Atalaya Mountain Trail Is An Easy Hike In New Mexico That Takes You To An Unforgettable View
By Ben Jones|Published May 05, 2022
Ben Jones is at heart an adventurer who delights in inspiring others. A former reporter and photojournalist, he explored towns large and small as a Wisconsin correspondent for USA Today. He later became a lead photographer and senior copywriter for an award-winning destination marketing agency, before founding Boldland Creative, a company that produces photography, video, and other content for travel destinations. Jones has completed photography and content projects in more than 15 states and when he’s not looking through a camera or at his Macbook you’ll find him exploring the world’s lakes and forests.
The Atalaya Mountain Trail offers a wilderness-like experience without a long trip into the backcountry. The trailhead is less than three miles from Santa Fe Plaza, so it’s very easy to reach. Hikers who take on this trail will be rewarded with an expansive view of the surrounding mountains and the adobe buildings of Santa Fe. The hike can get steep in spots and covers six miles if you do the whole loop. But to keep the hike easy, you can easily modify the hike and still enjoy some incredible views.
Because the Atalaya Mountain Trail is close to downtown Santa Fe it’s very popular. Arrive early to beat the crowds. Looking for more New Mexico hiking spots? Here are 12 more spots for a short but rewarding hike in New Mexico.
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