Your Ultimate Guide to the Aspen Vista Trail in Santa Fe

Hiking is a very popular pastime in Northern New Mexico, and why wouldn’t it be? Hikers in our region are consistently rewarded with fun yet challenging trails and some of the most stunning natural scenery in the state.

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous during your visit, the Aspen Vista Trail in Santa Fe is not to be missed! At 11.5-miles, this unforgettable adventure is one of the longest day hikes in our area, and the views are well worth the journey.

Here is everything you need to know about embarking down the Aspen Vista Trail and even more suggestions for fantastic hiking trails in and around Santa Fe.

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Overview of the Aspen Vista Trail

For a fun-filled journey through the Santa Fe wilderness and a challenging endurance ride, the Aspen Vista Trail is the route for you! Many explorers are attracted to this trail for its length and natural features including wildflower fields, a river, waterfall, and lake.

Since the trail consistently yet gradually gains elevation towards the summit of Tesuque Peak, the trek can prove to be a bit difficult for inexperienced hikers. However, if you’re up to tame the exigent trail, you will be rewarded with sights that you never thought possible!

During the fall season, the Aspen Vista Trail tends to grow in popularity and traffic, and for good reason! The vibrant colors of fall are best experienced during this time of year and in this particular part of the wilderness, so your adventure is sure to be a real treat during your autumn getaway.

The Aspen Vista Trail isn’t just for hiking! You can also look forward to a variety of outdoor activities including bird watching, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. However you decide to spend your time on the trail, it’s sure to become one of the highlights of your visit to Northern New Mexico.

More Santa Fe Hiking Trails to Check Out

Chamisa Trail

The Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe is a moderate-level hike through the mountains of Santa Fe. Although it is primarily a hiking destination, mountain bikers can also get their fix on the trail.

Since there is so much to see, you have the option of making your adventure down the Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe a short or all-day activity! Along the way, you’ll discover beautiful wildflower fields, aspen forests, and much more.

Atalaya Trail

The Atalaya Trail is one of the most popular local hiking routes, mostly for the spectacular views from the top of the mountain! Along the way, you’ll encounter several spots that contour around steep hillsides and reveal great views overlooking the city.

As you get closer to the summit, keep in mind that the climbs get just a bit steeper. This creates a fun challenge that will require you to use both your mind and body.

Book Your Next Hiking Getaway With Casa Escondida

A unique and memorable getaway to Northern New Mexico calls for a one-of-a-kind place to stay!

You’re invited to stay with us at Casa Escondida, a peaceful retreat located just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe and within the historic village of Chimayo, NM. Our welcoming oasis perfectly combines the old-world charm of the Southwest with modern comforts and amenities.

Choose your home-away-from-home among our nine lovely guestrooms (some of which are pet-friendly), unwind in our peaceful setting within the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, and fuel yourselves for a full day of New Mexico adventures with our complimentary hot breakfast served each morning.

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 favorite room with Casa Escondida. Your next adventure awaits!