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Hiking opportunities in the Santa Fe National Forest are plentiful and diverse as the life zones of the forest.  Due to the forest covering so many elevations and habitat types, there is year round access to hiking trails on the forest.  Hikers can choose from lower front country trails for short day hikes or longer backpacks in the higher elevations of one of the four designated Wilderness areas.

Many trails are shared with equestrians and, if not in Wilderness, mountain bikers.  Please stay on the trail, as short cutting switchbacks and other off trail travel can damage the trails and cause erosion.

It’s not a good idea to leave valuables in your vehicle at any trailhead.

It’s always a good idea to let someone know your itinerary, and of course pack out anything you pack in.

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Recreation Activities