Atalaya Mountain Trail

#2 of 68 trails in Santa Fe National Forest
Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, NM that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 1771 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking walking forest views
Hide Map

This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest. This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest.

Steve Hoogeboom
3 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful. Not too difficult for my out of shape self. Great views.

Gene Aguirre
12 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

nice trail

Chelsea Henschel
13 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The views were beautiful and it was well worth the hike to the top, but nobody leashes their dogs. My chihuhahua is not good with other dogs and I had to reel her in and pick her up every time we passed people with dogs, because every single dog approached her off leash.

Ashley Martin
18 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Steeper than I was expecting, but so beautiful and a fun good distance hike! Can't wait to bring my dog next time!!

Bethany Moore
22 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a really nice hike. Great views!

Sriram R.
1 month ago

We hiked this towards afternoon to sunset and took the easier route going up and back the steeper route.

Chris Porta
2 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Great hiking trail, a must do if you're in town! A bit easy, moderate, and difficult depending on where you're at on the trail, a great mix. We reached the summit and it started snowing, and kept snowing all the way back down. Beautiful, soft snow, definitely a treat.

David Barber
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike. Nice views of the surrounding area. Wish there was some sort of 'you made it!' marker at the top. For us lowlanders it was fairly strenuous. Very easy to find, parking is great, and the tourist info guy suggested you could expand it by walking along the ridge to the next peak.

Sarjoo Patel
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Rebecca McKee
3 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

The trail had beautiful views scattered along the route. We completed the route to the top in about an hour and a half and made it down in an hour and 15. We were walk/running the route though. We hiked this trail in late January and the frequent use of the trail really packed down the snow, making whole sections of this trail like sheets of ice. These ice sheets will probably still around for months, as some trees shade the trail and the ice is very solid.

Molly Greenwood
6 months ago

13 Completed9 Reviews

Corinna Wu
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It is a nice trail for a half day hike

Peter Nelson
8 months ago

11 Completed9 Reviews

Bottom of the trail is really cool as you wind along a little stream bed. Plants were in bloom for beautiful yellow lined walk. Careful as the locals walk their dogs and I ran across a few land mines. As the trail elevates the grade increases. Beautiful pines and rocks has fascinating variety on way up. I hike fast so 2 hours up and down for a 6.2 mile hike to peak from St. John college trailhead. Generally I'd figure for a leisure hike 3-4 hours up and down.

Sarah Lewis
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A good strong hike! Go at your own pace and don't worry if you finish at three to four hours. The view at the actual peak is beautiful, but than again I just love high elevations

Daniel Garofalo
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Can't beat the proximity to Santa Fe. Worth noting that there is a "easy" route that is longer than the trail shown and has a lot of switch backs. There is a sign that points out easy and steep. We took easy up and noticed we were well off the trail shown in the app, the went with the steeper fast route down and that definitely added time to the trip up. Bit of a grind at the latter stages of the trip up for us.

Derek Jett
8 months ago

41 Completed40 Reviews

Trail is only 3 miles from downtown. Departs from parking lot at at johns college. Not to steep. Interesting terrain change as you climb. Took us 1 hour ea way and we were not pushing.

Lauren Figard
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike, conveniently located from Santa Fe. Nice views of the beautiful St John's campus as well. We did this hike on a Saturday, but it was surprisingly quiet with very few other hikers.

Shannon Croom
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great views of Santa Fe. The elevation was a challenge at times for my sea level lungs. Would certainly hike it again!

Johnny Fedevich
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

A very popular Santa Fe hike. Many people and doggies on a Sunday. Our 12 year old Lab/Shepard did great going up, she was worn out going back down. Great view at the top with a gentle breeze. It took us about 4 hours.

Beard Brenda
9 months ago

7 Completed8 Reviews