Outdoor Activities

Explore The Great Outdoors in Santa Fe

To fully experience the natural wonder and beauty of Santa Fe, head outside and take part in an outdoor adventure. With more than 330 days of sunshine with cool temperatures in a high desert climate, Santa Fe is the perfect destination to escape both harsh winter weather and the extreme dry heat of the desert. Eldorado Hotel & Spa is just minutes away from an array of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, skiing, golf, kayaking and river rafting. Hike one of the dozens of trails located near our hotel, go fly-fishing at the Pecos River, or enjoy a wintry trip to the ice-skating rink at Genoveva Chavez Community Center or Ski Santa Fe! No matter your definition of fun, you'll find plenty of exciting things to do in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Wilderness

Just minutes from the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, you'll find miles of hiking trails that range from easy to challenging. Here you will also find challenging trails perfect for mountain biking.

Horseback Riding

Take in the sights of Santa Fe in the true spirit of the Southwest - on horseback. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy the sights of Santa Fe.

River Rafting

"Wild and Scenic" describes the Rio Grande and Rio Chama of northern New Mexico, the sites of the best of New Mexico Rafting, and is the designation conferred on these two magnificent rivers by the U.S. Congress. The Rio Grande thunders in the depths of a precipitous gorge, with wild rapids boxed in by sheer cliffs, while the Rio Chama flows sedately through a canyon of multi-hued sandstone and stands of tall Ponderosa pine.


With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains among the highest ski areas in the continental United States. Ski Santa Fe offers complete services for all level of participants, from first time skier/snowboarders to seasoned experts.

Fishing/Fly Fishing

Northern New Mexico offers high quality fly-fishing waters for brown and rainbow trout. Northern New Mexico offers fishing all year from large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes.

Exploring Cliff Dwellings

Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.