Aspen Vista Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594

Aspen Vista Trail

Aspen Vista Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Aspen Vista is a great endurance ride with a constant but gradual gain in elevation until you reach the summit of Tesuque Peak at 12,040 feet. The trail contours along the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. As the trail climbs it passes through aspen-covered forests, crosses small rushing creeks, and offers expansive views around every corner.

The best time of year to ride this trail is during fall, when the turning foliage paints the views in majestic hues of orange and yellow. Fall is also the busiest time of year on the Aspen Vista Trail, but it is wide and can easily accommodate a large crowd."

More Aspen Vista Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Tesuque Peak Road (FR 150) begins at 10,300 feet and traverses forests of mixed conifer and aspen to take you up to Tesuque Peak at 12,300 feet. As you climb higher you will emerge from these big trees to find altitude-stunted pines and the tundra-like vegetation that characterizes alpine life zones.

Once you reach the radio towers you will have some spectacular views to take in. Lake Peak (12,409 feet) and Penitente Peak (12,250 feet) rise immediately to the north and east of you. Santa Fe Lake is just below you."

"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 trips up Aspen Vista Road to hike, ski tour, and snowshoe. Aspen Vista Road (Forest Road 150) starts at an elevation of 10,000 feet and climbs up through a large stand of beautiful aspen and pine trees to the summit of Tesuque Peak at a elevation of 12,045 feet. This is not a ride for the faint of heart, legs, or lungs.

Summer is a wonderful time to ride Aspen Vista Road, as various wildflowers grow profusely along the several small streams and open meadows. Mid- and late summer bring violent afternoon thunderstorms, and it’s best to plan to reach Tesuque Peak by noon. Fall, with the changing of the aspen trees, is an absolutely spectacular time to enjoy the foliage and stable weather. The views up to and once on Tesuque Peak are nothing short of spectacular and extend in all directions. Trail surface: Dirt road and doubletrack."

Aspen Vista Trail Reviews

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8/3/2013
This ride is good for a good endurance ride with little technical obstacles. you start up the trail with a climb and you climb for 6 miles until you get to the top of the mountain. Great views at the top of the mountain.
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8/4/2005
This is a bike,hike and dog trail, busy on weekends. We did a 7:00am start in October in clear weather. Great trail surface but encountered melting snow and mud the last mile. Still able to ride the entire trail, two hours to the top, 45 minutes down. Magnificent views, unbelievasble fall colors, primarily Aspen to 9000' a few Spruce at higher elevation, pretty bare on top. Very windy right at summit. The drive up is worth the trip, strongly recommend this ride.
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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
12
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
3.5 hours
Duration
Santa Fe National Forest, 1474 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe 87505; (505) 438-7840; www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
Local Contacts
Dharma Maps, Santa Fe Explorer, 2012
Local Maps

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Oct 2018