How to Have the Best Day of Santa Fe Hiking

If you come to Santa Fe and don’t explore the surplus of hiking trails, were you even in Santa Fe? Our city is one of the top destinations in the Southwest for hiking with dozens of trails to choose from. Spending a day hiking is a great way to experience New Mexico and discover pure relaxation in nature. Of course, it is important to be prepared for your full day in the New Mexican wilderness. This guide will not only clue you in on some of the best Santa Fe hiking trails, but also provide tips on what to bring and things to expect during your adventure.

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5 of the Most Fun Santa Fe Hiking Trails

There are many different kinds of trails for any experience level. Some even let you bring your furry friend along for the journey. Take your experience and stamina into consideration when choosing your trail to ensure you can complete the hike and enjoy it from beginning to end.

  1. Atalaya Mountain Trail

Atalaya Mountain in Santa Fe is a 6 mile out and back trail that leads you through the lovely aspen forests. The journey ends on a mountaintop with a stunning mountain view. It is considered an easy hike and exemplary for families on an afternoon excursion. Dogs are also welcome on the trail as long as they are kept on a leash.

  1. Dale Ball Trails

The Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe, NM are the way to go if you want to spend most of the day exploring. Consisting of nearly 23 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, you’ll embark on an unforgettable trek through some of Santa Fe’s most striking regions. These trails are considered moderate and may not be the best choice for beginners. If you’re up to the challenge, however, we believe this adventure is ideal for Santa Fe hiking.

  1. Aspen Vista Trail

The Aspen Vista Trail in Santa Fe is a lightly-trafficked route through the Santa Fe National Forest. It is rated as a moderate trail, meaning it may become difficult for beginners. Many explorers are attracted to this trail for its length and natural features including wildflower fields, a river, waterfall, and lake.

  1. Chamisa Trail

The Chamisa Trail in Santa Fe 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.

  1. Winsor Trail

Known as one of the jewels of the National Park system, Winsor Trail is a challenging yet rewarding journey. The 13-mile trail winds its way through stunning pine forests, alpine meadows, and along meandering streams. It’s a relaxing and scenic trek through nature that everyone needs to experience at least once!

What to Bring With You

How to Have the Best Day of Santa Fe Hiking 1Just as nature can be beautiful and inviting, it can also be unpredictable. When you’re preparing for a trek into New Mexico’s forests, having the right supplies will keep you comfortable during your hike and could save you from a potential disaster.

-Map in a protective case

-Protein-rich snacks.

-Energy beverages.

-Sturdy Rain Jacket (even if rain is not in the forecast).

-Water Bottles.

-Insect Repellent.


-Quick-dry Towel.

-Binoculars .

-Compass or GPS.


-Chap Stick.


-Insulation jackets (depending on the season).

-Headlamp or Flashlight.


-Knife or multitool.

For more hiking day essentials, check out the checklist by REI Co-Op.

Rest Your Feet at Casa Escondida

How to Have the Best Day of Santa Fe Hiking 2Located just north of Santa Fe, our secluded and charming bed and breakfast is the ideal getaway for those seeking rejuvenation and comfort. We will find our lovely inn in the historic village of Chimayo, home to the famed Sanctuario de Chimayo and Rancho de Chimayo restaurant. Our 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.

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