Explore the most popular hiking trails near Santa Fe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
10 hours ago

Did a 1-night overnighter with my 5 year old daughter. It was great - the last push to the lake is steep and long (esp for little legs!). Very worth the hike.

hiking
2 days ago

What a beautiful destination. The lake and surrounding area is just gorgeous. The views of the trees reflecting off the water was amazing. The trail is a little tricky to follow at times, used the map in this app and it led us right to it. We ended up with a bit over 7 miles out and back.

beautiful trail and lake

This is the best trail in all of Santa Fe. However, please be advised of bears. We hike this trail a lot and it's absolutely amazing jungle like with creek running through it. Today, August 19th, we encountered a very large mamma bear with cubs at about 6pm about quarter mile up trail. There was a sign posted at trail head that also stated someone saw bear and cubs on Aug 14 around 5pm. We usually hike this trail in morning or before noon, so early hikes here might be better.

We loved the trails and the beauty of the area. Most disappointing is the number of dog owners breaking the rules. Too many dogs were off leash, and owners did not pick after their dogs. One unleashed dog growled at us on the trail while his owner had no response to call him back or deter the dog from aggressive displays.

I agree with other reviewers this should be rated moderate to hard instead of easy. It is a beautiful hike but the trail is difficult to follow at times and very rocky. My dog and I had a great time!

Starting with the good: this trail was awesome. Very scenic with stream, mountains, meadows, etc. Not too hard, not too long. We also made some fun friends with fellow hikers along the trail.

Then the bad (and it was very bad): the trail is not well marked, at all. Our roughly 3 mile planned hike turned into a 5 mile hike, which we would’ve been fine with, except it dumped us out at the wrong trailhead. We then had to walk nearly another 4 miles back up the mountain on the highway to get to our car. Luckily we brought plenty of water, because there is no shade on the highway and the asphalt reflects the heat. Definitely print a map and follow it very closely. We still don’t know where we got off course, and we are fairly experienced hikers with multiple Eagle Scouts in our party.

I have done this hike numerous times and it’s a nice, easy hike. It has nice views. Parking can be a pain at the trailhead but you can park in the St John’s lot and walk up to the trailhead. It would be a great hike if you’re visiting and not used to the Santa Fe elevation. It is also right in town so easily accessible.

I have lived in Santa Fe for 8 years and did this hike for the first time recently. Loved this hike and although fairly difficult and pretty steep, the 360 views are gorgeous. Lots of space at the top for a picnic. The trail is relatively exposed so a hat, sunscreen, or sun shirt is wise.

Great hike! Fantastic views. A few more people on the trail than I had expected based on the trail description - though it was Sunday. In the late summer, you want to start this hike early so that you don't get caught in early afternoon storms that sweep in - we barely missed the thunderstorm that rolled in quickly around 1 pm. The last mile is very exposed, so plan to be off the peak by noon or so.

on Tsankawi Ruins Trail

9 days ago

Awesome trail

Not a hike, you can pretty much drive right up but this is THE BEST place to watch the sunset. And it’s so easy to do!

Great short little walk with some amazing views of Santa Fe! Definitely the most scenic of the Dale Ball Trails.

Great hike! This was my first hike I did alone. It’s definitely tiring but the views are awesome. A lot of the trail is shaded (until the top) and that’s helpful. All was well until I came face to face with a bear, be careful.

hiking
9 days ago

We actually did the loop which is part of the San Juan and Windsor. It’s 10 miles and a tough hike. I had my all trails turned on. Not sure why the whole hike is not recorded. We’ve done this hike 3 times. It’s a good workout.

Wonderful short, heavily wooded trail that’s great for kids. There are some sections with a steep drop off next to the trail so we ended up holding the hand of our 4 year old just for added security during these, but overall a beautiful family friendly hike.

There’s free parking on the left right after you turn into the entrance of Blake Canyon camping area. You then need to hike to the back of the camp where the trail starts. It’s probably a 1/4 mile hike to the TH. There aren’t a lot of views through the trees, but the trees themselves are so amazing. If you go right at the trail fork the incline isn’t as steep, but the descent down the left fork can be a bit unnerving.

Great every day trail. Convenient to town and nice relatively short loops compared to the higher trails. Lovely views at various points.

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

Great trail! Interesting terrain and history!

awesome trail

hiking
14 days ago

not enough signage to actually find the triangle. lost with kids was no bueno, gracias new mexico

hiking
16 days ago

First of all what a Trek!! I got 4.8 miles on my Apple Watch, but I’m pretty sure it was more. If it wasn’t for my husband being there before I think we would have lost the map due to poor cell service. This hike is incredibly difficult at certain points. It’s a straight up incline up the ski basin slopes. We hit almost 12,000 feet in elevation just to give you an idea. You go to the top of the towers where you would normally ski the big tesuque trail from the top. I recommend snacks and extra water in a backpack. It took us 4 hours there and back. And just remember what goes up must came down. The hike down was more awkward on your knees. But overall the view is worth it! All I’m saying is being prepared for a long hike. Enjoy the views!! We saw herd of cattle and lots of deer!!! Enjoy <3

I would definitely say this is more moderate than easy! My husband and I wanted to do an “easy” trail run before heading home to Amarillo but instead did a 4 mike hike with very little trail running. It’s a great hike and I would’ve rated it a 5 Star if it had better markings. It was a little questionable at times if we were on the trail or not. And for some reason it was 4 miles, not 3.7 or the 3.4 it says on the trail map. Maybe we did get a little lost. Beautiful views and some great photo op’s though!!

Nice trail, well shaded. Leash requirement for dogs rarely followed/enforced.

Fairly steep first mile and a half or so and then downhill the rest; definitely more challenging than I had anticipated. The views were really pretty, you gain about 1,000 feet so towards the top you're high up and get good views of all the gorgeous mountains around you!

Very nice easy hike through meadows and Aspen.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. I headed up mid morning and got back early afternoon. More foot traffic as I was heading out. All the up was worth it! The lake and surrounding area was beautiful. Additional notes: ran into a cow herd on the way up. Peaceful forest. Trail is rocky. Download the map to help with the section after the switch in trails; trail was easily lost.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice short hike, you get good views of the surrounding countryside and the trail’s clear and easy to follow. I went after it rained and it smelled so fresh and good.

Nice in summer because it is under full canopy. Many dogs off leash which is annoying.

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