Outdoor Fun

There's a great book Best Hikes with Children in New Mexico by Bob Julyan. It has a ton of hiking trails from Northern New Mexico all the way down to Dripping Springs on the southern border. It is filled with easy-to-read maps and directions to the trail heads.

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Aspen Vista Trail

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 read more >

Black Canyon Trail

The Black Canyon trail is a short (1 mile), easy lollipop 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. For read more >

Borrego/Bear Wallow

4 mile loop. Estimated Elevation Gain: 760ft The loop actually consists of three trails: 150,182 and 254 which is the Windsor Trail. From the trail head you can choose to either veer left or right on 150 or 182, both trails lead to the Tesuque read more >

Cerrillos Hills

Easy. 4.5 miles for full loop, can be shorter, estimated elevation gain 363 ft. The Cerrillos Hills are a historic mining area. The trails offer plenty of opportunity to learn about the geology of the landscape and the history of the mining. read more >

Dorothy Stewart Trail

This trail offers plenty of great views of the Santa Fe Area through a pinon-juniper woodland. Easy. 2.5 miles from Camino Cruz Blanca TH, 3.5 miles from St. Johns College Trailhead, estimated elevation gain 440 ft. From the St. John’s trial read more >

Galisteo Basin Preserve

Easy, with plenty of loops and options. 3-14 miles, depending on loop. This is a great trail system for all levels. This area can be very hot in the summer, so bring plenty of water and sun protection. From the Thumb Trailhead, go left at the read more >

Glorieta Ghost Town

Easy. 7 miles roundtrip, estimated elevation gain 945 ft. From the parking area go to the back of the parking area, you will see a trail on the left cutting through the trees. Follow this and turn right onto the dirt road. Follow this road past the read more >

Hyde Park Circle Trail

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 trail gains 855 ft (261 m) in the first 0.94 mi (1.5km). However, the climb is worth it for the views. read more >

Mountain Mamas

Mountain Mamas

Member-led organized Hikes for moms with babies and kids up through school age. read more >

Nature Conservancy Santa Fe Canyon Preserve

The preserve serves as a trailhead for the 20-mile Dale Ball Foothill Trail System. Pets and bicycles, while welcomed on the Foothill Trails, are not allowed on the preserve trails. Santa Fe Canyon Preserve is today a peaceful nature preserve read more >

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