Best Trails in New Mexico

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New Mexico, Rio Arriba County

01 :24 hrs
2.8 mi
186.61389 ft

Chimney Rock trail is located in Ghost Ranch, NM. The trailhead sign and archway for the most popular hike is located behind the Museums, past Corral Block complex. Cross the arroyo and follow the trail up the ridge. From the top there is an excellent view of the Piedra Lumbre Basin. The hike is 1.5-2 hrs and has wonderful views.


New Mexico, Sierra County

00 :10 hrs
0.4 mi
11.779053 ft

This campground is dispersed camping on the shore of Elephant Butte Lake. There is a variety of recreation on both water and land. The overnight fee is $8. This campground is dispersed camping on the shore of Elephant Butte Lake. There are no assigned sites so set up where you want. There is a variety of recreation on both water and land. The overnight fee is $8. A portable toilet is required unless you camp within 500 yards of a facility. Drinking water and showers are available on a long walk or short drive. Fires are allowed, but are seasonal and are illegal with a wind more than 20mph, when they raise an orange flag at the marina.


New Mexico, Albuquerque

00 :53 hrs
2.4 mi
34.16504 ft

One of five trails in the Petroglyphs National Monument, the Rinconada Canyon Trail will take you through prehistoric and historic petroglyphs.This trail is a loop, although you can always walk back the way you came and see just how many petroglyphs you may have missed! The art here ranges from the Ancestral Pubelo around 500 years ago, to ranchers less than 100 years ago. Dogs are allowed on leash. No entrance fees are required. Stop by the visitors center, just a little further up the road to get detailed maps and information.


New Mexico, Sandoval County

00 :29 hrs
1.1 mi
15.380127 ft

Redondo Campground is a popular campground that is situated high in the Ponderosa pines of Santa Fe National Forest just north of Albuquerque. The campground includes 62 sites for tent, trailers, and RVs up to 30 feet in length. Sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and vault toilets. There is no drinking water available within the campground. Sites are available first come, first serve and are $10 per night per vehicle.


New Mexico, Taos County

04 :01 hrs
13.9 mi
891.3801 ft

Get ready to climb up to this beautiful glacial lake, just below Gold Hill. The ride up to the lake, for the first 7 miles, is quite the slog, and much of it is on some loose rocky soil - the trail is very easy to follow though, as it is an old jeep trail. Keep an eye out for vehicles, as they do still use this road. You will climb your way past old cabins, abandoned mines, and a number of spur trails before you reach the lake. Take a break and enjoy before you start your descent alongside Goose Creek on a fantastic single track. There are a number of stream crossings and the track is tight in places, and you will thoroughly enjoy the well earned downhill back to your starting point.


New Mexico, Otero County

01 :40 hrs
4.8 mi
13.661621 ft

Hike through the beautiful and stark White Sands National Monument along the Alkali Flats Trail, where you will get some stunning views of the giant dunes made of gypsum sand. This is one of the few designated trails in the monument, but you are more than welcome to wander around as long as you are back to the trailhead by sunset. Keep an eye out for white posts with orange tops to keep yourself on the trail. Be sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and sunglasses, as the bright white sand reflects the harsh desert sun and makes it quite toasty. There is a $3 entrance fee per person. No mountain bikes allowed. Dogs allowed on leash.


New Mexico, Dona Ana County

02 :03 hrs
4.9 mi
202.3894 ft

Dripping Springs was once a bustling resort village, started in the 1870's by Confederate Civil War veteran Eugene Van Patten. Hike around the area on the well maintained trails to see the old, dilapidated buildings of the Van Patten Resort and Boyd Sanatorium and to get a feel for this hidden oasis in the desert. This hike will take you along the base of the Organ Mountains, through arroyos and grasslands filled with abundant wildlife and up into Fillmore Canyon, where you will see a waterfall. Dripping Springs is also known for it's "weeping walls" and lush, oasis-like atmosphere. This trail system is not great for mountain bikes, although they are allowed. There is a $3 day use fee per vehicle at the parking lot.


New Mexico, Otero County

00 :09 hrs
0.2 mi
2.105957 ft

Easy trex boardwalk into the dunes.There are numerous educational stations. Suitable for any level. Don't go on windy days.


New Mexico, Bernalillo County

06 :04 hrs
8.4 mi
1171.1565 ft

The La Luz Trail climbs from the base of the Sandia mountains all the way up to the peak, so be prepared for a challenging trek. That is why this loop ends with a nice, 15 minute scenic tram ride back down to your starting point. If you wish, however, you can go back the way you came, or make it a shuttle - leaving a parked car at either end. This trail will lead you to spectacular views amid an immense amount of switchbacks used to ease the rapid elevation gain. Enjoy the giant granite slabs and boulders that are the Sandia Mountains while hiking over talus slopes and above lush, vegetated valleys. One-way tram tickets can be purchased at either end for $12/person, and it usually runs from 9 am - 5 pm. There is a parking fee of $1 to park at the Sandia Peak Tramway grounds. Because this is in the wilderness, mountain bikes are not allowed. This trail is listed as no dogs, due to the fact that they are not allowed on the tram down.


New Mexico, Santa Fe

00 :36 hrs
1.5 mi
31.716064 ft

Take an easy hike through the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve and enjoy one of the last bits of unspoiled riparian habitat in Santa Fe. This is an excellent hike for birders, over 140 species have been noted in the area. This habitat is known as a bosque, or riverside forest, and is very rare. There are interpretive signs all along the hike, explaining what you are seeing. No bikes or pets allowed.

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