Mineral Creek Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glenwood, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.3 miElevation gain118 ftRoute typePoint to point
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The Trail allows hikers to enter a real mountain canyon system w/plenty of colorful rock formations! Mineral Creek also provides opportunities to view the historical mining town of Cooney, Cooneys Tomb, and a number of mining operations along the trail and great flora. There are rugged in places and you must cross the creek. Lots to see and plenty of hiking in the area.

Small dirt parking lot under cottonwoods

Glenwood Ranger District office, open Monday Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM, or call (575) 539-2481.

Take Hwy 180 to the south of Alma (a few miles north of Glenwood, NM) and turn east on Catron County Road C007 (old Forest Road 701) - Also known as Mineral Creek Road. This is a gravel and dirt road but most people should have no problems. An RV came down the road while we were there. There are many private properties along the way and some look to be very unfriendly, so stay on the road with one exception. At Cooney's tomb a few miles in or so on the right. This is private land but you are allowed to see the tomb. The road dead ends in a parking lot just past a horse corral. In the immediate area surround the trail in private, so stay on the trail for a bit.

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Alan Gluth
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Still some nice colors this late in the year. This hike never fails to impress. Beautiful canyon.

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Tim Leimbach
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It was a really nice hike. Though I was hiking alone and got spooked by some massive mountain lion tracks 3 miles in and turned around. Based on an older review they're definitely out there.

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Marian Daigle
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Beautiful trail

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EJ Marrufo
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HikingGreat!

We hiked this trail on 9.17.20. The sights along the trail are absolutely beautiful. The weather was warm, however, once you are in between the walls of the canyon, there is plenty of shade and flowing water.

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Robin Porter
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HikingGreat!

We started at the lowest part of the trail by Coomey's Tomb. The trail in July was a mix of sun and shade, but the trail follows a creek and the water is refreshing. Members of our party: 9 year old boy new to hiking, two dogs and two adults. There is plenty of wildlife along the trail-birds, butterflies, bees, squirrels, lizards, fish in the creek, and one small black and yellow striped water snake. Look for evidence of the old mine activity are evident-old iron stakes, timber and holes in the sides of the canyon. Bring water, but the mix of shade and sun makes a July hike pleasant.

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Alan Gluth
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We hiked the Mineral Creek trail for approximately two miles until we reached the Cooney mining area and the returned. The trail is clear and there are numerous water crossings. However, we were able to make all of the crossings without getting our boots real wet. It’s not abundantly clear when you reach the Cooney mining area. When you reach a few small dilapidated buildings and see a old smoker fire area to the right of the trail, you’ll know you are there. The old mining stuff is on the south slope and you have to poke area a bit to see it. Overall, this is one of my favorite hikes in the Gila. The creek is amazing and there is quite a bit of shade along the way. Also, the grade is very gentle the whole way. Lots of amazing views!

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Jennifer Knox
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absolutely beautiful!! An all day hike to really enjoy!

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Kyle Spurgeon
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Pretty cool trail. The mining sights are neat to see. Fishing was horrible. Don’t waste your time

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Tess Kerstetter
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Dale Masters
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Excellent canyon trail for day hikes and overnight backpacking. Very Narrow canyon in places with many water crossings. Be aware of weather conditions as a flash flood could be disastrous if caught in the narrows. We did a 2 nighter in late October 2018 and there was plenty of water for the first 4 miles we hiked. Seemed alot longer because of all the river crossings. Some great camps along the way and old mining ruins to explore too. Saw deer walking up the river, bear scat along the way and had a mountain lion make itself heard very near our camp on the first night. Great backpacking trip.

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Michelle H.
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This was a GREAT exploration hike!!! We had our 10, 7 & 4 yo and all had a great time. There was so much to look at along the way there was no need to hurry through the hike to the final destination. It truly was taking the time to play with the rocks, take some pics and find some lizards kind of hike. Note: If you like a min. peeps kind of hike this was great. We went Mem wkd and it was peaceful even with three kids. Google maps wanted to take you through a private pasture. If you drive a bit further to Alma, take Mineral Creek Road; it’s a gravel road but it is by private land and not through it.

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Andrew Skarvinko
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Overall, great hike! Very high walls of the canyon, lots of different formations and coloring. Notes below: - Took the Mineral Creek Road past Alma, several miles to follow after that I’m packed gravel and dirt. Easy to get through, just an FYI, but may be an issue during a rainy period. - Small trailhead, no water or trail info unfortunately. - You will cross water MANY times! Do yourself a favor and get water early to get it over with, in my opinion. Be careful on the rocks, many are slick or on uneven foundations. Lots of fun jumping from bank to bank at parts. - Mile makers were tricky to determine. I saw one piece of rebar conspicuously hammered into the earth followed by two pieces and three pieces later. That may have been a marking system, wasn’t tracking my distance. - Terrain includes loose rock, sandy shores, earthy grasslands, small boulder scrambles, and much more. I’d say this is on the more challenging side of moderate. Even with this minor observations, still an excellent trail.

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Juanita Keller
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Beautiful canyon with a running creek. We are 54 and made this hike October 28th. It's the perfect time of year, weather was sunny and cool. The creek was running and you will need to cross the creek numerous times. It is shallow but in certain areas the rocks are slippery. We hiked to the mill and back which was 7 miles. The canyon and trees provide great shade and we were the only ones on the trail. Highly recommend this hike!

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gabriele teich
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One of the best kept secrets in New Mexico. Super fun hike in water. We'll do it again and again. Wear water shoes! Bring the kids.

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Steve Ruwoldt
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Tough trail backpacking. Good camp sites. Beautiful views. Well marks slot canyon with good running creek.

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Melissa Edmondson
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This is our very favorite trail that we have hiked in New Mexico. It is absolutely gorgeous! My 11 year old son says that he thinks this is what heaven is going to look like. There is foliage, wildflowers (at the right time of year, of course!), waterfalls, fabulous rock formations, soaring canyon walls, and a natural stone arch. You have to hike through the creek to stay on the trail, but that is part of the beauty of the trail. This is good hike for children--my 6 year old did it with me and my 11 and 13 year old children. We just love it, and we will be back soon!

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Chris Jensen
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Fishing

Fished this section several times always love it

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Kenny Dillingham
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Fantastic trip that will take you through a sheer walled canyon with water to the old ghost town of Cooney and beyond if you wish. There are some nice geologic features including a nice arch if you keep your eyes open. There is lots of flora in this canyon too. Great trip. A side note, you can stop by the roadside on the way to see Cooney's tomb and read the colorful story of his life and death, but the tomb is on private land so be respectful. It is OK to look at but remember it is private land.

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Lindsay Roach
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Justin Steigely
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Emily Henkel
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Melanie Cano
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James Torrence
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Robert Haworth
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Trey Gilmore
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