With more than 600 magnificent miles that take you to the high-mountain beauty of Pecos Wilderness to the stunning terrain at Valles Caldera National Preserve and the ponderosa-filled Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe County is a hiker’s paradise. It doesn’t hurt that we rack up some 300 sunny days a year. We’ve got trails for every level, from beginner to expert, and views that stretch on forever. Be prepared to be awestruck. Find great information on trails and maps with the interactive Santa Fe County Trail App, available here:
More than 400 miles of magnificent trails to mountain bike make Santa Fe County a paradise for off-road riders seeking thrilling terrain for all levels . You can ride a variety of trails over multiple days and still have miles left to explore. USA Today named Santa Fe one of America’s top mountain biking towns, and once you’ve ridden our flow trails, cross country loops, steep technical downhills and long ascents, you’ll agree.
Northern New Mexico's stunning scenery calls out to climbers in a way they can't resist. From the 300-foot-high basalt cliffs of Diablo Canyon Recreation Area to the majestic granite crag in Pecos River Canyon, Santa Fe County is celebrated climbing country, offering some of the best elevated adventures in the world. Rock lovers consider Diablo Canyon and its otherworldly beauty one of the best climbing areas in New Mexico and Pecos River Canyon's roadside crag, with five separate cliffs to climb, is a rock-lover’s bliss.
For information about places to climb in Santa Fe County, visit: MountainProject.com/area/106297098/santa-fe-area
For a guided outdoor climbing adventure, visit: ClimbSantaFe.com
With legendary powder spectacular views and an average snowfall of 225 inches, Ski Santa Fe has long been one of the top ski destinations in the Southwest. With 86 trails for all levels, and a peak elevation of 12,075 feet—the 12th highest ski area in North America—the mountain is a mecca for snowboarders and skiers. The family-friendly ski resort offers rentals and lessons, a busy calendar of events and slope-side dining and live music. It's the hottest place to be in the cold of winter.
Spend a day in the spray, whitewater rafting the mighty Rio Grande, or serenely floating the winding Rio Chama, a National Wild and Scenic River. Stop for lunch by the river and take in the majestic northern New Mexico country. For an overnight adventure, book a two- day rafting trip and spend the night in a riverside camp beneath a blaze of stars. Whether you’re seeking a half-day family float trip or challenging whitewater runs, you’ll find premier river rafting adventures in northern New Mexico.
Drop a line in our high mountain lakes and crystal clear streams, and the Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout are yours for the taking. You'll be fishing in some legendary waters, from the mighty Rio Grande to the storied Pecos River and scenic Nambé Falls and Lake Recreation Area. Whether you're a solitary angler or looking for a custom guided trip, you'll find that Santa Fe County has some of the finest fishing spots in the Rockies.
Ready to tee off? You're in the right place. Santa Fe County's high-desert terrain showcases a range of courses for adventurous golfers seeking a great game and most have been ranked as some of the top courses in the country. Somehow, playing a course at high altitude, surrounded by northern New Mexico's stunning scenery, simply elevates your game. Most clubs offer a full pro shop, driving range, short game practice area and putting greens for all your golfing needs.
Black Mesa Golf Club
Golf Magazine ranks this 18-hole course among America's top 50, and there's a reason for that. Enjoy a majestic desert experience on rolling fairways extending through mountainous valleys and dramatic sandstone ridges.
115 State Road 399, Española, NM 87532
505.747.8946 • SantaClaran.com
Marty Sanchez Links De Santa Fe
Travel + Leisure considers this par three course one of the "top three big little course in the U.S." Golf enthusiasts of all ages play here, appreciating the championship 18-hole , 35-station all-grass driving range, practice greens and putting area along with exceptional customer service, low rates and full-service amenities.
205 Caja del Rio Road Santa Fe, NM 87507
505.955.4470 • LinksDeSantaFe.com
Towa Golf Course At The Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
The extraordinary beauty of northern New Mexico's Pojoaque Valley just might distract you from your game, at Towa's three independent nine-hold courses. Watch out for dramatic elevation changes and seasonal weather conditions, too. This unique resort is a winner of the World Golf Awards North America's Best Golf Hotel.
30 Buffalo Thunder Trail Santa Fe, NM 87506
505.455.5555 • HiltonBuffaloThunder.com
Saddle up for a guided horseback tour into rugged mesas and mountains. Or mingle with the sporting crowd at a world-cross polo match or international equestrian event. Santa Fe County is horse country, where you can head out on a private ride, a custom group tour or a sunset excursion. Riding beneath a sky streaked with vibrant colors just might give you a taste for the cowboy life.
Broken Saddle Riding Company
You'll become fast friends with the Tennessee Walker or Missouri Fox-Trotter that you ride on a guided tour through hills and high desert around the historic mining town of Cerrillos. Along with the panoramic views of surrounding mountains, you'll see Crooked Hat Canyon, Grand Central Silver Mine and other places of startling beauty.
26 Vicksville Rd, Los Cerrillos, NM 87010
505.424.7774 • BrokenSaddle.com
Through a powerful partnership with horses, the groundbreaking programs at EQUUS can transform individuals and organizational leaders on multiple levels. Integrating the horses at Thunderbird Ridge stables in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the award-winning programs, retreats, workshops and other events provide participants with self-insight as they learn about nonverbal communication, setting boundaries, and building confidence, strength and inspiration.
844.378.8773 • EquusInspired.com
Santa Fe Western Adventures
Out on the ranch, you can ride straight on into sunset with this family-run horseback tour company. Arrange for custom private or group horseback riding adventures on the family ranch out in Lone Butte. In fact you can ride your horse right up the historic landmark of Lone Butte on these lively guided tours.
68 Bonanza Creek Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87508
505.473.9384 • SantaFeWest.com
Off-Road Jeep Tours
A jeep tour in Santa Fe County will take you deep into alpine forests and rugged high desert terrain, revealing some of the area's most majestic sites. Take a guided tour to learn about the history and wildlife of the area, including coyotes and wild horses. If you're traveling in your own jeep, pick up maps at the Santa Fe National Forest office. With the top down and little between you and the open air, this adventure can liberate your soul.
Cruise New Mexico's famous turquoise skies on a helicopter tour, and see the sites from a bird's eye view. This exhilarating adventure will take you over the mighty Rio Grande or across the striking Ortiz Mountains for a brand new perspective of the land below. You could also book a night tour and take in a romantic view of twinkling city lights and bright stars that light up the dark skies of Santa Fe County.
See the famous sites of the Southwest in a unique air/land expedition of the Four Corners region that combines backcountry flying, jeeping and photography. Explore the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, the Painted Desert, Arches and Canyonlands, Native American lands and more. As you visit unexcavated ruins, cliff dwellings, enchanted mountains, sculpted deserts, towering volcanoes, you'll learn about the rich geology, archaeology and history of these sacred places.