Fillmore Canyon Trail

moderate 129 reviews

Fillmore Canyon Trail is a 3.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.4 km Elevation Gain: 137 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Hike thru Desert Valley to Fillmore Canyon. After paying at the visitor's center, drive west on the service road to the trailhead at the La Cueva Picnic area. At about 0.15 miles you reach a fork in the trail. Take the left fork. At about 0.75 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail on the left. Follow this trail to the end at about 1.1 miles. Enjoy the water fall but please remember it is a delicate area. After leaving the water fall return via reverse route - OR - continue on the Crawford Trail to the visitor's center to make it a longer hike.

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rocky
16 days ago

Very easy yet fun hike. The trail was just amazing and it's just such a fun one to take someone who doesn't hike on.

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2 months ago

Great little hike! This is an easy out and back trail that is very visually rewarding. It has been cold the last couple of weeks and the snow up in dark canyon is slowly melting which left the waterfall on this hike frozen over but dripping as the sun come out. Bring a picnic, take a youngster or an older family member to get them out in nature

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2 months ago

Did this in December weather was sunny in 50’s made it enjoyable since not much shade here , Waterfall was trickling from recent rain , nice trail with historical sites

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3 months ago

Steep, loose, with much erosion. Lots of elevation change over relatively short distance. Route finding can be challenging at times --especially after dark.

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3 months ago

Holy cow.........but I'm a smoker and out of shape the views were amazing and the trail overall was wonderful but difficult

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4 months ago

Our route was partially on an old, abandoned trail. We picked up quite a bit of trash. Please do not attempt the Needle Summit without experienced hikers. There are a number of old, partial trails that cause people to get lost. Also, the crux move isn’t very difficult, but some have significant problems. The old rope isn’t in a good position and using it creates a false sense of safety.

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4 months ago

Great trail with incredible views. If you don't see the falls and you think your at the end look to the left and you will see a narrow path that takes you there

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4 months ago

I have done this trail a few times and had always seen the small waterfall with water, although not with much water. This time I went with my daughters and grandchildren but the waterfall was dry, even so, we really enjoyed this hike and, the visit to La Cueva, very interesting!

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5 months ago

Apache / Mansos Territories

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5 months ago

Nice and easy, not even moderate, just the heat makes it tough. Fairly flat and level, nothing too steep, but boots better than sneakers because of gravel. The canyon itself is worth the hike, and is nice and cool and shaded. Good eye candy if you like rocks.

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5 months ago

This is a great trail for views of the Organs and fairly easy for a range of ability levels. Take a detour to La Cueva to elongate this hike a bit, and see an old cave dwelling with some literature about 'El Ermitano' a Justinian monk who inhabited the area over a century ago. Behind the rock structure that La Cueva lies within, Filmore canyon is less than a mile. The canyon offers great shaded areas & was a little overgrown this time of year so we walked the creek bed. The falls at the end were merely a damp spring right now due to a lighter than average monsoon season. For those looking to go a little further, hike back out of the canyon and look for a fork to the right to hike above the canyon walls. Some people hike directly up the steep canyon walls, not recommended. This trail will connect with both the Organ Needles trail (very difficult) and the narrows trail, which extends to Organ Peak (also challenging). Hiking up these trails offer nice views of the city below and the vastness of the Organs above.

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5 months ago

Love this one- I found the cool/easy way to climb up above the waterfall (duh

Wear pants.

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6 months ago

My family and I wanted to do a short hike and it was just a little over 2 miles uphill all the way there downhill all of the way back. Very scenic desert vistas the canyon is nice and cool at the top of the hike. Lots of yucca’s, Mesquites and Elder trees. Great for photographing the family. My wife said that this is her favorite local hike. We didn’t want to leave the shade of the canyon as it was 100 degrees outside! I would definitely recommend this as a great short trek.

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rocky
8 months ago

Nice trail. Some narrow spots and can be rocky, but a good hike if you're looking for something short. Leashed dogs are allowed.

8 months ago

nice quick trail and dogs are allowed

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9 months ago

Little shade. Although dog friendly I wouldn’t take many on here. Ridiculously uneducated people trash talking hikers, their dogs, and everyone’s behavior. Educate yourself on trained police canines. Will save you a lot of angry people later. Ruined the whole experience for me.

10 months ago

Nice quick hike to get away from town. There was a nice small waterfall at the end. Recommend if you need a quick get away

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snow
11 months ago

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Wed Jan 23 2019

Fillmore Canyon complimented La Cueva well in that it introduced some much needed landscape variety to the area without necessitating a planned hike. The rock formations and creek are noteworthy, but it's the area atop the final incline (that has surprisingly questionable footing) that makes this trail worth checking out... Based on this and La Cueva, I doubt I'd revisit this area; fortunately, there are plenty of other, longer trails around here that are, supposedly, much more worthwhile... I hope to check those out someday...

Thu Jan 03 2019

Visited from Indianapolis just for this hike. It did not disappoint.

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Thu Dec 20 2018

Great hike out and back. Did this in December and the weather was lovely!

Tue Aug 14 2018

Beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and good views of the Organ Mountains.

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Thu Aug 02 2018

A bit confusing on how to actual reach trailhead. I would suggest stopping by the visitor center first and taking a picture of the map that they have at the front desk to help orient yourself. Also there were a lot of bugs so I would suggest covering in some bug spray or you will be covered in them. Overall, fun hike . Would love to do it again!!

Thu Jul 05 2018

Pretty trail. Very easy to the falls, most 3 year olds could walk it. Hard from the falls on, scrambling and climbing

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Tue Jul 03 2018

Thu Apr 12 2018

overall good trail, no shade..... but you can alter your route and get some good elevation..... only saw two other people on the trail......

Tue Apr 10 2018

Go early or on an overcast day, as there’s no shade. The trail is loose rock and dirt primarily, single path (so if hiking with a partner one will follow the other for the most part). Great views of the valley and surrounding area as you hike.

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