If you love the great outdoors, then Santa Fe is the perfect place for you. The city is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. And it's all just minutes away from the cosmopolitan center.
Santa Fe is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, river rafters, fishing enthusiasts, horseback riders and people who simply like to stroll in city parks and take in the fresh air. You can ski the Rocky Mountains in winter and ice skate outdoors on the pond in Hyde Memorial State Park. In summer, hike the miles of mountain wilderness, enjoying dramatic, panoramic vistas and fields of wildflowers.
Click on Hiking for information about the incredible diversity of trails in the Santa Fe area. Visit Skiing for information about nearby ski areas and cross country ski trails. You'll also find fantastic places to play golf and enjoy fishing, camping and other outdoor activities. And you'll find plenty of parks and recreation centers throughout the city.
Explore our Tours section, where you'll be amazed by the many creative ways you can explore the Santa Fe wilderness. Click here for information on bicycling around Santa Fe.
It's a rare treat find such an abundance of nature so close to the heart of the city. And it's a major reason why locals and visitors alike are so passionate about Santa Fe.
The Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico (ASPNM) has provided outdoor recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities throughout the state for over 30 years. With activities ranging from adaptive skiing and snowboarding to golf, rock climbing, water sports, and much more, ASPNM gives those living with disabilities the sense of freedom, accomplishment, and joy that comes with participating in outdoor activities.
This is the most popular trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The gradual uphill climb and the width of the road make it ideal for hikers of all abilities and ages. It's also popular with cross-country skiers. The road is closed to motorized vehicles including snowmobiles.
Directions: Follow Paseo de Peralta to Washington Ave on the North end of Paseo de Peralta. Turn away from the plaza heading north on Washington Avenue to Artist Road (Ski Basin Rd). Follow the Ski Basin Rd. 13 miles. Access this trail from Aspen Vista Picnic Area, just beyond the 13 mile marker. Ample parking is available.
Atalaya Mountain Trail
Access from Parking area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM 87505
The Atalaya Mountain Trail, accessible from the parking lot at St. Johns College, is one of the most popular and easily accessible hiking trails in Santa Fe. Hikers have the option of taking the longer route (Trail 174), which is approximately 7 miles round-trip, or parking farther up near the Ponderosa Ridge development and doing a 4.6-mile loop (Trail 170) instead. Both trials eventually join and take you toward the top of Atalaya Mountain, a 9,121-foot peak. The first few miles of the trail are relatively easy, but it becomes increasingly steep and strenuous as you near the summit of Atalaya Mountain. Hikers who make it to the top are afforded great views of the Rio Grande valley and the city below.
Easy hike along the banks of the Rio Tesuque. Can be hiked year round. Great places to picnic along the trail.
Directions: go north on Bishop's Lodge Road. Almost 1 mile beyond the entrance to Bishop's Lodge the road takes a 90 degree turn to the left, turn right here on to a dirt road, County Road 72A. In a few minutes you will see signs for parking. The trail begins just a few minutes more up the road on the right immediately crossing the creek on a foot bridge.
The Black Canyon trail is a short, easy trail through an aspen-fir forest. If you take this trail, you will see several types of wildflowers, and possibly lots of butterflies. This is a good trail for children or a family.
Located just above the Hyde Park camping area, this is a winding trail that crosses the Little Tesuque Creek and is deep in a conifer and aspen forest.
This hike is a pleasant four mile loop with some vertical relief (about 800 ft elevation change) in an aspen-fir forest. Because of the aspen, this hike would be especially nice in the fall. You could extend the length of this hike by taking one of several other trails which intersect this trail.
The Broken Saddle Riding Company offers horsebackriding on well conditioned smooth riding Tennessee Walkers and Missouri Foxtrotters through the beautiful Cerrillos Hills Historic Park (New Mexico State Park). Able riders may trot, canter or gallop. Small group and private rides available. 26 scenic miles from the Santa Fe Plaza. All rides are by appointment.
Big Cat "electric assist" fat tire bikes for rentals, tours and sales.
