About Heritage Inspirations
At Heritage Inspirations we intimately know and love the adventure, art, culture, heritage and wild places of Northern New Mexico. We aim to take you beyond the ordinary tourist route and transcend traditional boundaries through authentically curated New Mexican excursions. To do that, we offer immersive cultural and active guided tours that introduce you to the people, their voices and stories, the history and cultural sites, the landscapes and natural wonders, which when combined amplify the magic that make New Mexico incredibly special and unique. You’ll see why we’re New Mexico’s premiere travel company because we create inspirational travel excursions that provide an intimate opportunity to explore and discover New Mexico’s enchantment.
With more than twenty all-inclusive guided itineraries across the Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos region, plus the option to custom craft your own unique journey, whether you’re looking for an active outdoor expedition, a specially curated walking tour or a roving glamping adventure, we have a unique and dynamic tour option that aligns with your travel plans. Explore our calendar and find a travel program that thoughtfully anticipates your needs and feeds your soul with an unparalleled and transformative experience aimed to infuse New Mexico’s wild spirit into your heart.
“I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had. It certainly changed me for ever…. But the moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend.”
~ D.H. Lawrence
Angelisa Murray, Owner & Guide
I can remember the first adult road trip I took to Taos in my early 20’s. Even back then I felt something spiritual about the land. The dramatic skies seemed to evoke a sensation that longed to become intimate with the evident mystery in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I spent over seventeen years of my life as an active travel guide exploring and wandering all over the world, and yet no matter where I went, New Mexico called to me.
I spent a few years living in the quirky and quaint towns saturated by unforgettable characters in Pecos, Madrid, Santa Fe and now Taos. This is my home and after spending years excavating and learning from this wild place of heritage, culture and natural wonder, there is no greater inspiration to me than to share it.
Part of that may be due to this region’s connection to my heritage. Just north of Taos the surname Espinoza, my maiden name’s lineage, can be tracked from southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley and extends throughout northern New Mexico. In Taos, there is an intersection with the cross streets, Espinoza and Maestas, which are my grandparents surnames. This is a constant reminder how blessed I am to share in this culturally rich land through part of my family’s ancestry.
Working for over a decade as an active travel guide for a variety of premiere adventure companies, I guided others to experience the local beauty, culture and adventure activities of many special places. For most of those guiding years, I fortunately spent a majority of my time developing expertise here in the Land of Enchantment, through biking, hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, climbing, skiing, and learning about the geology, culture and history, which abounds throughout this state. The people you meet here have lines on their faces that tell many stories. They make you laugh and cry, they teach you, they sing to you, they share their colorful stories about eclectically living here, but probably one of the most inspiring truths is that everyone here practices art or some creative outlet on the side.
New Mexico is one of those places that is often overlooked or even mistaken as a foreign country. Many people think of this state as flat, brown and dry. It’s true, there are definitely those places that force solitude and silence amongst the sage flats, the gypsum sand dunes and the arroyos, but there is nothing dull about this vast landscape.
These tours I’ve developed are about unveiling the other truths that are often not known or seen, like the wild diversity of over 10,000-foot mountains saturated in aspens, hemlocks and wildflowers in rich green meadows, while only 30 miles to the west the land is painted in oranges, pinks, reds and whites. Monumental rocks and earth are layered and stacked, eroded and split open, just awaiting the artist’s canvas. There is so much to share here it’s inspiring! Your New Mexico trip will change you and welcome another pace of life, even if just for a few days.
My name is Angelisa Murray and I’m the owner of Heritage Inspirations LLC. I have partnered with Heritage Hotels & Resorts, New Mexico’s most distinctive cultural hotels. Our team would love to host you on an authentic experience and creative sojourn here in New Mexico and imbue the spirit of New Mexico in you, that has so attracted us. I look forward to sharing many of the secrets of this colorfully dynamic, diverse, spiritual and multicultural place with you!
Enjoy this article written about Angelisa on TaosStyle.net: “Angelisa’s Inspirations”
Our Inspired Guides
Karen Childers, Santa Fe Guide
Drawn by the intriguing character of Santa Fe, and captivated by its vivid history and incredible charm, Karen fell hopelessly in love with the city over twenty years ago. Her first visit was a long weekend getaway, which promptly turned into yearly vacation trips. And a steadfast desire to make this magical place her home. That dream came true for Karen and her husband in 2013, when they found their ideal spot in Santa Fe.
The vibrant story of Santa Fe came alive for Karen during intensive studies with the New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe College. She enthusiastically shares these insights on her walking tours. For Karen, leading others into the colorful tales and distinctive sites of Santa Fe is the perfect extension of her lifelong fascination with the people and times of the Wild West.
