The Best Hiking in New Mexico For 2024

Beautiful view of hiking in New Mexico

If you’re looking for a fantastic adventure and an unforgettable way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of northern New Mexico, then it’s time to plan for some hiking in New Mexico. Our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico is located in the charming town of Chimayó, nearly equidistant between the population centers of Santa Fe and Taos. We’re surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountain Ranges, and offer unbeatable access to some of the best hiking in New Mexico.

Once you’ve fueled up with a  delicious breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico, lace up your hiking boots and get for an invigorating adventure you won’t soon forget. The landscapes you’ll encounter out on the trails are truly breathtaking, and we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences once you’re back and resting in the afternoon.

Our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico is situated on six tranquil acres just a short drive away from Chimayó, where you’ll find the famed Santuario de Chimayó and a delicious meal or two at the Rancho de Chimayó. Our Inn is housed in a traditional casita, where we offer a warm welcome, a comfortable respite from the hectic world around us, and impeccable hospitality. We look forward to hosting you for all your spring adventures this year.  Book your room today!

Nambe Lake Trail - one of the best places for hiking in New Mexico

The Best Places for Hiking in New Mexico

Many visitors come to northern New Mexico, particularly the cities of Santa Fe and Taos, to admire the world-renowned art and museums, and to experience the centuries-old history and culture. Of course, many of the leading artists that have come to call this area home have come drawn to the natural beauty of the high desert scenery. We can hardly blame them!

It’s this jaw-dropping scenery that gets us outside and beckons us to go hiking in New Mexico. There is, after all, no better way to see or experience this natural beauty than by hitting the trails and hiking in New Mexico. Luckily for us and all who desire to adventure here, there’s no shortage of great trails for hiking in New Mexico. The harder decision is not going to be what to do, but where to go.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite trails for hiking in New Mexico based on where they are from our Bed and Breakfast. We can’t wait to hear about which trails you choose and the adventures you have. Happy hiking!

Hiking Trails to the South of Our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico:
  1. One of the most unique and inspiring places to go hiking in New Mexico is Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. This awe-inspiring place is about an hour from our Bed and Breakfast, and worth every minute of your time. The best trail here is the Slot Canyon Trail, a 3-mile trail that will take you through the area’s fascinating geological formations and through a short slot canyon, before enjoying a lovely view over the Sandia Crest to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north.
  2. Another popular area for hiking in New Mexico is Bandelier National Monument. Our favorite hike here is the Tsankawi Ruins hike, which takes you through the ancestral home of the San Ildefonso Pueblo people. Aside from the incredible history of this area, the views as you travel across the mesa are magnificent.
  3. The Dale Ball Trail Network in Santa Fe is an incredibly popular place to go both hiking and mountain biking. Head to the Picacho Peak Trail and enjoy the stunning 360-degree views from the top.
  4. If you want alpine beauty, head to the Nambe Lake Trail near the Santa Fe Ski Basin. At 6.8 miles it’s one of the longer hiking trails on our list.
Head North for More Hiking in New Mexico:
  1. If you want to see and experience the Rio Grande River Gorge, head to the La Vista Verde Trail. Unlike the rim trail of the Rio Grande Gorge, this one takes you deep into the heart of the gorge for an adventure like no other.
  2. The Williams Lake hike is a 5.2-mile hike that begins near the base of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. The hike starts in the typical dry pinyon and juniper hills of New Mexico but it ends in a stunning sub-alpine forest with views of the mountains, an alpine lake, and a waterfall.
  3. If you’re looking for a great wildflower hike in New Mexico, then you’ll want to take the Long Canyon Hike to Gold Mountain. The fields of blue columbine blooming during June and July are nothing short of stunning.
  4. The Taos Valley Overlook Trails offer 16 miles of trails and sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande River gorge.

You’ll also find plenty of fantastic hiking in New Mexico by heading into the Carson National Forest.

Enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico before heading out for some hiking in New Mexico

Soothe Your Muscles at Our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico

After a long day enjoying some of the best hiking in New Mexico, we have little doubt that you’re feet will be tired and your muscles aching. Luckily, our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico offers a relaxing retreat where putting up your feet is easy.

With plenty of guest rooms to choose from, including those that are pet-friendly and family-friendly, we offer the perfect choice for lodging for all your adventures in Northern New Mexico. The amenities at our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico are plentiful and the hospitality is unending. Add one of our exceptional Vacation Packages to your stay, including our New Mexico High Country Hiking Package, and let us help you enjoy the best of northern New Mexico while you’re here.

This spring is the perfect time to plan some adventures. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Chimayó today!

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