Sierra Vista Loop Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chaparral, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
741 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Sierra Vista Loop Trail uses only about 5 miles of the last south part of the Sierra Vista Trail, which is a very long out and back trail. In this section the Sierra Vista Trail crosses the Franklin Mountains at the Webb Gap that is on the NM side and finishes at the Anthony Gap (O’Hara Rd). You start your journey at the trailhead located at this point. Walk on the Sierra Vista Trail to the north and in about 4 mile at the intersection of the road turn to your left and cross the mountains by the Webb Gap. In the middle of this 4 miles section you will see the North Anthony Nose. Once you cross the mountains, continue on the left side (you will see the trail signs) for about 2 miles and a half until you reach the Pipe Line road. Turn to your left and walk on the Pipe Line road heading south. The road continues to your left when you reach the Power Lines at about 8 miles and a half, then you walk for about 2 more miles and you will get to the point where you started. The trail is well maintained and easy to walk or bike, and all the way you will see a lot of flowers, green desert plants and maybe small areas with water due to the rainy season. If you do this trail in the summer time, start very early in the morning, bring a lot of water and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and the desert vegetation in both sides of the NM and Texas.

hiking
1 month ago

Most of the Sierra Vista in this section is a wide jeep trail with occasional washes. It's a pretty easy hike with great views from the east side, but the west side of the loop veers off away from the mountains. This is the big reason for the low score. The entire west section of the loop isn't very scenic, extremely rocky and Sandy, and the only reward you get after completing the trail is...completing the trail. However, this loop would probably be excellent for mountain biking for those with some endurance and skill (There are areas with heavy sand and large washes). This (Sierra Vista) may be a nice practice section for long distance hikers, but overall, there are many EASY to MODERATE rated hikes around the area that offer betters views.

mountain biking
8 months ago

It’s really nice trail there several offshoots that go off it is well. The last leg was very difficult for me as there was a lot of soft sand and soul crushing hills of the pipeline Road that I had to push my bike up

hiking
9 months ago

I Have only hiked a section of this trail a couple of times there are very good views of the mountains and the surrounding area. Many wildflowers and cacti can be seen during the growing season.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Hiking on this trail was a nice experience, although is long, the beautiful view of the mountains and the dessert plants worth the visit. I started to walk at 7:30 am because it was the end of August and there are no shades, but due to the rainy season the whether was nice. If you like to hike long distances, this is a good option, but if you hike during summer time, start very early in the morning and bring plenty of water.

hiking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

Nice trail, we explored part of the mountain near the trailhead and did the loop. We could not record the complete trial this time due to the battery phone. We liked this area, nice views, although it is a desert area there are beautiful places with beautiful desert plants. We planed to come back again.

8 months ago

8 months ago