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3 of the Best Activities in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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Northern New Mexico is home to some of the most unique culture in the country, but most don’t realize that our area also has plenty of beautiful wilderness. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains offer plenty of outdoor adventures, including hiking, skiing, and tons of incredible views. Trust us, it provides some of the most unique landscapes in the Land of Enchantment!

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The Top Activities in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

1. Skiing

Skiing is one of the best activities that you’ll find in the mountains in Northern New Mexico. Winter brings plenty of snow to several popular ski areas in between Santa Fe and Taos. 

With well over fifty slopes, including more than two dozen black diamonds, split between the upper and lower mountains, you’ll find there is something for everyone in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They also offer a variety of discounts, especially for groups. Check out their ski basin trail map for a complete look at mountain setup as well as openings and closings throughout the season. Ski Santa Fe lift tickets begin at $40 for beginners and work their way up to $300 for a four-day pass.

Of course, there are a couple of other ski areas near Taos, but if you’re staying in the City Different, the Santa Fe ski area is the place to go.

2. Hiking

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are full of hiking trails that offer a glimpse into the beautiful world of Northern New Mexico. Whether you want to explore secret waterfalls or enjoy scenic vista overlooking the stunning landscapes, you’ll find plenty of exciting ways to explore our wilderness. Below are a few of the best trail networks near Santa Fe.

3. Whitewater Rafting

Are you searching for a way to cool off and relax during your Santa Fe vacation? Look no further than a half-day float through the lower Rio Grande Gorge with the Santa Fe Rafting Company! This local guide takes visitors on a unique and unforgettable rafting experience. Float five miles down the river while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the surrounding nature. This one-of-a-kind trip departs at 9 a.m. and noon from mid-April through the summer and into early fall.

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