Copper Canyon Trail

HARD 4 reviews
#30 of 45 trails in

Copper Canyon Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Magdalena, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles
3284 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


5 months ago

To find the trailhead follow the signs toward the Water Canyon Group Campground, then stay left through a cattle guard up an unmarked dirt road – rutted and rocky – about .6 mile. Trail is shady, wide, gravelly, and gradual on lower part; rocky and steeper up high – no surprise – but we did not do the final climb - no views before that as you are in a tight valley. Appears to be an Ideal mountain bike trail (I don't bike). No water on lower part in September, but numerous small still pools up high. As far as “for very experienced adventurers”, I’d call it easy on the lower part and moderate up high. Water Canyon road is open and drive-able to the top – bikers might consider riding up that road, crossing over and coming down Copper Canyon Trail. Recommend looking at the Forest Service maps too.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantastic hike, but a little hot in June. The Copper Canyon (Trail 10) was beautiful and shady. Coming down on the other side of the ridge (Trail 11) was very hot and sunny.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Beautiful views! I love this area.

3 months ago