Alamo Vista Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tesuque, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,187 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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nature trips

skiing

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bird watching

forest

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1 month ago

Narrow at the start. Snow on the second half. Nice, moderately trafficked on a Sunday afternoon. Dogs on and off leash. Nice view at top.

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike through thick Aspen groves. Aspens are just past peak but still plenty of color :)

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8 months ago

Very beautiful! This was the first hike of my 5 day camping trip at Aspen Basin Campground. Coming from South Texas, it was hard for me because I wasn’t acclimated to high altitude. Beautiful Aspens on the way up! Gorgeous views from the top!

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9 months ago

Just lovely. Steep but short.

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10 months ago

Trailhead begins behind park info sign. Make sure you turn left up the steep, narrow & rocky trail. First 15mins or so are pretty steep. A bit of a calf burner. Got to the top in 45-50 mins (stopped to have a chat with other hikers). Only ran into one other couple on the trail! Beautiful and feels secluded, like your own private aspen forest. The views are spectacular. Coming down was challenging (wearing sneakers with no tread on the bottom and no poles). The steep and rocky bits are a bit tricky on descent, so take care.

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11 months ago

little steep at parts but lovely hike through a meadow of aspens to a ski lift lookout.

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11 months ago

Great trail, solid climb. We like to continue climbing past quad chairlift offload 3/4 way up towards repeater towers on ridge at top of ski area, then loop it back by way of Aspen Vista trail. Obvious fire road to make the connection. Makes it about a 6-7 miler.

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Sat Oct 06 2018

This is definitely one of my favorite hikes, close to town yet once entering the grove of aspens it's like being in church. Especially lovely in the fall. The climb is a little intense but since it's only about a mile to the too of the chair lift it's worth the views when you get there. There's another way down that gets you back to the service road but since we bushwhacked our way I can't share the details. It follows Big Tesuque Creek. We've also headed up towards the radio antennas and gone on to Deception and Lake Peak from the top of the quad lift on previous hikes. I bet you didn't know that there's an 18 hole disc golf course up there too. Cheers to happy hiking!

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Fri Aug 24 2018

Love this trail, I'm currently writing an article on this hike. However in the description, the most accessible and most popular town and drive is from Santa Fe. Not Rio en Medio. From Rio en Medio accessing this trail head is only by foot or ATV and is much farther than from Santa Fe.

Mon Jul 30 2018

Beautiful trail. First section is quiet and inside an Aspen grove, with several little streams along the way. Not a ton of wildflowers, but definitely enough to add color. It took me about an hour to get to the first outlook point; hiking up to the ski lift area took another hour and a half after that. Enjoy!

Mon Jul 30 2018

Nice trail through a grove of Aspens. Would be super in October. I question the level of difficulty. Hard climb. 18% incline for 1 1/4 miles. View at the top is worth the climb.

Sun Jul 15 2018

This is a new favorite! It’s steep but worth it. The Aspen grove is like entering a secret world. The views at the top are spectacular. We’re probably moderate in hiking ability and got to the top in about an hour and 15 minutes with a break to let the rains slow down .

Wed Nov 22 2017

This is a gorgeous trail, especially during the fall. It can get decently crowded during certain times of the year though. Easy to get to and not too difficult to hike.

Sun Oct 22 2017

If you are looking for challenging this trail I s not for you but it is a very nice trail for a moderate hike. The scenery is lovely.

Fri Sep 08 2017

Weekends will be busy, and the drive takes a while coming from ABQ. Great trail running for the scenery, but an ankle buster in places. Watch out for the people who let their dogs off leash. Trail is quiet, even with a crowded parking lot. The aspen forest is truly amazing. Trail head is directly behind the park information sign. The flat trail is NOT the same trail. You'll know you're on the right trail because it's narrow and steep at the beginning.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Gorgeous!

Mon Jul 10 2017

Great if you're looking for a pretty short out and back hike that's moderately strenuous with good elevation gain, great views and lots of aspen. It starts at the very popular Aspen Vista trail head but most people go right past it as it heads up the ridge to the left just past the gate to Aspen Vista.

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Thu Jun 22 2017

Did this today along with the Norski. Both are pretty short. This one can burn your legs if you don't watch out. It is a great workout-I think the overall gradient is about 15-20%. As a hiking trail it is ok, but my preference is for longer trails.

Mon May 29 2017

Absolutely beautiful! A bit of a climb but the view is totally worth it.

Thu Feb 09 2017

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. The 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 fir trees, then Aspen majority after that through a meadow and then through pine forest. Last is alpine terrain. You arrive at the top of Santa Fe Ski where you can continue on to several trails and mountain peaks.

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