Activities

Activities in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Hiking

Santa Fe is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. Just a few minutes away from bustling downtown lie acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here you’ll find miles of excellent trails to explore that range from easy to challenging.

Leave the human world behind as you pass through shaded forests of pinon, juniper and ponderosa trees. Stop to admire meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine and other colorful wildflowers. Relax by a silvery mountain stream and maybe you’ll see a hummingbird, a mule deer or a gray fox. Make sure to leave yourself time to enjoy the incredible views from ridgetops and mountain summits. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Aspen Vista Trail

Santa Fe Ski Basin Area
505/955-6200

This is the most popular trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The gradual uphill climb and the width of the road make it ideal for hikers of all abilities and ages. It’s also popular with cross-country skiers. The road is closed to motorized vehicles including snowmobiles.

Directions: Follow Paseo de Peralta to Washington Ave on the North end of Paseo de Peralta. Turn away from the plaza heading north on Washington Avenue to Artist Road (Ski Basin Rd). Follow the Ski Basin Rd. 13 miles. Access this trail from Aspen Vista Picnic Area, just beyond the 13 mile marker. Ample parking is available.

Atalaya Mountain Trail

Access from Parking area at St. John’s College
505/955-6200

The Atalaya Mountain Trail, accessible from the parking lot at St. Johns College, is one of the most popular and easily accessible hiking trails in Santa Fe. Hikers have the option of taking the longer route (Trail 174), which is approximately 7 miles round-trip, or parking farther up near the Ponderosa Ridge development and doing a 4.6-mile loop (Trail 170) instead. Both trials eventually join and take you toward the top of Atalaya Mountain, a 9,121-foot peak. The first few miles of the trail are relatively easy, but it becomes increasingly steep and strenuous as you near the summit of Atalaya Mountain. Hikers who make it to the top are afforded great views of the Rio Grande valley and the city below.

Big Tesuque Trail

Hyde Memorial State Park
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Easy hike along the banks of the Rio Tesuque. Can be hiked year round. Great places to picnic along the trail.

Directions: go north on Bishop’s Lodge Road. Almost 1 mile beyond the entrance to Bishop’s Lodge the road takes a 90 degree turn to the left, turn right here on to a dirt road, County Road 72A. In a few minutes you will see signs for parking. The trail begins just a few minutes more up the road on the right immediately crossing the creek on a foot bridge.

Black Canyon Trail

Hyde Memorial State Park
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The Black Canyon trail is a short, easy trail through an aspen-fir forest. If you take this trail, you will see several types of wildflowers, and possibly lots of butterflies. This is a good trail for children or a family

Borrego/Bear Wallow Loop

Hyde Memorial State Park
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Located just above the Hyde Park camping area, this is a winding trail that crosses the Little Tesuque Creek and is deep in a conifer and aspen forest.
This hike is a pleasant four mile loop with some vertical relief (about 800 ft elevation change) in an aspen-fir forest. Because of the aspen, this hike would be especially nice in the fall. You could extend the length of this hike by taking one of several other trails which intersect this trail.

Chamisa Trail

Santa Fe Ski Basin Area
505/955-6200

The Chamisa trail is an easy hike only six miles from the plaza. The Chamisa Trail is well defined and hikes through rolling terrain and meadows for 4.75 miles round trip. The hike will take you through large stands of evergreen trees. This is an enjoyable hike or trail run close to town.

Directions: Follow Paseo de Peralta to Washington Ave on the North end of Paseo de Peralta. Turn away from the plaza heading north on Washington Avenue to artist rd (ski Basin rd). Follow the Ski Basin rd. 5.6 miles to a wide canyon with two prominent parking areas on the south and north sides of the rd. Park on the north side. Locate trailhead and follow to big Tesuque creek.

Cruz Blanca Trail

Access from the parking area at St. John’s College
505/955-6200

This trail begins at the east end of the St. John’s Parking Area and connects up with the Dorothy Stewart Trail or the Atalaya Mountain Trail, about 1.27 miles one way.

Dale Ball Trails

Trailheads at various locations
505/955-6200

The Dale Ball Trail system includes 22.22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to other well-known Santa Fe trails and extend across land owned by the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, the National Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy. Parking can be found at the east end at the St John’s College parking lot; or at the Nature Conservancy on Upper Canyon Road; or on Cerro Gordo Road and also on Camino de Cruz Blanca. Connecting trails include: Cruz Blanca Trail 1.27 miles, St. John’s Trail 1.47 miles, Nature Conservancy 1.27 miles, Dorothy Stewart 1.45 miles and Atalaya Trail 5.16 miles; making the total trail network 32.84 miles, all starting within two miles of the Santa Fe Plaza.

