Leave the human world behind as you pass through shaded forests of pinon, juniper and ponderosa trees. Stop to admire meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine and other colorful wildflowers. Relax by a silvery mountain stream and maybe you’ll see a hummingbird, a mule deer or a gray fox. Make sure to leave yourself time to enjoy the incredible views from ridgetops and mountain summits. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Parks and Recreation
At the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, the city’s largest recreational facility, sign up for a class in kayaking, ice skating, yoga, Pilates, cycling and more. Swim laps or take a water exercise class in the 50-meter pool. Play hockey or twirl on the ice during the public skating time on the ice arena. Drop in for a game of hockey, volleyball, basketball or indoor soccer. You can also swim and take fitness classes at the Salvador Perez Pool & Fitness Center and the Fort Marcy Complex.
Santa Fe offers more than 50 scenic parks, from neighborhood rose parks to historical and athletic parks. Play a game of tennis on one of the city’s outdoor tennis courts or enjoy a leisurely stroll with inspirational views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex, for example, you can watch a game of soccer, softball or rugby, if one is scheduled, or let the kids play on the large jungle gym.
More Outdoor Activities
Santa Fe is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, river rafters, horseback riders and people who simply like to stroll in city parks and take in the fresh air. You can ski the Rocky Mountains in winter and ice skate outdoors on the pond in Hyde Memorial State Park. In summer, hike the miles of mountain wilderness, enjoying dramatic, panoramic vistas and fields of wildflowers.