Added by Gemina Garland-Lewis
Snowshoe through beautiful snow and aspen-filled forests. This is a great option for those who aren't downhill skiers who still want to explore the area. There are lots of options on trail route to tailor your adventure.
The Winsor Trail is 22.8 miles long in total end-to-end, with a lower elevation section outside of the Pecos Wilderness and a higher elevation section inside the wilderness area, starting from Aspen Basin and continuing Spirit Lake. There are a number of places along the trail that you can park and start your snowshoe at, depending on if you'd rather hike down or up first - all options will be a there-and-back.
The farthest you can go by car is the Santa Fe Skin Basin, though you can certainly park lower down and hike up trail. If you'd rather start higher, though, the best option is parking at the Santa Fe Ski Basin or at the Norski Trail lot, which is about 1/4mile down Highway 475 from the ski basin. This is a good place to start with great trail sections heading either up or down trail - if you want to continue up past the Ski Basin parking lot look for the trail sign just past the outhouse. This section of the trail will switchback through the forest before opening up (it's the same section as the start to Lake Peak) and is where the Winsor Trail enters the Pecos Wilderness.
If you do park at the Norksi trail lot, keep in mind that snowshoers are not allowed on the Norksi trail itself to help keep it maintained for cross-country skiers. From where you leave your car, suit up in your gators and snowshoes, hit the trail, and go for as long as your heart desires!
Keep in mind that the base elevation at the Santa Fe Ski Basin is over 10,000ft - if you're coming from a lower altitude area give yourself at least a few days to adjust to the elevation before trying this adventure!
When you get back to Santa Fe go warm up with some green chile enchiladas at Tomasita's!
Getting there: From downtown Santa Fe, take Paseo de Peralta to its intersection with Bishops Lodge Rd. Head north on Bishops Lodge Rd. for a couple of blocks and then take a right up Hyde Park Rd./NM 475. Follow this road to its terminus at the Santa Fe Ski Basin or stop at any of the other trail access points you choose along 475.
- Hiking poles with snow baskets
- Waterproof boots
- Cold weather gear
- Hat and gloves
- Water and snacks
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