Rio En Medio Falls

MODERATE 27 reviews

Rio En Medio Falls is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rio en Medio, New Mexico that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
613 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

waterfall

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is incredible! I did get a bit lost before I realized it was a wet hike and would have to walk back through the water before getting to the waterfall. The waterfall is hidden and BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A little off the beaten path. Great hike. Only 4 miles and the waterfall was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

What an incredible hike! The trail crosses the creek a number of times but there's log bridges or stones for ease. The fall colors were truly spectacular and the waterfall was beautiful! Highly highly recommend!! Cannot wait to come back here in the summer and get in the waterfall!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Well shaded and the waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful with nice creek views leading all the way up to the waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful lush green trail that really surprised me, seeing as how it is reached by driving through piñon juniper woodland. Very shaded most of the way, and a roaring (at least when I went) waterfall at the end. There are multiple stream crossings, and trail paths on both sides of the stream, so choose the most well worn side, otherwise you may find yourself bushwacking it. Also, I would advise an early arrival, because the "parking lot" is a dirt area that may fit no more than 6 cars comfortably. We had to park down the road and walk to the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Dappled sunshine in the shade of tall Ponderosas amid lush greenery and many wildflowers highlight the delights of the trail along the rushing brook. And the reward is a beautiful waterfall in a narrow rocky crevice.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Large variety of plants to observe; pines, spruce, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. Trail crisscrosses the creek several times. Usually rocks and logs to make for an easy crossing. Towards the end of the trail, veer left to get a great view from the base of the falls. Then go back and take the right trail to get a view of the falls from above.
A very easy hike that takes only a couple of hours even with stopping to take in all the scenery and meditate.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun to hike over streams on rocks. Nice and shady in a lot of places. Bring bug repellent for the pesky mosquitoes close to the water. Enjoyed it immensely!

4 months ago

Great trail. Steady but mild incline throughout. Great waterfall at the end. You have to walk down the stream to get to the end but totally doable. Didn't have to step in water once. I wouldn't describe it as "lightly" traffic, more like moderately.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail that is clearly marked and offers a bit of a challenge for those who get winded walking uphill for long stretches. Plan on getting your feet wet with some of the river crossings. The earlier you get on the trail, the easier it is for parking and hearing nature!! Great photo op's and the waterfall is a fun hidden treasure.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty hike. Well shaded. Had a very happy dog who enjoyed the multiple stream crossing. VERY LIMITED PARKING - go early

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail to walk. Beautiful waterfall worth the hike. Prepare to get your feet wet with several water crossings along the way.