The effort required for this popular trail (located about 13 miles from downtown), depends upon whether you are mountain biking (moderate), hiking (easier) or snow-shoeing (suitable for beginners). It's an old fire road, so the width is pretty good.
- Hiking, Mt. Biking, Cycling, Snowshoeing
Santa Fe Ski Basin is a decent little mountain that is not all that "little" - 7 lifts, 1,800 vertical, 660 acres. Average snowfall is 220 inches, but some years have yielded more than 300 inches. The mountain is 15 miles northeast of downtown on highway 475, so it's an easy day trip.
They have a decent kids' ski program and an area for kids under 5 to ski/play in snow. With the exception of the Christmas and New Year holidays and NM & Texas spring breaks (early to mid March), the mountain is rarely crowded. There are five main lifts and numerous back-country trails to ski.
Visit the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market for the authentic flavor of old New Mexico. About 350 booths are composed of artists? rugs, jewelry, baskets, and vintage Western-wear; vendors? fruits/vegetables, antiques, and yard-sale items; and local chefs? unique array of foods: Native American, Mexican, New Mexican, hamburgers and hot dogs, and beverages. Richard Mahler, author of New Mexico?s Best deemed ?The Flea? to be ?the closest thing to a Moroccan bazaar you are likely to find in North America.? After a rain, the dusty ground has been known to become muddy, so wear thick-s