Argentina Peak and Little Bonito Trail Loop

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Argentina Peak and Little Bonito Trail Loop is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nogal, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1309 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Do not take the shortcut that connects Argentina and Bonito before getting to the summit. If you do so you’d miss the best part of the hike and the stunning views of the desert on the western side of the mountain range.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday in about 2 hours. great trail, amazing views, not too rugged. As a local this is one of my favorite loops to do. In mid November the weather wasn't too cold yet. however early in the morning and closers to sunset could potentially be very cold this time of year.

backpacking
6 months ago

Fantastic views, backpacked for 2 nights. Mostly easy water access.
Dropped to 25 degrees second night.
Trail well marked, some moderate climbing.
Great trip.

7 months ago

Great trail, variety of terrain and sights. Easy to navigate, well traveled and marked.

7 months ago

Great hike!

9 months ago

Just finished this today with my wife and 9 and 10 year old. We went big Bonita-little Bonita-crest-Argentina. Had a great time. Girls were getting tired towards the end of the uphill but rallied on the way down and the views were fantastic.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice views. Well marked trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved the trail. We went up Little Bonito, and down Argentina Canyon. As someone said, don't take the crossover trail- you will miss all the views, and it isn't really that much further to go to the peak.

backpacking
9 months ago

We did this trail over two days and camped off the trail one night. It's a nice hike - the incline isn't too tough. We went up the Argentina side and down the Big Bonito side. The water crossings were pretty low, but there was some water available on both sides of the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked today. We went up Argentina, crossed at Crest Ridge, and returned via Bonito. It's a very good hike and my husband and I, both in our mid 60'S had no problems with the incline. The USFS map shows the Crest Ridge section as "difficult", but it was actually the easiest section of the trail. Gorgeous views at the top! There were several stream crossings coming down but they were all shallow and easy to cross. We stopped to soak our tired tootsies at one! Trails were very well maintained. FS Road 107 is also in pretty good shape.

10 months ago

Good hike. A little elevation with thinner air to breathe for those of us used to sea level. Our 6 mile turned to 8 because we accidentally took the cut through and didn't want to so we doubled back. The view from the back side is gorgeous. Skip the cut through and do the whole loop!

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Had an amazing experience! Glad we got to travel up there and explore.
Lots to see while taking the trail!

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful Hike! There are several Forks and options to take other trails. We'll maintained, great views and a moderately challenging hike.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

this by far is one of my favorite trails in the area. enjoy the view once you hit the Crest Trail. I could spent all day there!

horseback riding
Monday, August 01, 2016

Took Argentina Canyon Trail to the top, Hit Crest Trail and down Little Bonito. The views at the top of Argentina were awesome !

hiking
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Just beginning to explore this area. Lots of trails and very beautiful. Planning on some over nights this spring/summer.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

My son and I had a furlough from Roswell. Took this hike based on All Trails recommendation. It was a good choice. Beautiful day. Saw no other hikers. Went clockwise up Bontinta Canyon trail to cutoff and down Argentina Canyon.

hiking
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It was a beautiful and easy hike.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beautiful views from the top. Remnants of campfires from backpackers. Also saw plenty of bones (deer probably) while exploring. Cool geocache up there, too. Connects with Crest Trail at the top. Steady uphill on the way up, but not too difficult.

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Really great trail. Cut over to Argentina from the Crest Trail. Views at the top were beautiful even considering the burn scars. Recent rains have left the hills green and lush. The wild iris and indian paint brush were blooming. The creek was full and gurgling. We only met one other couple along the trail. Start early as it gets warm at the top. Carry your trail map to link up with other trails. Current maps available at the Ranger Station at Cedar Creek show closed trails.

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Very nice trail will beautiful scenery. Water runs along most of the trail. My dogs loved running through it and getting wet. This trail is also used for horseback riding.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Great trail! Almost the entire trail runs along a stream until you begin to zig-zag your way out of the canyon through a few switchbacks towards the top. It is a very tough hike if you're not used to the altitude. The trail is a steady incline nearly the whole way until you reach the top. But once there, there are lots of nice places to rest and have lunch among the trees with great views! Also at the top Junction point there is a no trail peak worth the climb.

hiking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This trail was very lovely! Most of it runs parallel to a little stream and is saturated with trees most of the time. There are some horse stables located down the road from the trailhead and judging by the amount of horse droppings on the trail, the Argentina Canyon trail is also frequented by horseback riders so watch your step!

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