The dry, dramatic mountains above Las Cruces peak at The Needles, over 9000 feet in elevation. Spread out across the area are such features as the Dripping Springs Natural Area at the old Cox Ranch, the 57 site Aguirre Springs campground, the Soledad Canyon Day Use Area and numerous trails. Some - like the Baylor Pass National Recreation Trail and the Pine Tree Loop Trail - offer stunning views of both the Rio Grande Valley and the Tularosa Basin to the east. To the south is the Sierra Vista trail, a 27-mile mountain bike and equestrian trail that extends to the Texas border. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic driving, wildlife viewing.
Nice trail, many old buildings to look at with informative signage along the way. Great views. Combined with La Cueva to make a longer loop this trail was perfect for working up an appetite before lunch in Mesilla. Limited wildlife viewing considering the gravel. Difficult to see the spring area unless you travel a bit further.
It's beautiful here. While the mountains are not big, they look stunning. I was awestruck by the rock formations and vegetation. The trail is wide, lined with gravel. It's rocky around the historic buildings so wear hiking boots. There are shaded benches for breaks along the trail and a picnic table and bathroom near the historic sites. There is a waterfall called Dipping Springs in the canyon. Used to be a resort in the 1800s and later became a sanitarium for TB patients.
Very nice trail, not to long not difficult, specially to enjoy it with the family. I did it with my granddaughter Natalia 9. All the trail has beautiful views, but when you arrive to the small waterfall, the view of the canyon is fantastic. This shaded area invites you to rest and contemplate the beautiful mountains. We will definitely go back again and walk the entire loop as shown on the map at the entrance of the trail.
One of my favorite hiking areas near Alamogordo and Las Cruces. Very well maintained trails, wide with crushed gravel, easy walking. Lovely visitor station. Beautiful basin views, wonderful place for pictures picnic, wildlife, history and family outings.