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The Sangre de Cristo Mountains that surround Santa Fe provide a playground for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Taking Hyde Park Road to Hyde Memorial State Park leads to a variety of hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and birding opportunities. Past the park, several parking areas mark trailheads that lead into the Santa Fe National Forest. Winsor Trail is known as one of the best mountain biking routes in the country, and during the fall the entire area is a riot of colors with the changing of the aspen leaves.
At the top of Hyde Park Road is Ski Santa Fe, about a 40-minute drive. This full-service ski area features a top elevation of 12,075 feet with 77 runs catering to all ski levels. Equipment rentals and lessons are available. From Santa Fe, a variety of outdoor destinations are well within a day trip, including Bandelier National Monument with Native American ruins and hikes, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument with trails and fascinating geological formations.