If visiting the outdoors is strictly a daytime activity, consider hiking to Battleship Rock in the Jemez Mountains. The rock, named for its similarity to the bow of a ship, is peppered with bits of glassy smooth obsidian.
Tent Rocks, which resemble giant cones of poured sand, are another natural oddity formed by volcanic activity. Covering almost 12,000 acres, the rock formations provide a surreal background for an easy day hike.
Parents, pack a picnic and bring the kids for a fun hike along Las Conchas Trail. Avoid the snow and hike between April and October along the East Fork of the Jemez River in the Santa Fe National Forest.
The rugged and varied terrain of the Sandia Mountains makes a popular hiking destination. For a special treat, hike shortly before sunset to bask in the rosy glow of the “Watermelon” Mountains. Also on this route is Sandia Cave, where the discovery of archeological remains provides evidence of life 10,000 years ago.
Bait your hook or tie your fly and cast for bass, trout or bluegill.
North of Cuba, the San Pedro Parks Wilderness is home to native cutthroat trout. On the Jemez Pueblo are Holy Ghost and Dragonfly Reservoirs. Fenton Lake offers picnic areas, wheelchair accessible platforms and even ice fishing in the winter. San Antonio Creek in San Antonio Canyon offers plenty of catch-and-release fishing opportunities. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be delighted by the Rio Cebolla in the Jemez Mountains.
Visitors are welcome at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery near Cebolla Canyon. The Ice Pond is stocked by the hatchery and open to children 12 and younger. At Cochiti Lake, catch catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill and perch. The Sandia Lakes Recreation Area offers several ponds stocked with trout and other fish.