Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Interpretive Trail

EASY 14 reviews
#22 of 71 trails in

Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Interpretive Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
134 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

no dogs

trail running
15 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

A gorgeous, easy, and for the most part shady trail that winds along both sides of a canyon. Especially early on, a bit poorly marked is my only complaint. At the farthest point, you cross an old dam. Lots of water when we were here in mid-July. Stop at the pond, sit on the bench and enjoy the bird life. Even a hawk or two within sight. Plant life includes everything from wildflowers to cactus, pine to poplar (?) and sage brush. A beautiful place on an easy walk. Go.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice trail but no sign stating trail was closed at the end. Made it almost all the way around the loop and had to go back. Be careful with little kids as there are some points where there are no barriers that could result in a large fall.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful and manageable trail. Went with my mom because we are only in Santa Fe for a weekend and wanted to just walk without passing an art stand or gallery, nothing wrong with those, just time for some nature. The signs about the dam were interesting. It is a loop trail but one part was closed. We started at the trailhead in the parking lot, counter clockwise around the lake. Once around on the far side we came to a trail closed no trespassing sign. We followed back to the Ball trail that took us to the road and that brought us back to the parking lot. Not sure if that closure is permanent, but some more signage would be helpful. We were not the only hikers who were confused. Otherwise beautiful spot so close to downtown.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked it in the snow. It was easy and had some cool views. Signage can be a bit confusing.

hiking
5 months ago

It is an easy hike. I think it will be more beautiful during summer when there is more green.

hiking
6 months ago

It was beautiful but it needed more signs near the end.

hiking
9 months ago

11 months ago

Easy, flat. nice view of old santafe dam

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

This is a great beginner hike. The parking lots has plenty of spaces and the trail is well marked until the end where it is a bit confusing how to get back to the parking lot. Now that I know the landmark, I won't have a problem. The trail is lush and green and a lot of fun to explore. I didn't see a ton of wildlife, but more than most of the mountain trails without water features.

hiking
Tuesday, February 19, 2013