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

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
22 days 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
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
2 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.

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3 months ago

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3 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
4 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

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

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

Love love love!! Any amazing hike!

5 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Great hike, get there early as parking is limited.

7 months ago