What You Need to Know About the Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe

There’s no better place to leave behind your everyday responsibilities and escape into the tranquility of nature than Santa Fe, NM. With many incredible hiking trails to choose from, this one-of-a-kind destination provides nearly endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration. If you’re not sure where to begin, we recommend taking a look at the Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe. This 4.5-mile long trek is a popular choice for visiting hikers and a great way to experience natural New Mexico at its finest.

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More About the Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe

The Chamisa Trail is a moderate-level hike through the mountains of Santa Fe. The best months to embark down the trail are April-October when the weather is typically warm and beautiful. Although it is primarily a hiking destination, mountain bikers can also get their fix on the trail. Since it gains a lot of elevation on the way up, it can prove to be a bit of a challenge to rookie hikers. However, the rest of the trail is a relatively easy journey and provides its travelers with stunning views. 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.

How to Get to the Chamisa Trail Head

From the Santa Fe Plaza, you’ll follow the Santa Fe Trail to Washington Avenue. When you cross over Paseo de Peralta, it will become Bishops Lodge Road. From here, turn right onto Artist Road and follow the signs for the Santa Fe Ski Basin.  Drive 5.6 miles, and the gravel parking lot will be on your left. If it’s full, check overflow parking to the right!

Best Way to Hike the Chamisa Trail

Many hikers choose to begin at the trailhead, but bikers may find the end of the trail as the best place to start. You’ll climb through well-shaded forests, cross dry streams and meadows, and even intersect with the Windsor Trail. To get back to the parking lot, you must turn around and retrace your steps. Completing the trail and then making the return hike is normally and all-day trek, so be sure to pack accordingly and wear comfortable shoes!

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