Ted Turner, Adventure Partners and 1,000,000 Acres

In June, 2014 Ted Turner Enterprises (TEI), a private company which manages Ted’s business interests, land holdings and investments (including the oversight of two million acres in 12 states and in Argentina) approached Adventure Partners concerning the feasibility of an ecotourism and luxury hospitality experience on their New Mexico ranches. The opportunity to explore these vast holdings and offer recommendations for experiential travel to TEI’s management team was an extraordinary privilege. Continue reading

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Four Seasons Showcases Adventurer’s Guide and Adventure Center

We are pleased to announce the launch of Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe’s first in-room and online Adventure’s Guide. Designed and produced by Adventure Partners, the collateral piece presents guests with an engaging collection of regional hiking, biking and cultural tours exclusive to the resort. Continue reading

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AP Produces “Geology Primer” for Amangiri

From the first day Adventure Partners stepped foot on the land that was to become Amangiri, the message was clear– the rocks are the story. Adrian Zecha, Aman’s brand visionary, situated the resort to focus our attention on its star attraction– textures and forms shaped by the forces of Nature. Even the recipe for the hotel’s concrete walls was meticulously studied (over three months) to find a radiant surface and color compatible with the dominating Entrada Sandstone. The pool, perhaps Amangiri’s most famous architectural element, is a tribute to the geological forces which sculpt the surrounding landscape. Continue reading

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Amangiri’s Via Ferratas Featured in Private Clubs Magazine

BY CINDY HIRSCHFELD | PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM BROWNOLD

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This bridge would terrify my mother if she saw me on it. I’m looking down past my feet and through the slats of an 18-inch-wide grated deck – the only thing between me and the 400-foot chasm directly below. But, boy, do I feel exhilarated.

The Bridge

The Bridge

This 238-foot-long custom-made steel suspension bridge debuted last year, the latest addition to a quartet of via ferrata climbing routes at Utah’s Amangiri resort. An Italian term for “iron road,” via ferrata refers to a system of permanent climbing holds, short ladders, and bridges bolted into rock faces, linked by a series of steel cables for safety. Continue reading

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Four Seasons Rancho Encantado & AP announce opening of our new Adventure Center.

Guests visiting Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe can get inspired for their New Mexico adventure at the new Adventure Center.  Interact with the team from Adventure Partners, browse the growing library of books about New Mexico culture, and arrange a customized tour to experience a variety of unique excursions.

Hans and Marge welcome you to the new Adventure Center

Hans and Marge welcome you to the new Adventure Center

“The Adventure Center provides an onsite destination for our guests to learn about the many adventures – both cultural and adrenaline-driven – that northern New Mexico has to offer,” says General Manager Cindy Racco.  “Guests now have the chance to sit down with an adventure expert, and customize an excursion tailored specifically to their interests and time.” Continue reading

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Amangiri Solar Installation- A Teaching Moment

Amangiri would not exist were it not for “conviction”- a firmly held belief that discerning travelers would come to the Colorado Plateau for Aman luxury set against an iconic landscape. This same vision lies behind the latest installation of Amangiri’s two and a half acres of solar photo voltaics (PV). This is a story about taking the initiative when it comes to clean and renewable energy, with a practical demonstration before an engaged audience. Adventure Partners’ guides now have an opportunity to encourage further exploration of solar energy opportunities as we explore the property and respond to guest questions about the system. Continue reading

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Amangiri’s Via Ferratas Recent Subject in Forbes

Amangiri, A Billionaire Enclave In The High Desert Of Utah- by Gary Walther

The Colorado Plateau is a broad, high tableland that sprawls around the Four Corners, the Euclidean point where Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico touch right angles. It’s a land of spectacular eroded rock formations, pages of the geological past stretching back 180 million years. They reveal (to the trained eye) the violent upthrusting and relentless weathering that created this vast geological zoo—pinnacles, hoodoos (mushroom hooded rock towers), benches, terraces like the upper deck of a stadium, and mesas flat as a marine haircut. They are why the region contains the greatest concentration of National Parks and National Monuments in the country.  Continue reading

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Sharing the Experience- Utah Fall Guides’ Training, 2013

Adventure Partners knows success is built upon the excellence of ours guides. Their talent for sharing stories while looking after the well-being of our guests elevates and secures the experience.  In Southern Utah we work in a rugged landscape of mesas and canyons, where geological history spans almost two billion years and each sedimentary layer has its own tale of creation. Great vertical spaces can suddenly impede forward progress and present challenges which bring this compelling environment into sharp focus.

Guides’ training is an ongoing investment undertaken to enhance our interpretive skills. It may also advance a larger “tool kit” of technical expertise for managing the inherent risks of travel through complex and exposed terrain. Command of Place is a creative process requiring continuing education and re-invention.

Litter bearing practice.

Litter bearing practice.

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Adventure Partners and Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Announce Partnership.

Uncover the magic of northern New Mexico using the new Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe as a luxury base. In collaboration with Adventure Partners, the Resort is unveiling a collection of signature excursions, created exclusively for guests of Four Seasons and offering a range of adventures and opportunities for immersion in the culture and history of the destination.

Experience Assistants and AP at the trailhead.

Experience Assistants and AP at the trailhead.

“Once called ‘Ranch of the Dreamers,’ our property has a long history of welcoming travelers seeking romance, spiritual rejuvenation and the natural beauty of New Mexico,” says General Manager Cindy Racco. “By bringing in Adventure Partners, we are opening the door to customized experiences for our guests to connect with the history of the land and also enjoy unparalleled adventure every season of the year.” Continue reading

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Stories of Authenticity- Episode 1

How does “authenticity” manifest itself in our experience of place? Adventure Partners is always seeking out stories which resonate with our guests, who connect with a destination by strolling across 150 million year old Entrada Sandstone or summoning the courage to cross a suspension bridge high above the desert floor. A powerful narrative can have unexpected origins- evoking a time from our shared past or echo back to our childhood.  We recently embraced such a story whose beginnings start with World War II.

As it became clear in 1940 that Germany and Italy were racing victoriously through Europe and North Africa, the U.S. Army issued specifications for a simple, rugged vehicle ready for maneuvers within forty-nine days. By 1945, more than seven hundred thousand “jeeps” (derived from the Army term “General Purpose”= G+P) had been produced, one rolling off the assembly line every two minutes. The jeep’s tale is recounted in a wonderful ten minute War Department short called The Autobiography of a Jeep (1943). It’s a heroic  journey from humble beginnings to celebrity, and a reminder to wartime audiences of America’s “can-do” spirit in a time of shared sacrifice. The film ends with the prophetic line, “rumor is going around that the jeep is here to stay”. Postwar jeeps were marketed to returning servicemen as farm and construction vehicles in Willys-Overland ads: “When I get back, I’ll get a Jeep. It’ll make a swell delivery car!”

The post-war baby boomer generation grew up around the legendary jeep. There  were rumors you could buy an army surplus “jeep in a box” for 50 bucks, packed in grease and ready to go. In the 1950’s this storied war horse leapt onto a new popular medium, and was forever bound to the western landscape. Continue reading

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