Dorothy Stewart Trail

Access from the Cruz Blanca Trail beginning at the parking area on Camino de Cruz Blanca.
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Wonderful network of trails through piñon and juniper forest. Views of the city and the mountains as you hike over rolling terrain. Beautiful view of “Sunset Rocks”, great for catching your breath. Connecting up with the Dale Ball Trails can lengthen or shorten this hike.

Gavilan Trail

Santa Fe Ski Basin Area
505/955-6200

A lung-burning 2,000-foot gain in 2.5 miles rewards with sweet ridgeline view of the Taos Mountains and Wheeler Peak. This day hike runs 6.6 miles round-trip.

Directions: Take US 285 to NM 68 to US 64 (Paseo del Pueblo Norte) to NM 150 toward Arroyo Seco. In 8.3 miles, park safely on shoulder. Trailhead is on the left.

Hyde Park Circle Trail

Hyde Memorial State Park
888/667-2757

A trail with excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, San Pedro, and Ortiz mountains (i.e. views in most all directions). This hike is near both the Hyde Memorial State Park and the Black Canyon campgrounds. If you stay at Black Canyon, a trail crosses the meadow from behind the fenced area behind site 41 (near the highway). This trail gains 855 ft. in the first 0.94 mi. However, the climb is worth it for the views.

La Vega Trail

Santa Fe Ski Basin Area
505/955-6200

This trail begins at the Santa Fe Ski Basin and has less use than those closer to Santa Fe. Its destination is a beautiful valley complete with a stream running through it and a close view of Santa Fe Baldy. The trail is indicated by a trail marker and is easy to find.

Nature Conservancy Trail

Access from Parking area on Upper Canyon Rd.
505/955-6200

This 190-acres of open space, only a few miles from Santa Fe’s bustling historic Plaza, offers a thriving bosque of cottonwood and willow trees, a pond, the ruins of an historic Victorian-era dam, hiking trails, more than 140 species of birds and the original route of the Santa Fe River. One of the last unspoiled riparian areas along the river, the preserve is nestled in the foothills adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest
The Conservancy, with a little help from Mother Nature, has worked to restore the land to its natural state and constructed a 1.5-mile interpretive loop trail detailing the colorful history and fragile ecology of the place. Interpretive panels along the preserve trail detail this colorful past through archival photographs intertwined with information concerning the area’s ecology. The preserve also serves as a trailhead for the 20-mile Dale Ball Foothill Trail System. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on the preserve trails.

Randall Davey Audubon Center

1800 Upper Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 983-4609

Explore the wide world of nature to be found in Santa Fe at the Randall Davey Audubon Center, part of the National Audubon Society. The historic house belonged to Randall Davey, a celebrated modernist painter, before the National Audubon Society took ownership in 1983. With 135 acres of land, the center offers guided bird walks, two nature trails and historic home tours. Look for more than 130 species of rare and common birds as well as plenty of wildlife, butterflies, flowering plants and forests of fir and spruce trees. Stop by the on-site Nature Store, filled with toys and books for the kids as well as binoculars and other birding items.

St. John’s Trail

Access from St. John’s College.
505/955-6200

This trail begins at the east end of the St. John’s Parking Area and connects up with the Atalaya Mountain Trail, about 1.47 miles one way.

The Santa Fe Hiking Guide, LLC

1-505-917-6280

Native Santa Fean available to guide adventurous, fun and memorable day hikes in the Santa Fe area as well as historical and cultural tours of the city and surrounding region.

Windsor Trail

Hyde Memorial State Park
888/667-2757

Located at the top of Highway 475, at the Ski Basin, is the Windsor Trail, also known as Little Tesuque Trail, which climbs to over 11,000 feet through conifer and aspen forest and leads to the 250,000 acre Pecos Wilderness area.

Yogihiker, LLC

581 Camino Montebello
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-819-8445

Guided Hiking with Yoga on the Trails of Santa Fe.
2 hour excursions. See the website for schedule and more details. Private hikes available.

Spending time in the woods has always been a source of calm, connection and wonder. The same can be said of yoga. Yogihiker combines the two enriching experiences together on the trails of Santa Fe.

Outdoor Activities

If you love the great outdoors, then Santa Fe is the perfect place for you. The city is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. And it’s all just minutes away from the cosmopolitan center.

Santa Fe is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, river rafters, horseback riders and people who simply like to stroll in city parks and take in the fresh air. You can ski the Rocky Mountains in winter and ice skate outdoors on the pond in Hyde Memorial State Park. In summer, hike the miles of mountain wilderness, enjoying dramatic, panoramic vistas and fields of wildflowers.

Broken Saddle Riding Co.

