Hyde Park Circle Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87540

Hyde Park Circle Trail

Hyde Park Circle Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is located in Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico’s oldest and highest-elevation state park. It is situated along the Little Tesuque Creek in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, very close to Santa Fe.

Although there is some steep climbing, the panoramic views of the Jemez, Sandia, San Pedro, Ortiz, and Sangre de Cristo ranges make this hike well worth the effort."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (Menasha Ridge Press)
Stephen Ausherman
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"An old favorite at the southernmost tip of the Rockies is a short drive from the Santa Fe Plaza. The nostalgic campgrounds in Hyde Memorial State Park attract wildflower enthusiasts in the summer and aspen lovers in the fall, whereas winter crowds come for the sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing."

Hyde Park Circle Trail Trip Reports

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Started this hike about 6:30 AM with the help of a full moon. The trail is extremely well defined and marked. Starting across from the Ranger station, you hit probably the steepest part for the first mile or so. Since it was still pitch dark, I couldn't see much, but got to see the sunrise over the mountains when I reached the top.

I was a bit disappointed that you never got a clear view towards Santa Fe valley, but overall, it was very peaceful and got the heart pumping. I was short on time, so it was a great hike. Completed it in about 1.5 hours, although I finished it off walking down 475 instead of crossing over and doing the East side.

Overall, if you're in Santa Fe and have a couple of hours and want to take in some great scenery and get a good work out in, this is terrific. If you are into trail running, this would be a great choice as well.

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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
1,058 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Spring through Fall
Hyde Memorial State Park, 740 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501; (505) 983-7175, (888) NM-Parks; www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/ hydememorialstatepark.html
Local Contacts
USGS McClure Reservoir and Santa Fe NM. USDA Forest Service Pecos Wilderness Map. Available at Hyde Park Visitor Center on Hyde Park Road; online at www.emnrd.state.nm.us.
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