Lower Rio en Medio Trail

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Lower Rio en Medio Trail is a 7.8 mile out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.8 miles 2211 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

waterfall

wildlife

8 days ago

mountain biking
30 days ago

Went for a bike ride here. It was beautiful however I probably wouldn't recommend it for biking. The trail wasn't kept up, very difficult incline, and a moderatly difficult decent. There is no way to get bikes to the waterfall however we still went up and it was worth the climb. Definitley would recommend only hiking this.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike once you get past the barbed wire private land. Waterfall is a great payoff.

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

can tell would be a beautiful hike...start out along creek and trail covered with pine needles and oak leaves....and ice today. made it in about 3/4 mile and turned back...really need skins/traction for your boots...very slippery. we took a side route up a slot draw....werent sure where would take us, figured would dead end. ended up scrambling all the way to top of mountain over granite, shale and rose quartz about a mile straight up. ended up being a great 3 hour total hike!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Slightly challenging but very rewarding. Here's a post that details the entire hike.
http://thetrailsofjeffandcharli.blogspot.com/2017/01/rio-en-medio-trail-is-163-statistics.html

3 months ago

Can you camp on this trail?

hiking
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Great scenic hike and falls. Very little parking though.

7 months ago

Limited parking. Great trail, including a small field of wild roses!

hiking
8 months ago

The day after monsoons dropped their life giving waters into this canyon that was glad to shape them into many different cascades, I briskly threw one foot after the other until reaching a spot beyond the well worn. Removing my stained garb and old raggedy boots I placed my steps into the water surprisingly cool but refreshing. Hiking back with soothed ankles was a blessing from nature. Climbing back into my home thoughts of renewal in the purity of the experience flooded my soul.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes. Easy with a couple of challenging spots, shaded in the morning and follows a beautiful stream (what we in NM would call a river) and then ends with a gorgeous water fall and pond, perfect to cool off after the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

5 stars-not 4!

hiking
8 months ago

My daughter and I hiked 5.1 miles in and then back out. Felt it was THE most beautiful trail ever! The trail braids its way up on either side of the river so beautifully acvomplished by 9 stream crossings, all doable (just fell in once)! Do go further than the first waterfall since the waterfalls up higher are even more lovely. Really like the one that looks like a 4 story waterslide with dark green moss framing either side. Wild flowers abound! We were basically alone on the trail, making it serene and beautifully quiet. The trail is not well marked as to distance and we felt uncertain about making the entire loop since distances were not posted and we estimated might be longer than 8 miles. We turned around where the trail forks to either continue Rio en medio or Borrego trail.

8 months ago

My wife and I did the hike with a 1, 3, and 5 year old (the day after completing tent rocks slot canyon trail); we nearly made it to the waterfall section (about 2.5 miles in) when a massive thunderstorm came over the ridge and the kids started complaining that they were too tired; the kids absolutely loved the creek crossings and scenery. Parking is very limited, we waited about 15 minutes for someone to return from the hike to get a parking spot. I'd love to come back and complete the entire trail. The only thing I didn't care for was the .5 mile of barbed wire hugging the beginning of the trail.