Osha Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful trail through a fir forest with nice views of white sands from the western rim.
Great views and definitely good for the family!
We did it in winter, close to Christmas
3/4 of loop had ice, you will need a walking stick.
Nice trail, it will benefit from more signs.
It is a very nice trail for the hole family. Many spots for making photos or to take a break. Great with dogs and kids. There are no pokestops on trail, but many pokemons.
easy trail for the whole family. the kids had a great open area to play about 1.5 miles in.
great views. multicolor trees.
beautiful views for a short trail
Osha Trail is really meant to be a place for the whole family. It is easy and beautiful. It is very simple to reach. On US 82 highway, just before you arrive to the town of Cloudcroft NM, you will see the parking lot sign. The trail is marked as 2.1 miles long and the altitude gain is around 300 ft. You start climbing at the entrance of the trail until you reach an intersection. Not matter if you go right or left, just follow the signs and you will return to the same place later. Just be aware that part of the trail is shared with the one that goes to the Pines Campground. The reward is the lush forest of fir, aspen, pine and maple that you will encounter. The trail was named after the osha plant, an ancient medicinal herb (Chuchupaztle in Spanish). Being so close to town makes this trail very crowded. Some rain and a light thunder storm was part of the adventure at the end of the walk.
This was a fun trail! A really pretty meadow at one point. My dog loved it!
We did this without even knowing, because it's connected to another trail. Rocky but fun.