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

Chaparral, New Mexico Map
mountain biking
5 months ago

I’ve been out to the Gap to ride and hike several times now and enjoy it. I rode on a Saturday morning and didn’t see a soul whereas Franklin mountains would be chock a block full. I got all the way to the top of Webb mountain and decided to turn ; I didn’t want to take my bike among the Spanish Daggers. ( the trail disappeared) You can tell not a lot of people hike this

I drove my SUV until the intersection with the road that lead to the North Antony's Nose, and I started the trail form that point. Very nice trail, I did it in January with my dog Lucas and the weather was perfect. Although I did not walked the entire trail I could enjoy the wonderful landscape, the mountains looked beautiful! I will come again soon to walk the full path.

mountain biking
6 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

Beautiful trail started out chilly but warmed up quick didn’t do all of it because of time restraints but definitely want to go back

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 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.

To access the trail head of this place, that we are naming Anthony Gap - Northern Pass Loop, you need to take the Ohara Road (NM State Road 404) either from the Interstate 10 to the Chaparral exit or from The Martin Luther King Blvd (NM 213). The entrance is a gate across the road just in front of a sign marking the beginning of the Sierra Vista Trail. There is a place were you can park your car. The trail is well marked and well maintained. Just follow the path that is in front of you. When you get to the top, you will see a trail conducting you to the Anthony's Cave. If you wish, you can visit the place. You continue going down until you hit 2 arroyos, one is in front of you and the other runs from right to left. Use the one that is straight ahead. Eventually you will encounter the junction with the Northern Pass Trail to your left. Careful, even that there is a cairn marking the entrance, if you are not watchful you may miss it. Continue on the Northern Pass Trail to your right all the way up. You will zig-zag the mountain on your way down. Then follow the trail to your right until you complete the loop. Be aware that you start hiking in the state of New Mexico but eventually you will be crossing to Texas land. Unless you have a GPS you will not identify when you go over the state line. That will be different story on your way back, you will find a gate and fence marking the limits. Even that this is not a difficult trail, you will enjoy going up and down a couple of times also appreciating the solitude of the desert.

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017