From rugged mountaintops to grassy plains, New Mexico’s unique landscapes offer a taste of some truly diverse habitats. Here, you’ll find unparalleled scenic beauty, and a plentiful population of wildlife and plant species. At Hacienda Vargas, we are situated perfectly between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You’ll find the Sandia Mountains in our backyard, making our area a virtual haven for outdoor enthusiasts. New Mexico has a well-deserved reputation for the high desert landscapes made famous in part by the artist Georgia O’Keefe, all of which can be explored on a variety of beautiful hiking trails. Come stay with us this spring at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, and be inspired by the majestic beauty that can only be discovered by hiking the hills of New Mexico.
New Mexico Hiking Trails
Head out on one of the many New Mexico hiking trails near Albuquerque, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views. Along the way, you may also find fossils, petroglyphs, petrified wood or ancient ruins, and other fascinating geological formations that make our area truly unique. Pass through shaded forests of pinon, juniper and ponderosa trees, and stop to admire the meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine and other colorful wildflowers along the way. A popular place for some easy – moderate hiking is Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, where you’ll find several trails leading you through awe-inspiring archeological history, and excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. Another interesting place to hike around is the Pteroglyph National Monument, where you will see ancient pteroglyphs carved into volcanic rocks by Native Americans and settlers up to 700 years ago. From here, you can hike one of the many trails around the volcanoes as well. Another great hiking trail near Albuquerque is the La Luz Trail, which will take you 7 miles up from the base of the Sandia Mountains to the summit, rewarding you with beautiful views of the summit.
Near Santa Fe, a popular hiking destination is the Bandelier National Monument Area, which consists of 70 miles of multiple route trails located near the Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico. Here, you can take a short hike through excavated archeological sites on the floor of Frijoles Canyon, or a longer hike to waterfalls and mesa tops. Multiple day hikes are possible from this beautiful region. The Atalaya Mountain Trail is a shorter day hike that will take you out of the city into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest, of course resulting in wonderful views out over the city. No matter where you choose to spend your time exploring during your stay with us in New Mexico, you’re sure to be greeted by breathtaking views, unique, and interesting landscapes.
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