Dale Ball Trails North near Santa Fe, New Mexico
Location: Foothills east of Santa Fe
Trail Length: Lots of ways to go from short to long – my route was about 6 miles
Elevation Gain: Also varies but pretty flat unless you head into the canyon at the northern end of the trail system.
Notable Features: About 24 miles of trails are in this well-marked trail system maintained by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. Heavily used by bikers and hikers with kids and dogs due to its convenience to town. Great views looking over Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Trail
Location: The Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Trail is maintained by the Nature Conservancy and is located in the foothills east of Santa Fe
Trail Length: About 1.75 miles loop trail
Elevation Gain: Less than 100 feet
Notable Features: An easy, mostly flat trail that circles around Two Mile Reservoir that includes information about the history of the area, including several dams built to create a reservoir to furnish water to the nearby city. You can find the remains of an old dam just off the trail – and also be on the lookout for beavers in Two Mile Reservoir.
Black Canyon Trail near Santa Fe, New Mexico
Location: At Black Canyon Campground, just outside Hyde Memorial State Park east of Santa Fe
Trail Length: About 2.0 miles, loop trail
Elevation Gain: Just under 500 feet, but trail starts at 8,300 feet in elevation
Notable Features: A fairly easy trail made moderate if you’re not used to the high elevation with lots of pine and aspen trees. The campground closes in winter, but there is a lot near the highway where you can park then walk through the campground to get to the trailhead.