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Hiking Along the Turquoise Trail

Hiking the Turquoise TrailMany guests that stay with us at Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast are looking to escape the frenzied pace of modern day living, and want to step back into a simpler time when the pace of daily activities seemed much slower.  Whether you’re coming from afar, or are coming from one of the many nearby larger cities such as Albuquerque or Santa Fe, Hacienda Vargas is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the romantic, historic ambiance of Old New Mexico.  From the second you arrive at our property, you’ll be ushered back in time and feel the presence of both the original Spanish Settlers and the Pueblo Indians that once dominated this region.  A wonderful way to connect with the history of our piece of the American Southwest is to spend some time hiking along the historic and nearby Turquoise Trail.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast today, and get ready to explore some of the most scenic hiking in New Mexico.

Hiking the Scenic Turquoise Trail

The Turquoise Trail is a wonderful piece of New Mexico history.  The trail itself encompasses an incredibly scenic 15,000 square miles of land in central New Mexico, linking the vibrant cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and at its highest peak at the top of the Sandia Mountains looks out over the picturesque Rio Grande Valley.  The Turquoise Trail is aptly named for the beautiful Turquoise that was once mined from this area by the early Pueblo people.  The trail, which begins inTijeras and the Cibola National Forest, passes through many charming towns, such as Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, and is becoming wildly popular for it’s abundant hiking and biking trails.

Hiking Trails Turquoise TrailTo the south, you’ll find a wonderful variety of hiking trails in the Cibola National Forest, which in total covers 1.6 million acres, and rises in elevation from 2,600 feet to a spectacular 11,300 feet.  There are a huge number of day hikes to choose in the Sandia section of the Cibola National Forest, as well as some longer backpacking trips as well. The North Crest Trail is one of the nicest and least strenuous trails in the Cibola National Forest, and will reward you with beautiful views overlooking the Sandia Mountains.  You can reach the top of Sandia Crest via various hiking routes as well, where you will find the most spectacular views New Mexico has to offer.  If you want to catch the views at the top of Sandia Peak without the strenuous hike, then take a relaxing ride up the beautiful Sandia Peak Tramway.  Another wonderful place for day hiking along the Turquoise Trail is in Cerrillos Hills State Park, where you’ll find 5 miles of trails leading to spectacular views of Northern New Mexico as well as safe access to dozens of pre-1900’s mines.  After a rewarding day of hiking, relax in the jacuzzi tubs at our charming New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.

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