Santa Fe has always been known as a “high desert” destination, but in the winter, we like to let our “mountain town” show a bit. Santa Fe sits at 7,000 feet elevation in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which, paired with our blue bird skies, makes The City Different a must-visit winter destination!
Here are a few outdoor adventures you must experience while visiting Santa Fe.
1. Downhill Skiing
Ski Santa Fe generally opens on Thanksgiving day, weather and snowfall permitting. Novice skiers can take in the views on easy and intermediate runs such as Gayway, while more advanced skiers will love the glade skiing offered among the area’s iconic aspens.
2. Nordic Skiing
If cross-country skiing is more your speed, you will find plenty of great options within the Santa Fe National Forest. The 1.9-mile Norski Trail is designated for cross-country skiing only, and the trails are very well marked. Nearby Hyde Park Memorial State Park offers several multi-use trails as well.
Take the kids up to Hyde Memorial State Park for a sledding adventure! The sled run is open daily when conditions allow, and the State Park day use fee is just $5. Sleds and tubes are not available to rent on site, so make sure to bring your own.
Santa Fe is home to many luxurious spas. In fact, 3 that reside in or near The City Different have recently been celebrated in Condé Nast Traveler's Top 20 Destination Spa Resorts and Travel + Leisure's Spa Getaways. After a day playing in the cold, a hot soak at Ten Thousand Waves or a treatment at Ojo Santa Fe is a wonderful way to wind down.
Most of the trails throughout the Santa Fe National Forest and Hyde Park Memorial State Park are open to winter snowshoeing. A big snow opens up more terrain in the closer-to-town acreage of La Tierra Trails. Regardless of your destination, you can find many trails ranging in difficulty from the relatively easy to the heart pumping. If you are looking for a guided tour, Outspire Hiking & Snowshoeing can provide a personalized traipse for you and your group.