The Dale Ball Trails runs through the foothills around Santa Fe. Their trailheads can be found near St. John's, Upper Canyon Rd., Cerro Gordo, or Hyde Park. The trail has multiple loops meaning you can either go for a quick loop or spend half a day exploring. Dale Ball Trails has 72 trails and 31 miles in total. The highest trail reaches 9,116ft. There are 4 green circle trails, 60 blue squares, and 4 black diamonds. The trails are all mountain-bike-friendly as well as dog-friendly. All dogs must be left on their leash.
Atalaya is a black diamond mountain trail which is designed for the more advanced hikers. Known as the most difficult route in Santa Fe, Atalaya has an elevation of 2,000' in approximately 3 miles. While the trail is pretty advanced, there is a section that splits between a flatter, more easy path and a steeper, harder path. At the top of the mountain, you will have stunning views of Santa Fe and the surrounding towns.
There are two parking lots located at the intersection of Hyde Park Road and Sierra del Norte as well as at the intersection of Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo. You can also park at St. John's College and walk to the trailhead.