Tesuque Creek

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87540

Tesuque Creek

Tesuque Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 through Douglas-fir, spruce, and aspen. The hike touches only a tiny fraction of the Santa Fe National Forest and its 1,000 miles of trails.

From the parking lot, the well used trail drops down into a wooded, dry creek bottom. It follows the creek down for about 0.5 mile to a junction. Go right at the junction, staying on Trail 150. The trail climbs up a small tributary to a low saddle, before dropping down again. After a fairly steep descent into another tributary, the trail reaches Tesuque Creek, announced in advance by the roar of rushing water."

Tesuque Creek Trip Reports

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This trail is a great early morning adventure just west of Santa Fe. Pay close attention to trail markers, as many of the twists and turns are unmarked and you need to be aware of different trailheads that merge with the one you are on. Outstanding views of the National Forest and easy in and out parking just beyond Hyde State Park. One lesson learned - follow Trail 182 once you merge with Trail 254 and are on it for about a mile. The trail sign is pointed in the opposite direction you'll be heading in so be on the lookout. You should immediately cross Tesuque Creek once you pickup 182.

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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt path
Skill Level
2 hours
May through November
8,890 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,220 feet
Top Elevation
Santa Fe National Forest, PO Box 3307, Española, NM 87532; (505) 753-7331; www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
Local Contacts
Pecos Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; Aspen Basin and McClure Reservoir 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Trail Log