Your Ultimate Guide to Snowshoeing in Santa Fe


We love Santa Fe at all times of the year, but during the winter it becomes a snow lover’s dream. The mountains turn into a winter wonderland covered with a blanket of white powder. In the city, the farolitos, also know as luminaries, give an ode to our namesake as the kiva fireplaces fill the air with a smoky aroma. During your enchanting winter stay at El Farolito, you’ll want to participate in some outdoor activities. Try something fun like snowshoeing in Santa Fe!

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

Snowshoeing Tours

If you aren’t an experienced snowshoer, it’s a good idea to get a guide. Try out a tour with Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing. Not only will the tour guide help you with any trouble you might have if you’re a beginner, they will also bring you to some gorgeous mountain overlooks. Imagine seeing the gorgeous Santa Fe sun make the snow sparkle. They’ll even provide you with all the equipment you need to have a day of fun including snowshoes, poles, daypacks, water, and snacks.

Where to Snowshoe

Aspen Vista Trail

The Aspen Vista Trail is popular at all times of the year, but it is a favorite for both snowshoers and cross-country skiers in the winter. If you’re planning on going all 6 miles of this trail, it can get a bit difficult since it is all uphill. However, you will be rewarded at the top with gorgeous views from Tesuque Peak!

Pajarito Nordic Ski Trail

The Pajarito Nordic Ski Trail is kept up for cross-country skiers, but you can usually see snowshoers along the edges. If you choose to snowshoe along this trail, just make sure you stay to the side and out of the way of any skiers! You’ll love breathing in the fresh air as you take in the great views of the aspen forest blanketed with snow. To access this trail, you just have to pay a small membership fee!

So, Where Can I Rent Snowshoes?

If you don’t own snowshoes but want to go snowshoeing in Santa Fe, you can just rent a pair! Cottam’s Ski Shop offers rentals for all your outdoor winter activity needs, including snowshoes, jackets, and snow pants. Make your rental in advance so you can pick it up at the store and get onto snowshoeing!

Return to El Farolito after Snowshoeing in Santa Fe

After snowshoeing in Santa Fe, go back to El Farolito to warm up and relax. Choose a cozy room with a kiva fireplace to cozy up in front of. You’ll love each room’s unique design, all featuring Southwestern decor. In the morning, don’t forget to join us for a delicious homemade breakfast. It’s the perfect way to start your day before your next adventure!

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