Explore the most popular trails in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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Trail very poorly marked. lots of dead fall.

Really great hike! Get there early to for fewer people. Would definitely hike again!

Amazing! The first cliff dwellings I've been to. We got a tour of the dwellings from a volunteer guide, then looped back along the creek.

1 day ago

This trail rocks! Did the full 13.5 miles in 5.25 hours. We hit the trailhead at 1:30 pm, got to the top by 4:15, stopped long enough for a quick snack, then jogged to the bottom. I was at my car by 6:45! Great ass kicker!

Be safe and have fun.

1 day ago

Nice hike and some good views! Some spots of loose rock/gravel.

1 day ago

Great day hike with beautiful views. There is still snow on the top portion of the trail so trekking poles and possibly micro spikes will be a help. Pino is not as strenuous or long as La Luz but will give you a good workout.

Moderate to hard hike, trails are not well marked, especially river trail to red dot trail. Take extra water. Very rocky decent and climb. Beautiful scenery and small streams.

Enjoyed the trail, great views. Didn’t find the springs...

Tough trail, lots of boulders but with nice breaks of relatively level sand. Lightly trafficked so you’re not passing or yielding to other hikers all the time

I took my in-laws (67 and 70) and they handled it nicely. Very well kept and awesome places for pictures.

Nice easy hike. If you want to avoid the bikers I recommend taking the side trails. Very pleasant overall.

Great hike; take the miners trail on the way back to the starting route for beautiful vistas. It borders being strenuous at some points and isn’t well marked, so bring GPS if you take that part of the loop. Saw deer, horned toad, birds.

2 days ago

I did La Luz today, March 17, 2018. I am from Indiana, a Flatlander they call us Hoosiers. I am glad I took advice to get poles and microspikes while visiting Albuquerque last year. They were invaluable today. I traveled from Tram connection trail to La Luz and up to the tram. The views are inspiring and I learned much from a local who hiked with me. The different biomes that one travels though on this hike are a welcome feeling as I felt as though I enter different forests all on one hike. Take time to look back at where you came from to see many formations. Always be careful and bring spikes when attempting while snow and ice are still on the trails, as they were today. I saw one person at the tram fall and cut their hand open and suggest that they wished they had had my poles and spikes. If one were to fall on the LaLuz, it could result in death. Be careful and be rewarded.

Awesome hike! Great scenery! Get there early, as it gets quite crowded anytime after 11am, slot canyons are difficult to maneuver with other people on trail. Take a camera!
Wear good shoes, saw some guy doing this hike in flip flops, not good.

off road driving
2 days ago

Tried to get to the trail and both ways the map said to get here were closed. Total waste of a day.

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

Took the fam and we all really enjoyed the hike.

3 days ago

very pretty overlook, could have marked the trail a little bitbetter but overall it was very hiker friendly.

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Great spring hike, but do wish there was better signage along the way...thank goodness for snow and footprints to let us know we were still on the right path. If I was to do it again this time of year, I'd take my snowshoes.

Awesome trail.

I went on a Thursday morning . I had the place to myself. The trails were marked moderate and were that. They were well marked . Scenery was great especially all the different mine shafts. I had a wonderful few hours.

great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

Take water , snacks and get ready for a pretty intense hike, a good amount of climbing and amazing views. stay on the trail and be mindful of your GPS or alltrails app as there are places where it is easy to get lost. my buddy and I took 2 cars and had a few "accidental detours" that added 2 hours... ouch

great short hike with cool views of the hills. good for beginners

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

This trail was beautiful but with all the debris, it was very difficult to get up the mountain. There also is no clear trail so be sure you have your map ready. I really enjoyed this hike, but it should be marked as Hard because I took novice hikers with me and they really struggled.

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but doable. Make sure to leave in the morning because it gets hot. I started around 10 am and got back around 2 pm. It's uphill all the way but not too bad. Finding the trail is a little hard. Go to the group camp site. Across from the bathroom there is a yellow warning sign that talks about how dangerous the mountains are (heed the warning!). The trail is behind the warning sign. If you can't find the trail look for the wooden fence that crosses over from the campsites to the desert. From there the trail is pretty easy to follow. There are some places where you might get lost but just look for the carans. There are two auroras that you have to cross over. When you get about a mile from the end of the trail there will be a small hand written sign where the trail forks off to sugarloaf or to pinetree/pass. Go to the right towards pinetree/pass. About a quarter mile to the end you'll encounter a campsite with a fire ring and some wood someone has been collecting. This would be a really nice place to camp. From there it is a little hard to find the top/to find the trail again. It's to right of the campsite.

Need snow shoes for sure right now/spikes. Very icy and snowy. Didn’t make it far

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