Tours of the historic Cerrillos area and lunch at the Black Bird Saloon. Or rent on your own to explore the area. Also sales of the bikes.
The Chamisa trail is an easy hike only six miles from the plaza. The Chamisa Trail is well defined and hikes through rolling terrain and meadows for 4.75 miles round trip. The hike will take you through large stands of evergreen trees. This is an enjoyable hike or trail run close to town.
Directions: Follow Paseo de Peralta to Washington Ave on the North end of Paseo de Peralta. Turn away from the plaza heading north on Washington Avenue to artist rd (ski Basin rd). Follow the Ski Basin rd. 5.6 miles to a wide canyon with two prominent parking areas on the south and north sides of the rd. Park on the north side. Locate trailhead and follow to big Tesuque creek.
Cochiti Golf Club is an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. public golf course located in Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. Being conveniently located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM it makes for a must play. The Cochiti Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in New Mexico. To go along with the fantastic layout of the course, it is nestled in the beautiful high desert terrain of northern New Mexico. After your round, take in the views at the Stone Kiva Bar and Grill. It’s not hard to see why this place is called “Heaven with a zip code.” Amenities: Cocktail Lounge, Entertainment, Meeting Facilities, Restaurant.
Cottam's Ski Shop is located half way up Ski Basin Road in Hyde Memorial State Park - the closest ski shop to the slopes! Ski, Board, Snowshoe, Snowblade, XC, & Apparel rentals - high performance & recreational packages. Locations also in Taos and Angel Fire. RESERVE ONLINE AND RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT or stop in the Santa Fe convention and visitors bureau to receive a ＄3 off coupon for each ski rental.
Cruz Blanca Trail
Access from the parking area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Click here for a pdf file of a map of the Dale Ball Trail system.
The Dale Ball Trail system includes 22.22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to other well-known Santa Fe trails and extend across land owned by the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, the National Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy. Parking can be found at the east end at the St John's College parking lot; or at the Nature Conservancy on Upper Canyon Road; or on Cerro Gordo Road and also on Camino de Cruz Blanca. Connecting trails include: Cruz Blanca Trail 1.27 miles, St. John's Trail 1.47 miles, Nature Conservancy 1.27 miles, Dorothy Stewart 1.45 miles and Atalaya Trail 5.16 miles; making the total trail network 32.84 miles, all starting within two miles of the Santa Fe Plaza.
Dorothy Stewart Trail
Access from the Cruz Blanca Trail beginning at the parking area on Camino de Cruz Blanca. , Santa Fe, NM 87505
Wonderful network of trails through piñon and juniper forest. Views of the city and the mountains as you hike over rolling terrain. Beautiful view of "Sunset Rocks", great for catching your breath. Connecting up with the Dale Ball Trails can lengthen or shorten this hike.
Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Rockies, Glorieta Camps offers a mountainous escape perfect for the casual camper, outdoor adventurer or extreme sport enthusiast. Our expansive trails, open to the public August to May, are great for hiking and mountain biking.
The Glorieta Hive Five Zip Tour, one of our top attractions, features five sections of fast-moving ziplines stretched high above the alpine floor. Experience beautiful views and exhilarating speeds as you zip over over the canyons and through the trees. For more information visit glorietaziptour.com Amenities: Child Friendly, Fireplaces, Kitchenettes, Meeting Facilities.
"See the Sangre de Cristo mountains like you never have before! On our High Five Zip Tour experience, you'll harness up, ride the army truck, take a deep breath, then... ready, set... SOAR at high speeds over canyons and through the pines on a mile-long zipline tour. It's thrilling enough for the adventure-seeker but safe for the whole family!"
HIPICO Santa Fe hosts Exciting Equestrian Events, Art Exhibitions, Award-winning Craft Beer, Local Cuisine and Live Music - all on our beautiful grassy polo fields. Enjoy world class show jumping surrounded by mountains or choose to indulge in our unique VIP experience. Home to the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding. Amenities: Child Friendly, Meeting Facilities, Pet Friendly.
