Santa Fe Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage In Santa Fe, NM

The Perfect Day Trip

It’s officially fall and I couldn’t be happier. Nothing beats the cool, crisp air. The over-kill amounts of pumpkin spice. And of course, the brilliant and colorful changing of the leaves. If you’re looking for the perfect time to see nature’s annual outdoor spectacle, you should hastily make your way to Santa Fe National Forest, NOW!

In reality, there are no shortages of places to go if you’re in the mood to get out and see the changing fall leaves. But if you’re looking for a short day trip that’s just over an hours drive of Albuquerque, look no further than Santa Fe National Forest. You won’t regret it!


Getting there couldn’t be easier:

  • Get on I-25 N in Bernalillo from NM-528 S 21 min (11.6 mi)
  • Follow I-25 N to NM-466 N/Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe County. Take exit 284 from I-25 N 34 min (41.4 mi)
  • Follow Old Pecos Trail to NM-475 40 min (19.3 mi)

Along NM-475 you’ll find no shortage of trails and overlooks to admire the outdoor splendor that is Santa Fe.

As of this post, now is the absolute best time to go. Waiting much longer and you’ll risk not seeing the changing leaves in their prime.


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