Rio En Medio Falls

MODERATE 63 reviews

Rio En Medio Falls is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rio en Medio, New Mexico that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
613 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

waterfall

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

Really beautiful easy trail. Lots of notes on trail head about bear sightings and activity. Didn't see any. The waterfall was a treat! I highly recommend.

hiking
9 days ago

Trailhead was easy to find. Limited parking but we went at 10am on a Thursday and we were the only vehicle there. A local mountain biker was leaving and warned us of bear sightings and scat on the trail. We whistled, spoke loud and clapped hands to make noise as we made our way up the trail. It was an easy peaceful trail with beautiful fall colors. It also had apple trees and berry trees which was in close proximity to the bear scat. We saw a couple of squirrels and nothing else as far as wildlife goes. Crossing the stream multiple times was easy and the trail was well marked. The waterfalls were small but pretty nonetheless. We ran into a total of 7 people and 4 dogs. The weather was perfect no jacket needed.

23 days ago

Loved this trail.

hiking
28 days ago

Very quick but pleasant hike. There is plenty of shade along the trail to keep you cool during the summer time. Parking is scarce and the residents of the neighborhood are quite unfriendly towards those who leave their vehicles further up the road. I recommend getting there early to find a spot.

1 month ago

A friend took me on this hike. I absolutely loved it. Easy and scenic. Cool off in the waterfall and get some great photos.

2 months ago

A hidden gem of Santa Fe. A beautiful forest hike, back and forth over the stream. The falls are hidden back in a canyon and involves some creative rock climbing/jumping. Possibility of getting wet is high. Also there is only parking for 5-7 cars at the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I loved this trail! Beautiful hike, the waterfall was great! We did more trail running on the way back down. The parking was a little challenging but worth it in the end. We will definitely go back!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike... parking was a pain. first few mins is spent walking down a dirt road along peoples property. Weather was perfect we were able to go right before the forest closure. The trail was very busy with both people and fur babies. Its easy to lose the trail as you get to the falls stay left. (right takes you above the falls) We questioned if it was the trail but it sure was. Within a few mins it becomes clear again. The waterfall was freezing but beautiful. Wasn't to hard of a hike although the last part takes some maneuvering to get back to the falls or you could just walk through the stream.

4 months ago

Nice and easy out and back to enjoy the beautiful falls.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike in and back out took us about three hours. We stop to enjoy the scenery and take pictures so it’s a much shorter trip if you’re looking for a trail run! There is basically no signage so I suggest sticking to the right hand trail if you want to find the falls - they are hidden and require walking on stones through a small river canyon to access the falls at the end. (Hike to end along right side - once you get to steep incline of pink rock and get to top you’ll see falls from above - then head back down, cross the river on the carefully places rocks that are there and continue on to the falls). Very worthwhile! We didn’t need any bugspray but as recommended by others, go early. We were there at 8:30 on a weekday and got a spot but all were taken when we got back to the lot later in the morning. Enjoy!

7 months ago

this is a very nice Forest hike along the creek that leads to the falls. Not very strenuous and a good path to follow. there are a couple of creek crossings that were ice covered and most of them have either stones or small Limbs and logs that you can use to cross over during the summer time. the falls were ice covered and the water was rushing beneath the ice giving it a nice surreal look. when driving to the trailhead follow the directions. towards the end, it is a one-lane road but it does end at the trailhead. there is limited parking spaces at the trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike!

7 months ago

A very scenic hike, we really enjoyed it.

9 months ago

Great hike, relatively easy as you follow the creek up to a charming waterfall & small pool area. You’ll cross the creek in several areas, but the crossings are fairly well marked and generally have fallen logs or stones for crossing.

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is incredible! I did get a bit lost before I realized it was a wet hike and would have to walk back through the water before getting to the waterfall. The waterfall is hidden and BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
11 months ago

A little off the beaten path. Great hike. Only 4 miles and the waterfall was beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

What an incredible hike! The trail crosses the creek a number of times but there's log bridges or stones for ease. The fall colors were truly spectacular and the waterfall was beautiful! Highly highly recommend!! Cannot wait to come back here in the summer and get in the waterfall!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Well shaded and the waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Beautiful with nice creek views leading all the way up to the waterfall.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Beautiful lush green trail that really surprised me, seeing as how it is reached by driving through piñon juniper woodland. Very shaded most of the way, and a roaring (at least when I went) waterfall at the end. There are multiple stream crossings, and trail paths on both sides of the stream, so choose the most well worn side, otherwise you may find yourself bushwacking it. Also, I would advise an early arrival, because the "parking lot" is a dirt area that may fit no more than 6 cars comfortably. We had to park down the road and walk to the trailhead.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beautiful hike!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dappled sunshine in the shade of tall Ponderosas amid lush greenery and many wildflowers highlight the delights of the trail along the rushing brook. And the reward is a beautiful waterfall in a narrow rocky crevice.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beautiful hike. Large variety of plants to observe; pines, spruce, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. Trail crisscrosses the creek several times. Usually rocks and logs to make for an easy crossing. Towards the end of the trail, veer left to get a great view from the base of the falls. Then go back and take the right trail to get a view of the falls from above.
A very easy hike that takes only a couple of hours even with stopping to take in all the scenery and meditate.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun to hike over streams on rocks. Nice and shady in a lot of places. Bring bug repellent for the pesky mosquitoes close to the water. Enjoyed it immensely!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail. Steady but mild incline throughout. Great waterfall at the end. You have to walk down the stream to get to the end but totally doable. Didn't have to step in water once. I wouldn't describe it as "lightly" traffic, more like moderately.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Great trail that is clearly marked and offers a bit of a challenge for those who get winded walking uphill for long stretches. Plan on getting your feet wet with some of the river crossings. The earlier you get on the trail, the easier it is for parking and hearing nature!! Great photo op's and the waterfall is a fun hidden treasure.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Very pretty hike. Well shaded. Had a very happy dog who enjoyed the multiple stream crossing. VERY LIMITED PARKING - go early

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy trail to walk. Beautiful waterfall worth the hike. Prepare to get your feet wet with several water crossings along the way.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail. Enjoyed by the entire family. Ends with a great water fall about 20 feet high. Go all the way to the end and hang out at the small sandy area under the water fall. Plan to get wet, but don't miss the small pool at the top. Definitely would return and is pretty close to Santa Fe. Enjoy!

recorded falls

hiking
28 days ago

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