This scenic village along the Rio Santa Barbara and beneath Jicarita Peak (12,835ft) is the gateway to the less-crowded northern side of the Pecos Wilderness. You'll find trailheads at nearby Santa Barbara Campground. From there, it's possible to access the Skyline Trail, a multiday backpacking loop that traverses above-treeline ridges and can include ascents of Truchas Peak (13,102ft), New Mexico's second-highest, and Jicarita; both are nontechnical walk-ups.
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