Fisher community Trail
Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
The Fisher Trail provides a beautiful location for walkers who want a wilderness experience within walking distance of the center of Cuba. It begins at a parking area on the Cubita Road 1 mile north of the NM 197 junction. The trail follows contours of the side of a tree covered mesa uphill and downhill until it crosses a large arroyo. It then climbs to a ridge that leads to the nearest corner of Santa Fe National Forest. Cairns (large rock pile markers) end at this point. Ambitious hikers can continue through a break in the cliff to the top of Cuba Mesa. The trail crosses from pinon~juniper woodland to ponderosa-oak forest and provides striking views of sandstone cliffs, the Nacimiento Mountains and the Village of Cuba. Wildlife sightings are frequent here. Bring water.
Rito san jose trail
Distance: 1.0 mile
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
The Rito San Jose Trail provides a nice location for walkers who want a natural river terrace experience within walking distance of the center of Cuba. It begins at a parking area on the Cubita Road 1 mile north of the NM 197 junction and across from the Fisher Community Trail parking area. The trail runs east over a sage covered flat across a small drainage and then to the rim of a small canyon. Hikers can continue down a slope to a figure-of-eight loop along the willow-covered river terrace. The trail provides beautiful views of Cuba Mesa and the Nacimiento Mountains. The river terrace is a great place for early morning and late afternoon birdwatching. Bring water and a snack.