Everyone knows that hiking in Santa Fe is simply unexplainable. Between the environment, the views, and the experiences only Santa Fe can provide, it’s an unparalleled adventure. When you visit Santa Fe next, make sure you find time to explore these trails.
Dale Ball Trail
The Dale Ball Trail system is a 22 mile network of trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Located a short distance from downtown Santa Fe, it is the quickest way to get from the city into the mountains. It offers great opportunities for beginners and advanced hikers alike, along with amazing views of both the surrounding wilderness and back towards the city.
Aspen Vista Road Santa Fe National Forest
Located about 12 miles from town, the Aspen Vista picnic area is where you’ll begin your journey. The terrain is perfect for walking with friends, family members, and even your furry friends. While there’s plenty of trails and walking to be had, the majority of visitors complete 1.5 to 2 miles of hiking before coming to a gorgeous overlook. From there, the Santa Fe visitors turn around to complete the scenic loop and head back to the comfort of their vacation rental from Adobe Destinations!
The Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
This wonderful hiking trail is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, about an hour drive south of Santa Fe. The trail takes approximately 2 hours to complete, so bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, and weather appropriate attire. Bringing sunscreen isn’t a bad idea either! While many may gawk at the time needed to complete the entire trail, the views from the ridge make the trek worth it!
The Nature Conservancy’s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Trail
Looking for a family-friendly hiking trail in Santa Fe? This 1.3-mile trail takes guests along the Santa Fe River and historic dam site. Throughout the trail, you’ll learn about the history of the Nature Conservancy, the Santa Fe River area, and see beautiful wildlife and plants. Be on the lookout for beaver ponds! Be advised that this trail is for pedestrian use only. Bikes and dogs are strictly prohibited on this Santa Fe hiking trail.
Atalaya Mountain Trail
As the closest hiking trail to the center Santa Fe, this is a “not to be missed” outdoor adventure! Since it features easy to moderate hiking, many people will visit this trail while vacationing in Santa Fe. The trail also provides some of the most breathtaking views of the city, the valley, and so much more. Depending on what time you visit, perhaps you’ll catch one of the legendary Santa Fe sunrises or sunsets.
Rio en Medio Trail ‑ Santa Fe National Forest
This is truly Santa Fe’s hidden gem trail. Why? Because it’s the hardest to find and one of the more difficult hikes around. This 8-mile trail is found off a dirt road in Rio en Medio and features extraordinary hiking, natural elements, and a waterfall – if you’re up for the challenge. Should you choose to embark on this hike, be handy with a map and be prepared to spend all day on the trail. It’s a tough one!
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The best part about hiking in Santa Fe is coming back to your warm, cozy, and comfy vacation rental. There’s no hassle of finding hotel parking, trudging up the stairs or an elevator to your room, and it’s the perfect atmosphere after a long and rewarding day on the trails.
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