Glorieta Ghost Town
Santa Fe, NM
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 stables and RV park. The trail starts at the back of the RV area on the left where you will see a gate. Continue walking on the main road past the horse feeding area, go past the bridge on left and over a small dam. After a few more minutes you will go through another gate.
The trail use to be an old road up to a hotel. Two old fossilized cars can be scene abandoned in the woods. At the end of the hike is the Old Glorieta Ghost hotel built in 1883 and collapsed in 1956, there isn’t much left of the timber pile. The trail crosses over Glorieta Creek many times; the creek can swell during the spring run-off or after heavy rain storms so be prepared to cross logs or get your feet a little wet. There is a great meadow near the old hotel which is perfect for a bite to eat before retracing your steps back to your car.
This trail head is at the Glorieta Conference Center. Take I-25 North to exit 299, turn left over the interstate and left again at the “T” intersection. Stop at the gate and tell them you are a day hiker. After leaving the gatehouse immediately turn right onto Oak St., follow Oak St. through the conference center. At.9 miles you will see an old building with two glass doors (an old firehouse) on the right. Park just to the left of it near the “Hikers Parking” sign.