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Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (CLOSED)

    4.8
    3 mi
     Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is temporarily closed. Visit the BLM website for more updates.  Hiking at Tent Rocks is a must-do for anyone in the northern New Mexico area. It's an accessible trail that gives you incredible rewards with little effort. The cone-shaped "tent rocks" are...
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  • Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Hike to Alcove House

    4.6
    2.2 mi / 140 ft gain
    Start your hike from the Visitor's Center and head out on the Main Loop Trail to begin. You can hike the loop in either direction, either first crossing the river across from the Visitor's Center or heading out from directly behind the Center. If you start from across the river, you'll begin with...
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  • Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Hike the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument

    5.0
    1.2 mi / 150 ft gain
    Bandelier National Monument encompasses over 33,000 acres of public land, including Frijoles Canyon, the home of the Ancestral Puebloans that once lived in the area. The park has miles of trails to explore the rugged countryside, but the main attractions are the cliff dwellings you'll find on the...
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  • Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Climb in Diablo Canyon

    Diablo Canyon has grown in popularity over the last decade, particularly due to its frequent appearance in television and films. It has hundreds of sport and trad climbs of varying difficulty on basalt cliffs that reach over 300 feet high, with approaches varying from 5 to 30 minutes.Grades range...
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Climb Las Conchas

    5.0
    5 mi
    75 minutes north of Albuquerque, Las Conchas is a trailhead that sits right off the highway with two accessible, although small, parking lots.  Right out of the gate the wide and well worn trail drops down to follow the river north through a wide mountain valley lined with large stands of trees, ...
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Dip into Spence Hot Springs

    4.0
    1.2 mi / 193 ft gain
    Exit Interstate 550 and head North on Highway 4 heading towards Jemez Springs. The Spence Hot Springs Parking Lot and Trailhead is about 25 miles North off Highway 4. The trail starts on a decline into the canyon for about 800 feet before you cross the bridge over the scenic river. Continue follo...
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  • Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

    Drive the Jemez Mountains Scenic Byway

    Start your road trip at the Pueblo Visitor Center. You can stop at the Jemez State Monument to visit the old ruins of the Mission. Then head to the Jemez Falls. Continue the drive  through beautiful red rock scenery to Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. 
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Visit the Jemez Soda Dam

    For the past 7,000 years, calcium carbonate at this spot in northern New Mexico. And after all those centuries, it has formed into a natural bridge across the Jemez river, roughly 300 feet in length.  Drive northeast from Jemez Springs on New Mexico State Route 4. Just under 2 miles later, the fo...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Photograph the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi

    Along the downtown Santa Fe plaza, you will run into an obvious architectural beauty. It's the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. It's placed perfectly in the plaza where the sunset will make the massive structure glow or have interesting shadows cast off its facade. The cathedral itse...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Explore Canyon Road

    Canyon Road in Santa Fe New Mexico, is home to one of the largest gatherings of fine art galleries featuring original work you'll find. Santa Fe is considered the 3rd largest distributor of art in the world, behind New York and Paris. The difference with Canyon Road is the unique environment tha...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Catch a sunset over the hills of Santa Fe

    People come from all over the world to see sunsets in the southwest. This is a great little spot tucked away in a neighborhood I stayed in for a month. On Rodriguez street, there is a parking space for "visitors" of a particular house in the neighborhood (marked on the map). I didn't see a car t...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Hike to Picacho Peak and Atalaya Peak

    5.0
    Begin this trail from the Cerro Gordo Trailhead which is only about 10 minutes from Santa Fe Plaza. You can park in the lot near the intersection of Cerro Gordo and Upper Canyon Rd. The lot will fill up on the weekends so arrive early. From the lot, take the short Nature Conservancy trail to the ...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Trail Run the Dale Ball Trails

    22 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Dale Ball Trail system, covers a wide swath of terrain between Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe, the National Forest, and The Nature Conservancy with a 22 mile network of trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Located a short distance from downtown Santa Fe, it is the...
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    San Antonio Hot Springs via Thompson Ridge Route

    5.0
    2.66 mi / 469 ft gain
    Although you can reach these hot springs via the main trail in the winter, the Thompson Ridge route is a shorter option that comes in from above the springs rather than below. If you go in winter, you'll need winter route finding skills for the trail (there's no signage at any point) and an all w...
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  • Sandia Park, New Mexico

    Golden Open Space Mesa Trail Loop

    5.0
    2.07 mi / 131 ft gain
    Golden Open Space Mesa Trail Loop is a dog and family-friendly loop trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico. The trail is open year-round and offers expansive views of the valleys and mountains alongside Juniper and Pinyon trees. These trails are used by mountain bikers as well, so please keep...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Mountain Bike Pacheco Canyon

    8.1 mi / 2194 ft gain
    Pacheco Canyon Road / Forest Service Road #102 leads from the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos deep into the mountains, beginning with breathtaking views across to Valles Caldera (particularly at sunset) and ending deep in the mountains near Big Tesuque Campground after more than 2100' of eleva...
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Camping and Lodging in Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Area
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

Cochiti Area

Tetilla Peak
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

Tetilla Peak

Juniper Campground
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Juniper Campground

Ponderosa Campground (Nm)
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Ponderosa Campground (Nm)

Paliza
Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Paliza

Jemez Falls (Nm) Picnic Area
Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Jemez Falls (Nm) Picnic Area

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