Winter Hike to San Gregorio Lake is a 7.5 mile out and back trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Deep snow, beautiful landscape, lake in middle of beautiful snow covered meadow This is one of my favorite hikes to do. It's relatively close to Albuquerque (1hr 15min to trailhead) and is not used much during the summer and not at all during the winter. San Pedro Parks is a small wilderness area located in the Santa Fe National Forest. It's unique in that there are no major peaks or cliffs or steep narly parts. When you arrive at the center of the park it is beatiful mixtures of open meadows and thick woods. This trip was a winter trip in deep unbroken snow so we only made it in to San Gregorio Lake. It was completely covered in snow. The trail did seem steeper going in that I've ever experienced, again, mostly because in the summer, the hike begins at the trailhead not 3mi down the road. If you are ever in the area, you've got to try this hike - summer or winter. If you can make it to the Rio Vacas, in the summer, there is always running water and native cutties and rainbows abound.