“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey
Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.6-million acre Santa Fe National Forest. The Santa Fe National Scenic Byway originates in downtown Santa Fe at the oldest public building in America – the Palace of the Governors – and loops 15 miles through the forest to the Santa Fe Ski Basin. If you’re looking for an adventure, travel into Pecos, San Pedro Parks, Chama, and Dome Wildernesses via wilderness pack trips, saddle, or on 1,000 miles of hiking trail. Try whitewater rafting on the Rio Chama or Rio Grande. Or visit one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. No matter the time of year, the scenery will take your breath away. Golden aspen grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets the mountains in winter.