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

HIKING

Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Pueblo Indians, explore majestic slot canyons, or wander the lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Many spectacular day hikes are accessible at Sunrise Springs or a short drive away. 

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.

RATINGS

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

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.

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


Pecos National Historic Park

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

Key Characteristics: A major archaeological 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. Very hot summer afternoons.

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


La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs

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 Cristos. Hike can be extended across mesa top on return to stretch visit to 2 or more hours. Extremely hot on summer afternoons; frequent sightings of rattlesnakes late spring through mid-fall; excellent fall-winter-early spring option. No entry fees.

Difficulty: Moderate
Scrambling through boulders, good balance required


Galisteo Basin Preserve

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. Duration of hikes easily modified by use of interconnected loops and cutoffs. Extremely hot summer afternoons.

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


Randall Davey Audubon Center

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 and good in all seasons.

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


Tent Rocks National Monument

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 can be combined with trail to summit depending on fitness level of participants. Extremely hot summer afternoons, fairly popular, early morning arrival best. 

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


Dale Ball Trails

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.

Difficulty: Beginner/Easy to Advanced/Strenous
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

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!).Very popular on warm weather weekends; best to make very early start

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


Tetilla Peak

Travel Time: 30 minutes
Site Time: 3 hours

Key Characteristics: Easy but moderately 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.

Difficulty: Intermediate/Moderate
Rolling terrain with moderate elevation changes, plus challenging but not exhausting distance (2-4 miles). Too hot in mid-summer; almost no shade.



 

EXCURSIONS




Land of Enchantment Guides is a fly fishing guide service offering guided fishing trips on the best rivers, streams, lakes and private ranches throughout Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Our experienced fly fishing guides can take you trout fishing on all types of waters – from large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes, we have them all here in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The landscape is breathtaking and extremely diverse, with everything from deserts, canyons and mountains with alpine forests of pines and aspen to mesas of cactus and juniper. There is excellent fishing all year-round, with lots of fish to be caught. New Mexico is truly western fly fishing’s “Land of Enchantment”. Our experienced fly fishing guides will do their best to ensure that you have fun along with the chance to develop and improve your fly fishing skills. Beginners to expert anglers are all welcome. Any fishing gear you may need is provided for all our trips, at no additional cost. A nice lunch, drinks and snacks are also included on our full-day trips.

  • Transportation to the fishing spot provided 
  • All fishing gear provided
  • ORVIS endorsed
  • Year-round fishing

PHONE: (505) 629-5688
EMAIL: trout@loeflyfishing.com
MORE INFO: www.loeflyfishing.com