Top Adventures in Los Alamos

  • Hike to the Upper Falls in Bandelier National Monument

    Park at the Bandelier Visitor Center. The trailhead is down the road (the direction you came from). There are steep dropoffs along this trail so exercise caution, and be aware than in winter the trail may be icy. The Lower Falls trail is closed du...

    2.9 miles 496 ft gain

  • Hike to Alcove House

    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 ...

    2.2 miles 140 ft gain

  • Hike the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument

    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 attr...

    1.2 miles 150 ft gain

  • 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 ap...

  • Climb Las Conchas

    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 ...

    5 miles

  • Hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

    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 the result of erosion following a volcanic explosion 6-7 ...

    3 miles

  • Dip into Spence Hot Springs

    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 cros...

    1.2 miles 193 ft gain

  • Hike to McCauley Hot Springs

    Turn right off of the 4 onto Camp Shaver Ln. This takes you to a parking area with a sign for Battleship Rock Campsite. This is where the trail begins. It will take you to hot springs and Jemez falls. Dog-friendly trail, accessible year round. 

    5.6 miles 1797 ft gain

  • Hike to San Antonio Hot Springs

    There is an adventure posted by Gemina Garland-Lewis where she describes how to snowshoe to the hot springs from the top down. This adventure describes how to get there from the main trail below the hot springs. Starting from Jemez Springs New Mex...

    11.4 miles 75 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Pacheco Canyon

    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...

    8.1 miles 2194 ft gain

  • 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 Mexi...

  • Hike to Picacho Peak and Atalaya Peak

    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 lo...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Los Alamos, New Mexico

      Ponderosa Campground (Nm)

      Overview For large groups coming to Bandelier National Monument, Ponderosa Campground is an ideal place to stay. Located 6 miles from the main park entrance, the campground is just a short drive fr...

    • Los Alamos, New Mexico

      Juniper Campground

      Overview For visitors to Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Group Campground is an ideal place to stay. Located just inside the main park entrance, the campground is a short drive from the main v...

    • Nambe, New Mexico

      Black Canyon

      Overview Black Canyon Campground is in a great location to experience some of the finest mountain scenery the Southwest has to offer. The facility is newly renovated and provides access to a variet...

    • Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

      Cochiti Area

      Overview Cochiti Recreation Area is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. The lake offers two public recreation areas: Cochit...

    • Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

      Tetilla Peak

      Overview Tetilla Peak Recreation Area is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. The lake offers two public recreation areas: C...

    • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

      Jemez Falls (Nm) Picnic Area

      Overview Jemez Falls Picnic Area is great place to spend the day, especially when planning a day hike to nearby Jemez Falls on the Jemez District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The lands are know...

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