A trail with excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, San Pedro, and Ortiz mountains (i.e. views in most all directions). This hike is near both the Hyde Memorial State Park and the Black Canyon campgrounds. If you stay at Black Canyon, a trail crosses the meadow from behind the fenced area behind site 41 (near the highway). This trail gains 855 ft. in the first 0.94 mi. However, the climb is worth it for the views.
Since our founding in 1990, our goal has been to provide a quality recreational experience to people of all ages. Come check out our exceptional guided trips, equipment rentals, and full service paddle-sports retail store.
This trail begins at the Santa Fe Ski Basin and has less use than those closer to Santa Fe. Its destination is a beautiful valley complete with a stream running through it and a close view of Santa Fe Baldy. The trail is indicated by a trail marker and is easy to find.
Land of Enchantment Guides is an ORVIS endorsed fly fishing guide service, offering guided fishing trips in the Santa Fe, Chama, Taos and San Juan River areas.
Our experienced fly fishing guides can take you to fish on all types of waters - from large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes, we have them all here in Northern New Mexico. The landscape is breathtaking and extremely diverse, with everything from deserts, canyons and mountains with alpine forests of pines and aspen to mesas of cactus and juniper. We have excellent fishing all year round with lots of trout to be caught.
We will do our best to ensure that you have fun along with the chance to develop and improve your trout fishing skills. Many years of personal fly fishing and guiding experience enable us to accommodate anyone, from those who have never been fly fishing before, to accomplished anglers. We know our local waters well and do our utmost to match the best location with every individual's desires and needs.
All the fishing gear you will need (rods and reels, flies, waders, etc.) is provided on all of our fishing trips. We offer transportation to and from most of the fishing spots we go to. Day trips include great lunches, drinks and snacks. Our all inclusive packages include all meals and lodging.
Featured on Golf Life and Fox Sports Television Networks, Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe offers a spectacular golf experience with inspirational 360 degree panoramic views that surround the Sangre de Cristos, Jemez, Ortiz and Sandia mountains. Located eight miles west of the historical downtown district, our year-round, four season weather permitting course offers golf sport enthusiasts of all ages a spectacular golf experience showcasing exceptional customer service, exclusive low rates and full service amenities. Partake in the championship 18-hole course, 35-station all-grass driving range, practice greens, putting area and a par three course ranked "top three big little course in the United States" by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The spectacular, natural southwestern surroundings make Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe an unparalleled golf experience, showcasing Santa Fe’s rustic style at its finest. It's championship 18 hole course and par 3 course, named "The Great 28" were designed by Baxter Spann, a master landscape architect known for designing stunning golf courses that attract golfers of all skill levels.The course is set among native cottonwood, juniper and piñon trees, as well as other desert flora such as yucca, chamiso and cholla. You may also see local residents like owls and jackrabbits, as well as roadrunners, the official state bird.
Amidst the desert landscaping and framed by native pinon trees, the championship 18 hole course has five sets of tees ranging from forward tees of 5,045 yards to the championship test of 7,415 yards from the back tees. Perfect for practicing a short game or a quick round of golf, our executive par 3 course called "The Great 28" has been set up to accommodate both golfers and FootGolf enthusiasts. Santa Fe’s average of 300 days of sunshine per year offers the golf sport enthusiasts to play a round of golf in the heat of June or the chill of January. It’s perfect for fundraising tournaments and businesses who wish to hold company outings, as well as non-profit and charity organization events.
Nestled in a small town feel, the City’s municipal golf course shines from the splendors and unique style Santa Fe has been known for. Between the majestic views and quietness of the desert environment, you’ll feel like you’re really getting away from it all. Our award winning staff and PGA certified teaching professionals strive to deliver exceptional customer service and to honor the legacy of Marty Sanchez as "Santa Fe's Golf Course of Choice!" Amenities: Cocktail Lounge, Child Friendly, Meeting Facilities, Outdoor Dining, Restaurant.
