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Santa Fe National Forest

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Some of the most exquisite alpine scenery in the Southwest is found in this National Forest. Here, you can find the headwaters of Pecos, Jemez, and Gallinas Rivers; mountain streams; lakes; and trout fishing. Consider visiting one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. Golden aspens grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets Santa Fe Ski Basin in winter.

Recommended Routes in Santa Fe National Forest - 12

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Favorite Heading CCW on the Dale Ball Outer Limits.
Intermediate/Difficult

Dale Ball Outer Limits

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,170' Up 356.64 m Up 1,168' Down 356.01 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Jess shows the guys how it's done on the lip-y drop mid-way down Jagged Axe.
Difficult

Big Mountain Enduro: Santa Fe

21.5 mi 34.6 km 4,646' Up 1415.97 m Up 4,654' Down 1418.39 m Down

Pecos, NM
Favorite Grunting out the last bit of the climb up from the Winsor Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Winsor South Eight

15.4 mi 24.8 km 2,705' Up 824.62 m Up 2,712' Down 826.56 m Down

Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Valles Caldera has wide open spaces - watch for elk
Easy/Intermediate

Valles Caldera: Camino De Los Valles

35.7 mi 57.4 km 1,616' Up 492.59 m Up 1,615' Down 492.38 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite One of several rideable bridges across the East Fork of the Jemez River.
Intermediate/Difficult

East Fork Eastern Loop

8.9 mi 14.4 km 820' Up 250.08 m Up 820' Down 249.94 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Along the Rio Cebolla Trail from Seven Springs Fish Hatchery in October 2016.
Intermediate

Calaveras Canyon

13.8 mi 22.2 km 1,086' Up 331.09 m Up 1,092' Down 332.71 m Down

Santa T…, NM
Favorite Getting ready to drop into the switchbacks on Aspen for Trouble.
Difficult

Half Aspen Loop around Pajarito Ski Area

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,195' Up 364.09 m Up 1,195' Down 364.18 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Descending Perimeter trail.
Intermediate

Perimeter to Walnut Canyon

6.9 mi 11.1 km 640' Up 195.15 m Up 635' Down 193.61 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Through the burn zone.
Difficult

Quemazon - Guaje Ridge - Cabra - Perimeter Loop

18.9 mi 30.4 km 3,101' Up 945.28 m Up 3,102' Down 945.37 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Sandy arroyos.
Difficult

Dead Dog Well Loop

20.9 mi 33.6 km 1,733' Up 528.21 m Up 1,733' Down 528.24 m Down

El Rancho, NM
Favorite One of several rideable bridges across the East Fork of the Jemez River.
Intermediate/Difficult

Las Conchas-Los Griegos Traverse

27.2 mi 43.9 km 3,852' Up 1173.96 m Up 3,866' Down 1178.42 m Down

Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Heading up to the Hot Spring
Easy/Intermediate

San Antonio Creek Route

18.9 mi 30.4 km 1,127' Up 343.51 m Up 1,127' Down 343.61 m Down

Santa T…, NM

Santa Fe National Forest Biking

  • 609 Miles 981 Kilometers of Trail
  • 12 Recommended Routes
  • 23 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 96 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 54 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Santa Fe National Forest - 161

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9.3 mi 14.9 km #1Winsor Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM 69 
1.6 mi 2.5 km #2Holy Molé
Intermediate/Difficult
Pecos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Pecos, NM 16 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #3Chili Dog
Difficult
Pecos, NM
Difficult
Pecos, NM 12 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #4Jagged Axe
Difficult
Pecos, NM
Difficult
Pecos, NM
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Alamo Vista
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
1.9 mi 3.1 km #6Upper Rio En Medio #163
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
0.6 mi 0.9 km #7Janker DH
Very Difficult
Pecos, NM
Very Difficult
Pecos, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8Lower Big Tesuque Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
1.5 mi 2.5 km #9Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail (West)
Intermediate/Difficult
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Los Alamos, NM
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Xander's Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Los Alamos, NM

Photos of Santa Fe National Forest - 137

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Jagged Axe ain't no joke!
May 30, 2017 near Pecos, NM
Jess shows the guys how it's done on the lip-y drop mid-way down Jagged Axe.
May 30, 2017 near Pecos, NM
The Arroyo de las Lemitas Trail leads to some spectacular views of the New Mexico high desert and geologic features
Dec 26, 2017 near Ohkay O…, NM
Valles Caldera has wide open spaces - watch for elk
Dec 2, 2017 near Los Alamos, NM
Flowing down Hole Molé on a beautiful spring day...
Apr 17, 2018 near Pecos, NM
Chili Dog from top to bottom. Lots of chunk and fun natural features make this trail a standout at Glorieta.
Jun 2, 2017 near Pecos, NM
Heading CCW on the Dale Ball Outer Limits.
Mar 29, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
One of several rideable bridges across the East Fork of the Jemez River.
Oct 8, 2014 near Los Alamos, NM