Lower Rio en Medio Trail

EASY 52 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
2211 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
17 days 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
23 days ago

1 month ago

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

Love love love!! Any amazing hike!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Great hike, get there early as parking is limited.

3 months ago

mountain biking
4 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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 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!

5 months ago

hiking
5 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

6 months ago

Can you camp on this trail?