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Santa Fe National Forest

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Some of the most exquisite alpine scenery in the Southwest is found in this National Forest. Here, you can find the headwaters of Pecos, Jemez, and Gallinas Rivers; mountain streams; lakes; and trout fishing. Consider visiting one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. Golden aspens grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets Santa Fe Ski Basin in winter.

Recommended Routes in Santa Fe National Forest - 14

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Favorite Atlaya Mountain approach.
Intermediate/Difficult

Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)

6.5 mi 10.5 km 1,745' Up 531.84 m Up 1,745' Down 531.83 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Big Horn ewes on the move, near the Lake Peak Traverse Trail.
Difficult

Raven's Ridge to Lake Peak Loop

10.6 mi 17.0 km 2,650' Up 807.59 m Up 2,630' Down 801.54 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Near Battleship Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km 722' Up 220.2 m Up 722' Down 220.14 m Down

Jemez P…, NM
Favorite Lots of fun bridges on the Winsor Trail
Intermediate

Chamisa Trail Loop via Saddleback and Windsor

9.9 mi 16.0 km 1,908' Up 581.68 m Up 1,897' Down 578.25 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Santa Fe Baldy
Difficult

Double Baldy with a side of Redondo

18.8 mi 30.2 km 4,344' Up 1324.03 m Up 4,343' Down 1323.65 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Valles Toledo and the northeastern corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve looking northwest from Pajarito Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pajarito Mountain Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km 1,246' Up 379.79 m Up 1,246' Down 379.84 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Redondo Peak looking west into the Valles Caldera.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pajarito Ski Hill to Los Alamos North

8.7 mi 14.1 km 770' Up 234.56 m Up 2,500' Down 761.92 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite In the goblins
Intermediate

Goblin Colony Hike

3.9 mi 6.3 km 587' Up 179 m Up 585' Down 178.37 m Down

Jemez P…, NM
Favorite Los Alamos Natural Arch looking northwest.
Difficult

Los Alamos Natural Arch Out-and-Back

4.3 mi 7.0 km 806' Up 245.59 m Up 805' Down 245.49 m Down

Los Alamos, NM

Santa Fe National Forest Hiking

  • 672 Miles 1,082 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 16 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 77 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 31 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Fe National Forest - 110

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9.2 mi 14.7 km #1Hermit's Peak Trail #223
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Vegas, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Vegas, NM
73.8 mi 118.8 km #2Skyline Trail #251
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
0.5 mi 0.9 km #3Hermit's Peak Summit Trail
Difficult
Mora, NM
Difficult
Mora, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Picacho Peak - Atalaya Mountain Connector
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
4.3 mi 6.9 km #5Soda Springs Trail
Difficult
White Rock, NM
Difficult
White Rock, NM
1.3 mi 2.2 km #6La Piedra
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #7Cerro Grande Trail
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Rendija Trail #279
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
20.1 mi 32.4 km #9CDT: Los Pinos TH (NM Sec. 25)
Difficult
Santa Teresa, NM
Difficult
Santa Teresa, NM
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Ashley Pond
Easy
Los Alamos, NM
Easy
Los Alamos, NM

Photos of Santa Fe National Forest - 175

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Looking north from East Pecos Baldy
Aug 4, 2018 near Nambe, NM
Lush grass through Horse Thief Meadows
Jul 6, 2015 near Nambe, NM
Santa Fe Baldy
Mar 5, 2021 near Nambe, NM
Just below the summit of Deception Peak
Mar 5, 2021 near Santa Fe, NM
Looking down into Valles Caldera
Jun 27, 2020 near Los Alamos, NM
Santa Fe Baldy Composite
Apr 2, 2015 near Nambe, NM
Atop Tesuque Peak looking towards Santa Fe Lake
Apr 2, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Heading north from Baldy
Mar 30, 2015 near Nambe, NM