Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Santa Fe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Sure was a lot o rocks.

walking
3 days ago

Fairly easy walk up and back, easy on the knees. Dog loved it! Great view

Nice trail !

23 days ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. There wasn't any snow when we went this weekend. Last 1.5 mile climb is tough but the views are worth it.

walking
25 days ago

Just in the area exploring and decided to find a short trail to go for a walk. This was an amazing trail as far as the view. I was able to see the moon and sunset at the same time!!

27 days ago

Great canyon, walk in creek bottom, sandy. Ends at Rio Grand R. Easy hike

Beautiful scenery walked to the river, but went on a day when it was in the 90s. Very hot barely any shade, it’s an easy trail but not in warm temps. Bring lots of water. Brought my dogs and kept them on a leash to be courteous to other hikers and their dogs. Bring a hat! I was sorry I forgot mine.

Amazing view, a bit rocky but worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Canyon was neat, the rest of the trail was unnecessary.

Great trail. Beautiful with the light snow.

Not a bad hike, lots of sand..was like 4 miles of beach walk. Beginning was cool in the canyon

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Starts on the same trail as Nambe Lake/ Baldy, but turn right when you get to the fence marking the Pecos Wilderness. Follow the fence until you can't anymore (at a beautiful overlook), then turn right again and head up the mountain. The trail is a little hard to follow, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. The views from the top are incredible. We hiked this last September, and had great weather, though it was very windy and cold above the tree line - make sure to bring layers!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail 3 days ago. The snow near the ascent to get to the peak was too high; no one had broken the snow yet and snow shoes were required to go further. Had a lot of fun on the trail. Still a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular walk through canyon viewing rock walls and climbers. Then into broad open arroyo till reaching thr Rio Grande. Beautiful the entire way.

Didn't feel like a moderate difficulty but more like an easy difficulty.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful scenery throughout the entire hike. We spent some time at the top, where you can see for miles! Be sure to bring good shoes, as it is quite rocky for quite a distance. Bring a camera to take pictures. It will make for a fantastic desktop picture.

Always in good shape. Great views and good workout if time is an issue.

Very easy, but great for a quick hike. Really well marked, easy to find & navigate. Perfect for new hikers to get their confidence up.

Nothing special but definitely a nice leg stretcher. A lot of the trail is around private land and it is clear that you’re not particularly wanted. There also is active grazing so there will be cows. I imagine that parking is a problem in the high season as there are about 5 spots and menacing signs. I have done big sections of the trail from the top near the the ski basin. A good option if you want a leg stretcher but you can do much better in the Santa Fe area.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was rocky as others have noted. Other than that it was a nice walk of several hours. The view from the top was amazing. The crucifixes along the end of the trail are reminiscent of the Blair Witch.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a gorgeous trail! However, as many others have said, I don't think it is for beginners. I would say intermediate, due to the steep inclines and having to cross several streams over slippery rocks. My husband and I were fine, but I would imagine an older couple might have trouble.

My beagles and I visit the canyon at least twice a month, all seasons. Exiting the canyon, crossing the boulder fields opens to a sandy arroyo which ends at the river. Dogs run free. Take a break in the junipers. Stop, look, and explore. Four easy hours in and out.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect hike for my dog and I! Super easy and flat, great to run sprints or meander along - my dog loves to swim so getting to the river was big fun! This would be a great hike to take visiting friends who aren’t big hikers or used to the elevation - I don’t mind the drive in at all, drive fast and it’s a lot of fun!

This spot has some stunning view during the Fall seasons. We went there around mid October.

I love the contrast between the yellowish, orangey, and reddish fallen leaves and the existing green pine trees.

Thanks to the running creek, there’s some spots you can see little fields of grass that’s rare in a desert like Santa Fe.

We didn’t finish the trail because it was getting a little late. We’ll be back very soon.

Nice views for an easy hike. Kept within view of the highway, which was a bummer. The rock and plant diversity was very fascinating for native Kansas though!

hiking
6 months ago

My wife and I completed this trail during a 3 month stay in NM. The trail is a wide and rocky old road, so it is very very easy to follow, but be sure to wear good shoes. Although the incline isn't too steep, it is steady throughout the majority of the almost 6 miles up and will be challenging if you are not used to the elevation. This trail is not shaded in several areas so be sure to wear sunscreen. We went on a week day and there were not many people at all, which was very nice for us and our 2 dogs. Along the trail there are beautiful aspen trees and some creeks. The best part is definitely the beautiful view at the top, you can see so far! Our dogs really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
6 months ago

I go there frequently when I want to get outside but don’t have time to go up into the mountains. The trail is short and relatively easy. The views towards Albuquerque are fantastic!

Absolutely stunning views on a clear September day. There are a few sections that are brutal, in terms of elevation gain, and they'll have you wondering just what you must have been thinking on your way back down. We overestimated ourselves slightly, but still made it down, haggard but happy.

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hiking
6 months ago

The first 2.0 miles is rocky but you make pretty good time. The last 2 miles is pretty rough. My wife and I made the trek. Took us 7.5 hours to make the round trip. This trail is definitely not for a beginner. And make sure you have very good shoes. The rocks will kill your feet. Good luck to all of you! This has been on my bucket list for a long time. Glad my wife and I could make it and complete the hike.

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