Benson Canyon Trail

EASY 7 reviews
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Benson Canyon Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles
1,620 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


trail running





wild flowers


The trail is also named T5005. You will find some intersections with other trails but continue on T5005 until you arrive to the other trailhead at Benson Ridge Rd. The trail is in good condition, rocky in some sections but not difficult to walk, steep but not too much. The last half of a mile is the steeper section of the entire trail, but it does not worry much because many beautiful aspen trees welcome you to the last part of the trail. Big part of the trail you walk under the shade of the beautiful pine trees, admiring the beauty of the mountains, arroyos, and all the plants and flowers normal during this rainy season. It is fascinating the quaking aspen trees sound. It is possible that during your journey butterflies of all colors will be accompanying you. Also, hawks, squirrels and birds will welcome you to this amazing place.

4 months ago

It’s a wide trail looks as if atv’s use it often. We always take a small and medium sized dogs so it was a nice trail to take them on. We didn’t see a soul out there the entire trail. It’s all up hill going in and downhill all the way out. Very nice scenery.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Amazing trail in the middle of the forest! I loved walking under the shade of the pine trees and admire the spectacular scenery. During most of the journey, butterflies were flying near me, like telling me that I was welcome to their home. Listening also the quaking aspen trees was a very pleasing moment. All the trail is steep but not much, only the last half of a mile is steeper. The weather was nice, although is rainy season, it was only cloudy part of the day, so, it was a fantastic hiking day!

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