8 Easy Hikes in Santa Fe For a Quick Excursion in the Outdoors

One of the most popular outdoor activities in Northern New Mexico is hiking, and it is not difficult to understand why. In fact, Santa Fe has been rated as one of the top hiking destinations for hiking in the Southwest!

During your own visit to New Mexico, we highly encourage you to get out and experience what make the local trails stand out from all the rest. Whether you’re in search of a quick afternoon excursion or you’re a beginner hoping to enjoy a more leisurely trek, here are some of the best easy hikes in Santa Fe that are exactly what you’re looking for.

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The Best Easy Hikes in Santa Fe That You’ll Love

1. Atalaya Mountain Trail

Stretching approximately six miles, Atalaya Mountain in Santa Fe is one of the longer trails on this list. However, the trek is very easy to complete and exposes its travelers to rewarding views of mountaintops and the Santa Fe adobe spread. It’s perfect for a full afternoon excursion in the great outdoors.

2. Dale Ball Trails

The Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe are an extensive hiking and mountain biking trail system conveniently located right outside the city.

You and your loved ones will enjoy a relaxing hike through the foothills on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which includes some of the most striking regions in Santa Fe.

3. Chamisa Trail

There’s a reason the Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe is a favorite among locals and visitors alike! The 4.5-mile trek is surrounded by beautiful aspen vistas, meadows, and mountain streams.

There is a slight elevation gain in the trail that may be a challenge to some beginners, but we promise your journey will be well-worth it!

4. Picacho Peak Trail

Also known as the Pikachu Trail in Santa Fe, Picacho Peak is a 3.3-mile out and back excursion that provides lovely views of the Northern New Mexico landscape. It’s also commonly used by the locals as a training trail, so if you’re hoping to practice for the longer and more challenging trails, this is the one for you!

5. Aspen Vista Trail

At 11.6-miles, the Aspen Vista Trail in Santa Fe is certainly the longest trail on this list. However, both skilled and beginner hikers can get their fix on this exciting journey.

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.

You can either spend the whole day exploring the trail or simply use your afternoon to walk a few miles in and back. The choice is yours!

6. Dorothy Stewart Trail

The Dorothy Stewart Trail is a 1.9-mile loop in the Santa Fe National Forest and very popular with traveling families. Many visitors also love the great views provided by the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

7. Two Mile Pond Loop

If you enjoy fun hikes with water features, then you won’t want to skip the Two Mile Pond Loop. Despite its name describing the trail as two-miles long, the hike is actually only 1.4-miles and offers a number of exciting activity options during the hiking season.

8. Canyon Trail at Tent Rocks

This quick yet inspiring trail is only 1.2-miles long and wanders through the incredible Tent Rocks National Monument and a labyrinth-like slot canyon.

Many visitors choose this trail to see the cone-shaped geological features in the park, but you’ll also find a wide variety of other activities such as bird watching and plant identification.

The High Country Hiking Package is the Best Way to Experience Local Santa Fe Trails

Winsor Trail Santa FeMany guests who stay with us in our Chimayo bed and breakfast come to Northern New Mexico to try the local hiking trails for themselves. If you’re a hiker in search of your next adventure, we have a special offer just for you!

The High Country Hiking Package is one of our most popular vacation specials and is the perfect addition to any stay at Casa Escondida. It includes:

  • Use of 1 daypack
  • Use of 1 pair of trekking poles
  • 2 bottled waters
  • New Mexico Hiking Guide
  • Use of 1 pair of binoculars
  • Trail snacks for two
  • Lip balm and sunblock
  • First aid kit

It’s everything you’ll need and more for a memorable hiking getaway to Santa Fe. Call us today at 505-351-4805 to reserve your stay and don’t forget to mention the New Mexico High Country Hiking Package!

Escape to Northern New Mexico and Book Your Next Stay With Us

Best Small Towns in New MexcioLocated in the peaceful countryside of Northern New Mexico, our charming bed and breakfast in Chimayo, NM provides a peaceful and quiet setting for you and your loved ones to unwind, recharge, and discover everything our wonderful region has to offer.

Guests of Casa Escondida will enjoy intimate and comfortable lodging options, some of which are pet-friendly, convenience to several nearby cities, towns, and attractions, and a delicious hot breakfast served each morning.

After experiencing your favorite easy hikes in Santa Fe, we suggest coming back for a well-deserved evening of relaxation in the Vista Room. This upstairs accommodation is ideal for couples or families and includes a wide variety of unique features and amenities including a banco window seat, a queen bed and daybed that converts into two twin beds, and a private deck overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Check our availability today and book your next New Mexico escape!