Kitchen Mesa

#17 of 146 trails in Carson National Forest
Kitchen Mesa is a 5 mile out and back trail located near El Rito, New Mexico and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November.

5.0 miles 600 feet Out & Back
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Carmen Wilson

59 Completed39 Reviews

Mary Poole

4 Completed4 Reviews

A beautiful hike that I would highly recommend, though perhaps not for anyone with a fear of heights or issues with vertigo. The hike starts out easy enough, though there is little to no shade so be prepared with plenty of water, as it's extremely hot in the summertime. You'll then climb and make your way up, which includes a tricky section of boulders. You wouldn't want to do this if there is rain, as I imagine it would be way too slippery. From there the trail is poorly marked so you have to watch closely for the markers. The view from the top is stunning, one of the most amazing views I experienced while hiking in Santa Fe.