I am in Santa Fe exploring the trail systems around here and they
can be outstanding.
The Winsor trail is one of the best stretching from its trailhead in
Tesuque all the way into the Pecos wilderness. Its about 9-10
miles depending on where you finish off which is great if you are
hiking and a fun descent if you are on a bike.
The landscape continually changes from the snow dusted
mountain tops, through the Aspen forests and down to the
Juniper treed desert landscape of New Mexico.
One section in particular, that intersects with the Chamisa trail off
Hyde Park Rd, meanders through beautiful forest with a full
flowing creek at this time of year. I only came across 2 other
walkers, but it was mid week.
Named after the Winsor family from Kansas, who came to NM, as
many people did in the 1880’s for health reasons as the dry
climate was beneficial to those with tuberculosis which was
prevalent in those times. They made their fortune by packing
beef and wild game along the Winsor trail.
These trails are part of the Pecos Wilderness which includes the
southernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains in the subrange
of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of north central New
Mexico. One of the trail heads for the wilderness is only 15 miles
by road from the state capital Santa Fe. Covering an area of
223,667 acres , it is the second largest wilderness in the state
after the Gila Wilderness. An area of less than 200,000 acres was given wilderness protection by Congress in 1964. Since then
Congress has added an additional 55,000 acres in 1980.
An amazing area well worth a look. Take time off your busy work
schedule to get a trail in!
~ by John Tomnay