While a burgeoning culture and fascinating history come to mind when thinking of the City Different, there is also an array of unbeatable outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a quick excursion through the wilderness during your stay at our Inn, keep reading to discover some of our favorite easy hikes in Santa Fe that you won’t want to skip.
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5 of the Best Easy Hikes in Santa Fe
1. Atalaya Mountain Trail
The Atalaya Mountain Trail in Santa Fe is a six-mile round–trip journey through some of the area’s most scenic forests. Your reward at the end of the hike is a stunning mountaintop view of the Santa Fe adobe spread. It is an easy hike that is perfect for families on an afternoon excursion.
2. Aspen Vista Trail
Known for its wide variety of natural features, the Aspen Vista Trail in Santa Fe is a beautiful route through Hyde Memorial State Park. Many explorers flock to this trail for an easy adventure filled with views of wildflower fields, rivers, waterfalls, and a lake. While it’s a relatively easy hike, its six-mile length may be challenging for some beginners. If you’re just starting out, we recommend trekking 1.75-miles to the stunning rock overlook before returning to your car.
3. Chamisa Trail
The Chamisa Trail is a favorite hike near Santa Fe for locals and visitors alike. The best months to embark on the trail are April through October when the weather is typically warm and beautiful. In the fall, Chamisa is the ideal spot for viewing the area’s exquisite autumn colors and aspen forests. Although it is primarily a hiking destination, mountain bikers can also get their fix on the trail.
4. Dale Ball Trails
The Dale Ball Trails are home to some of the best hikes in Santa Fe! Also, with 24 miles of scenic trails, this is the way to go if you want to spend the whole day exploring. There are numbered signs at each junction that make it easy to decipher trail difficulty. You’ll love the distant city views and surrounding wilderness.
5. Canyon Trail at Tent Rocks
Located at the Tent Rocks National Monument, Canyon Trail is a breathtaking hiking experience that winds through a labyrinth-like slot canyon. The route is 1.2-miles long and provides fantastic views of the rocks and the nearby mountains. Along the way, you’ll also find great spots for bird watching, geologic observation, and plant identification.
Head back to your room at the El Farolito Inn after a fun day of hiking. Our Inn features authentic Southwestern accommodations that are steps away from Santa Fe Plaza and the historic center of town. We also offer all our guests a gourmet breakfast every morning of their stay.
Start planning your Santa Fe getaway today by booking one of our rooms. We look forward to welcoming you to our Northern New Mexico oasis.