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Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail

Access from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
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If hiking is your thing, then here is the place!

As a graduate of St; John's College (way back when) I am not new to this adventure, but I never... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jm0ss44
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
Nice trail with some caveats

The trail itself is mostly excellent, and if you have the fortitude to make it all the way to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
montanapescado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday

As a graduate of St; John's College (way back when) I am not new to this adventure, but I never tire of doing it again.

Thank jm0ss44
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail itself is mostly excellent, and if you have the fortitude to make it all the way to the top, you will be rewarded with great views. But the trail can get very crowded, and the parking can be impossible. Go off peak or...More

Thank montanapescado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can only walk about a mile to the road; then the trail is closed. There are other trails in the area, or you can walk along the arroyo.

Thank CFLB
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy parking at St. John's college. We hiked for about an hour - nice scenery and mostly flat trail. Had my daughter's small dog with us. Not too many people (it was a Friday morning). Recommended if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This was a bit more of a strenuous uphill hike than I expected. We started the hike as a casual group of 5 on a girls trip. Two stopped along the way and three of us made it to the top. The altitude change from...More

Thank DWFulks
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

the view from the top is amazing and well worth the hoof up. as you get closer to the top it is quite steep which is fine going up but coming down is a bit slippery (hard base covered with gravel). it took us about...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This was a super nice hike with great views. We hiked about 4 miles just really a nice trail. We would recommend.

Thank italian71
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We hiked atalaya to enjoy a sunset and then hiked down in the dark with our headlamps. I highly recommend this hike and if you do it at sunset definitely take the proper headlamps to get down safely. Amazing views from the top and a...More

Thank Ella G
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Atalaya is a wonderful hike, however it’s no cakewalk. Take your time, it can be steep, but the summit is worth the effort. Glorious views, bring a lunch.

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Great place close to downtown Santa Fe to get out in nature. There are multiple trails for hiking. Lots of free parking

Thank Alec D
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qilin2015
26 November 2016|
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Response from MomoBobo | Reviewed this property |
If you are an average "hardy Brit", I wouldn't anticipate that you would encounter much difficulty on the trail. Obviously you want to have some good Footwear that would be up to the occasional mud/snow you're likely to... More
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Layne1888
22 July 2016|
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Response from Bgoodtoall | Reviewed this property |
The Atalaya Trail is a lovely trail. The elevation in the first 3/4-1 mile is not very steep, so it will be a nice walk, and yes, it is worthwhile to walk for a mile or so and back. Take water and wear sun protection. Enjoy!
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debandsteve5150
1 June 2016|
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Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
Not a good idea as you are heading up to 9200 feet, so there can be a 15-20 degree drop in temperature from your start point. Prime causes of death for hikers in the area are hypothermia (Winter) and dehydration (any time)..
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