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Best trails in New Mexico

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Trying to find the best New Mexico trails? AllTrails has 1,244 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park or around Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Los Alamos we've got you covered. If you're looking for great New Mexico state park trails, check out Hyde Memorial State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Sandia Foothills Open Space Park near Albuquerque or Zenith Park near Cloudcroft. Ready for some activity? There are 560 moderate trails in New Mexico ranging from 0.7 to 108 miles and from 3,221 to 12,834 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in New Mexico
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#1 - Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
Note: the trail can periodically be closed certain days because of local agreements with the Indian Reservation. Do check the alerts section of the Carson National Forest for detailed information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD786884 Really well marked trail. The 1st 1/3 is well shaded, in the trees, and hard pack trail. Once you break out above the tree line the winds pick up and you are very exposed to sun/elements. The top third is mostly hiking in the scree. Easy to follow but be mindful of your steps. This is roughly 3000’ in 4mi. Allow time to Summit and keep in mind that afternoon storms (between 2p-4p) can be common in the late summer/early fall. The winds T the top are aggressive and can reach 50mph+.Show more
#2 - Williams Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#3 - Nambe Lake Trail
Santa Fe National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
This is a really nice hike that starts at the Santa Fe Ski Area parking lot. Look for the Windsor Trail sign and there is not a Nambe Trail sign at the start point. The trail starts off with a moderate incline along a well-maintained trail through the woods with Aspen and Pine trees. At the first intersection of another trail, there is a fence that you go through straight ahead to stay on the trail. The trail then starts a long slight decline towards the Nambe Creek. Again, mostly shaded with the same trees and some views of the valley and Mt. Baldy. As you get to the bottom and to the creek, there is a sign that states Nambe Lake. Veer off to the right just past the sign and the trail starts uphill. if you go left or straight you will be off the trail. The trail at this point is more difficult to follow so bring AllTrails along. You will be gaining elevation from this point on and it does get steep. At the top is Nambe Lake which is rather small, shallow and greenish, but it is a good workout to get to this point. Show more
#4 - La Luz Trail #137
Sandia Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 7 h 46 m
This trail at the north end of the Sandias goes from the base of the mountain to the peak at 10,678'. Beautiful views of the Albuquerque valley to the west. There is a $3 fee to park. Hikers have the option to take the Tram down - $15. Check Tram hours.Show more
#5 - Pino Trail
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
This is a nice hike in the Sandias that can take you to the Crest Trail. If you want, you can continue on the Crest trail to the Tramway and take the easy way down the mountain. The trail is in good condition but there are some steep parts. Also there is a lot of shade which is much appreciated when the NM sun is out in full force. There are a few springs but you can't depend on them to be there in the dry months. You can expect to get some great views of the Sandias on the way up.Show more
#6 - Domingo Baca Trail #230
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
This hike starts out in a desert open space environment (no shade) and changes into the lush greenery and streams in the Sandia Mountains. Starting at the Domingo Baca trail, you can continue along this route to the site of the wreckage of a TWA flight which crashed in 1955 high in the mountains. Note that the trail after the crash site is very difficult and steep with lots of scree and loose dirt in many places.Show more
#7 - Dripping Springs Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Hike thru Desert Valley to Dripping Springs waterfall. No pets allowed. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the right fork, stay on to the Dripping SpringsTrail. At about 1.3 miles you will find a fork in the trail. Take the right fork. Keep right at the next junction. You will come to the old Boyd Sanitarium in 0.1 miles. When looking at the dining hall, search for a rock stairway on the left side. Follow the stairway up and left to the waterfall above the area. You must return down that same path. Return to the last junction and go right. 300 feet further on the trail will bring you to the Van Patten Mountain Camp. After exploring the camp, continue around the loop trail to the main trail and return to the visitor's center.Show more
#8 - Pine Tree Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#9 - McCauley Hot Springs
Santa Fe National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
Please note that as of June 2020 the hot springs remain closed due to COVID-19, but the trail is open.Show more
#10 - Atalaya Mountain Trail
Santa Fe National Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest. Show more
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