One of the great joys of doing mobile Esalen massage in Santa Fe are the wonderful hiking opportunities New Mexico affords.
One of my favorite hikes is the Atalaya mountain trail. Atalaya means “watchtower” in Spanish. The trail is part of the Dale Ball trail network. The Dale Ball trails are a truly choose-your-own-trail system of well-maintained, numbered trails that wind through shady Douglas fir and scrubby pinon.
Atalaya itself is a glorious pulse-inducing trail. It starts right out of the back of St John’s College and winds its way up 1,800 feet in about 3 miles. Like the name suggests, when you reach the top, you have expansive views of the Sandias which loom over Albuquerque, the Sangre de Cristos, Los Alamos, and of course Santa Fe, too.
For variety, when I hike it, I reference the AllTrails app on my phone so I can navigate and customize my journey. It is the type of trail and distance that if I was lucky enough to live in Santa Fe I would consider hiking daily.