Guidebook

Three Must-Do Trails in the Pecos Wilderness

Two hikes and a backcountry ski that showcase the beauty of the Pecos Wilderness in the mountains above Santa Fe

Joseph Merl

Description

The Pecos wilderness in the mountains above the artsy town of Santa Fe is a great spot to find adventure. Featuring aspen groves and many streams, this area is great for multi-day adventures or morning hikes. Pretty much any hike or ski can be linked with one another or shortened to fit the timeframe you have.

The best time to hike the Pecos is in the fall when all of the aspens are changing. However, fall is the most popular time in the area so expect to see more (but not a lot) people on the trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water or bring a water filter to get water from the many streams.

For those looking for a ski adventure, make sure to have a buddy.

Santa Fe Baldy

Santa Fe Baldy

3 - 4 hrs
10.5 km
882 m
183 m
Takes you to the summit of on of the tallest mountains in New Mexico
Difficult
Private
Ravens Ridge

Ravens Ridge

3 - 4 hrs
8.1 km
767 m
765 m
40 °
A steep-ish backcountry ski through the trees on a ridge above the Santa Fe ski area.
Moderate
Private
Penitente Peak - Lake Peak Loop

Penitente Peak - Lake Peak Loop

15.3 km
883 m
883 m
A great hike for those looking to hike in the morning and relax in the evening.
Moderate
Private