P.O. Box 286
Cerrillos, New Mexico 87010
(505) 424-7774

The Broken Saddle Riding Company offers horsebackriding on well conditioned smooth riding Tennessee Walkers and Missouri Foxtrotters through the beautiful Cerrillos Hills Historic Park (New Mexico State Park). Able riders may trot, canter or gallop. Small group and private rides available. 26 scenic miles from the Santa Fe Plaza. All rides are by appointment.

Centaur Cycles & Scooters

3232 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-5481

We rent scooters and motorcycles! You can rent a fine motorcycle or scooter from Centaur Cycles & Scooters starting at just $75 per day. There’s no better way to tour Santa Fe than on a motor scooter. And for more adventurous folks, tour around the state on a powerful highway motorcycle. Go to our website for full details:
www.centaurcyclesandscooters.com.

We sell high quality Vespa, Piaggio, Kymco & Genuine motor scooters as well as Royal Enfield and Hyosung motorcycles. We service & repair quality motorcycles & scooters. We also offer motorcycle apparel and accessories.

Enchanted Packgoats LLC

PO Box 67
Edgewood, NM 87015
505-553-8790

Experience the Magic of Packgoats!

Enchanted Packgoats offers guided day hikes on the beautiful trails of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. You’ll enjoy spending time with our gentle, affectionate and intelligent packgoats, and learning about them as well as the flora and fauna of New Mexico. You’ll stop along the trail for a delicious lunch featuring locally produced foods, and end the day with a group photo and a wonderful experience!

Santa Fe Walkabouts

Santa Fe, NM
505-216-9161

Santa Fe Walkabouts is an outdoor adventure company located in the City Different, Santa Fe. We offer customized guided tours for individuals, families and small groups. Come on a nature walk, climb a mountain and marvel at the views, go mountain biking on a high desert trail, take a “Jeep” Tour in our Pinzgauer, or put on those cross country skis and explore amazing wooded trails. We also offer scenic tours to places like Bandelier, Puye Cliffs, Tent Rocks, Taos, Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch, the Pecos Ruins and more!

Our goal is to share our love of the outdoors with you. Let’s go Walkabout!

Wild Earth Llama Adventures

54 Ron’s Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
1-800-758 -LAMA (5262)

Explore New Mexico’s Pristine Wilderness… Without the Burden of a Heavy Pack!

Wild Earth Llama Adventures offers fun and educational wilderness excursions, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rio Grande Gorge, near Taos and Santa Fe. Join us for one of our popular, “Take a Llama to Lunch!” Day Hikes, or a Multi-Day Wilderness Adventure. Learn about local ecology, native plants and wildlife, edible/medicinal plants, wilderness living skills, and more! Naturalist Guides/Gourmet Meals. All ages/fitness levels. Our knowledgeable guides and “llovable” llamas will help you create the wilderness adventure of a lifetime!

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Parks and Recreation

Whether you’re an avid fan of fishing, horseback riding or simply relaxing beneath a shady tree in a peaceful park, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy recreation in Santa Fe.

At the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, the city’s largest recreational facility, sign up for a class in kayaking, ice skating, yoga, Pilates, cycling and more. Swim laps or take a water exercise class in the 50-meter pool. Play hockey or twirl on the ice during the public skating time on the ice arena. Drop in for a game of hockey, volleyball, basketball or indoor soccer. You can also swim and take fitness classes at the Salvador Perez Pool & Fitness Center and the Fort Marcy Complex.

Santa Fe offers more than 50 scenic parks, from neighborhood rose parks to historical and athletic parks. Play a game of tennis on one of the city’s outdoor tennis courts or enjoy a leisurely stroll with inspirational views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex, for example, you can watch a game of soccer, softball or rugby, if one is scheduled, or let the kids play on the large jungle gym.

Alto Park (Bicentennial)

1043 Alto St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
View Map Also known as Bicentennial, this park includes tennis courts, picnic tables, playground equipment, park shelter, barbeque grills, basketball courts, outdoor pool (summer only)

Fort Marcy Ballpark and Recreation Complex

490 Washington St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Monsignor Patrick Smith Park

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Genoveva Chavez Community Center

3221 Rodeo Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 955-4022 View Map

While you’re away, enjoy Santa Fe’s state-of-the-art recreational facility for fun, fitness and work-out activity.

Nambe Falls & Recreation Area

Rt 1 Box 117-BB
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(505) 455-4406

Outdoor Park and recreation area located on the Nambe Pueblo Indian reservation. Features beautiful scenery, waterfalls, fishing, boating and hiking. The pueblo is registered as a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the state’s major tourist attractions. Only 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, Nambe Lake offers some of the best high mountain trout fishing in the area with facilities for overnight camping.

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