Snowshoe on the Winsor Trail

Rate this Adventure New Mexico Winsor Trail, Santa Fe Ski Basin

Added by

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.

Pack List

  • Snowshoes
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking poles with snow baskets
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather gear
  • Hat and gloves
  • Water and snacks
  • Camera
Read More

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Activities:

Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Winter

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

More Adventures Nearby

Climb Mount Wheeler

New Mexico / Mount Wheeler Trailhead

Mount Wheeler is the highest peak in New Mexico at 13,161 feet and is considered the 8th highest state peak. The hike begins just over 10,000 feet near the Bavarian Restaurant.

Shalee Blackmer
21 Saves

Hike to Clear Creek in Cimarron Canyon State Park

New Mexico / Clear Creek Trailhead

Head North from Eagle Nest towards Cimarron, and about 7 miles (or less) on your right hand, you will find two big signs with a parking area on both sides of the road.

Hike Little Bear Canyon to the Middle Fork of the Gila River

New Mexico / TJ Corral Trailhead

After driving the winding mountain road from Silver City to Gila Hot Springs, I knew I had to do more than just see the Gila Cliff Dwellings (which are stunning, don't miss them).

Sara Sheehy
12 Saves