Deadman Peak is a 51.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Mateo, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 51.6 miles Elevation Gain: 5,370 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

running

views

wildlife

rocky

This trail travels along the edge of San Luis Mesa offering excellent views of Cabezon Peak and the other volcanic formations in the middle Rio Puerco Valley. The trail is well marked with cairns and the occasional Continental Divide Trail insignia punched into tin markers. The terrain is mostly juniper-pinon forest in red sandstone surroundings. About five miles from the trailhead the trail drops down from the top of the mesa to the base. It follows the base of the mesa for another two miles to Lumber road where you can have another vehicle waiting. Lumber road is also a dirt road that is best driven by a 4WD vehicle.

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rocky
1 month ago

The previous review from a year ago said it was on private property. The reviewer must have been in the wrong place as it's definitely not private property and there were no private property signs around. The trail is clearly marked by Cairns every 30 feet or so. Fantastic views from the top of the mesa! A very easy hike with the last bit on a road back to your car.

Tue Mar 12 2019

Don’t do it!!!! You dead end into private property. No trespassing signs. Drove from Albuquerque and about 1.5 hours of driving we had to turn around and go somewhere else.

hiking
Mon Feb 11 2013

Great trail I ran across skimming through the 60 hikes in 60 miles book. It's very well marked by the actual path and also cairns. I was pressed for time so had to turn back after a couple miles in. If I am correct this trail may continue non stop almost to Cuba NM. I did hike a portion of this trail just south of Cuba the year before. I'm only rating at moderate because of some elevation change. I doubt it's more than a few hundred feet.

hiking
1 month ago

running
Sat Nov 04 2017