Baylor Canyon Pass Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 830 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



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. Day use fee for this trail is now $5

24 days ago

Hiked this mid April and the wild flowers are simply amazing. April-May you will encounter large fields of yellow wildflowers the first 2/10 of a mile of the trail. The trail itself is fun and and an easy incline. Baylor Pass is beautiful and from there you can look both East (towards White Sands) and West (towards Las Cruces. From the pass you can go to Baylor Peak, although I stopped at the pass.

3 months ago

Hiked this in early March with snow at higher elevations which made nice picture opportunities ! Well defined trail , beautiful area to hike in , only saw 4 people all day

3 months ago

Okay trail compared to the others you can do at this mountain. It is well marked not difficult. Finished it in about 2.5 hours

4 months ago

Cold and cloudy, but still a good hike. Trail is well marked and most of the grade is meandering switchbacks.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike in mid-January. Child friendly trail and beautiful scenery and photo opportunities.

6 months ago

Baylor Canyon Trail to the ridge south of the pass.

7 months ago

For those coming from El Paso, on I-25, take the NASA/baylor canyon pass exit and turn right on Baylor Canyon pass. Drive down about 3 miles until you find a parking lot on the left and a sign for the trail head. Only complaints is that the trail is difficult to follow for the first 2 miles as there are no markings. Great hike and elevation on the trail and wonderful views throughout. Perfect fall/winter hike, I think it'll be too hot in the summer as there is minimal shade for half of the trail. You will definitely get a workout in!

10 months ago

wonderful transitions of desert highlands

Fri Jun 07 2019

This trail had spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains. One of my favorites trails I’ve ever hiked because of the views and the fact that it is a very pleasant hike all around. It’s a good workout, but not so intense that you can’t enjoy yourself or wish it were over. Great photo opportunities.

Fri Mar 15 2019

Did this trail a week ago. Was going to go to the other side of the pass and back, but there was a brush fire that was put out near Baylor Peak and the fireman wouldn’t let us go back to Aguirre Springs. Luckily a guy from BLM gave us a ride back to our truck. Good hike though!

Sat Mar 02 2019

Nice trail. We were going to do the peak, but it was WAY too windy when we reached the pass. Still a nice hike to the pass. Trail is very easy to follow. And there are some nice views.

Fri Jan 04 2019

Update: Day use fee for this trail and Pine Tree Loop is now $5.

Wed Nov 21 2018

no shade. extremely hot if you are not from Las Cruces. if hiking in the summer, start at around 5:30am

Mon Nov 19 2018

great hike for a quick get away! great view on the top! no parking entrance fee and the trail is pet/children friendly. definitely do it again!

Sat Aug 04 2018

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

Sun Jul 22 2018

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.

Sat Apr 28 2018

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.

Sat Mar 10 2018

This trail is great, lots of variety on the walkway. About halfway up there's a big flat rock & shade, perfect area for lunch. Once we got to the top it was very windy but also a really good area to rest up there. We came across a little running water also.

Mon Jan 08 2018

January's weather is just like spring with gusts

Wed Sep 06 2017

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.

Thu May 25 2017

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

Thu Mar 23 2017

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.

Sat Mar 04 2017

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.

Fri Feb 03 2017

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.

Thu Oct 27 2016

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

Mon Jul 04 2016


Mon Mar 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.

Fri Dec 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.

Sat Jun 06 2015

Easier than the West Pass. I would also recommend this direction if you take the complete one-way hike. The additional hike to the peak is strenuous if you are not use to hiking above 5000'. I made it to 6600 but had to give up on the final push to the true peak as I was alone.

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