Hike or Ski Your Way Through 'Lone Survivor's' New Mexico Filming Locations
To recreate images from the book Lone Survivor, based on the 2005 Military Operation known as Operation Red Wings, the movie's producers traveled across New Mexico, to find some of the state's most remote locations.
Among them were the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just north of Santa Fe. The movie's crew and actors, including Mark Wahlberg, took chairlifts and walked miles into the wooded mountains to recreate the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
But, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains aren't just great for recreating far off locations, they're also one of the most popular camping and skiing areas in the Southwest.
In the summer, the 10 mile Aspen Vista is the most hiked trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In the winter, cross-country skiers of all ages also hit this trail while downhill skiers gravitate to Ski Santa Fe. The ski area has rentals and lessons for beginners and dozens of challenging trails for the pros. Half day passes start at $54, access to the hiking trails is free.
For more information, visit sdcmountainworks.com or skisantafe.com.