Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Enjoyable hike with pretty views. Trail is well-marked. It is uphill for the first half, but not too steep or difficult. We finished in about 3 hours going at a leisurely place and stopping for lots of pics.

Awesome views and trail. Bring your water did this early and enjoyed the sunrise. Bit of a challenge but trail in good condition.

hiking
7 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails in Aguirre Springs. Although it was a rainy day, we enjoyed a lot the astonishing vistas of the pine tree forest and the rock formations, a wonderful landscape!

hiking
17 days ago

Slightly tricky to find trailhead, it's near the group sites, and the trail fades in and out a bunch and is somewhat overgrown. My legs were a little scraped up from the overgrowth. however it had some great views. if I were to do it again, I would take the Sugarloaf route at the sign as the route more towards pine crest loop trail wasn't as interesting.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. 2 1/2 hours stopping for lots of pictures. Take breaks! went early saw the sunrise on the drive to and that alone worth it. Not a soul around, nice. Wear hike boots.

I thought this hike was very challenging but not one of my favorite hikes around Cruces although it did offer beautiful views. The hard part begins once you go past Baylor Canyon Pass and start up the peak. The way down is even more difficult because of the steepness and loose rocks. I was really wishing I had trekking poles. Bring lots of food and water and wear long pants. There are plenty of cacti just waiting to stab you especially going up the peak.

I started from Aguirre Springs and my fitness device read the distance as closer to 8 miles round trip, not 5.5 miles like this app says. It took me considerably longer than I thought it would. Start early. The trail was difficult to follow at times. Be really careful at the rock scramble toward the end. A lot of those large rocks are not stable and could fall on you if you’re not careful. I was about 0.5 miles away from the summit and turned around because a large rock almost fell on me. Do not underestimate this hike. It’s one of the more challenging ones I’ve done in this area.

I only gave it 3 stars because of the cacti, the trail being difficult to follow, and the steepness.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, make sure you have 5 dollars exactly to pay for parking at the station, it has to be left in an envelope. It's very easy to get off the trail, so pay attention.

This is the second time I have done this beautiful trail and again I loved hiking and admiring the mountains and rocks of this wonderful place. The trail is long but it is worth it, I enjoyed a lot.

God is good !!!

Really enjoyed this trail. It was so hot, but the views the whole way made it worth it.

Beautiful scenery! Great to do early in the AM. Some parts were strenuous, but overall good hike! Breathtaking view at the highest elevation.

Nice moderate hike with beautiful scenery and an awesome view from the summit where you can see both El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Beware of rattlesnakes in summer and fall.

First time here and it couldn’t have been better! Easy enough my wife and mother finished it, yet challenging enough that my cousin and I were able to enjoy it. We went at two different paces which makes it great for all levels of experience.

Great trail! Not to be taken lightly though. My friend and I took our 3 dogs expecting it to be much easier than it was and ended up using all of our water on our dogs and not much on our selves. But still a great hike and amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

I love it. Going up the trail, is quite a workout. Great views to enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

Great two hour hike in late afternoon.

Well-maintained trail with spectacular views of the mountains. The drive to the trailhead is worth the trip alone. 95% of the trail is in full sun, but there are patches of shade to rest in. Dog friendly and lots of birds.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail with lots of shade.

nature trips
4 months ago

Great hike with a variety of scenery. Trail starts in the desert and scrub, but by the halfway point you're in a nice forested area with plenty of shade. Great wildlife to photograph, as well!

very nice hike!! make sure you have shoes with good traction. the trail was a little difficult to follow, use common sense, but the views were spectacular! it was a good hard hike!!

hiking
5 months ago

What a gem! The views are fantastic wherever you look! The hike was challenging at times with large rocks to navigate. Be prepared by wearing good hiking boots as part of the trail is quite slippery due to sand and small stones. Numerous points along the trail to stop and appreciate! Found that going to the left or clockwise is preferable. Hope to return again for sure

hiking
5 months ago

Great morning hike!! Some areas were a little challenging for my dog, but overall it's a beautiful hike! Lots of shaded areas to stop and rest and take in the amazing views!

Great view of the Organ mountains and a nice variety of terrain. Enough elevation to be a workout, but nothing that would prohibit the whole family from enjoying.

Beautiful hike. It was crazy to see such greenery in the desert. Some great views. Hike was fairly moderate. At the start of the trail if you go right first it is a little more challenging cause u are climbing and if you go left first it is a steady climb but subtle.

The trail was interesting, flowering Cacti and stunning rock formations and desert landscape. Was mostly in the sun the entire hike which was as noted: moderate, it was long for me as I am not an avid hiker. Never saw rattlesnake or much of any wildlife creatures, beetles...heard an owl and until I returned near to the parking lot, was greeted by cows' and a bull blocking, for a moment... the path. Some areas of the hike slowed me down as it was more difficult terrain, and on the way back lost the trail but after testing a few I found my way. at what I understood to be the end of the trail, A flat area with beautiful views overlooking the White Sands base and beyond as well Las Cruces and beyond. I noticed somewhat of a trail continuing up to a higher peak and I attempted to follow, I got about 3/4 of the way up it and had to throw in the towel... UGH ! I slid coming down and scraped myself up abit. The trail going back was not much faster as it is gravelly and cumbersome. I only rested about 15 minutes the entire trail... I started at 1:20 and returned at 7:40, I'm 61 and in So-so shape...I brought fruit and water, found a hiking stick along the way. Binoculars would have been nice. Wear a hat and use Sunscreen. cell phone worked always-Verizon anyway.

Beautiful hike! Haven't hiked in a while. This hike was a bit difficult going up but with plenty of hydration and energy snacks, we made it through.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with amazing views over White Sands. Very quite and peaceful hike. Takes about 2hrs.

Update to my review from last weekend: today we hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. As I mentioned in my last review, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

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