Canyon Rim Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Flat paved walking path for a nice walk. A bridge to stop and look into the canyon less than a quarter mile in.
Pleasant 5-mile rim circle conveniently starting and ending from Holiday Inn front door. South rim is paved. Cross highway at fire station and continued north rim which transitioned from paved to dirt path following airport fence. Side hikes available including Zip Line Trail with 15 switchbacks to canyon bottom- not included in my 5-mile rim hike.
Pleasant for what it is; this paved trail is easy and accessible for all types. Not strenuous in the slightest. It's a pretty decent running trail in addition to having great views into the canyons surrounding Los Alamos. Very little shade covering the trail. I recommend it around sunset, as it is relatively safe to walk there during the hours when it is getting darker, and it isn't as hot. Despite a lack of deciduous trees, this trail lights up with many oranges and reds in the fall.
Nice paved trail along rim. No elevation change, but a good walk. Nice 360 degree views. Wheelchair, dog friendly. Little shade so would recommend early am or sundown walk in a warm day. Enjoy!