The Best Hiking Near Santa Fe

A girl admiring the beautiful landscapes in the high desert of New Mexico while exploring some of the best hiking near Santa Fe

One of the best things about Santa Fe, popularly nicknamed The City Different, is the sheer number and variety of things to do in Santa Fe. That includes activities for nature lovers, too, as there is some really great hiking near Santa Fe. From trails in the Santa Fe National Forest to those further afield at places like Bandelier National Monument or Valles Caldera National Preserve, you’ll find plenty of scenic wilderness to enjoy. 

Whether enjoying some of the best hiking near Santa Fe or taking a deep dive into the arts and cultural scene of Santa Fe, we know you’ll love every second of your time in this remarkable city. The high desert elevation of Santa Fe keeps our temperatures mild enough and enjoyable for all of it most of the year, and our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast provides unbeatable hospitality right in the heart of this historic city. 

Our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, many of the city’s top restaurants, and other things to do. We’ll kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast and send you on your way for a day of unforgettable hiking near Santa Fe. Book your room at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today! 

Trail Through Dense Green Trees Of The Santa Fe National Forest - Where You'Ll Find Some Of The Best Hiking Near Santa Fe

Experience the Best Hiking Near Santa Fe

There’s no shortage of choices if you’re thirsting for hiking near Santa Fe – northern New Mexico is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Below, we’ll list some of our favorite destinations for hiking near Santa Fe – but the best part about the list is just how diverse and different each trail is from the next. 

Though we’re well situated for our guests to walk and enjoy the best of downtown Santa Fe, including shopping near the historic Santa Fe Plaza, we’re also well located for our guests to enjoy the best of northern New Mexico. 

As you get ready to embark on your trips hiking near Santa Fe, keep in mind that the city itself starts at an elevation of 7,199 feet, so you should be prepared to exercise and take your time at a higher elevation and bring layers and plenty of water and supplies with you. Below, we’ve highlighted several of our favorite areas to go hiking near Santa Fe. 

  1. One of the most popular hiking trails in Santa Fe is the Atalaya Mountain Trail. You’ll hike six miles out and back, but it’s generally considered an easier hike. The hike starts in a beautiful aspen forest and eventually comes out to a stunning panoramic view at the top. It’s one of the best dog-friendly hikes near Santa Fe, too! 
  2. If you’re looking to hike near Santa Fe but don’t want to travel far to get there, the Dale Ball Trail System is the perfect choice! This network of trails, which is ideal for hiking and mountain biking, is accessible from downtown Santa Fe and affords users the quickest route into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In total, there are around 25 miles of trails to explore, all of which vary in length and difficulty. 
  3. The area with the biggest bang for your buck hiking-wise is the Santa Fe National Forest, an area filled with incredible opportunities for hiking near Santa Fe. One of the more popular trails here is the Grasshopper Canyon Trail, rated as a moderate 3.1-mile trek through beautiful forests and glens. 
  4. If you’d prefer an easy, flat trail as opposed to challenging mountain hikes, then one of the best places for some urban hiking near Santa Fe (or biking!) is the Santa Fe Rail Trail. This popular trail starts at the Santa Fe Railyard and travels south for 15.5 scenic miles. 
  5. Not too far out of downtown Santa Fe is Hyde Memorial State Park, another excellent choice for hikers. There are five trails ranging from short and easy to a bit longer and through more rugged territory.
  6. The La Tierra Trail network is another great place for hiking near Santa Fe. Here, you’ll find a loop that connects several different trails. It’s a great place to spot local birds and wildflowers, too.
  7. If you’re up for getting a little further outside of the Santa Fe area, we recommend a unique destination, Rio En Medio Falls. The hike is surprisingly lush, and you’re rewarded after a short two miles with the waterfall.
  8. A beautiful place to enjoy some hiking near Santa Fe is the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a diverse landscape that is just as popular for hiking as it is for stargazing.
  9. Finally, don’t miss your chance to go hiking at Bandelier National Monument. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails here, including some that lead the way to ancestral pueblo homes and other remarkable historical finds.
Fuel Up For All The Best Hiking Near Santa Fe With This Delicious Breakfast At Our Santa Fe Bed And Breakfast

Fuel Up at the Best Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast

Whether you only spend a day hiking near Santa Fe or you join us for an entire week of adventure in the outdoors, you’ll quickly fall in love with the scenic high-desert landscapes you’ll encounter at every turn. Santa Fe is a truly remarkable destination – and with so many great things to do in Santa Fe, it’s easy to see why you will need more than one visit to this remarkable city. 

Of course, every time you visit, there’s only one place worth considering for lodging: our #1-rated Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast. We’re not only well-located near downtown and the top things to do in Santa Fe, but we offer incomparable guest spaces, amenities, and hospitality. 

Unlike larger hotels in the area, we are a boutique Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast that offers just eight guest rooms. Our small size allows us to provide a broad range of amenities and tailor our service to our guests’ needs. This also means you won’t have to contend with large, unruly, and even noisy crowds while enjoying your afternoons and evenings at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast

Though we offer many great amenities at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, a popular favorite is our delicious multi-course breakfast that is made from scratch and served each morning in our dining room. Talk about the perfect fuel for whatever adventure lies ahead – including hiking near Santa Fe. There truly is no place quite like our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast. Book a room today!

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