Have Your Compass
Hiking in New Mexico
We’re all about having no compass at El Pueblo. We pride ourselves in adventure and reacting to whatever nature and people with whom we cross paths. Since you saw us last, nature threw us a curveball and people are still reacting.
If you’re like us, that summer feeling is getting more and more real each day. We’re itching to responsibly get outside and cooperate with the new normal that awaits all of us. But just because our rules are changing doesn’t mean our adventurous spirit has to also.
This summer, with many activities, attractions and events in question or canceled, the majestic New Mexico wilderness is calling your name. Hiking on northern New Mexico’s serene southwest trails provides the perfect excuse to scratch that outdoor itch while remaining in small groups and staying as socially distant as it gets. Here are a few of our favorite trails open right now.
Winsor Trail, Santa Fe
Starting with a moderate-level hike, the Winsor Trail is challenging with a beautiful payoff.
The 10-mile hike sees a steady incline all the way to 11,000 feet in elevation. Crossing creeks and meadows and passing through ridges and passes, you’ll get the full New Mexico topographical experience.
With views of scenic Lake Katherine and lush forests, this hike can be enjoyed in one day or two. Camping is allowed, as we encourage you to get your weekend stay fix before stopping by El Pueblo and telling us about it.
Wheeler Peak, Taos Ski Valley
A more challenging hike, the Wheeler Peak Trail completes a 19-mile loop over a variety of elevation and terrain. Normally done in a couple days, this trail offers camping opportunities at elevations you’ve never camped before.
With elevation changes of almost 3,000 feet, this hike climbs two separate peaks over 13,000 feet above sea level. When you’ve reached both summits, take in the expansive views of aspen and pine trees throughout the Wheeler Peak wilderness.
Another recommended stop on your journey is the can’t-miss Horseshoe Lake, a beautiful body of water over 10,000 feet above sea level. No matter where you stop on your hike, we would love to hear about it right down the mountain from the Taos Ski Valley.
Trampas Lake Trail, Taos County
If you want even more high-elevation lake experiences, the Trampas Lake Trail is right down your alley. With snowy peaks well into summer, the Trampas Lakes glisten year-round.
Maybe the most picturesque of the trails we’ve mentioned, Trampas Lake Trail features three separate lake basins at the base of high mountain ridges and jagged rocky peaks. A moderately challenging hike, about halfway through at the 6-mile mark, taking the west path at the fork leads to Hidden Lake.
You can’t go wrong with visiting any of the three Trampas Lakes. You also can’t go wrong hiking any trail closer to us at El Pueblo in our Camino Real Ranger District. Take your pick from dozens of options for a day hiking trip here before you head back to rest at the lodge. We look forward to hearing all your stories and seeing all your faces this summer in Taos.