Galisteo Basin Preserve

Santa Fe, NM

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 fork and climb to the top of the mesa. Follow this trail as it wraps around the mesa's edge. All trail intersections are marked. At intersection #2, stay left; at intersection #3 you can go right for a longer loop or left for the shorter option. At intersection #4, #5 and #6 take the trail to the left to complete the loop. For a map of the area go to

15 miles south of Santa Fe, NM on Highway 285
Take I-25 north to exit #290, Highway 285. Take Highway 285 south for approximately 5.5 miles. About 1/4 past the railroad tracks, turn right at Astral Valley Road. Take your first right; the trailhead is 1/4 mile on the left.