Argentina Peak and Little Bonito Trail Loop

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White Mountain Wilderness

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 bird watching 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: 1,309 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

hiking
2 hours ago

Did this 5/20 weekend. Pretty but not super spectacular in my opinion. A nice loop trail and there’s plenty of areas where you can refill water if you bring a filter since the trail is parallel to a stream almost the whole time (except on the ridge)

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful Trail! One of my favorites in the area. Well marked, plenty of flowing water, rewarding views. Easy but challenging elevation changes and plenty of wildlife. Overall just a fantastic hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. We did it in reverse and liked that route. Tons of wild irises in bloom. My Apple Watch marked it at 7.5 miles. Trailhead and campground were very busy for the holiday weekend but we only saw a few groups of nice hikers on the trail.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! The trail is well marked and not too difficult. The dogs loved this trail as well.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail with the creek running by your side or sometimes crossing your trail. The terrain inclines around the peak and depending on the time of day, you may not get a lot of shade so make sure you pace yourself and bring enough water. The trail is not hard, but make sure you are sufficiently prepared. The peak and Crest trail are beautiful and you get a view of the entire area of Carrizozo, the Cibola National forest in the distance, and the Valley of Fire. If you venture off the Aregntina trail and Crest trail crossing northwest to a nearby cliff, you will be able to see White Sands. The path is clear and is not confusing.

hiking
27 days ago

Follows the river most of the way up and most of the way down. Great scenery the whole way. One of the best ones I've been on. My 10 year old did it with me and was fine.

Fantastic! Take layers as the weather can be unpredictable.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike in the area. I just did it in March 2020 and the river was so high there were a number of places that I was not able to cross on the little bonito. You have to cross over downed trees which is fine if you’re not afraid of heights and are sure footed. It definitely added to the difficulty making it hard and even scary . Especially after hiking up the Argentina. It’s also closer to 7 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, really exposes you to the diversity of the area. Lost of side trails if you want. Clear some is runnable areas that get a little loose. Beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

****JUST LOST MY DOG ON THIS TRAIL**** -> If anyone on this app is going to this trail and happens to find her please let me know thank you!! She is a medium to large size shepherd mix - has the shepherd coat colors but is short haired has on the right ear that will go up She’s amazingly sweet and friendly just loves chasing things while she out in nature. I had to leave my hiking buddy due to it getting late and dark and no response from her Great trail don’t take any short cuts and climb the rock! My dog and I had a little short picnic up there and then had to run the rest of the way down to beat the sunset

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Great hike with son, 16. There were a few bugs in just a couple of places, but not bad. Great views from Argentina Peak. Most of the trail is shaded, a little muddy at the top of trail 37. Some missing signs at the four way intersection, but not hard to figure out where to go. We just looked at the topography and stayed on the trails. Love the White Mtn Wilderness

Went with Hilary Mazzie Tennasyn Joel Cole debra Nancy. Boys went to elk Knoll for geocache. Fun.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful hike! We walked up Argentina canyon, gentle climb in the shade. The summit area is beautiful, the July wild flowers in full bloom. Found a shady spot to picnic and walked down Little Bonito canyon. Awesome day. Access is along a well-graded dirt road. Don’t be put off by the burnt trees along road.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail. Go the extra bit to the crest trail and back down little Bonita. It is well worth the hike. We saw a whole herd of elk on the Crest. Moderate hike.

horseback riding
11 months ago

Awesome, but very difficult.

Mon May 20 2019

beautiful trail, lots of views and was pretty lightly trafficked when I went

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Beautiful hike with stunning views.

Tue May 14 2019

Rode this several times during the week of the 2017 elections. zero Radio and Cell signal. trail is narrow and tough, but absolutely exceptional. as long as your horse is solid. not for the faint of heart. headed back in a few weeks. can't wait.

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

I would give this trail a 6 on a scale of 1 to 5, with the Clear Water portion giving it the bump from 5 to 6. The entire loop has good footing and is easy to follow, but note that there is no sign for Argentina Trail in the parking lot - the sign is a bit up the hill and not visible from the parking lot. Take the trail that goes up the hill from behind the bathroom at the end of the road; you’ll see the trail sign very shortly.

Amazing hike! The weather was perfect. There was still snow in spots and a little mud, but it added to really nice hike. There were a lot of downed trees from a wind storm a few weeks ago. It’s good to see the creeks running this spring. Some super exciting river crossing over dead trees made a lot of fun!

hiking
Sat Jan 12 2019

Excellent views and flora. Usually water at all the named Springs, and primitive campsites can be found throughout.

hiking
Tue Oct 30 2018

We hiked up to where the trail crosses with another, 1.3 Miles then turned around. Have done the whole hike before, and its a great one, but couldn’t make it today. It is a beautiful hike! The creeks are full and splashing. Gorgeous foliage. The hike is not difficult, but you do have 8 water crossings so prepare to get wet feet.

Wed Sep 12 2018

Tougher trail than we thought it would be. Many steep, rocky inclines and descents. That being said the view at the top is astounding! Close to 7 miles. Take your time and wear good hiking boots.

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

Great hike through trees and meadows. When you get to Argentina Peak, I highly encourage you to top the rock. It is a tough climb, but well worth it for the view and a great place to rest.

Sun Aug 19 2018

This was a fantastic hike and we highly recommend doing the loop. Don’t take the cut off stay the course and you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas. The map say 6 miles but it is really over 7 miles. Great hike.

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