moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(2)
Franklin Mountains State Park

FMSP - Hitt Canyon Loop Trail (CONTROLLED ENTRY) is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Anthony, New Mexico and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 488 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking


This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Hike-Bike-Horseback through the northern arroyos of FMSP. (Controlled entry) This area is only open by request. Contact FMSP rangers for entry. From the trailhead, start due-west on the road up the hill. At about 1.5 miles you will pass a corrall with a water tank and a windmill. Continue on past the corrall to the top of the hill at about 1.74 miles where the road ends. Look for a trail marker on the single-track trail going north. Follow this trail north. At 2.60 miles enter a washed-out arroyo and turn right (east). At 4.15 miles the arroyr crosses a road. Turn right on the road and continue to the start point.

Fri May 27 2016

We did this trail on June 2015. We started at the trail to the Antony Cave near the Ohara Rd. We went down the mountain close to the cave and took the arroyo to the left until we reached the Hitt Canyon Loop. We hiked all the loop but instead to completed at the arroyo, we returned by the Northern Pass. The Hitt Canyon Loop is an easy trail that does not take you to much time to complete it. That is why we included it in the total of 9.6 miles trail we did. Hiking by the arroyo is a very pleasurable experience, more sand than rocks, not difficult to hike, nice view of the canyon and the mountains. The Northern Pass is a well maintained trail that we like to hike. This area at the north end of the mountain range, is beautiful, we have been here several times. These arroyos, canyons and mountains are very enjoyable places we love to visit.

Sat Jun 27 2015