Soledad Canyon Loop is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 659 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no shade

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Hike through a narrowing canyon to a natural waterfall. Begin the hike at the trailhead. Stay to the right, follow the trail counter-clockwise. At 1.5 miles there is a junction where the trail divides. You can follow the loop to the left, or continue straight ahead to the old rock house and the waterfall. At 1.63 miles you reach the old rock house. Continue down this trail to the waterfall. The trail will head to the right, up a small hill, then left into a narrow dead-end canyon. The waterfall is all the way back. To finish the loop, return the the junction where the trail divided. Turn right, and follow the trail back to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Closed when we went on 3/7 due to COVID-19.

hiking
1 month ago

easy day hike

2 months ago

Nice easy hike with the kids. The waterfall was flowing nicely. Kids loved climbing the rocks near the waterfall. Nice views.

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rocky
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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

I went on a solo hike with my dog midmorning and the trail was pleasant and quiet. Wear good shoes since the trail is loose gravel, and keep an eye on your pup if they're not used to gravel :) It was a great hike, clear trail, and a gem of a little waterfall at the farthest point. I took about 1 hour and 45. The other hikers I passed were really nice, too. No fee to use. keep pets leashed.

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4 months ago

3.3 mile trail walked in 1 hour 50 min with dogs. We accidentally went backwards but did the whole loop. Great hike!

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4 months ago

Highly recommend!! Beautiful hike as you walk back into the canyon it envelopes you! Not highly trafficked, easy, well-maintained trails.

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rocky
4 months ago

Excellent trail for whole family. Fall wasn't running much but seen some deer and the scenery all around was amazing.

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rocky
4 months ago

Went for a solo hike and it was really enjoyable. The trail has really nice scenery and you might get lucky and see deer off on the sides of the trail. The waterfall only had a little bit of water running and was frozen over! It was interesting to see. The loop can be a bit confusing since there are so many off-trails but just follow the markers or the map on the AllTrails app and you wont get lost.

hiking
5 months ago

I was just getting out for a short walk and ran into this Oryx on the trail. It was amazing!

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rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Saw an oryx!!

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6 months ago

Great hike especially if Waterfall is flowing , no shade so choose a cool time to hike

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6 months ago

no waterfall due to lack of rains

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6 months ago

recorded Recording - Oct 29, 01:44 PM

hiking
6 months ago

Great for a morning hike. Trail was well marked. There was only one small area I was uncomfortable with as a solo hiker recovering from an injury but it was simple enough to navigate around. I'd be a little hesitant to bring tender-footed dogs on this trail so make sure your pup has healthy pads. I always carry a trash bag with me when I hike... this is the first time I've come across ZERO TRASH on the trail. i was pleasantly surprised.

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rocky
7 months ago

Excellent trail! Trail was relatively well kept and easy to figure out which way to go. The waterfall at the end was cool, only slowly trickling with water at the moment. Trail advice: towards the end there is a fork, going left is easier (more down hill) going right is a little bit harder (more uphill). Also when you go left there is a small rock obstacle, don’t be discouraged, go up and you’ll see the trail continue.

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

This was a fairly easy hike. It was easy to follow the trail. The water fall was pretty much nonexistent but still fun. There are several good spots to do some rock scrambling. If you go counterclockwise the first part of the trail is a little steep and rocky but going up rocks is easier than hiking down on them.

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7 months ago

Really nice 3.5 mile loop. Reasonably easy with a bit of an upward hike to the waterfall (which was not running). If you are brave you can scramble up a few of the mountains for even better views. I did see a tarantula near the waterfall,but no other wildlife. Take plenty of water and wear sunscreen as there is no shade. Enjoy!

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rocky
7 months ago

I did this trail in the late afternoon with a friend and it was very enjoyable. We ended up seeing a whole herd of deer, quail, road runner, oryx (so cool!) and even a tarantula crosses our path. The tarantula was a bit scary and unexpected- but I know they are not aggressive. There hadn’t been any rain in recent days do the waterfall was non-existent, but it was still a nice little canyon. I followed the advice from other and did the trail following to the right at first fork. When you get to the bench turn right to go up towards the canyon. After the canyon go right again to go by the Stone house (which is right by where we saw the tarantula).

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8 months ago

I do this trail about once a week and it is a very enjoyable and not difficult walk, not really a “hike”. Do the loop counter clockwise by going right at the first fork. When you reach the bench go right again to reach the end of the canyon. Detour to the right on the return to stop by the old stone cabin. You will always end up back at the bench! No worries. Dry river beds are plentiful and are a nice change from always doing just the trails. Many deer, quail, roadrunners, etc... FYI; No water no shade no facilities.

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8 months ago

A go-to for us year round! The shady waterfall at the end is a really cool spot. I like to climb the side of it and get in the water in the summertime when it’s hot. Great place to take out of town family visiting...kids like it...

hiking
9 months ago

Fun little hike, nice views.

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10 months ago

I went clockwise. Easy but steady incline up to the "falls". There's little water right now. The south part of the loop is comprised of lots of baseball sized rocks, so the footing isn't great. Overall, it has nice sights of a small valley with an opening showing Las cruces off in the distance.

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