Habitat and Hydrology of Upper Canyon Road

Santa Fe, United States

Experience hosted by Garrett

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Great for groups
Celebrations, work gatherings and more.

What you'll do

On this 2.5-hour hike, we’ll explore the habitat and hydrology of Upper Canyon Road around Two Mile Pond, Santa Fe's former reservoir, to learn about deforestation and overgrazing, habitat restoration, and where we get our water.

We'll gather at the Cerro Gordo trailhead to learn how firewood gathering and sheepherding long denuded the hills of brush and trees, and see the remains of two historic dams, the earliest dating to 1881. Damming the Santa Fe River both hindered local farmers while also helped the city grow.

Our walking route covers about 2.5 miles of easy hiking trails with one staircase to climb to reach the historic hydroelectric diversion canal, which provided electric power to the city in 1895. We will also hike up Aztec Springs to witness a forest actively managed against wildfires in order to protect the city's water supply. Those with time afterward can visit nearby Water History Park to explore an early hydroelectric power station.

Bring your camera, water, good walking shoes, and walking poles if you use them. The Two Mile Pond offers considerable beauty, from beaver ponds to restored forests to historic dam structures now reclaimed by nature.
On this 2.5-hour hike, we’ll explore the habitat and hydrology of Upper Canyon Road around Two Mile Pond, Santa Fe's former reservoir, to learn about deforestation and overgrazing, habitat restoration, and where we get our water.

We'll gather at the Cerro Gordo trailhead to learn how firewood gathering and sheepherding long denuded the hills of brush and trees, and see the remains of two historic dams, the earliest dating to 1881. Damm…

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your host, Garrett

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe - and am an avid hiker, having explored the dozens of trails around the City Different. I love combining my passion for history with outdoor activities.

I've long been intrigued by the questions of, Where do we get our water? And how do we protect our dwindling resources in the face of climate change? The Habitat and Hydrology of Upper Canyon Road experience is designed to answer those questions and raise awareness of our fragile but vibrant and resilient ecosystem.

I can't wait to share the hidden gem of the Santa Fe River with you!
Hi. I'm Garrett.

I am an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe - and am an avid hiker, having explored the dozens of trails around the City Different. I love combining my passion for history with outdoor activities.

I've long been intrigued by the questions of, Where do we get our water? And how do we protect our dwindling resources in the face of climate change? The Habitat and Hydrology of Upper Canyon Road experience is designed to answer those questions and rais…
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Where you'll be

On this fun outdoor hike of the Santa Fe River's upper watershed, you'll explore restored habitat around Two Mile Pond, the remnants of two historic dams dating to 1881, an early hydroelectric power station and diversion canal, and witness active forest management to help protect the city's water supply.

Rated 4.33 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Cecilia
October 2021
A great walk with a knowledgeable guide who cared for our comfort. He paced the walk to the abilities of our group. I plan on taking another of his tours next time I am in town.
Maggie
October 2021
A nice hike with a gracious, organized, and thoughtful host.
Sharon And Jim
September 2021
We have now enjoyed 3 tours with Garrett Peck. He is personable, knowledgeable and kind. You will not be disappointed.

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Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water

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