Explore the best backpacking 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.

7 days ago

Do not take this trail early in the year. I recently attempted the hike into the lake, and there was far too much snow. The trail seems really nice and fairly easy, but it's near impassable in the snow. I'd recommend waiting until June or later.

26 days ago

Nice Hike! Don't let the lack of elevation change fool you! If you have never hiked on Lava rock before it can get tough in spots. Don't forget to knock out the El Calderon loop trail if you have time. just a short drive from this trailhead.

1 month ago

Perfect for a beginner backpacking trip.

no distinct trail, more difficult to follow, compass helpful, no phone service. BEAUTIFIL landscape

1 month ago

Very easy trail for beginners to learn the ropes of backpacking! Also very gorgeous and perfect weather. I recommend late spring-summer-early fall.

We didn't end up doing the trail, lots of keep out signs and an aggressive dog, not sure it's meant to be open to the public.

5 months ago

6 months ago

I love going to the Bisti. Lots of amazing rock formations. It can be hard to find the various named formations but well worth the effort!

By far my favorite hike/trail run in the Santa Fe area!! I hiked Baldy and then trekked down to Lake Katherine. Some steep exposed areas but overall fairly moderate. Can't wait to try it in the winter.

rickiwr than expected.
gorgeous trail. when you finally reach the trampas lakes sign turn left.

7 months ago

Hiked it with our baby in a baby carrier. He did great and loved the scenery. We saw a couple deer and enjoyed the view of white sands at the end of the trail.