The idea of Ride New Mexico was a whole lot more than creating a business about photography and motorcycles.   Nancy and Carlan Tapp wanted to share what they love.  After all, what’s not to love about 320 days of sunshine a year; miles of open roads; magnificent landscape; big skies and New Mexico’s colorful, independent people?  What’s not to love about a diverse culture rich in history and its delicious food?   And what’s not to love about taking people on a tour and seeing their eyes light up and their jaws drop open? 


Located in historic Madrid, NM, Ride New Mexico’s tour headquarters also features Carlan’s classic black and white photographs from his HOG™ Magazine blue highway photo essays.  Visitors arriving on two wheels or four have an opportunity to discover or rediscover America’s forgotten highways and the warm and welcoming people who live along the way.   Nancy and Carlan like to think of the headquarters as more than starting point for the tours.  It’s where families, riders and visitors can stop by, be inspired and chat about their next road trip.


Carlan’s photographs and road stories are featured in Harley-Davidson HOG™ Magazine.  He’s been published in New Mexico Magazine and has a new series of photo essay ibooks.  Carlan currently teaches workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and National Geographic Photo Expeditions.  He is represented globally by Redux Pictures, NY.  His photographs are in private collections nationally as well as Australia, China, Canada, France and Spain.  Carlan is a H.O.G.® member and longtime Harley-Davidson enthusiast.


Nancy’s many years in the travel and hospitality industry has given her an eye for detail and that knack for creating a memorable experience.  Her customer service career began as a flight attendant before moving into Santa Fe’s hotel industry where she became the general manager of two prestigious inns.  Nancy retired from the Fairmont in 2012 and together with Carlan began to develop Ride New Mexico.  Nancy enjoys painting in her home studio and riding on the back of their LowRider.

 Photographs ©Carlan Tapp 2017  All rights reserved.  Usage requires written permission.

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