Plan your backpack outing with Less Traveled Trails!

Seek out the less traveled trails of New Mexico’s backcountry. Immerse yourself in beautiful remote places such as Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Ghost Ranch, the Continental Divide Trail, and National Forest wilderness areas. Based in Santa Fe, Less Traveled Trails offers scheduled and customized backpack outings of two days or more, for individuals, families & friends, small groups, and organizations. Chief Guide Brian Johnson has been leading outings in New Mexico since 1990. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, in CPR, and in Food Handling. Less Traveled Trails is authorized and insured for use of public lands. All experience levels and inquiries are welcome.

Less Traveled Trails offers these backpack outings:


“This was a great opportunity to not only learn new techniques, but exercise mind, body, and soul.”

“I enjoyed the challenges of the trip and loved the location.”

“Thanks again, Brian, for your meticulous planning and timely communications.”

“Thank you for the experience and education!”

“Very thorough!”


Less Traveled Trails is New Mexico’s only local guiding company for overnight backpacking.

…I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

We feature overnight backpack trips for small groups, up to 5 days in beautiful New Mexico backcountry.

Call 505-490-7033 or email for more information.

Looking for a one-day outing? Contact Outspire Hiking & Snowshoeing:,
505-660-0394. Ask for Brian Johnson to be your Guide!