There are few better ways to shake the winter blues than a nice hike, particularly one with expansive views, the bracing fresh air of Northern New Mexico and our priceless solitude. Many a day I’ve left the house shrouded in a mental cloud, and then, under our cloudless turquoise skies, found my mood lifted and my body infused with the glow that comes from a bit of exertion. But, you say, “It’s winter, and trails are under snow and ice! You crazy?” Many trails that hikers frequent in summer are now — or soon will be — buried under a white mantle, but in New Mexico we have the advantage of altitude. In winter, think lower elevations and the terrain to our south, where the sun still shines, the trails remain dry and the air is just as fresh.
Many options exist. Here are a few of our favorites.