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Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail

Access from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
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always a good place to go

one has to be fit to do this hike - quite some eleveation to get up to & down again. but the view... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great hike

A bit challenging but a great hike. Great View is worth the effort at the end. It was the best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Access from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

one has to be fit to do this hike - quite some eleveation to get up to & down again. but the view is stunning from up there.

Thank holaguapa3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit challenging but a great hike. Great View is worth the effort at the end. It was the best part of our Santa Fe weekend.

Thank KeremEdmonton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great trail with beautiful valley views. Not terribly step, but a little challenging due to the altitude. We're from sea level. I would definitely recommend this hike.

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 9 November 2017

There isn't a lot of parking at the trailheads, but you can park about a half mile away and walk. There are nice views, but bring water because it is at a high altitude. If you bring your dogs (with leash), make sure you bring...More

Thank Outofdodge_10
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Fun hike with a panoramic view of Santa Fe from the top. Slow going in places for a semi-active middle-aged asthmatic, but pretty and forgiving and worth it. Felt like an accomplishment.

1  Thank alabarba
Reviewed 28 October 2017

I have to disagree with the easy comments. The length is more like 7-8mi depending on how you go (trail option for “less strenuous “ adds about .5mi each way). Total assent is 1,900 feet. Topping out at 9,100 feet. We hike between 250-300 mile...More

1  Thank Rudy F
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The hike is not very difficult, trail is marked well. The beginning of the trail seems to run through a river bed so be careful if you are visiting after a heavy rain storm. Nothing special about the hike, there is a separation on the...More

Thank ST051674
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a heavily hiked trail of about 7.5 miles round trip. Just shy of 2000 ft elevation gain. From the parking lot at St. John's university. Loved the views and the hike was excellent took about 4 hours with a stop for lunch. Don't...More

3  Thank jggregory20
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Take plenty of water if you are going to hike up here. Make sure you are in shape physically and that you are aware of the weather.

Thank luvtotravel1234
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We hike a lot around Santa Fe (there's so many wonderful hikes) but Atalaya is our go-to hike for a day hike that is a bit challenging. It's steep in places and relentless. It would take most reasonable fit individuals a couple of hours to...More

5  Thank carynps
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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
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!
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)..