Northwest of Sante Fe and south of Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument has some great hiking opportunities through riparian ecosystem. From the visitor center, head down Faijoles Canyon 2 miles to the spectacular Lower and Upper Falls. For a longer 20 mile loop, head to Yapashi Pueblo via Painted Cave and return via the Alamo Rim Trail.
To reach the trailhead from Santa Fe, take US 84/285 north 13 miles to SR 502, exit onto SR 4, and proceed to the monument entrance and follow signs to the Visitor Center.
Note: the actual trails in the monument are not named and are usually unsigned. It is strongly encouraged to purchase a large scale topographic map of the region prior to hiking.
Overall, Alamo Rim Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.