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Great workout and views right in town

Love that you can get to this trail in just a few minutes from anywhere in town. It's a perfect... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nancy H
Great day hike

If you are up for a good 7 mile hike round trip with moderate difficulty this one is for you. The... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Lynn N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love that you can get to this trail in just a few minutes from anywhere in town. It's a perfect length for a morning or afternoon with just enough challenge (elevation gain) to let you know you've had a work out. However, other than the...More

Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

If you are up for a good 7 mile hike round trip with moderate difficulty this one is for you. The trail starts out at St John College and is a fairly easy hike to start. Once you cross the Wilderness gate the ascent begins....More

2  Thank Lynn N
Reviewed 27 August 2018

In the NE corner of the city, with plenty of parking at the designated lot at St. John's College, it's quite close to most hotels in Santa Fe. It's a busy trail and many locals frequent it. About 6 miles round trip and 1200 feet...More

Thank girardot
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail, accessed from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, is a good long hiking trail with good views of the city... Remember, this is 7,000 to 9,000+ elevation. It is hot in the summer so start early. Wear hiking...More

1  Thank AptosAmy
Reviewed 1 August 2018

This hike is a city hike, dry, and easy to access, using the St. Johns parking lot. The trail goes through the Cruz Blanca neighborhood for awhile, but then quickly ascends up the small peak, Atalaya, reaching over 9,000 feet. While steep and gravelly, the...More

Thank benergizer2017
Reviewed 8 July 2018

wonderful views, easy parking and a variety of options make this a great hiking spot. Check openings of trails, as the drought did close many of them during our visit.

1  Thank Noni314
Reviewed 24 June 2018

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
Reviewed 15 June 2018

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
Reviewed 6 June 2018

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 Kate B
Reviewed 28 May 2018

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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Elaine G
15 September 2018|
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Response from Noni314 | Reviewed this property |
Average high in the mid-50s. Check your weather app in the mornings which are cooler.
25 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)..
Tina S
24 May 2016|
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Response from VN F | Reviewed this property |
The responses of others were interesting to read. I wouldn't call this hike strenuous and I am hardly athletic. I've hiked Atalaya several times past the age of fifty and it is one of my favorites. Some of it is steep... More