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Santa Fe National Forest

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Some of the most exquisite alpine scenery in the Southwest is found in this National Forest. Here, you can find the headwaters of Pecos, Jemez, and Gallinas Rivers; mountain streams; lakes; and trout fishing. Consider visiting one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. Golden aspens grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets Santa Fe Ski Basin in winter.

Recommended Routes in Santa Fe National Forest - 14

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Favorite Nearing the top of Atalaya Mountain on the Atalaya Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)

6.5 mi 10.5 km 1,745' Up 531.84 m Up 1,745' Down 531.83 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite A narrow section of the traverse to Lake Peak.
Difficult

Raven's Ridge to Lake Peak Loop

10.6 mi 17.0 km 2,650' Up 807.59 m Up 2,630' Down 801.54 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Near Battleship Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km 722' Up 220.2 m Up 722' Down 220.14 m Down

Jemez P…, NM
Favorite Lots of fun bridges on the Winsor Trail
Intermediate

Chamisa Trail Loop via Saddleback and Windsor

9.9 mi 16.0 km 1,908' Up 581.68 m Up 1,897' Down 578.25 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Mike is working his way to Redondo Peak.
Difficult

Double Baldy with a side of Redondo

18.8 mi 30.2 km 4,344' Up 1324.03 m Up 4,343' Down 1323.65 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Valles Toledo and the northeastern corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve looking northwest from Pajarito Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pajarito Mountain Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km 1,246' Up 379.79 m Up 1,246' Down 379.84 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Redondo Peak looking west into the Valles Caldera.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pajarito Ski Hill to Los Alamos North

8.7 mi 14.1 km 770' Up 234.56 m Up 2,500' Down 761.92 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite On the way to Nambe Lake
Difficult

Nambe Lake Out and Back

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,716' Up 522.95 m Up 1,715' Down 522.79 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite In the goblins
Intermediate

Goblin Colony Hike

3.9 mi 6.3 km 587' Up 179 m Up 585' Down 178.37 m Down

Jemez P…, NM

Santa Fe National Forest Running

  • 672 Miles 1,082 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 79 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 28 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Fe National Forest - 110

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9.2 mi 14.7 km #1Hermit's Peak Trail #223
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Vegas, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Vegas, NM
73.8 mi 118.8 km #2Skyline Trail #251
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
0.5 mi 0.9 km #3Hermit's Peak Summit Trail
Difficult
Mora, NM
Difficult
Mora, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Picacho Peak - Atalaya Mountain Connector
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
4.3 mi 6.9 km #5Soda Springs Trail
Difficult
White Rock, NM
Difficult
White Rock, NM
2.2 mi 3.6 km #6Cerro Grande Trail
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
1.3 mi 2.2 km #7La Piedra
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Rendija Trail #279
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
20.1 mi 32.4 km #9CDT: Los Pinos TH (NM Sec. 25)
Difficult
Santa Teresa, NM
Difficult
Santa Teresa, NM
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Ashley Pond
Easy
Los Alamos, NM
Easy
Los Alamos, NM

Photos of Santa Fe National Forest - 180

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Mike is working his way to Redondo Peak.
Apr 1, 2015 near Nambe, NM
Looking north from East Pecos Baldy
Aug 4, 2018 near Nambe, NM
Lots of fun bridges on the Winsor Trail
May 8, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
A narrow section of the traverse to Lake Peak.
Apr 1, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Nearing the top of Atalaya Mountain on the Atalaya Trail
Apr 8, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Just below the summit of Deception Peak
Mar 5, 2021 near Santa Fe, NM
Running the sweet singletrack near the saddle of Cañon de Valle. The saddle is between Cerro Grande and Pajarito Mountain and allows easy access into the Valles Caldera.
May 24, 2017 near Los Alamos, NM
Spring time - fun time!
Jun 4, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM