Backpacking in the Espanola District is most popular within the Pecos Wilderness. See our Pecos Wilderness Trail Report.
Click here for trails starting near Borrego Mesa.
Click here for trails starting near Aspen Ski Basin.
Be aware of the trails affected by the Pacheco Fire including the Rio Nambe Trail 160, the Cienega Redonda Trail 162, and the south end of the Borrego Trail 150 out of Aspen Ranch. These trails were severely burned and in very poor, sometimes dangerous conditions. Trail 162 and 150 were washed out and parts no longer exist.
The Abiqiui Area also provides some great opportunities on primitive trails along the Polvadera Creek and various tributaries. Primitive camping is allowed along all Forest Trails in accordance with any current fire restrictions or closures. Please use minimum impact and leave no trace ethics. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
Areas for Backpacking at Espanola Ranger District
The Espanola Ranger District features a large variety of trails for hiking from remote alpine wilderness to the desert like terrain along the Rio Grande. Hiking destinations are featured in association with proximity to communitities. These include:
Trails near Santa Fe
Trails in the Pecos Wilderness North - Borrego Mesa Area
Trails in the Pecos Wilderness South - Aspen Basin Area
Trails in the Caja del Rio, near the Rio Grande west of Santa Fe.
Trails around Los Alamos
Trails south of Abiqiui
Trails near Espanola
Within the Pecos Wilderness, be advised of current closures and conditions due to the Pacheco Fire.
Within the Los Alamos area, some trails may be under construction or no longer in existence due to the Las Conchas Fire.
Areas for Day Hiking at Espanola Ranger District