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 of the under the radar outdoor adventures that you have to experience while visiting Santa Fe.

1. Downhill Skiing

Ski Santa Fe opened November 22, 2018 with heavy early season snow that set the area up for one of the best openings in years. 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. Nearby Hyde Park Memorial State Park offers several multi-use trails as well.


3. Sledding

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.


4. Spas

Santa Fe is home to many luxurious spas. In fact, 5 of Conde Nast’s Top 15 Resorts in The Southwest reside in or near The City Different. After a day playing in the cold, a hot soak at Ten Thousand Waves or a treatment at La Posada’s Spa Sage is a wonderful way to wind down.


5. Snowshoeing

Most of the trails throughout the Santa Fe National Forest and Hyde Park Memorial State Park are open to winter snowshoeing. You can find many trails ranging in difficulty from the relatively easy to the more tedious. If you are looking for a guided tour, Outspire Hiking & Snowshoeing can provide a personalized tour for you and your group.