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My wife and I are interested in doing a three day, two night snowshoe backpack in New Mexico. We are very experienced backpackers but this will be our first time on showshoes so a short hike is what we have in mind. Staying at the same camp both nights will be fine. Do any of you have a suggestion for a hike in the Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos area? I'm also interested in the Gila but snow may be iffy there. Thanks!
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The Pecos River comes immediately to mind because there are a lot of nice wide trails.  Heading up Jacks Creek towards Pecos Baldy would be great. But you don't even have to get that far out of town - lots of hiking trails near Santa Fe. Also great trails from Taos Ski Valley.
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Too far east for any suggestions from me, Zion is about my limit...

Have you camped on snowpack before? It's a bit different so worth anticipating the changes. Lots of fun. On winter in general I often get caught on how short the days are compared to my summer trips.

Oh and even though it's winter and you don't see any people your usual water treatment routine is prudent.
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The Pecos River comes immediately to mind because there are a lot of nice wide trails.  Heading up Jacks Creek towards Pecos Baldy would be great. But you don't even have to get that far out of town - lots of hiking trails near Santa Fe. Also great trails from Taos Ski Valley.

I second the suggestion of Jack's Creek--that's a real nice hike.  If you can't get all the way to Pecos Baldy Lake, there's nice camping just beyond the Jack's Creek Crossing, or near the top of Round Mountain before the Jack's Creek Crossing. (But you'd have to melt snow for water there.)

Nearby, Hamilton Mesa to Beatty's Flat is a spectacular easy hike, with great views from atop Hamilton Mesa, but I don't know if the road to that trailhead is plowed in winter--I suspect that it is not, because it is a 4WD road. (I have done in in a 2wd sedan, but I'd never do that again.)

You can also reach Beatty's Flat from the Jack Creek trailhead.
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