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Black Canyon Trail No. 181

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
3 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8300 feet
Elevation Range:
8300 feet to 9360 feet
Elevation Change:
1060 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round

Description

The first half-mile of this loop trail goes through the Black Canyon Campground. At camping site 4 in the upper loop of the campground, the trail leaves the campground and gently rises through a beautiful aspen and mixed conifer grove for another half-mile. Bear to the left at the trail junction. A slightly steeper stretch then goes up through mixed conifer trees, giving occasional views to the north. Just before you reach the ridgeline, the trail makes a swing to the right and makes a loop and returns to the main trail and back to the campground.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
3 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8300
Elevation Range:
8300 feet to 9360
Elevation Change:
1060
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Aspen Basin and Pecos Wilderness Map
Additional Details:

This trail is heavily used due to its proximity to Santa Fe, the gentle grades, and the lovely views. It is an excellent choice for hikers with small children.

As you pass through the campground, please be considerate of the campers. Keep your dog on a leash and stay on the roadway.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Santa Fe, proceed to Black Canyon campground up the Hyde Park Road (SR 475). Pull over and park outside the fence at Black Canyon Campground; please park outside the campground as parking spots inside the campground are reserved for paying campers. If you park inside you will be charged a fee.


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