Outdoor Activities Around Santa Fe

People love to ski, hike or mountain bike in our forests.  Just minutes from downtown, you will find wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with miles of walking trails for leisure and advanced hikers.

Local Hiking Trails

Abiquiu Lake

The 5,200 acre reservoir managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers some of the finest fishing found in northern New Mexico. Sightseeing also includes a panoramic view of Flint Mountain, 200-million-year-old reptile fossils, and colorful rock formations.

Conchas Lake

Enjoy walleye, largemouth bass, white bass, shad, flathead catfish, bluegill, and more in the waters of the 25-mile long Conchas Lake reservoir. Visitors can access the lake via New Mexico State Road 104, at mile marker 75.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Visitors come to see the cone-shaped tent rocks found from 5,570 to 6,760 feet above sea level.  The trail is for foot traffic only and pets are not allowed at the monument. There is a $5 fee for private vehicles.

(505) 331-6259
Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Trail

The Nature Conservancy’s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Trail is a 1.3 mile trail loop through the Santa Fe River riparian area and historic dam site.  It offers signs explaining the history and significance of the preserve.  This is a foot traffic only trail and dogs and bikes are not permitted. 

(505) 820-1696
Santa Fe National Forest

Explore the 1.6 million acres of the Santa Fe National Forest including hiking and horseback riding trails, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, and more. Drive through desert and alpine environments on the two Scenic Byways or take to the 1,000 miles of trails on a summer hike or, in the winter, on cross-country skis and snowmobiles. Visit the National Park Service website for more information and a trail map.

Ski Santa Fe

Located in the Santa Fe National Forest only 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe, this is one ski experience you will never forget. With 83 trails, an elevation of 10,350 (1,725 vertical feet of skiing), and 36 runs groomed daily, Ski Santa Fe is the premier winter destination for the region. Book a lesson and then stop in at Totemoff's Bar for a sagnature warm cocktail, hot chocolate, or local craft beer.