Deadman Peaks is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cuba, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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.
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.