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Fillmore Canyon Trail is a 2.1 mile 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.

2.1 miles
449 feet
Out & Back



no dogs

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.

1 day 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.

1 month 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

off trail
2 months ago

4 months ago

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...

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

9 months ago

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!!

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Thursday, April 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......

Tuesday, April 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.

Friday, March 09, 2018

The waterfall was pretty dried up but it is a beautiful hike! Short and easy!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It started good then you will need to pay attention. It gets kinda confusing at the point where you reach the mine area then the trail connects. It was interesting and adventurous for me.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Easy hike. There is still water there as of April 16.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Went out this morning in hopes of seeing the waterfall but there was very very little water. Definitely want to go back after we've gotten some rain! The hike was beautiful though, very scenic and well maintained trail. I would rate it as easy, not moderate. I would recommend spraying on some mosquito repellent lots of them flying around the bit of water. Not sure of the dog policy on this trail.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Waterfall was running and it was beautiful to see. It's not too often you see running water in the desert. The hike itself is not very challenging but it will give you a good work out.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I did this trail with Natalia my granddaughter and we enjoyed a lot. The water fall area at the end of the small canyon, is very nice, nice trees, nice plants. You can return on the same trail , but we used the one at the left of the water fall, very steep and not easy to climb. Once at the top we only walked down and intersected the same trail back to were we started. I think this is the best trail to walk with the family in the Dripping Spring area.

Friday, November 25, 2016

My husband and I did this with our 2.5 year old daughter and we enjoyed it!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fairly easy trail to a small waterfall, many wildflowers along the way.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

easy for kids to hike. my boys had an amazing time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We have visited this trail several times since 2014. We have hiked further than the end point shown on the route, going to the right, almost to the peak of the mountain (to the right of the Organ Needles Trail). Maybe we will do it to the top another time. The first time, when we got to the water fall by the little canyon, we went up by the trail (very steep) at the left of the water fall and reach again the Fillmore Trail at the top, very difficult section but nice experience. This was the only time we did this, the others, we took to the right or to the left at the beginning of the small canyon. I also did this trail with my two granddaughters including La Cueva Loop Trail. The trail is easy to hike going to the left of La Cueva. You can also climb the rocks and go thought the mountain and reach the Fillmore Trail to the opposite side of the La Cueva, my granddaughters and I did it, very pleasant! We stopped our trip at the little canyon where it is the water fall, beautiful place, my granddaughters liked a lot. I also enjoyed the water with them.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The trail is easier coming from the dripping springs side. Both sights are well worth the trip. Both springs were run running nicely today which made the trip worth it.

Friday, January 22, 2016

I enjoyed this short trail. The terrain is more varied than the Dripping Springs trail. Saw a group of four mule deer. Interesting to see the remains of the mine that closed at the beginning of the 20th century. Make sure you enter where the barbed wire opens. There's a beautiful surprise 0.3 miles up!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Did the trail as part of the whole Dripping Springs/La Cueva loop. It's a short hike & there wasn't much water ...but any day outside trumps sitting on the couch. If you have some free time then you could scramble about in some areas. I decided to climb up past the falls but had to return because of an incoming storm.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I had some time to kill before my son's XC meet in LC so I quickly ventured up this trail! What a treasure! I can't wait to explore this area more! Great short hike!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Great easy trail. Started at the visitor center and took the La Cueva trail to the Fillmore Canyon trail and the Crawford trail back to make a loop. It was about 3.5 miles. The water was flowing very well at Fillmore Canyon.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Easily accessed from the northeast side of the loop trail right by the visitors center. I went in early June and with the lack of rainfall this season the canyon was almost completely dry. Still a decent hike although the best time to visit the dripping springs area would be after some heavy rains. At the end of the canyon the trail continues to Organ Needle Peak.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Very nice little hike to a stunning waterfall in the desert.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I recommend going right after a good rain. Nice little waterfall.

Friday, June 28, 2013

I've done this hike twice. And I'm still not sure where it ends. If you go left past the fence up onto the hill it appears that the trail never really ends. If you stay down to the right it can end abruptly or you can continue to go into the bushes and trees which is nice on a hot day. Nonetheless it has great views.

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