Best Trails Near Santa Fe NM

Santa Fe has 77 trails in the vicinity, including 39 for mountain biking and 29 hiking trails. These trails range from 2.1 to 445 miles in length. The longest trail in Santa Fe is Pecos Wilderness Area Trails a well-known trail measuring 445 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Atalaya Mountain, Nambe Lake and Tent Rocks. Trails.com member Arlen G. recently completed La Tierra Loop.

More information on the best trails in Santa Fe can be found below.
  • Tent Rocks

    7 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon.
    •  1.5–2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon.

  • Santa Fe Baldy

    3 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A long day hike or moderate overnight hike to a high summit in the Pecos Wilderness.
    •  7–8 hours
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or moderate overnight hike to a high summit in the Pecos Wilderness.

  • Nambe Lake

    3 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Nambe Lake is a crystal-clear gem tucked in a glacial valley between Lake Peak and Santa Fe Baldy. It lies barely a half mile from the lifts at the Santa Fe Ski Area, but the rock bowl that holds ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Nambe Lake is a crystal-clear gem tucked in a glacial valley between Lake Peak and Santa Fe Baldy. It lies barely a half ...

  • Spirit Lake

    3 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    The climb to Spirit Lake is a summer getaway from the tourist crowds in Santa Fe, but on weekends the Winsor Trail receives heavy use by hikers. The views from the trail are among the best in ...
    •  10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The climb to Spirit Lake is a summer getaway from the tourist crowds in Santa Fe, but on weekends the Winsor Trail receives ...

  • Black Canyon Trail

    3 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    This hike, close to Santa Fe, is suitable for children, well shaded, and a good introduction to the mountain terrain, fir-aspen belt vegetation, and wildflowers of this elevation in the Sangre ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike, close to Santa Fe, is suitable for children, well shaded, and a good introduction to the mountain terrain, fir-aspen ...

  • Dale Ball Trails Central

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Through the rolling piñon and juniper-covered foothills just north of Santa Fe. The Dale Ball Trails Central are a collection of connecting singletrack trails which cut through the piñon-covered ...
    •  1 to 1.5 hours
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Through the rolling piñon and juniper-covered foothills just north of Santa Fe. The Dale Ball Trails Central are a collection ...

  • Rio Nambe Creek

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    This hike, which uses Borrego Trail 150, is varied in terrain. A long portion of it parallels a lush streambed, making it a great choice for a hot summer day. Although this trail is accessible ...
    •  Day hike
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike, which uses Borrego Trail 150, is varied in terrain. A long portion of it parallels a lush streambed, making it ...

  • Raven's Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Although this hike is not on the topo map or in other hiking books, it is easy to find, as much of it parallels the Pecos Wilderness boundary. The gain in elevation looks impressive; however, ...
    •  Day hike
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Although this hike is not on the topo map or in other hiking books, it is easy to find, as much of it parallels the Pecos ...

  • Aspen Vista

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A high-alpine ride up to the summit of Tesuque Peak (12,045 feet). This ride holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 1970s my wife, Laurel, and I would spend numerous hours taking ...
    •  2 to 3.5 hours
    •  12.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A high-alpine ride up to the summit of Tesuque Peak (12,045 feet). This ride holds a special place in my heart. Back in the ...

  • Chamisa Trail Loop

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Great riding in the foothills just north of downtown Santa Fe. This is a wonderful ride that takes in the best sections of three different trails to make a great loop through tall pine trees ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Great riding in the foothills just north of downtown Santa Fe. This is a wonderful ride that takes in the best sections of ...

  • Atalaya Mountain

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A climb to the top of Atalaya Mountain on the outskirts of Santa Fe provides hikers with a unique view of the old city. The steep but pleasant trail leads through shady piñon and conifer forests ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A climb to the top of Atalaya Mountain on the outskirts of Santa Fe provides hikers with a unique view of the old city. The ...

  • Cave Creek And Horsethief Meadow

    2 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    It’s a curious twist on the old disappearing stream trick. At The Sinks in Wyoming, the Lost River in Idaho, and a score of other spots, visitors can watch a river suddenly disappear into the ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s a curious twist on the old disappearing stream trick. At The Sinks in Wyoming, the Lost River in Idaho, and a score ...

