La Vista Verde Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located near Ojo Caliente, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

river

views

hiking
3 days ago

In addition to the view, there are other things of interest on this trail: Big Horn Sheep (5 came within 20 yards); a strange green zone, and a side trail that goes down to the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, short trail - plenty of bighorn sheep when we went this past weekend. Can also find petroglyphs off of a few side trails. Parking area is small so can imagine it filling up early, especially on weekends. Felt like we had the bench at the end to ourselves, though.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view at the end. Easy hike, but enjoyable. We saw bighorn sheep and ancient petroglyphs. Well worth it, and the drive along the river is beautiful.

hiking
muddy
no shade
3 months ago

Great trail with excellent views! Went in Feb and it was a mud party! Come prepared to get dirty.

hiking
7 months ago

A delightful short hike through a beautiful little valley nestled in the Rio Grande Canyon. Stunning view of the Rio Grande at the end of the trail. If you’re quiet, you might encounter native wild goats. I hiked in mid-October and conditions were excellent.

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muddy
no shade
over grown
washed out
7 months ago

This is typically an easy nice trail to an overlook. I tried to do this trail in September and it was very overgrown and flooded out in one part, so I had to turn around. Disappointing :(

hiking
8 months ago

Good short hike for little dogs!

hiking
no shade
washed out
9 months ago

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no shade
washed out
9 months ago

Park ranger led hike was nice. There were several petroglyph site you would probably never find without a guide. A little too slow pace for me but you make do with a group. It won’t take most near as long. Great views at the end of river and gorge!

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Not much view of the Rio Grande. An easy hike. The end of the trail was flooded. Must have had rain last couple of days. The rest of the trail was dry

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Northern NM, really amazing views of the Rio Grande from above, and very flat. One time I went, the end of the trail was flooded so we didn't get to the best views, but there are still spots to see the Rio. Seeing big horn sheep is a bonus on this hike! It's full sun, so be prepared.

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bugs
no shade
11 months ago

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bugs
no shade
11 months ago

11 months ago

what an awesome payoff at the end of the trail! my family also decided to make things a bit more difficult by climbing up the various rock formations that are located along the trail. thank you for the Pillar Yacht Club for pointing out this gem to us.

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rocky
Mon May 27 2019

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bugs
no shade
rocky
Sun May 26 2019

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

This trail is not near Ojo. It's in Pilar, in the Rio Grande Gorge. The first part is a rocky hill and the least pretty part of the trail. But it gets prettier and prettier walking through the sage and basalt on down to an overlook of the river. Two benches to sit at. Not really any trees to sling a hammock, but really nice trail with views. It will get hot with little to no coverage from the sun soon. Saw a group of about 10 big horned sheep.

hiking
Thu Apr 18 2019

Excellent trail, with changing views, and a good chance of seeing bighorn sheep. Early spring hike was beautiful, and not too hot. Some loose rock and sand, in places...wear good walking shoes.

Fri Nov 23 2018

Hiked this Thanksgiving with the kids (3,5,7) and we loved it!!!! Very muddy but that didn’t stop us. Bring extra pants, shoes and a bag to put your dirty laundry in. Have fun!

hiking
Fri Oct 26 2018

Gorgeous view at the end; it moved me to tears! Plus, there were some bighorn sheep sightings.

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