Hiking Trails in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Notable Hikes near Santa Fe

  • Aspen Vista Trail - A popular trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is an easy trail, located on Ski Basin Road at the 13 mile marker.
  • The Dale Ball Trails - This is a system of interconnecting trails for hiking and mountain biking that connect ito the Nature Conservancy Trail, the Dorothy Stewart Trail, and the Atalaya Trail. A trail guide is available from the City of Santa Fe web site.
  • Atalaya Mountain Trail - This is another popular trail that leads toward the summit of Atalaya Mountain (the peak is at 9,000 feet elevation). The trail is steep near the summit, but it provides spectacular views of the city. The trail is accessible from the parking lot of St. Johns College.
  • Dorothy Stewart Trail - This trail network provides great views of the city and of Sunset rocks. It is reachale through the Dale Ball Trails, or from the Cruz Blanca trail that starts in from the parking area on Camino de Cruz Blanca.
  • The Nature Conservancy Trail - This is one of the closest trails to Santa Fe proper and is reachable from a parking area on Upper anyon rd. Access from Parking area on Upper Canyon Rd. Notable on this trail are ruins of an old dam. This trail runs along the original route of the Santa Fe river.
  • Tent Rocks Trail - This trail is about 40 miles soutwest of Santa Fe in Tent Rocks National Monument. The trail provides excelent viewing of the interesting rock formations for which the trail, and the park are named.
Santa Fe was a hub connecting several early trail systems. Among these systems were that Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro trails. There are parts of these trails that are still hikeable, but much of these trails have since been replaced by roads, or are crossed by highways making them unpassable on foot. Of course, the old trails systems were pretty long, with the Old Spanish Trail running to Los Angeles, the Santa Fe trail to Missouri, and the Camino Real trail to Mexico City.

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