Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or looking for the perfect place to embark on a fun new adventure, pack your bags and head to Northern New Mexico! Our region is home to some of the top hiking trails in the Southwest, and this comes as no surprise considering you’ll find literally hundreds of trails to choose from and some of the nation’s most stunning scenery.
One trail that has consistently received attention from hiking publications, locals, and visitors is the Winsor Trail in Santa Fe. Known as one of the jewels of the National Park system, Winsor Trail is a challenging yet rewarding journey that you won’t soon forget.
Here are just a few of the most fun things to do on the Winsor Trail, and while you’re here, don’t forget to get your FREE copy of our Chimayo Vacation Guide to discover even more local hiking trails and things to do in Northern New Mexico.
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3 of the Most Fun Things to Do on the Winsor Trail
The Winsor Trail is a 13-mile journey through stunning pine forests, alpine meadows, and along meandering streams near Ski Santa Fe. Not only is it one of the most popular hiking trails in Santa Fe, it’s also one of the longest, making it ideal for a full day hike!
If you’re ready for an exciting adventure in Santa Fe, here are just a few of the best things to do along the Winsor Trail.
Your journey on the Winsor Trail begins at the Ski Santa Fe parking lot! From here, you’ll descend towards a forest road where the trail begins to become more challenging.
Since the terrain tends to get a bit rugged at various points, you’ll definitely want to stop and take a break every once in a while. However, this could also be a great opportunity to enjoy a quick snack with your loved ones and simply relax in the peacefulness of nature.
After exploring the forests and crossing the streams, your journey will end at Tesuque Village Market. Reward yourself with a quick lunch and a shuttle back to your car!
2. Mountain Biking
Winsor Trail is considered a “bucket-list” ride for many avid bikers. Energetic riders love the uphill climbs and exhilarating slopes that make for unparalleled mountain biking. The limited technical difficulty of the trail also makes it perfect for beginners! Helmets and gloves are mandatory for this ride.
The Winsor Trail isn’t limited to just summer activities. In fact, you’ll find some of the best snowshoeing opportunities in the state on the trail!
Experience a winter wonderland as you wander through the snow-laden forests and beside the icy creeks. This is a great option for those who aren’t exactly down-hill skiers. Plus, it’s an easy and peaceful way to immerse in the beauty of Santa Fe!
More Santa Fe Trails to Explore
The Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe is a moderate-level hike through the mountains of Northern New Mexico. The 4.5-mile trek is surrounded by beautiful aspen vistas, meadows, and mountain streams.
Although it is primarily a hiking destination, mountain bikers can also get their fix on the trail.
Aspen Vista Trail
At 11.6-miles, the Aspen Vista Trail is certainly another great choice for full day hikes in Santa Fe.
The lightly-trafficked route winds through the Santa Fe National Forest and boasts a variety of beautiful natural features including wildflower fields, waterfalls, and lakes.
Nambe Lake Trail
Nambe Lake Trail in Santa Fe is a moderately-trafficked out and back route that meanders 6.4-miles to a small, turquoise lake. The journey begins in the Santa Fe Ski Area parking lot and will lead you through beautiful aspen and pine forests accented with views of Mount Baldy.
After a brief uphill climb, you’ll come across Nambe Lake, a small and shallow body of water that offers picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Don’t forget your cameras!
Experience the Wonders of New Mexico During Your Stay at Casa Escondida
From epic family vacations to romantic escapes for two, Casa Escondida in Chimayo is the perfect home base for your next getaway to Northern New Mexico.
We’re located within the tranquil countryside and just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe. That way, you can enjoy a peaceful home-away-from-home without sacrificing convenience to your favorite New Mexico attractions and towns.
Casa Escondida also consists of nine highly-appointed guest rooms, each featuring its own unique atmosphere and amenities. While they boast the old-time, traditional New Mexico atmosphere, you’ll still be able to enjoy all the comforts of home during your stay. Plus, you’ll be treated to a delicious hot breakfast each morning to fuel you for another day of adventures.
For the ultimate hiking getaway, you’ll definitely want to check out our New Mexico High Country Hiking Package! This exclusive special includes everything you’ll need for a full day on the local trails including the use of a daypack, a New Mexico hiking guide, trails snacks for two, and much more.
Check our availability today and book your next adventure with Casa Escondida. We look forward to seeing you in Chimayo soon.