Eagle Nest. This tour for our Golden Eagle guest will be an all day trip.
atomic bombs dropped on Japan during world war two. There are hands on exhibits, demonstrations, computer
simulations, and videos. Those of us that remember WW 2 should really enjoy this museum while those who are
younger should get a good education of this conflict. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then return to Eagle
Nest. This tour for our Golden Eagle guests will be an all day trip. Since this is a fairly long trip we will leave at 8:30.