The Dale Ball Trail system includes 22.22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that connect to other well-known Santa Fe trails and extended across land owned by the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, the National Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy.
connecting trails include:
Nature Conservancy 1.27 Miles
Dorothy Stewart 1.45 Miles
Atalaya Trail 5.16 Miles
and the total trail network 30.10 miles, all starting within two miles of the Santa Fe Plaza.
The Dale Ball Trails were built through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the McCune Foundation, who together provided the majority of the funds. Several individuals also contributed money to the project.
The trail system is named after Dale Ball, a long-time Santa Fe resident, who conceived of this foothills trail system, secured the funding and followed through by directing the construction of the trails.
HIKING & TRAIL SAFETY REMINDERS
Just because the trail system is close to the city limits doesn’t mean all trails are easy or even moderate. See our sample hikes and mountain bike rides for details. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the trail you choose. Bring rain gear, just in case. Bring plenty of water, su screen, sunglasses, a hat, a first aid kit. A cell phone is a good idea, but signals may not be available on some parts of the trail.
If you’re visiting from a lower altitude, especially one with higher humidity, be careful not to do too much, too fast. Altitude sickness and dehydration can lead to serious difficulties, so rest often, drink plenty of water and enjoy the views!
A short hike with great views ~ Approximately 1.8 miles
Park at the lot on Hyde Park Road. Start at junction 9, proceed to 8, then to 6, 5, 10, 7. Return via 7 and 8. Complete the hike at junction 9.
A LONG, STRENUOUS HIKE with Great Views ~ Approximately 9.13 Miles
Park at St. John’s parking lot. Take the St. John’s Trail to Atalaya Trail, and on to the peak of Atalaya. Proceed north along the ridge to 41, 36 and 34 and take the spur that goes to the top of Picacho Peak. Return to 34 and then down to 31, 32, 37, 38, and 33 where you join the Dorothy Stewart Trail. Take it to the small parking lot on Cruz Blanca, cross the road and take the Cruz Blanca Trail west to the St. John’s parking lot.
A GREAT MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE ~ Approximately 9.51
Park at the lot on Hyde Park Road. Start at 1, 2, outer loop to 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 19, 20, 24, 27, 26, 25, 23, left trail to 22, 16, 15, 14, 13, 9, and back to parking lot!
DOGS are allowed as long as they are on a leash!