Baylor Canyon Pass Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Baylor Canyon Pass Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.3 miles
980 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Hike from the foot hills, along tree-covered trails to a mountain pass. The sign is the trailhead. Follow the main trail west. There is little chance of losing the trail. The trail will switchback up the canyon. At about 2.0 miles you reach Baylor Pass. Return via the reverse route.

7 days ago

17 days ago

Beautiful little short hike beginning on a gentle slope of tall grass and wildflowers that starts to wind through a gradually ascending rocky footpath. I didn't summit Baylor Peak but climbed a rocky prominence beneath it. Gorgeous place to watch the sun set. One word of advice--watch for rattlers..Lots of big snakes especially if hiking near dusk.

21 days ago

4 months ago

Awesome trail , beautiful views , birds and flowers , catch the sunset atop the rocks from the campground ,easy trail to follow , well worth the distance..

5 months ago

6 months ago

Baylor Canyon Pass trail tops my list of trails in the Las Cruces area. With inspiring views, peaceful silence, wildlife, and a well maintained yet rugged trail, you can't go wrong.

6 months ago

This trail is well maintained and easily navigated. The views from almost every turn is breathtaking. To view images along the trail, scroll to my downloaded hike and click on each of the red dots along the trail.

7 months ago

7 months ago

7 months ago

I enjoyed this hike thoroughly! From Baylor to Aguirre and back in about 6 hrs, that includes a 45 min lunch break. The views are great, and its not very challenging, but distance is probably not ideal for beginners.

7 months ago

9 months ago

10 months ago

Have only hiked this trail part of the way. Maybe I'll hike the whole trail,

11 months ago

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Just hiked the Baylor Pass Trail from the Aguirre Springs campground on the east side of the Organ Mountains. This is an awesome well maintained trail with a gradual elevation gain around a 1,000 ft. to the pass. A lot more trees and vegetation on this trail compared to the west side trail which connects at the pass.
At around two miles you reach the top of the pass and is a good place to stop and take in the views. The city of Las Cruces to the west and the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument to the east. I would recommend a good walking stick or trekking poles due to several places with loose slippy rocks. I would rate this hike as easy to moderate and is one of my favarotie trails in the area.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Great hike but you definetly need to be in semi decent shape. We did the whole loop and it took us a littlt over 3 hours. At the end we were exhausted. Didnt see any wildlife but did see lots of tracks. Cool scenery with some ice at the top of the trail.