Before hanging her hat among the blue skies and wide-open spaces of New Mexico, Karen managed hospitality and marketing programs with leading Napa Valley wineries. She is an avid global traveler, whose perfect day includes a scenic hike, chatting with the locals over a rustic meal, and reveling in her latest off-the-beaten path discovery.
Karen brings alive the magic of Santa Fe on our Historic Architecture & Interiors Walking + Wine Tasting Tour.
Noah Blessey, Santa Fe Guide
Noah’s love for New Mexico was born the minute he laid eyes on the landscape in 1996 after his family relocated to Santa Fe from the East Coast. His own relocation to The City Different in the early 2000s further developed his love and respect for the diverse cultures of Santa Fe and allowed for full exploration of The Land of Enchantment. Careers in the business world sent him off to Northern California, Colorado and back to the East Coast, all the while New Mexico was calling him back. His dream of returning became a reality in early 2018, whereby we were honored and excited to grab him as a tour guide so he could share his enthusiasm, knowledge and appreciation of all things New Mexican with our guests.
A world traveler, whose preference in exploring the planet’s more exotic cultures and landscapes include traversing the dusty roads of Namibia, winding on a road bike through the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia, hiking the national parks of Madagascar, engaging with local villagers in the Sundarban Islands of India, and enjoying the beaches of Sri Lanka. His passion for exploring the world at large and the majority of the United States has only solidified his belief that New Mexico is one of the most unique places in the world.
Join Noah as he guides you on two of his most favorite and beautiful hikes in the area: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and Bandelier National Monument.
Lesley Evelyn Morgan, Taos Guide
When Lesley visited New Mexico for the first time in September of 1997, she felt she had entered a magical new world. She was immediately hooked on the expansive blue skies, endless sunshine, and high desert environment and found herself moving to Taos the next year to pursue her love of art and the outdoors. By working in a local artist’s studio as well as in a Bent Street gallery, she was able to intimately connect with the local art scene and quickly get her finger on the pulse of Taos’ art communit
Lately, preserving Taos’ historical art colony story has been her passion because she sees the artists and their creations as the uniting foundation behind this exciting, unique and different community. Lesley effuses when discussing Taos, “The diversity of cultures combined with the mixture of backgrounds keeps Taos exciting! Everyone here is truly an artist and they’re constantly exploring the beauty of their surroundings as well as their souls. I can’t wait to share this ever-evolving Taos art story, and the characters behind it, with you!”
Join Lesley on our Taos Immersive Artisan Walking Tour or our Taos Half Day Cultural Tour.
Sally Pryor, Taos Guide
Sally’s love of the outdoors grew from the formative time spent with family in Chesapeake Bay and later in the Appalachian Mountains, where as a child she combed the seashore for shells, trolled through swampy forests and hiked the rolling Appalachians. This became the platform for her outdoor ambitions. At 20, she decided to attempt a solo northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and somehow made it. That defining accomplishment paved the way for a life of showing others the accessibility and importance of enjoying and protecting the outdoors.
From teaching month-long wilderness leadership courses to pursing formal education in forestry as a member of the Northern New Mexico Climate Change Corps, Sally has built a full life around the remote back country, which is one of the reasons why she is so excited to put this introductory backpacking experience together and share her love for our natural environment. She believes backpacking allows you to know the power of your body and challenges you to experience the elements, thereby giving you wings to grow. Plus, the Sangre de Cristos are a very special locale due to their cultural and geological significance and that background will definitely be an educational aspect of her tour.
Bobby Gonzales, Chaco Canyon & ABQ Guide
Having grown up in the Northern New Mexican village of Pojoaque, Bobby found himself frequently outside making playgrounds out of alfalfa fields and hiking nearby bluffs and hillsides. One of his fondest childhood pastimes was replicating mini handmade sun-dried mud bricks for Pojoaque’s adobe structures. That unique architecture, plus the abundance and variety of cultures and traditions, make up New Mexico’s foundation. As Bobby says, “New Mexico is magical because of its traditions in architecture, artwork, food and the passing down of stories from generation to generation, that are all reflective of our natural surroundings. I still love getting my hands dirty and it’s apparent that I have always loved this land.”
Now living in Albuquerque after traveling the world, he finds New Mexico has always been his home and there is still much to discover and explore here. He loves having the opportunity to share a slice of New Mexico and continually looks forward to showcasing his love for New Mexico with newfound friends. You’ll definitely experience Bobby’s passion for New Mexico and get an insider’s perspective with his tours.
Bobby has specially formulated the Mezcla de Culturas and El Bosque Chiquito tours for Heritage Inspirations and leads Chaco Canyon day trips.