Aspen Vista Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
#26 of 66 trails in

Aspen Vista Trail is a 11.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

11.5 miles 2352 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


horseback riding




wild flowers


6 days ago

The mapping of this trail is incorrect and I have reported it for edit.

The WONDERFUL but moderate to difficult (depending on your fitness level - altitude gain over 1200 ft.) Alamo Vista Trail (trail #381) goes from the Aspen Vista Campsite to the top of Santa Fe Ski. It starts to the left of the gate as you enter the forest service road. This forest service road is what is incorrectly mapped as the Alamo Vista Trail. The correct trail goes up from the forest road a few feet as it follows the fence then you see the wooden trail sign and it takes a right turn and you continue this trail up along the ridge. First a blend of forest, then Aspen majority after that through a meadow. through pine forest and then to the top of Santa Fe Ski.

3 months ago

My wife and I found this trail looking for the "Aspen Vista trail" (which I'm not sure exists). This trail starts in the big parking lot right near mile marker 14 (between 13 and 14). The actual trail start is just to the left and past the gate which leads most people down a 'trail' that is actually a park road.

It starts steep (for us - who are not traditional hikers) but gets easier for most of it until you get to the last 100-200 yds. from the peak of the mountain. In between are forests of Aspens and a beautiful meadow with a great view of Santa Fe. Once at the top, you arrive at the chair lift for the ski area. My Apple watch/phone clocked it at a little more than a mile up and another back.

We enjoyed it very much.