Picacho Canyon Loop Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Picacho Canyon Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
439 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


The Canyon Loop Trail is one of the trails at Picacho Peak inside of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. From the trailhead (32.32631, -106.89155) walk down 0.2 miles until you will reach the intersection with the trail that goes to the peak, but you do not go there, so here turn to your right and take the trail that goes near the arroyo. On the next mile you can walk by the arroyo or on the trail, you will enjoy the sandy way and the beautiful rocks of the canyon. The trail is well marked and also has several post signs indicating the direction. At about a mile this trail turns to your left and continues by the side of the mountain for about another mile. In this section, you will enjoy a beautiful vista of the Picacho Mountain to your left, the Robledo Mountain in front of you and the beautiful Organ Mountains to your right. At about the mile 2, you will arrive to an intersection with another trail that goes to the peak, turn to your right and continue on the side of the mountain for about 0.2 of a mile, then turn to your left (you will see a post sign here) and walk down until you reach the Box Canyon, then turn to your left again. Box Canyon goes around the mountain, and most of the time you will walk by the sandy road, which is a very nice experience. Stop for a moment and enjoy this beautiful area, you will love it. At about the mile 3 do not walk by the Box Canyon trail, continue walking to your left by the arroyo around the mountain, you will see a post sign there. Then you will arrive to the same intersection you arrived at the beginning of the walk, turn to you right and walk up until the point you started. Following the post signs, this trail is near the 5 miles long, be prepared to enjoy a stunning landscape view with arroyos, rocks, beautiful flowers and desert plants, and do not be afraid of the cows, they are very peaceful.

4 months ago

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

5 months ago

Did this trail on a beautiful March morning. Nice breeze but not too windy. We are newbs to hiking but this was a very confusing trail. There are multiple trails at this location. Many of the trail markers are knocked down. And for your first time out there that makes it very confusing!! There are lots of sandy parts that make for tough walking, flat so not that, but you sink into sand a lot. So that’s something to keep in mind if you want to avoid that. Overall it was a beautiful hike, scenario is pretty, and the cows are friendly!! :-)

6 months ago

This trail is either really Sandy or rocky. not too steep, mostly flat. It is easy to get off trail tho as some of the markers are knocked down. Theres lots of cows & cow poop.

7 months ago

I have hiked several sections of this trail during the winter . Fairly easy trail to walk on. Sandy in places but not difficult. Very nice rock formation.

9 months ago

I have been in the Picacho Mountain trails several times, and this time, I invited my granddaughter Natalia to hike with me by this beautiful canyon and arroyo around the mountain. It was a very pleasant day of October, we enjoyed a lot walking by the sandy arroyo and seating on the rocks to contemplate the beautiful landscape and watch some jackrabbits run. Next time we will walk up to the peak.

4 months ago

5 months ago