Monday, October 01, 2007

Aspen Vista Trail

Took a hike last Thursday morning with some new friends on part of the aptly-named Aspen Vista Trail. The trailhead is located about 13 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza, in the Sangre de Cristo mountains near the Santa Fe Ski Basin. The entire trail is 12 miles long--we did not do anywhere near that, but had a beautiful uphill (not too steep!) hike for about an hour, and then turned around and came back down. The sky was an astonishingly deep blue, and the aspens were just beginning to turn color--another couple of weeks and they should be glorious! Click here to see my post from October 1 last year, with photos of the color much further along.

Aspens are unique in that many trees grow from a single root system. While each individual tree typically lives ony a hundred years (more or less), the root system can be thousands, or tens of thousands, years old. The trees bounce back well after forest fires because even though individual trees can be damaged, the root system quickly sends up new shoots.

This particular stand of aspen is one of the largest in New Mexico.

The view on the side of the trail

Aspens beginning to turn yellow-gold

Three of us (plus dog!) stopping to admire the view

Looking out over the valley just before we turn back


Anonymous said...

I've been up Aspen Vista twice in the last couple of weeks. This is my first year here full-time and I'm thrilled to be here in the fall when the aspens turn!!! Also hiked the Borrego trail.

SantaFeKate said...

If your Google search located this post from 2007, be sure to also go and read my post on the trail in 2008, with even more beautiful pictures.

Unknown said...

Hi: I am the photo editor at Guideposts and I am looking for some photos of the Aspen Vista Trail. I saw the one of you with your friends and dog. Do you have that available in a high resolution. We are publishing a story for our March issue on inspirational locations and that is mentioned. We might like to use it in the magazine. Can you please email me at
212-251-8124 to let me know if you have that available to email to me?
Thanks. Candice Smilow