Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

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  • August 13, 2017
    I rode through here on a cycle and it is a great ride. Nice curvy road with beautiful scenery. It is worth a visit.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    What do I love about this forest? It is breath taking, restorative and serene and yet it is so close! I don't have to fight the traffic of Denver to get to the mountains....it's merely an hour and 15 ...  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    Our last morning in Santa Fe and we were weary of crowds and stores... so we took a drive up through this National Park and found the quiet and serenity we were seeking! Hardly another car or person i...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Always a nice place to go either for a quick day trip or camping. The only downside is that the popular areas to camp are completely primitive. At the same dumpsters would be nice. Fishing is a hit and miss from one week to the next. Roadways are well kept. Even without the dumpsters all the sites remain clean. A lot of forest thinning as been done so there is no shortage of campfire wood.
  • July 5, 2017
    I loved it.. Even though I wish it had bathrooms and showers, the place is beautiful and the river was awesome to camp next to. Note: you can drive up and find a spot next to the river and camp... Anywhere! I recommend finding one with a fire pit though.
  • June 30, 2017
    A MUST for hikers and bikers! This is a great experience for the beginner to backcountry hiker and intermediate level mountain bikers. Hundreds of miles of trails that traverse through pine and Aspen groves, it's a paradise for the outdoor enthusiasts. Be ready for a bit of altitude and bring water and snacks. The trails start anywhere from about 8000 to 10000 feet with the Aspen Vista trail (one of the higher up trails) topping out at 12000 feet and offering expansive views of the area. Trails are well marked and there are maps at many of the trailheads. Enjoy!
  • July 6, 2017
    One of the great places to visit in town. The fact that a beautiful place like this is a short drive from downtown is amazing... Tons of hiking trails.
  • June 14, 2017
    Hikes, hikes, hikes. Just A few minutes outside of Santa Fe and you're in the middle of one of the most beautiful forests. There are dozens of hikes, all beautiful, with a range of difficulty from easy to make-your-legs-spaghetti-tomorrow difficult. I recommend the Alamos Vista trail.

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