4 of the Best Hikes in Santa Fe

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Explore the great outdoors during your visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico! Inside the city, you’ll find gorgeous adobe buildings, delicious cuisine, interesting galleries, and more. Outside the city, discover lush vegetation and majestic mountains perfect for hiking! Spend some time in the fresh air during your stay at El Farolito when you embark on some of the best hikes in Santa Fe.

The best resource to use while planning a trip to Santa Fe is our complimentary Vacation Guide. We know that planning a vacation can be challenging, so we put together a list of our favorite things to do in the area to save you from hours of research! Find even more of the best hikes in Santa Fe, plus more in our free guide like:

  • Outdoor activities for all skill levels
  • Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
  • The best restaurants in the area
  • Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss

4 of the Best Hikes in Santa Fe

1. Pecos National Park

Pecos National Park offers some of the best hikes in Santa Fe. Admission is free, making it a very popular choice. Choose to explore the pine forests yourself, or go on a guided tour. There are a few scheduled every week, and they are free! The tours offered change with the seasons and are a great way to learn about the area, especially in such a historic spot.

2. Atalaya Mountain Trail

The Atalaya Mountain Trail in Santa Fe is absolutely breathtaking. This moderate trail winds up the mountain for almost 6 miles. You can choose the difficulty of your route based on the well-marked signs that label each fork in the path. You’ll climb through pinon scrub and rusty ponderosa pine before reaching the top where you will be rewarded with incredible views of Santa Fe’s adobe spread. You’ll want to take a break to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while you rest before making the descent back to the bottom.

3. Dale Ball Trails

The Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe, NM is 24 miles of scenic bliss. Explore the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that make for some of the best hikes in Santa Fe. There are numbered signs at each junction that make it easy to decipher trail difficulty. You’ll love the views it offers of both expansive wilderness and the distant city!

4. Nambe Lake Trail

The Nambe Lake Trail is one of the many gorgeous hikes in the Santa Fe National Forest. This trail has some difficult parts, so make sure you’re prepared before you embark on your journey. It is an uphill hike, but you will be rewarded with views of the beautiful lake! Pause here for a bit to enjoy the scenery and quiet calm of the water.

Come Back and Relax at El Farolito

After experiencing some of the best hikes in Santa Fe, come back and relax at El Farolito. Our charming bed and breakfast located in the heart of the city is the ideal place to return after a long day in nature. Each room has been designed with comfort in mind! You’ll love the Southwestern decor that truly creates a unique stay. Book your vacation today and come explore Santa Fe!

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