The Great Outdoors
Four Seasons of Adventure
Santa Fe has earned widespread acclaim for its stellar arts, cuisine, and architecture, but it is equally notable for being an outdoor mecca. With the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains, in close proximity from the downtown Plaza, an outdoor paradise awaits hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, snowboarders, anglers and those who appreciate the great outdoors. From gradual inclines to heart pounding heights, there’s something for every nature lover in this magnificent wilderness. At the top of it all sits Ski Santa Fe with a base elevation of 10,350 feet and 45 trails within 660 acres.
Many other parks and trails are found in Santa Fe and its surrounding foothills, offering ample opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Hundreds of thousands of wild and beautiful acres can be found in Northern New Mexico, as well as mountain lakes, rivers, hot springs, desert badlands and ancient lava flows.
Northern New Mexico is also home to historic pueblos and ruins and awesome natural formations. Examples include the red rock country of Abiquiu (beloved by Georgia O’Keeffe), the Valles Caldera (a collapsed volcano crater that is millions of years old that now houses elk herds and pristine wilderness) and countless sites that feature ancient kivas, petroglyphs and rock paintings.
The modern world drifts away when venturing outdoors in Northern New Mexico. Explorers are rewarded with the chance to see wildlife in their native habitat, or follow in the footsteps of Puebloan ancestors, Spanish settlers and American pioneers.