Lower Rio en Medio Trail

EASY 61 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

forest

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was very beautiful and scenic! It was an easy hike with little challenging parts here and there, but nothing too hard.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Wonderful weather for the end of July. Trails were not clearly marked. As a beginner I would not rate this as an easy trail, especially if you want to go to the end of the trail and see the falls.

Watch out for the dogs! Very few people heed the dogs on leash rule. And of course those that don't are very fanatic about it. So if you have a dog phobia stay clear.

Previous comments about limited parking are very accurate. If you take something bigger than a medium size vehicle plan to wrestle with a parking spot. There is no parking lot; parking is roadside, and it's a one-lane road.

hiking
6 months ago

If you are looking for a fun, beautiful trail to spend the day with your kids or dogs this one is perfect.
I am currently training my smallest pup to learn the in and outs of hiking and she did great. I also took my little brother (13) and he really enjoyed it.
The first part of the trail you are basically going through peoples backyards so make sure you keep your dogs on a leash the first 1/3 of the hike. This not only keeps them from running after animals but also keeps them safe since there is barb wire on the first part of the trail.
The rest of the trail is pretty easy and the views are amazing. In some parts it is so green that it feels as if you were in the middle of the jungle. The fall is great! Make sure you take some snacks to enjoy the views while you hear the water falling.
****some tips****
-Parking is extremely limited. If you are going with several friends please carpool if possible
-Try to go early in the morning so that you find parking space
-Respect the leash policy at least for the first 1/3 of the hike

7 months ago

Kids loved it! Beautiful views of several small falls. Plan on getting your feet wet

Love love love!! Any amazing hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Loved it, great views, a running stream, beautiful wild flowers, several waterfalls, lush meadows!!

hiking
7 months ago

snow all the way up. warm sun all the way down. Great waterfalls!

hiking
8 months ago

Very cool trail. First leg is pretty easy but increases in difficulty as you go deeper. Looked as though this trail connected with several other trail systems. Several water crossings add to the difficulty, but definitely a fun day hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail... about 2 miles in to the first waterfall several more follow then a moderately challenging climb to a pretty view about 3-3.5 miles in.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, get there early as parking is limited.

mountain biking
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
11 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!

hiking
11 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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Can you camp on this trail?

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great scenic hike and falls. Very little parking though.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

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