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“Hiking in the Aspens”

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing
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Owner description: Nature, geology and history come to life on the trails around Santa Fe with Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing. Alpine trails to high desert canyons are our specialty.
Chicago, IL
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Hiking in the Aspens”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

We had a gorgeous hike in the aspens with Karen. Guess we were still adjusting to the elevation, so didn't go quite as far as we hoped, but still enjoyed the aspens, saw several grouse, learned some facts about the animals, flowers, and vegetation along the way. Karen was an excellent guide and we had a very enjoyable experience.

Visited August 2012
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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Hike!”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Hiking with Karen was great and just the perfect challenge for what we wanted! Karen is outstanding in that she really assesses the needs of the hiker and tries to meet those needs with her expertise. Weather was beautiful and hike was beautiful!

Visited July 2012
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Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“First class operation”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

On our recnt trip to Santa Fe we hiked Tent Rocks with Outspire. We were very fortunate to go with Karen the owner (although I'm sure that all of her guides are excellent). She is a true professional. We were in touch by phone and email ahead of time. She really tailors her outings to the desires and abilities of her customers. Because there were only two of us she was able to pick us up from our hotel and drive us out there. She came well prepared with lots of water, some snacks and hiking poles. She is a treasure trove of knowledge about your destination, as well as other atractions, restaurants etc.
WE can't wait to return and go on another adventure with her!

Visited July 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Travel light and often....”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Hiking can be done with no experience or any idea what and where your going. Heck, that's part of the fun.
But.....
When you want a real experience of what your hike is about, want a person with some humor to make the blisters feel more like foot pads, and just some knowledge if that snake was really a rattler or not, then Outspire is your key to hiking in Northern NM (and probably other places if you have the money).
Karen, is one of the most enjoyable people you could ever want on a hike. She has a quick dry wit comparable to cowboy humor without the sarcasm. Karen knows her stuff, knows where to take folks given their abilities, and I believe she has some secret places only she knows about, but have personally yet to experience them.
Spend a few clams, hire Outspire and learn to enjoy the outdoors just a tiny bit more

Visited September 2011
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Euless, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great hike with Shirley”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Our family of 4 took a 4-hour hike, led by Shirley. We had an absolutely wonderful time! Booking was very easy; Karen got a a pretty thorough idea of what we wanted from a hike and what our capabilities would be. We've been hiking only a few times before, and debated whether to hike on our own. After seeing Outspire on TripAdvisor, though, we decided to go that route. We're glad we did! Shirley was a joy to hike with and the views were spectacular. The trail was challenging, especially with the altitude, but Shirley made sure we hydrated regularly and took breaks as needed. Overall, we would definitely recommend, and would like to return for snowshoeing someday!

Visited June 2012
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