How to Enjoy Your Hike on the Dale Ball Trails

Outside the historic city of Santa Fe, you’ll discover a vast wilderness of Southwestern terrain and beauty just begging to be explored. One of the most popular outdoor activities for our visitors is hiking, and we guarantee that exquisite trails will never be in short supply. If you are an experienced hiker or not afraid of a challenge, we highly recommend the Dale Ball Trails! This 22-mile network of trails is the quickest way to get from the city to the mountains and experience the enchantment of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Things to Do on the Dale Ball Trails

There are many ways to enjoy your journey on the Dale Ball Trails! Hikers, joggers, mountain bikers, and even your four-legged friends are all welcome on the trail network. This network is also connected by 3 separate trails, each leading into a different direction. That way, you’ll be able to discover new areas and outlooks each time you visit.

If you’re new to the Dale Ball Trails, here are other exploration options that are recommended by the locals!

Short Hike Filled With Great Views

This simple trail is perfect for those looking for a quick yet awe-inspiring experience. Start at junction 9, proceed to 8, and then to 6, 5, 10, and 7. Once you reach the end, you will return via 7 and 8 before completing the hike back at junction 9.

Mountain Bike Ride

This is one of the best routes for Dale Ball Trails mountain biking! You’ll begin at 1, 2, outer loop to 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 19, 20, 20, 24, 27, 26, 25, 23, left trail towards 2, and then follow 16, 15, 14, 13, and 9 back to the parking lot.

Challenging Hike With Great Views

This strenuous yet incredible adventure is recommended to only the most daring of hikers! The journey begins at the St. John’s Trail towards the Atalaya Trail. Proceed north along the ridge to 41, 36, and 34 before taking the spur that leads to the top of the Picacho Peak. After enjoying the view, you’ll return to 34, 31, 32, 27, 28, and 33. Here, you’ll join the Dorothy Steward Trail, which will lead you back to your car.

Not familiar with the trail points or routes? Download a free copy of the Dale Ball Trails Map in Santa Fe. Also, read our blog on great tips for preparing for your Santa Fe hike!

After Your Hike, Rest Your Feet and Spirit at Casa Escondida

Located just minutes from Santa Fe, NM, our secluded and charming bed and breakfast is the ideal getaway for those seeking rejuvenation and comfort. Our 9 guestrooms are adorned with traditional New Mexican antiques and provide guests with intimate space and luxury. You will also enjoy a delicious daily breakfast, exclusive vacation packages and specials, and convenience to all the best local attractions. Book your next getaway to Casa Escondida today! Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide to help you start planning your ideal vacation.

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