Nature Conservancy Trail
Access from Parking area on Upper Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
This 190-acres of open space, only a few miles from Santa Fe's bustling historic Plaza, offers a thriving bosque of cottonwood and willow trees, a pond, the ruins of an historic Victorian-era dam, hiking trails, more than 140 species of birds and the original route of the Santa Fe River. One of the last unspoiled riparian areas along the river, the preserve is nestled in the foothills adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest
The Conservancy, with a little help from Mother Nature, has worked to restore the land to its natural state and constructed a 1.5-mile interpretive loop trail detailing the colorful history and fragile ecology of the place. Interpretive panels along the preserve trail detail this colorful past through archival photographs intertwined with information concerning the area's ecology. The preserve also serves as a trailhead for the 20-mile Dale Ball Foothill Trail System. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on the preserve trails.
New Mexico River Adventures is a family owned business located just downstream of the most widely rafted section, The Racecourse. We offer a warm environment for our guests to meet and gear up before the trip and also to check out photos and recount the most exciting moments of the day following the trip. NMRA offer of wide variety of trips including mountain biking, kayaking, multi-day river trips, hiking and stand up paddle boarding. We has a diverse group of guides that have extensive experience here locally as well as exciting stories to share about adventures elsewhere. We look forward to making memories with you this summer!
New Wave Rafting Co., located on the banks of the Rio Grande, has been providing high quality river trips since 1980, on both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. Multi-day, full-day and half-day trips range in difficulty from Class 2 (easy) to Class 4+ (difficult), for kids from 4 and up, to seniors. Buffet-style (all you can eat) lunches are served on full-day trips and on our New Wave No Wave scenic float trip. Snacks are served on our half-day trips. Funyak rentals on a scenic Class 2 stretch of the Rio Grande are also available, along with guided fishing trips. We are very proud of our personable guides, and this is reflected in the great reviews we receive - Google, Yelp and Tripadvisor. Take a look! All trips meet at the river. Our headquarters are located on Hwy. 68, in scenic Embudo, alongside the Rio Grande.
Experience the New Mexico outdoors with us! Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing offers private, interpretive guides and equipment for your next Santa Fe outdoor adventure. Reserve a trip customized for your abilities, schedule and interests. We can provide insights to areas you might miss so you have a richer experience than you might have on your own. Santa Fe's beautiful forest trails, canyons and foothills make this an ideal addition to any Santa Fe vacation. For individuals, groups, or families!
This 18 hole privately owned public golf course designed by award-winning architect, Ken Dye, with an additional 9 holes currently under construction. The course is situated on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, at elevations ranging from 6,500 to 7,000 feet, surrounded by the mountainous terrain and vegetation of the New Mexican high desert. The layout of the course features landing areas and greens separated by arroyos, native vegetation, and rock outcroppings. Each hole in the upscale course has five sets of tees allowing play from 5,702 to 7,562 yards, and many of the holes play downhill through ponderosa, piñon and juniper.
Explore the wide world of nature to be found in Santa Fe at the Randall Davey Audubon Center, part of the National Audubon Society. The historic house belonged to Randall Davey, a celebrated modernist painter, before the National Audubon Society took ownership in 1983. With 135 acres of land, the center offers guided bird walks, two nature trails and historic home tours. Look for more than 130 species of rare and common birds as well as plenty of wildlife, butterflies, flowering plants and forests of fir and spruce trees. Stop by the on-site Nature Store, filled with toys and books for the kids as well as binoculars and other birding items.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and the sustainable management of our nature preserve and public garden. Amenities: Live Music.
We are Santa Fe's local Mountain Bike Club and we like to say that "Any friend of mountain biking is a friend of ours."
The Santa Fe Fat Tire Society is dedicated to the sport of mountain biking and to providing riders of all levels the opportunity to meet, socialize, improve their skills, and, most of all, to have fun. We are strong advocates for responsible mountain biking and for the development, creation, and maintenance of multi-use trails.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures offers exceptional guided hikes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Jemez Mountains and stunning canyon lands. All of our hikes are private and customized, with complimentary pick up from your place of lodging - we'll go where you want, when you want. And we cater to solo travelers, couples, and families. Come join us on an adventure of a lifetime in New Mexico – one place, many paths.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures offers exhilarating mountain biking and fat biking in the greater Santa Fe area. Take a ride with us on mountain trails, high desert terrain, or sandy arroyos. We'll show you places that are off the beaten path!
