Get to know these Southern Rocky Mountain Trails

Choose from one our favorite day hikes listed below, or inquire with us if you would like to customize an excursion to meet your needs. There are many options!!!

Amenities

All of our day hikes include:

  • Pick-up/drop-off to your hotel or other designated meet-up spot
  • Organic trail mix, fruit and other snacks provided at no additional cost
  • Lunch to be provided for longer hikes by a local Co-Op, options discussed at booking (additional cost)
  • Filtered, clean water in reusable bottles, cooled and ready to go
  • Extra packs provided if needed
  • Hiking Poles available

Rates

1 Person
$115

2 People
$145

3-4 People
$215

5-6 People
$245

*Cost includes everything including insurance for our staff to take care of you out on the trail!

*Cost for Lunch for longer day hikes not included

*Children under 12 hike at a discounted rate, just ask us!

*8% NM Tax and Gratuity not included


Mountain/Forest Hikes: Santa Fe National Forest!


Bear Wallow/Borrego Trail, Sangre de Cristos
The borrego trail in the fall, covered in aspen leaves

The borrego trail in the fall, covered in aspen leaves

40 min drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate

Length: 4.5 miles round trip, 2+ hours

Close to Santa Fe, a short jaunt up the mountain, lies this beautiful forested trail. We pass through mature pine and aspen stands for just over a mile before dipping down a rocky hillside to the lush riparian zone along Tesuque Creek. Grass, abundant wildflowers and willows become our companions for another mile or so before entering a gorgeous open meadow perfect for snacking, chatting, lounging, or whatever compels you. The creek is there too, and is a favorite for hikers and their pups. The hike back up to the car is pleasant if not somewhat steep and can be taken at a slower pace. A relatively short, but pleasant hike.

Rio en Medio (Upper or Lower), Sangre de Cristos
Falls on lower rio en medio hike

Falls on lower rio en medio hike

50 min drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate

Length: 4 miles RT (Upper or Lower) 2+ hours

This popular hike along the gurgling Rio en Medio includes waterfalls and wildflowers in the summer and is a favorite for locals and visitors alike (we know the best times to go to avoid too many people). The hike affords temperate coolness amidst this riparian zone where wildlife and plantlife flourish. The walk is uphill from the bottom, or downhill from the top, and can be extended in either direction for a longer hike. It is a very pleasant trip for those looking to escape heat, touch water, feel shade and breathe deeply in oxygen-rich space.

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Windsor Trail, Sangre de Cristos

40 min drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Moderate Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate

 Length: 10 miles, 5 hours

The Windsor Trail runs from the Santa Fe Ski Area at the top of the mountains all the way to the bottom near the village of Tesuque. This hike can be done in either the uphill or downhill directions, and is enjoyable either way (going uphill usually takes slightly longer than 5 hours). We follow a creek for at least half of the hike (the bottom section), which provides cool water, a plethora of wildflowers, butterflies and birds. The upper half of the trail runs through Ponderosa and then Douglas Fir forests, aspen stands and meadows. There is significant elevation gain/loss on this hike, so we stop often to help our bodies process the changing scenery and altitude, having lunch along the way.

Lake Katherine/Santa Fe Baldy, Sangre de Cristos
A view of Mt baldy in september from the trail on the way up!

A view of Mt baldy in september from the trail on the way up!

1.5 hour drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate/Difficult

Length: 14 Miles Round Trip

Santa Fe Baldy, at the southern end of the Sangre de Christo Range, is the highest point in the cluster of mountains above Santa Fe. It is situated within the Pecos Wildnerness section of the Santa Fe National Forest, a vast, rugged wildnerness with boundless opportunities for hiking and peakbagging. While not technically difficult, the mountain can be climbed year round and is an excellent training climb for more challenging mountains. The primary challenge lies in the 7 mile approach hike, a beautiful trail that winds through pine and aspen groves. From the summit, there are beautiful views for miles in all directions, including the Jemez Mountains to the West, the Sandia Mountains to the South, the Truchas Mountains to the North, the plains to the east, and the Rio Grande valley below.

Cave Creek/Horsethief Meadows, Pecos Wilderness
caves on cave creek in summertime

caves on cave creek in summertime

3 hour drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light/Moderate Traffic

Trail Level: Easy/Moderate

Length: 4.5 miles RT to Caves, or 11.5 miles RT to Horsethief (2-7hrs)

A beautiful drive from Santa Fe to the East side of the Sangre de Cristos through the town of Pecos and deep into the Pecos Wilderness is worth the time for this hike. We begin at an altitude of 9,000 feet and walk along a sweet, giggling creek which attracts a multitude of wildlife and produces a mass of wildflowers. The walk is slightly uphill, and the forest offers cool relief from the desert heat in summer. Our destination is a fascinating collection of caves created by our friendly creek which we can explore with flashlights and some courage. Not big caves, but unique and cool nonetheless. A perfect day-hike for families and friends alike. We can also extend this hike to Horsethief Meadows for a longer day, and a beautiful picnic spot above 10,000 feet will be one for the books.

Beatty's Cabin, Pecos Wilderness

3 hour drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate

Length: 11.5 miles round trip to Meadow, but any length possible, 3-5 hours

This hike is one of the more difficult to access in the region, but well worth it. The rough dirt road takes us high into the Pecos Wilderness where the only people we might see will be cowboys and their clients on packtrips with their horses and donkeys. The hike is a beauty; mossy pine-forest, thick aspen stands and sweeping mountain meadows will provide ample photo ops and a real sense of wilderness. This is one of Ash's favorite excursions in the hot months of summer.

Cerro Grande, Jemez Mtn's
Looking out from the top of cerro grande onto a stormy summer afternoon in the jemez mountains

Looking out from the top of cerro grande onto a stormy summer afternoon in the jemez mountains

2.5 hour drive (Round Trip)

Nice During: Anytime

Popularity: Light Traffic

Trail Level: Moderate

 Length: 4 miles, 2+ hours

Cerro Grande is the tallest peak in the Jemez Mountain Range directly West of Santa Fe. The drive to the trailhead includes passing through several pueblos, gaping vistas, basalt and tuff cliffs from millennia-old volcanic eruptions and up into the forest of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The hike is a fairly gentle ascent through meadows filled with forest lillies progressing into steeper swtichbacks to the peak, where a stone monument and a USGS tag rewards you for the climb. the view of the massive volcanic crater for which the monument is name is impressive and you will inevitably feel a sense of accomplishment for reaching what feel like the highest point on Earth, so far as you can see.


The mountains are calling, will you answer?


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees" John Muir