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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hiking in Santa Fe

For those guests of The Don Gaspar Inn who love to hike, you will find our location convenient for all your needs. Just a few minutes away from downtown are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering acres of wilderness to explore, with miles of trails to explore that range from easy to challenging. With shaded forests of pinon, juniper and ponderosa trees and meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine and other colorful wildflowers, the following trails offer wilderness and beauty in a serene landscape. Windsor Trail/Little Tesuque Trail, Hyde Memorial State Park Located at the top of Highway 475, at the Ski Basin, which climbs to over 11,000 feet through conifer and aspen forest and leads to the 250,000 acre Pecos Wilderness area. Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe Ski Basin Area 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. Big Tesuque Trail, Hyde Memorial State Park Easy hike along the banks of the Rio Tesuque. Great places to picnic along the trail. Black Canyon Trail, Hyde Memorial State Park The Black Canyon trail is a short, easy 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. Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail , Hyde Memorial State Park Located just above the Hyde Park camping area, this is a winding trail that crosses the Little Tesuque Creek and is deep in a conifer and aspen forest. This hike is a pleasant four mile loop with some vertical relief (about 800 ft elevation change) in an aspen-fir forest. You could extend the length of this hike by taking one of several other trails which intersect this trail. Chamisa Trail, Santa Fe Ski Basin Area The Chamisa trail is an easy hike only six miles from the plaza. The Chamisa Trail is well defined and hikes through rolling terrain and meadows for 4.75 miles round trip. The hike will take you through large stands of evergreen trees. Visit santafe.org for an in depth listing of trails in the Santa Fe area, or reference the New Mexico State Parks Division. The Don Gaspar Inn, The Casa Blanca Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

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