Tesuque Creek North Fork Trail

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Santa Fe National Forest

Tesuque Creek North Fork Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




wild flowers



7 months ago

A short, pleasant hike but no grand views.

10 months ago

Wildflowers in profusion on our mid-July hike. Trail condition is good, with just a few steepish / rocky pitches, otherwise moderate grade. Trail is mostly shaded, in aspen groves and spruce - fir forest. Parking and trailhead are at Big Tesuque campground.

11 months ago

favorite we make a left and follow the creek into a pasture

Wed Aug 08 2018

Does anyone know where to park to access the trail? And what is the nfs trail number?

Fri May 25 2018

Fun fun family time

Sun May 20 2018

This was a very nice hike. Other hikers were friendly and considerate. Dog were leashed for the most part and kept under control.

Tue Mar 13 2018

The base of this trail was very crowded, with adults acting like children not taking any consideration for other hikers; however once you get further away from the base the beautiful scenery comes into view. We were unable to finish the hike. My kiddos found it difficult to hike through the snow, ice, and mud. However I would recommend this trail to anyone.

Sat Feb 10 2018

Visited this area in early fall and early in the morning. It is a nice trail and no one was on it because of the early hour. You see things that are right in front of you because of the tree coverage. Nice hike and the little stream is nice. Later I went to a higher elevation and wider trail that gives you broader vistas this smaller trail couldn’t. So, it was the best of both worlds.

Fri Jan 05 2018

A beautiful hike with a relentless ascent but is pretty relaxing at a slow pace. The water was frozen like little glaciers along and on the path which was a unique way to see NM. I loved the views on the drive into the mountains and all along the path. This is a great quick hike or you can turn it into a decent extended hike with all the paths off of the main trail.

Sat Jul 29 2017

Short day trip with my daughter. Great hike with beautiful views.

Tue Jun 06 2017

Great hike...took our lab and kept her on the leash but probably the only folks that did. The stream sounds were nice. The elevation climb was a little difficult for us because we are not used to the elevation. The temp was mild and depending on when you go, you may need a jacket because the trees provide quite a bit of shade. The path was very rocky in parts, especially toward the top.

Sat May 27 2017

lots of insects, might want to pack a repellant, the stream is beautiful but the hike back up is pretty steep

Sun Oct 23 2016

Nice climb. However the last part of trail was not in good condition.

Sun Jul 31 2016

Nice family hike that follows a creek the majority of the route. Not very strenuous but a moderate amount of sun exposure. Plenty of flowers. Good little day hike.

Sun Jul 31 2016

Santa Fe County has directions. http://santafecountynm.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=494e97891d524635936a5b9b759d7c63

Tue Jun 07 2016

Nice trail that had excellent signage. It's a triangular loop that uses three trails to makeup the 4 miles. 150 from the trailhead off the Santa Fe ski area road, then a left onto 254 for over a mile along the creek and then 182 back to 150 and the parking lot at the trailhead.

Wed Sep 09 2015

THE APP DIRECTIONS ARE WRONG!!!!! Google "10,000 waves" then keep going straight until you see a parking lot on the left and right. The parking area is clear.

Sun Aug 09 2015

Easy, quick hike. It's shaded and right along the water, so great for dogs! Parking is limited though, so it's best to avoid high-traffic times.

Sun Jun 07 2015

the directions on this app are wrong. I could it by googling it.

Tue Nov 04 2014

This is a very simple trail, great to go with a group or alone with a four legged friend. best in Fall to Spring as there's not a lot of shade until several miles in. Nice stream to walk by.

Sat Sep 13 2014

I followed the directions to find this trail but I could not find it.

Fri Jul 18 2014

What a beautiful, peaceful riparian trail. Not what we Californians expected to see in the southwest. Highly recommend this trail and not many hikers seem to find it.

Mon Jul 14 2014

I won't ever use this trail again. The day I went, you would not believe the numbers of well-dressed people letting their well-fed dogs poop all over the place and not bothering to clean up after them. You could not go three steps without passing a pile of dog turds. The smell was horrendous and so were the clouds of flies. Absolutely gross.

Sat May 24 2014

This is a beautiful easy hike that your dog can join. It is 1 mile past Bishop Lodge on Bishop Lodge road. The directions on AllTrails was wrong when I entered this review.

Mon May 19 2014

Went up to Apache Ridge Rd. 265 as described in the directions but was not able to find the trail head. Anyone out there who can update the directions to get to this hike?

Wed Jul 31 2013

Beautiful fairly easy hike. A big bull snake crossed our path July 30. First snake I've ever seen in a hike

Fri Oct 28 2011

Hiked this trail quite a few times! An amazing cool, green oasis... spiritual place, as is all of Santa Fe. Always past one or two other hikers, some with their dogs as well.

Sun Aug 02 2009

This trail is a great early morning adventure just west of Santa Fe. Pay close attention to trail markers, as many of the twists and turns are unmarked and you need to be aware of different trailheads that merge with the one you are on. Outstanding views of the National Forest and easy in and out parking just beyond Hyde State Park. One lesson learned - follow Trail 182 once you merge with Trail 254 and are on it for about a mile. The trail sign is pointed in the opposite direction you'll be heading in so be on the lookout. You should immediately cross Tesuque Creek once you pickup 182.

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