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“See the Painted Lands!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Southwest Safaris

Southwest Safaris
P.O. Box 945, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
800/842-4246 or 505/988-4246
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Ranked #21 of 100 Activities in Santa Fe
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: xciting scenic air/land expeditions explore New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona. Experience best of Great American Southwest. Discover Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Painted Desert, backcountry Anasazi cliff dwellings, plus Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Pueblo Indian reservations. Behold majestic mountains, mesas, deserts, canyons. Learn geology, archaeology, history. Enjoy Flightseeing - Jeeping - Photography. Thirty-minutes to all-day adventures. Trips depart from, return to, Santa Fe, NM. Real vacation value! FAA-approved. Since 1974.
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“See the Painted Lands!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Bruce gave us an excellent tour. We saw beautiful geographic variations on the Painted Lands tour--a must-see if you spend time in the Southwest. We also saw abandoned cowboy homes, a ghost town, and Indian ruins. Bruce has thoroughly sought out and then researched everything you'll see on this tour. Even if you've spent a lot of time in New Mexico, you'll have a new appreciation for it when you see it by air. Although we didn't get to meet Anna (Bruce's wife), she was very pleasant to talk to on the phone and it was very easy to make the arrangements for our tour. And, we're already looking forward to planning our next tour!

Visited August 2012
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing way to experience the Santa Fe area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

This is a two part experience: small plane ride around the Santa Fe area to look at the geology and archaeology from above, and a hike through the Tsankawi ruins. Bruce (the pilot) is knowledgable and energetic. He clearly loves to show the area to visitors. Georgia was our hiking guide, and she also has a lot of knowledge and love for the Los Alamos area. You couldn't ask for people who are more passionate about what they do, and that made for a great experience.

Visited May 2012
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12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great small plane ride over Santa Fe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Despite being surrounded by snow storms, we had a great (and smooth) trip around the west of Santa Fe. Great views of El Camino Real, the Rio Grande, the Santa Fe trail, mesas, canyons, ancient cave dwellings, and mountains (including the southernmost peak of the Rocky Mountains.) We hope to do the Valley of Fire tour sometime when the weather permits.

Visited February 2012
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Salt Lake City
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Had a great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Bruce was a great guide. Everything is better from the air. We did a 1 hour trip around Eastern New Mexico area. He has great knowledge of the area and of the geology. He took his time to know us and made us feel comfortable. Flying isn't cheap, but $150 per person for a 1 hour trip was really worth it.

Visited December 2011
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Pekin IL, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Must see Santa Fe from the sky - AWESOME!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

This trip was beautiful - to see the land from the sky with a tour guide that knew every nook and cranny was unbelieveable. Bruce is full of interesting facts and knows the answers to all your questions about the land - he LOVES what he does. I'm normally leery of small planes but he put me at complete ease. We took the Skyway Sampler and it was money well spent!!!!

Visited September 2011
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