Explore the most popular trails in Hyde Memorial State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful scenery, a quiet natural setting, and easy access make Hyde Memorial State Park a favorite picnic area, campground, respite, and base camp for excursion to the surrounding Santa Fe National Forest.

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icy
snow
11 days ago

Doable with yak tracks. Beautiful vistas.

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snow
1 month ago

This is a very shaded, well cleared trail. The aspen in their golden leaves were beautiful! Trail is enough of a challenge for kids but not so hard they would quit.

Perhaps this trail is more interesting by bike. Or when the wildflowers are out. Today was disappointing and really just a walk in the woods. Barely even a glimpse of the amazing autumn colors on display further up the road. One positive: a decent enough work out on the way back up.

BEAUTIFUL trail. Relatively easy. Great shade. Gorgeous hike!

Lots of shade along the way. Enjoyed the stream and the changing fall leaves!

Perfect trail! Not too hard and not too easy. Sat up at the picnic table a good 30min enjoying that view. Amazing! We hiked west circle loop into east circle loop and did the waterfall trail. I’d suggest starting at the east circle loop into the west loop to enjoy the scenery as you’re hiking down

hiking
4 months ago

Short switchbacks so the climb is pretty steep. I enjoyed seeing the clouds hover over the mountains on both sides of the ridge. Hiking poles recommended, particularly for the trip down.

I would do it again for sure

Exactly what we were looking for - shaded, pleasant, a fine respite from summer sun / heat. We took the trail counter-clockwise, starting with Borrego leg, which was good option since this leg had most of the ascents/descents (like to do that at start rather than end). Took us right at 2 hours. We are urban dwellers in our 60's, challenge/ease was about right for us in an easy morning day trip.

good medium length trail. my 8 and 12 pound dogs loved it. a shady trail that is good on a hot day

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rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail. A pretty steady climb for the first mile, gets the heart rate up! Be careful on the descent, lots of small rocks make it quite slippery on the switchbacks. There is a road crossing and then it connects to the east circle trail. Which is like the cool down part of the trail, very gentle and shaded. There is a $5 fee for this trail, so worth it.

Took our three kids (ages 9,7 and 4) on this trail one August morning. What a fabulous time! There was a small bit of slippery gravel and narrow paths that we had to remind them to be careful on but otherwise it was fairly easy. Incline is very doable for the older kids. Our 4 year old pooped out around mile 2 (we came prepared with a carrier pack) and the final stretch incline would have taken her a while on her own. We saw bikers, a high school cross country team trail jogging and others (many with dogs). Highly recommend. Shaded and pleasant. THe flowers and swarms of butterflies were gorgeous!

Well marked trail. Went counter clockwise & finished in 1 hr 40. Arrived at 5pm and the trailhead parking was pretty much full (due to some very poorly parked cars). A popular trail at any time of day it seems. Well shaded and pretty!

Good hike, but with very little views. Nicely paved paths with great scenery. Lots of hikers with dogs!

Doesn't offer your typical overlooks, but very pleasant hike through the woods. Peaceful, will work you a tad. Great for dogs!

This is a great trail! Pretty- lots of butterflies, birds, and wild flowers. We did the loop counterclockwise so last mile + is uphill but not bad (switchbacks and gentle uphills). I think the steepest part was the walk back up to the parking lot! Cross the creek 2x but there is a flat log for 1 and bridge for the other so no issue.

hiking
6 months ago

Very well maintained and wide trail which is good because it is very popular. Great scenery throughout the hike, but no real overlook view.

Great trail for a hot Santa Fe afternoon. Well shaded, good variance of inclines. Busy on a Sunday afternoon, but who can blame them, I was there for the same reason. I’m out of shape and took me 1 hr and 45 min.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! It does climb for the first mile but the rest is smooth sailing. We also added on the waterfall trail (.5mi) as well.

Very shaded hike for most of the trail. June is the perfect time to go; not too hot and not monsoon season yet.

Awesome loop that will get your heartbeat raised. Great workout and with lots of shade.

hike from Helen's yurt to circle trail, piggy back trail, and waterfall trail. nice little lunch spot to rest before the hike back. follows little tesuque Creek Nicely. couple Creek crossings. nothing tricky though the trail splits a few times to head off to grouo shelters.

Okay, for just over three miles, unsure you can get more variety. Pines, Aspens, wide groomed trails, lush vegetation, switchbacks, views, shade, flowing streams with two river crossings and some vertical that won’t kill anyone. Highly recommend if you have an hour.

hiking
7 months ago

Just finished it this morning. Beautiful trail. Be prepared to start ascending immediately. Once you hit the top it’s just stunning and has some picnic benches to rest at. Descent mix of shade and sun, and there was a wonderful breeze to keep cool. I got a little lost at the end of it because you cross the road to connect to a different trail back, but that was my bad. A more experienced hiker would likely have no problem finding their way.

This was a wonderful family, and dog friendly trail! Our dog absolutely loved playing in the river and even our kids enjoyed putting their feet in despite the temperature. I definitely would not classify this as moderate trail, however, it is definitely on the easy side though the entire family was glad for the break! Highly recommend!

Nicely shaded hike through aspen, ponderosa, and fir trees. Crosses a sizeable creek on wooden bridges. Keep right at the first fork for an easier loop. Beware as many people on this trail completely disregard the leash laws so there will likely be dogs running loose.

A good get in shape hike. 1000 feet up in one mile got my heart pumping. Then it was up and down right away. It seemed a little cruel after we hit the peak to go down then one last big up.

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