• Petroglyph thunderbird. Photo by Daniel Gibson
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  • Petroglyphs Kokopelli. Photo by Daniel Gibson


Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Pueblo Indians, explore majestic slot canyons, or wander the lazy bends of the Rio Grande: over a dozen spectacular day hikes are accessible from Sunrise Springs, either in Santa Fe or a short drive away. Our experienced guide, Daniel Gibson, will organize outings and accompany hikers.

Below is a list of our guided hikes and their ratings. Upon arrival, please check the daily schedule for the hiking activities offered during your visit. Advance registration is required.


1: Beginner/Easy
Flat, or mostly flat, terrain, moderate distance (less than 2 miles)

2: Intermediate/Moderate
Rolling terrain with moderate elevation changes, plus challenging but not exhausting distance (2-4 miles)

3: Advanced/Strenuous
Significant elevation changes, often at relatively high elevation, distances of 4-plus miles, and/or travel over rough terrain

Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve | Rating: 1

Rating: 1
Travel Time: 10 minutes
Site Time: 1-3 hours

Key Characteristics: A small conservation area centered around a natural spring-fed pond, it is a great spot for bird watching and overview of local flora as it spans three life zones—riparian/wetland, transitional and dry uplands. The walk itself is minimal.

Other Notes: This is a branch of the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens and there is a small admission fee. Docents can provide really in-depth tours. Details at http://santafebotanicalgarden.org/visit-us/leonora-curtin-wetland-preserve, or call, 505-471-9103.

Pecos National Historic Park | Rating: 1

Rating: 1
Travel Time: 45 minutes each way
Site Time: 1-2.5 hours

Key Characteristics: A major archeological site, home of the abandoned Pecos Pueblo (once the largest in the region), with a reconstructed kiva (underground ceremonial chamber) and ruins of a huge Spanish Mission church. Prescribed walking tour almost flat.

Other Factors: Walk about the site takes only about 1 hour, but stop at Visitor Center (recommended) can run 1-1.5 hours. Very hot summer afternoons.

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs | Rating: 1.5-2

Rating: 1.5-2 (scrambling through boulders, good balance required)
Travel Time: 10 minutes each way
Site time: 1-2 hours

Key Characteristics: Superb collection of ancient and near-historical era petroglyphs along volcanic escarpment; lovely views east to the Sangre de Christos. Hike can be extended across mesa top on return to stretch visit to 2 or more hours.

Other Factors: Extremely hot on summer afternoons; frequent sightings of rattlesnakes late spring through mid-fall; excellent fall-winter-early spring option. No entry fees.

Galisteo Basin Preserve | Rating: 1-2

Rating: 1-2
Travel Time: 35 minutes each way
Site Time: 2-3 hours

Key Characteristics: easy-going trail system through gentle hills in pinon and juniper, with pocket grasslands and some earthen “badlands” or sandy arroyos with some riparian vegetation.

Other Factors: Duration of hikes easily modified by use of interconnected loops and cutoffs. No fees, few visitors. Extremely hot summer afternoons.

Randall Davey Audubon Center | Rating: 1-2

Rating: 1-2
Travel Time: 30 minutes each way
Site Time: 1-2 hours

Key Characteristics: Choice of walk in lush, shaded riparian area with beaver dams and cottonwood trees, or upside canyon in ponderosa forest. Excellent birding.

Other Factors: Good in all seasons, entry fee required

Tent Rocks National Monument | Rating: 1-2

Rating: 1-2
Travel Time: 40 minutes each way
Site Time: 45 minutes to 2 hours

Key Characteristics: Odd and fascinating teepee-like rock formations made from volcanic tufa, with slot canyon carved into cliff face. Simple walk (Rating 1) can be combined with trail to summit (rating 2) depending on fitness level of participants

Other Factors: Extremely hot summer afternoons, and fairly popular (i.e. early morning arrival best). Requires entry fee (per vehicle)

Dale Ball Trails | Rating: 1-3

Rating: 1-3
Travel Time: 30 minutes each way
Site Time: 1-5 hours

Key Characteristics: Lovely trail system through pinon and juniper woods overlooking Santa Fe from the foothills on its eastern edge; great views of the region, well-maintained trails.

Other Factors: Length and challenge level of hikes easily modified based on selection of interconnecting loops and legs of the system. Picacho Peak summit (4.4 miles round trip) could be rated as a Class 3 outing, requiring lunch in the field. Good year round.

Borrego/Bear Wallow | Rating: 2

Rating: 2
Travel Time: 45 minutes each way
Site Time: 2 hours

Key Characteristics: A low-elevation mountain hike to Tesuque Creek, it is largely shaded and is a good option in all but hottest weather; sometimes snowbound in winter. The portion along the stream is cool and the water a delight (time to take off shoes and soak!).

Other Factors: Very popular on warm weather weekends; best to make very early start

Tetilla Peak | Rating: 2.5

Rating: 2.5
Travel Time: 30 minutes
Site Time: 3 hours

Key Characteristics: Easy but moderatley long and steady climb to summit of prominent volcanic cone west of La Cienega that affords striking views of the White Rock Canyon of the Rio Grande, La Bajada and the surrounding terrain.

Other Factors: Too hot in mid-summer; almost no shade.

Dan Gibson Hiking Guide

Daniel Gibson
was born in 1954 and raised in Albuquerque. He studied journalism and photography at the University of New Mexico, graduating with a BA in 1979, and served for almost four years as a Public Information Officer III for the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs in Santa Fe. He has since worked as a writer and editor for numerous local, regional and national publications, serving as editor of Native Peoples magazine from 2001-2013. His large format book Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist was published in July 2014 by Gibbs Smith. He has also written four major guidebooks, including the popular Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor’s Guide, and served as a professional guide for several local companies. He loves to ski, fly fish and explore New Mexico on foot.



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