Upper Mountain Trails
Winsor Trail – Likely the most famous trail in the Santa Fe area, the Winsor trails begin in the village of Tesuque and extends deep into the Pecos Wilderness. Starting in Tesuque, the trail crosses Tesuque creek multiple times before moving into more loamy, fast flowing terrain. Finally, the trail rises quickly, getting chunky and rocky before finally reaching the parking lot at Nordic Ski. Fast, beautiful, and remote. The Winsor does not disappoint.
Some choose to shuttle this route by leaving a car at the Tesuque Village Market or the Winsor trailhead and entering via Nordic Ski. Please beware of high car prowl near the Winsor trailhead as well as at the market. Likewise, this is not a downhill trail. Please be respectful of horseback riders and fellow hikers.
Click Here for directions to the Tesuque trailhead.
Chamisa, Bear Wallow, Borrego Trail Loop – Beginning at the Chamisa Trailhead, this lollipop loop is a great 2-3 hour ride in the high country, meandering through mountain canyons, creeks, aspen stands, and beautiful forest.
Climbing Chamisa canyon is challenging, but beyond the initial ups is a rewarding descent to the Winsor Trail, then a short climb and loop around the Bear Wallow and Borrego trails. Both intersections of Bear Wallow and Borrego trail intersections with the Winsor are marked with signs.
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Rio En Medio Loop - This high alpine loop will leave you breathless as well as provide ample solitude. Starting at the Big Tesuque campground, this loop is a mix of singletrack and forest roads making a for a beautiful day in the mountains.
Note: this is not the Rio En Medio descent, which is highly regarded. If you continue down the REM trail to the bottom to the village of Rio En Medio, be prepared for full armor, 6" of travel, and a long day. Best shuttled, you can climb back out Pacheco Canyon road for a crusher day.
Click Here for directions to the Big T campground.
Aspen Vista – Most popular towards the end of September and early October during the annual aspen change, the Aspen Vista trail climbs over a large bowl filled with aspen stands and views towards the south and west. Although not technical, the trail offers access to the towers above the ski area, effectively being the highest point to climb on a bike in the area. It’s popular to connect this with a run down the ski basin and onto Winsor trail.
Click Here for directions the Aspen Vista trailhead.