Daniel Gibson has been guiding professionally for seven years, focusing on New Mexico cultural, historic and scenic tours, plus customized hiking outings. His tours run from 2-hour walks through Santa Fe’s historic core to day-long or multi-day excursions to regional Indian pueblos, Taos, Abiquiu, Chimayo and other notable sites.
He served as the lead guide for Southwest Odyssey Tours for several years, led Santa Fe area hiking tours for Sunrise Springs Resort Spa for a year and half, and has worked extensively as a Group Leader for the international organization Road Scholar for the past several years in New Mexico and the Southwest as a whole.
Gibson was born and raised in the North Valley of Albuquerque. He attended the National Outdoor Leadership School in the Wind River Range of Wyoming when he was 15. There he learned about route finding, decision-making in the field, group dynamics, camping and survival skills, and some basic botany and geology.
He went on to study journalism and photography at the University of New Mexico, graduating with a BA in 1979, and has worked ever since as a reporter, magazine writer, editor, columnist and book author. He has a broad and deep understanding of and appreciation for New Mexico’s unique Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures, their histories, customs and places.
His many guidebooks include the popular and award-winning Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor’s Guide (2001, Rio Nuevo Publishing), the Audubon Guide to the National Wildlife Refuges: Southwest (2000, St. Martin’s), and the recently-released Skiing New Mexico: Guide to Snow Sports in the Land of Enchantment (UNM Press).
Serving as editor of Native Peoples magazine from 2001 to 2013, he has a special familiarity with and respect for New Mexico’s American Indian people and places.