Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 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 and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Great trail with a couple spots to pick an easier or more difficult trail. In fact, there are a lot of different ways to get to the top, and I didn't take the exact trail posted here. As long as you pick the easier route at the forks, it's not too hard a hike and feels like a good workout.
Nice, we enjoyed, ran into snow, but was okay. Maybe a bit tougher than moderate but we may be wimps.
Did this on Feb-20 and it was amazing. There was a patch of 20 yards of packed icy snow but was passable without poles or snow shoes. The views are worth the moderately strenuous effort to reach the top. The trail is very well-marked and is easy to follow. This is a good hike for novice hikers interested in pushing their limits.
A beautiful hike through varied terrain. A great view at the top is an awesome reward! I did this on Feb10: there were patches of snow/ice in the shadowy areas higher up the trail. I didn't use any assistance going up, but was glad I had yaktrax going down.
Visiting from Palm Springs, CA. This trail was accessible from our resort in Old Town Santa Fe via a 3 mile easy walk. Walking from Old Town and the hike made for a nice 12 mile hike! There is a public restroom at the College which is adjacent to the trailhead parking lot. Beautiful views of Santa Fe.
Beautiful...Loved taking my dog and exploring this place!