Santa Fe area's running and racing club since 1978. Group runs on Tue. and Thr. evenings from The Running Hub. Sunday group runs and locations posted at the club website.
Upcoming events for the 2013 season:
- The Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic, 5K - Sat. Jan 12, 2013
- The Corrida de los Locos, 5mi run - Sat. Feb 16, 2013
- The 35th annual Santa Fe Run Around, Santa Fe's oldest running event, 5K/10K - Sat. May 25th, 2013.
- The 29th annual Big Tesuque Trail Run, Santa Fe's largest and oldest trail run, 12mi - Sat. October 5th, 2013
Your New Mexico vacation and travel planning information can be found at Ski New Mexico. Snowboarding in New Mexico is great, with short lift lines, great terrain, and deep powder. Ski resort jobs and employment opportunities in New Mexico.
Thanksgiving to March 26th, 2017. Skiing and Snowboarding recreation area located 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe. Outstanding children's ski school, lessons for all abilities, and 660 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain.
Nestled at the foot of the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains, The Club at Las Campanas offers a truly unique setting in which to enjoy an ideal life in Santa Fe. The Club at Las Campanas opened in 1991, and is the only full-service private club in northern New Mexico--with exquisite club amenities just six miles from the cultural mecca of downtown Santa Fe including two Signature Nicklaus Golf Courses, a Fitness & Tennis Center and world-class equestrian center.
Nestled on 450 beautiful acres at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is a destination in Santa Fe unlike any other.
As part of our rich history as Santa Fe's original resort, guests have been experiencing horseback riding at Bishop's Lodge for nearly a century.
Take a ride on a horse and enjoy the warm glow of magnificent sunsets, azure blue skies, and the soft scent of Piñon pines as you ride atop mesas with breathtaking views. Private, group and kids rides are available as well as BBQ Dinner Rides complete with crackling fire and s'mores for the little buckaroos.
We ride western style, provide a horseback riding orientation session with each ride and instruction on the trail. We believe that your riding experience is enhanced through a greater understanding of the nature of the horse. STABLES are OPEN year-round.
Call 505.819.4013 for stable hours.
Located in the dramatic scenery of northern New Mexico’s Pojoaque Valley, Towa’s three independent nine-hole courses challenge with dramatic elevation changes, seasonal weather conditions, and scenery of such extraordinary beauty it threatens to distract the most focused golfer. Whether you’re putting for birdie in the winter sunshine with a view of the Santa Fe Ski Mountain above or teeing off in the new greenery of the spring, Towa can challenge the low handicappers, but offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels.
Located just 12 scenic miles north of Santa Fe on Highway 84/285, at the new Buffalo Thunder Resort in the heart of beautiful Northern New Mexico. Towa offers challenging golf, amazing southwestern vistas and first-rate service. Twenty-seven of the 36 holes, designed by Hale Irwin and William Phillips, are now open for your enjoyment and golfing pleasure. A first class Clubhouse and Golf Shop features a full service restaurant and bar complete with meeting facilities.
Located at the top of Highway 475, at the Ski Basin, is the Winsor Trail, also known as Little Tesuque Trail, which climbs to over 11,000 feet through conifer and aspen forest and leads to the 250,000 acre Pecos Wilderness area.
Guided Hiking with Yoga on the Trails of Santa Fe.
2 to 3 hour excursions. See the website for schedule and more details. Private hikes available.
Spending time in the woods has always been a source of calm, connection and wonder. The same can be said of yoga. Yogihiker combines the two enriching experiences together on the trails of Santa Fe.
Visiting anglers from around the world visit The Reel Life for its fine fly shop and guide service. Owned and operated by life-long Santa Feans, The Reel Life offers the finest in gear, instruction, local fishing information, fly tying, gear rentals, and service.
Guided fly fishing with The Reel Life is a very popular activity. Our staff of professional guides can put you on our best private waters and public waters. Each of our guides are experienced instructors so fly fishers of all abilities are welcome. Please join us for a memorable experience catching trout and other species in the mountains of northern New Mexico.