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Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,794 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Getting There

This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest.

St. John's College

New Mexico Department of Tourism, Lamy Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail , Santa Fe, NM, 87503, Phone: 505-827-7400

Directions from St. John's College, Santa Fe: Access from Parking area

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Crystal NM
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Hiking

Nice trail. Easy in and out. Everyone had face coverings and practiced social distancing when passing.

Dj Sasso
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with wonderful views. We went up the steep side and then down the easier trail providing different views. We started at 0715 so the trail was not very busy, even on a Saturday.

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Angela Lightsey
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Hiking

Nice moderate hike with great views. We ended up overlapping with the St. Johns trail which was rewarding! There were pretty places to stop and snack.

Andres Vd
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Hiking

Too hot and arid for a summer hike, but the view at the top is very pretty

Ariel Lipski
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Hiking

Great local trail, in and out , go up enjoy then come back down. First half a mile is behind some fancy houses, next 1.5 miles is some nice semi shaded trail normal difficulty . Next you pick between steep short way up or longer normal way up ( pick the steep one) . Last mile or so is really nice with lots of views and scenery . Overall great for a morning hike or late during the summer as it gets very hot and dry.

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S Chavez
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Hiking

Started out at 7:00 am, parked at upper trail head. We literally got the last parking spot starting that early. Great cardio workout! Not to crowded for the start of a holiday weekend.

Christine Bowser
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Hiking

Great trail. Get there early if you want to start at the top trail head. Otherwise you’ll have to run/hike about 0.8 miles starting at the college. You gain elevation quickly once you hit the upper trail head.

April S.
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Bring lots of water

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Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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Hiking

Have hiked this trail many times, usually it’s the first trail I do when coming back to Santa Fe. Last did it in June 2019. Hard but just the right length and super beautiful, incredible view.

Karla Hickey
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Perfect for kids. We hiked for only a mile because it was too hot for them. Beautiful, good signs and easy to follow. Owners of dogs can do better to pick up after their dogs.

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Miriam Hauer-Jensen
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Hiking

Views at the top definitely worth it. There were several parts of the trail that were very narrow with steep drop off. The hard way up was pretty rocky but doable.

Elizabeth Ulmer
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Mady Womack
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Hiking

The views at the top are worth it. It was a little hot and we took the less steep way up. Had to take a couple breaks but we loved it.

brandi abeyta
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HikingRocky

This is a moderate trail with lots of views. There is a trail split the easier route ran into a few mountain bikers. Steeper route requires good shoes lots of loose rock. Beautiful views and easy to follow trail. Very strange entrance about a mile walk thru residential to get to trail head. Also go early and try to get a parking at the entrance gate to the residential neighborhood spots are VERY limited - and the next parking is almost another mile down.

Amy Shea
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Hiking

I would DEF bring poles....lots of small stones in a places and dicey even with great boots. I'm only giving 3 stars because during COVID be aware that I saw literally no one else with a mask. Going to Dale Ball off Hyde Park road tomorrow....cooler and most hikers are masked.

Clint Walker
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Hiking

A good hike to a summit with a great view of Santa Fe and Sandia at ABQ beyond. Saw lots of other hikers, including runners with dogs. All were respectful of distancing and courteous.

Lisa Rajt
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Hiking

Steeper and narrower than expected, but still a lot of fun. Great diversity with this one!

Christina S
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HikingRocky

Super fun trail with amazing views of both the city below and the forest above. I took the “less steep” path to the top, and it added on some extra mileage. Round trip ended up being just shy of 8 miles, and took 4 hr 20 min with a break at the top for lunch. Only saw a few other people. Trail is narrow in places and rocky in others. Poles aren’t a must, but could be helpful for some.

G Bern H
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Rocky

Great trail with wonderful views. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead by the college. The hike took us under two hours to get to the peak. It took about one hour and twenty minutes to return the same way. I highly recommend this hike for great exercise and beautiful views.

Cristobal Ugles
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Hiking

Great hike, incredible views, and varied terrain. While mostly easy, though some steeper sections also have loose soil and rock areas. If at all balance challenged, have trekking poles or consider slightly less challenging.., like Dale Ball Loop which checks same boxes though easier. Go early to best the heat, and less traffic. A great hike, one of the top 5!

Elise Burger
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Wonderful loop, good elevation gain and lovely views! Not too crowded.

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Terry Yung
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Great evening hike if you want to watch the sunset!

A G.
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Ran on Tuesday 3/31/2020 around 10am. Trail is clearly marked, semi-shaded by trees in the second half of the ascent. Not very much snow or ice. Trail was quite dry. There are incredible views throughout the entire trail.

David Campbell Lozuaway-McComsey
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Lots of people out today. The later it got the fewer we saw. Some of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen near the top. Look to the left and you can see the city. Look to the right and you can see the wilderness. It was so much higher than I thought based on the other mountains nearby that I had submitted. The steeper route saved about 1 1/4 miles, but the other one, the easier one, had incredible views.

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Erik Alexandre
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Hiking

Very nice hike Feeling amazing

Elise Gill
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike! I recommend taking the easier trail up, as it has more scenic views. Taking the steeper trail down will cut a significant amount of time off of your return trip.

Mary Mathis
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Hiking

fantastic hike - no complaints. went the steep way and it’s rough going up, but if you work out regularly and hike you’re fine. bring snacks and extra water. layers recommended.

Libby Foster
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We were able to walk around the ice patches near the top, a little muddy go slow on the way down. We chose the easy way and were glad, nice views and not as steep so you could look around a bit more.

Roger B.
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We loved this trail and would recommend it. We started at St John's parking lot and going up we mistakenly continued UP on the St John's trail so it was longer than expected BUT worth it. Please stop every 1/2 mile to look behind you at the views. So worth it. At 4.66 miles UP (again continuing on the St. John's trail), we ran into an approximate 200 meter ice/snow patch that was steep and difficult especially coming back down. It was tough without snow cleats. Be careful! It was windy and chilly on top! You'll LOVE this trail.

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