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Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail

Access from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
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What a Great trail with beautiful views and a good workout!

This is a heavily hiked trail of about 7.5 miles round trip. Just shy of 2000 ft elevation gain... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Take plenty of water if you are going to hike up here. Make sure you are in shape physically and... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
west palm beach
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Access from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a heavily hiked trail of about 7.5 miles round trip. Just shy of 2000 ft elevation gain. From the parking lot at St. John's university. Loved the views and the hike was excellent took about 4 hours with a stop for lunch. Don't...More

Thank jggregory20
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Take plenty of water if you are going to hike up here. Make sure you are in shape physically and that you are aware of the weather.

Thank luvtotravel1234
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We hike a lot around Santa Fe (there's so many wonderful hikes) but Atalaya is our go-to hike for a day hike that is a bit challenging. It's steep in places and relentless. It would take most reasonable fit individuals a couple of hours to...More

3  Thank carynps
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This hike is totally worth it. I would highly suggest though that is you are not from the area, or are not used to the altitude, do not start in the middle of the day if it a hot day. We saw a lot of...More

1  Thank Katelyn D
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We hike around 6 miles. Needed to catch our breath a few times -- not used to the height. But very do-able. Steep at the end, but not too much of a challenge.

Thank davidsos
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This was a moderately tough hike from 7,500 feet up over 9,100. It starts in a subdivision up from St. John's College less than 20 minutes from Santa Fe. We were worried about the altitude but it wasn't that bad. The views at the top...More

Thank Nodcor
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

The veiled were beautiful! On a separate app, the hike is listed at moderate. I would say it's leaning a little toward hard. The trail isn't very clearly marked and it's easy to get off track. Being off track isn't horrible but I'm sure we...More

Thank Amber B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

In Santa Fe on business I took my host's recommendation and headed out to find the Atalaya trail. There's a whole network of trails in the area so I found it a little difficult to figure out where to go but thanks to a fellow...More

Thank LeighK35
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The views are so breath taking and it is quiet and peaceful at the top--well worth the hike and feeds the soul.

Thank Jill J
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Took us about three hours to go up pretty steep incline in places, but was worth it, great views, had rained a little and there was sun clouds and a rainbow when we were at the top, beautiful. Took about two hours to get down....More

1  Thank Deb R
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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)..