Mountains and desert: the best of both worlds!

One of the most appreciated aspects of Santa Fe by visitors and locals alike is the accessibility to trails and countless hiking opportunities. You can incorporate a short jaunt into your day of activities around town, or spend a full day on one of the longer trails if you are looking for an adventure! Varied terrain means you may choose to go up into the Sangre De Cristos for refreshing mountain air, or soak in the desertscapes of the surrounding area below. 

Dale Ball Trail System

The Dale Ball trails are one of the most well maintained and extensive trail systems close to town, with multiple access points. These trails have hiking for both casual hikers or those looking for a challenge. You can even start from upper Canyon Road and enjoy 25 miles of connecting paths though the foothills. Our favorite sections include the Dorothy Stewart trail, Atalaya trail, and Pacheco peak.

Sun Mountain

Sun mountain is a two mile out and back hike that starts right off Old Santa Fe Trail and takes you up to a fantastic panoramic view of the city. Perfect for spring before the weather gets too hot. It is a quick gain in elevation but can be completed fairly quickly, and has gained a reputation as a local favorite. Parking is limited so be mindful of the quiet local neighborhood. 

Aspen Vista

Santa Fe's Aspen Vista is gorgeous year round, but it really steals the spotlight in late summer and fall when the aspen trees begin to change color. Entire sections of the mountainside go from green to gold to orange, making the conditions perfect for a magical walk or hike admiring the foliage. 

Arroyo Hondo Open Space

Resting at a lower elevation than other trails in the area, this is a perfect option for anyone who wants a nice hike during the colder months, but is still hoping for a stunning view. Easy to access and with several options for loops of varied length, this is an underrated hiking path and is worth exploring!

Borrego & Bear Wallow 

Ideal in summer after the snow has melted and mud has dried, these two trails run parallel, meeting at a stream that offers a refreshing resting/lunch spot. Bring snacks and plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated and keep in mind that the high altitude will make any physical activity a bit more challenging. If you go prepared you will be rewarded with gorgeous forests and hidden meadows, definitely worth it!



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