Bar Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Hike through a narrowing canyon to a natural water fall. Begin the hike at the trailhead. Stay to the right, follow the trail counter-clockwise. At 1.5 miles there is a junction where the trail divides. You can follow the loop to the left, or continue straight ahead to the old rock house and the waterfall. At 1.63 miles you reach the old rock house. Continue down this trail to the waterfall. The trail will head to the right, up a small hill, then left into a narrow dead-end canyon. The waterfall is all the way back. To finish the loop, return the the junction where the trail divided. Turn right, and follow the trail back to the trailhead.
We read the reviews (which mentions that small kids and elderly people can easily walk this trail) and that it was rated at level 'easy.' We expected a paved walk, but it was gravel. We understand kids can walk it because it's flat and it's not like you have to do rockclimbing, but looking back we didn't think it was super easy. We took a few hours getting to the waterfall and back, so that alone for us made it harder than easy (but not challenging either). We walked during the hottest part of the day and we had to take some breaks.
Views were great, plants and mountains beautiful, nice breeze. Our favorite part was walking back when the sun was going down. Take flashlights just in case you hang out at the waterfall longer than you expected. Waterfall, by the way, is maybe half a meter wide, at most, when we went there in March. People without this app asked us where to go a few times.
Awesome day hike. Waterfall in the middle of the Dessert, pretty surreal. Home-spoiled dogs got worn out and woke up with sore pads.
Took my 8 year old and my fit 70 year old father there. It was a great hike and was glad to see a waterfall at the end. On a scale of one to ten (one being easy and 10 being hardest) id give it a 3.5.
Great trail to start the day
Easy, could probably mtn bike most of it.
Very nice trail, not to long not difficult, specially to enjoy it with the family. I did it with my granddaughter Natalia 9. All the trail has beautiful views, but when you arrive to the small waterfall, the view of the canyon is fantastic. This shaded area invites you to rest and contemplate the beautiful mountains. We will definitely go back again and walk the entire loop as shown on the map at the entrance of the trail.
Nice hike with a waterfall halfway through. Love this trail!
This is one of my favorite hikes in the Las Cruces area!
Beautiful views and easy trail. If you have younger kids the north trail is a great starter trail, more of a nature walk. For those seeking to challenge they're kids or to get a nice little workout, do the entire loop and head south(right) at the fork. I have brought my kids several times over since they were 7, they are now 11. It's a fun trail that'll let everyone have some fun. Tip: Try and go a day after a good rain or snow if the only reason you're going is for the waterfall!