Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

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.

road biking
28 days ago

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

on Aspen Vista Trail

29 days ago

Some shade on the lower half in summer, which is nice. Go up early on summer and fall weekends if you want to beat the crowds. The aspen and pine are showing drought stress this year, but it’s still a fabulous hike. The width makes for a more sociable trail. It’s also fun in winter for snowshoes or xcountry skis.

Yesterday I hiked four miles in to the vista overlook. Today I went up to the radio towers and Deception Peak, for a 13.6 - mile hike. Views from the peak were spectacular. This is a popular trail for runners, mtnbikers, dogwalkers, hikers and families with small children. The grade is mellow. This is a great training hike for taller peaks. Come early as the parking lot fills up fast even during the week. This morning a herd of cattle were in the middle of the road.

Weather changes fast during the monsoon season. I started with clear skies and ended with storm clouds.

LOVED IT

We drove all the way here today and it is closed and has been since June 1st very disappointing

Trail closed due to fire danger.

We have hiked this trail a few times with kids. Lots of fun. But it is now closed (since June 1, 2018) until further notice.

hiking
2 months ago

Was moderate for the first mile and a half. the last mile was steep and somewhat difficult. view from the summit was spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

For a good challenge I definitely recommend this hike. We made it past the treeline but not all the way to Lake Peak (didn't think our skills were up to par) Past the treeline I recommend a wind breaker or light jacket as it did get chilly. The views are amazing and the trail was not too hard to follow. Some small patches of snow and ice in the shade but none on the trail. My partner and I are in our early 30s and in somewhat good shape. The incline is pretty consistent and rocky at times but it is so worth it. I recommend doing the Nambe Lake trail first like we did (not in the same day) and then doing this one where you get an amazing view of the lake from above.

hiking
3 months ago

May 2018. This year certainly has been one filled with false pretenses. Things, people, places, aren't always what or who they seem to be. Today Deception Peak was a last minute decision (thought I was going for a long bike ride). I thought if I make it to the top, I'll do my little ceremonial dance, thank the universe that I'm healthy enough to be up here and say "good riddens" to ALL the deception vibrating around me this year. Deception Peak here I am....I need a word with you.
Follow the trail from the start of Winsor at the SF Ski basin. Once you get to the gate, it's not marked but do take the trail to the right to the Pecos Widerness. The trail will run adjecent to the fence line for some distance. There is lots of rock a tree roots so watch your step. About half the way up, the trail does become harder to locate but follow your GPS and you should be just fine. The trail is mostly shaded- a light jacket is recommended. It does get windy at the top once you come out of the tree line.
Okay, false summit... but that's the whole point right - why else be here if I wasn't absolutely enjoying myself. I'm here.. guess I'll head over to Lake Peak and check that out too. Just about made it to Lake Peak but the trail that runs on the back side of Deception Peak was a bit too unsafe for me or I missed the safer trail.
Anyway, I did my dance, performed a couple of Qi Gong poses, tossed my resentment into the wind, and headed back.

hiking
3 months ago

This was such a fun hike! Was sad that I didn’t get past the rock wall but once I found the trail around it it was like a blizzard at the top. I highly recommend taking poles as the second half before you reach the tree line is pretty snowy. I post holed several times so watch your step. The views were spectacular at the top. Can’t wait to do this one again. Oh and careful next to that barbed wire fence if the trail is icy. One slip and ouchie!

walking
3 months ago

Fairly easy walk up and back, easy on the knees. Dog loved it! Great view

Nice trail !

walking
4 months ago

Great trail through town. Easy to find.

walking
4 months ago

Just in the area exploring and decided to find a short trail to go for a walk. This was an amazing trail as far as the view. I was able to see the moon and sunset at the same time!!

Great trail: starts off kind weird: walking between 2 fences, but once you’re in the woods, its a great loop on both sides of the small creek. Parking is very limited: only 3 cars max

Great trail. Beautiful with the light snow.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Starts on the same trail as Nambe Lake/ Baldy, but turn right when you get to the fence marking the Pecos Wilderness. Follow the fence until you can't anymore (at a beautiful overlook), then turn right again and head up the mountain. The trail is a little hard to follow, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. The views from the top are incredible. We hiked this last September, and had great weather, though it was very windy and cold above the tree line - make sure to bring layers!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail 3 days ago. The snow near the ascent to get to the peak was too high; no one had broken the snow yet and snow shoes were required to go further. Had a lot of fun on the trail. Still a great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a busy trail for mountain bikers with minimal elevation change, so essentially you’re on a walk with mountain bikers who either aren’t willing or able to control their bikes and definitely didn’t yield to hikers, despite trail requirements. There is also a plague warning on this trail, so not great for pets either.

Always in good shape. Great views and good workout if time is an issue.

Very easy, but great for a quick hike. Really well marked, easy to find & navigate. Perfect for new hikers to get their confidence up.

Nothing special but definitely a nice leg stretcher. A lot of the trail is around private land and it is clear that you’re not particularly wanted. There also is active grazing so there will be cows. I imagine that parking is a problem in the high season as there are about 5 spots and menacing signs. I have done big sections of the trail from the top near the the ski basin. A good option if you want a leg stretcher but you can do much better in the Santa Fe area.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a gorgeous trail! However, as many others have said, I don't think it is for beginners. I would say intermediate, due to the steep inclines and having to cross several streams over slippery rocks. My husband and I were fine, but I would imagine an older couple might have trouble.

hiking
9 months ago

This spot has some stunning view during the Fall seasons. We went there around mid October.

I love the contrast between the yellowish, orangey, and reddish fallen leaves and the existing green pine trees.

Thanks to the running creek, there’s some spots you can see little fields of grass that’s rare in a desert like Santa Fe.

We didn’t finish the trail because it was getting a little late. We’ll be back very soon.

Nice views for an easy hike. Kept within view of the highway, which was a bummer. The rock and plant diversity was very fascinating for native Kansas though!

hiking
10 months ago

My wife and I completed this trail during a 3 month stay in NM. The trail is a wide and rocky old road, so it is very very easy to follow, but be sure to wear good shoes. Although the incline isn't too steep, it is steady throughout the majority of the almost 6 miles up and will be challenging if you are not used to the elevation. This trail is not shaded in several areas so be sure to wear sunscreen. We went on a week day and there were not many people at all, which was very nice for us and our 2 dogs. Along the trail there are beautiful aspen trees and some creeks. The best part is definitely the beautiful view at the top, you can see so far! Our dogs really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike!

hiking
10 months ago

I go there frequently when I want to get outside but don’t have time to go up into the mountains. The trail is short and relatively easy. The views towards Albuquerque are fantastic!

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