  • San Juan and Chamisa Trails

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Great riding in the foothills just north of downtown Santa Fe. This is a great mountain bike outing that offers up a variety of technical sections with a little road riding to start the ride. ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Great riding in the foothills just north of downtown Santa Fe. This is a great mountain bike outing that offers up a variety ...

  • Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    The path follows along Arroyo de los Chamisos, a major drainage system in the southeast part of town. The Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail is a nice little outing on a smooth paved surface that follows ...
    •  30 minutes to 1 hour
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The path follows along Arroyo de los Chamisos, a major drainage system in the southeast part of town. The Arroyo de los Chamisos ...

  • Dale Ball Trails North

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Through the rolling piñon and juniper-covered foothills just north of Santa Fe. This short little ride is on a new trail system located just north of town off NM 475. Numerous private individuals ...
    •  30 to 45 minutes
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Through the rolling piñon and juniper-covered foothills just north of Santa Fe. This short little ride is on a new trail ...

  • La Vega Loop

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    New Mexico’s mountains offer high-country wildfl ower displays from mid- June through the end of August. Any trail can put hikers in the thick of the show, but the La Vega Loop has an advantage ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    New Mexico’s mountains offer high-country wildfl ower displays from mid- June through the end of August. Any trail can put ...

  • Windsor Trail

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A wonderful downhill adventure along the Tesuque Creek drainage. A highly touted and very popular ride, the Windsor Trail is 10 miles of excellent, downhill singletrack through tall pine and ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    A wonderful downhill adventure along the Tesuque Creek drainage. A highly touted and very popular ride, the Windsor Trail ...

  • Tesuque Creek

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A short day hike to a rushing mountain stream within minutes of Santa Fe. This hike’s proximity to Santa Fe is part of its attraction. Within 20 minutes of leaving the Plaza, you will be strolling ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A short day hike to a rushing mountain stream within minutes of Santa Fe. This hike’s proximity to Santa Fe is part of its ...

  • Stewart Lake

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    The ramble to Stewart Lake is an exhilarating trip along canyons and ridges of the main crest of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The destination is a high lake held gingerly in the cupped hands ...
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    The ramble to Stewart Lake is an exhilarating trip along canyons and ridges of the main crest of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. ...

  • Chamisa Trail

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    This hike is close to Santa Fe and offers a good workout as well as great exposure to piñon-juniper and mixed conifer vegetation belts. As a summer hike it is shaded much of the day. Although ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike is close to Santa Fe and offers a good workout as well as great exposure to piñon-juniper and mixed conifer ...

  • La Vega

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Because this trail begins at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, it has less use than those closer to Santa Fe. Its destination is a beautiful valley complete with a stream running through it and a close ...
    •  Day hike
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Because this trail begins at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, it has less use than those closer to Santa Fe. Its destination is a ...

  • Tesuque Peak

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    This hike is considered moderate in spite of the distance it covers. It follows Forest Road 150 with no steep inclines out-and-back. We found that the wide, fairly even road makes it possible ...
    •  Day hike
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike is considered moderate in spite of the distance it covers. It follows Forest Road 150 with no steep inclines out-and-back. ...

  • Atalaya Mountain Trail

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    The Atalaya Mountain trail can be very technical and strenuous for most cyclists. Though the trail may seem easy in the beginning, switchbacks climb their way to the summit and seem to go on ...
    •  2.5-3 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Atalaya Mountain trail can be very technical and strenuous for most cyclists. Though the trail may seem easy in the beginning, ...

  • Capital City Cruise

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    This local favorite starts at the beautifully landscaped State Capitol and makes a big loop around Santa Fe, incorporating the smooth pavement in Las Campanas, the historic village of La Cienega, ...
    •  50.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This local favorite starts at the beautifully landscaped State Capitol and makes a big loop around Santa Fe, incorporating ...

  • Caja del Rio North

    1 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    Through the gentle rolling hills just northwest of Santa Fe on the Caja del Rio Plateau. The Caja del Rio Plateau is a wild, seldom-used area filled with remnants of many ancient volcanoes just ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Through the gentle rolling hills just northwest of Santa Fe on the Caja del Rio Plateau. The Caja del Rio Plateau is a wild, ...