Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

So beautiful- was looking for a trail run and this was more of a steep walk/jog for the first half uphill , then a nice, rapid downhill. Not very technical, just steep and high altitude for someone who’s been living in Texas for 5 years :)

Easy hike but also one of the best in the area! The stunning scenery in the canyon exemplifies the beauty of the desert landscape in the area. Not too crowded. On a beautiful day, we passed only a few other hikers and one individual on horseback. Next time we do this hike we are planning to hike from Aguirre Springs, over the peak, and down to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead. We went in Mid-March and the temps could not have been better, but it gets windy up at the top, but not too windy that I ever even put on my light jacket (tank top was sufficient). Also, don’t forget the sunscreen as this hike is almost completely in the sun.

Starts kinda funky at an equine facility, but follow the gravel service road and you're set. More of a stroll than a hike, this trail is friendly for all ages & skill levels. Beautiful panoramic views around every turn, lots of sun. View at the end is spectacular. Just beautiful!

My profile picture is of this hike! Super lovely but very hot, leave your older fur babies at home

16 hours ago

Challenging hike due to steady incline, great workout. Trail hugs the side of the mountain so the views are unbelievable!

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.

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

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

Beautiful trail, and totally worth it. The last 2 miles you cross a fork of the Gila River 15 times one way, and the water was only up to about my knees at the deepest (I'm 5' 5"). We wore Chacos but our feet ended up getting pretty beat up in the water, so I would probably recommend a sneaker you don't mind getting soaked and then bringing another pair of dry shoes. In the morning going out the water was extremely cold! However, it was totally worth it as the canyon was beautiful and the spring relaxing. The visitor center has maps available for $4 or can show you one before you go. They told us it was 14 miles round trip. There were several other people camping there while we were there during spring break, but there is plenty of room to spread out to camp near the spring, so you won't disturb one another.

Super fun trail! Great view of the city lights over Santa Fe at the top. Would recommend going either at sunset or sunrise. Just make sure you have flashlights and know how to get back down if going at sunset... unlike us.

Fantastic hike! Gorgeous vistas, well maintained trail, but not a stroll in the park. Challenging and fun!

Great hike to do on a snowy Sunday. The tram was busy but the rest of the trail was empty.

The base of this trail was very crowded, with adults acting like children not taking any consideration for other hikers; however once you get further away from the base the beautiful scenery comes into view. We were unable to finish the hike. My kiddos found it difficult to hike through the snow, ice, and mud. However I would recommend this trail to anyone.

6 days ago

Cool trail, nice views especially at the flats past the dunes. Sunset was pretty too

Well maintained. Does travel mostly through a old burn scar, so be careful if it’s windy.

8 days ago

Hiked in early-march. Trail was very well marked. Snow was well packed on the trail, which was about 3-4 ft. wide. If you stumbled off of the trail, the snow would rise past your shins. Views were remarkable, even with the lake frozen. Trekking up the mountain was moderately challenging due to the elevation, the way down was a blast. Dogs loved the trail.

9 days ago

Had a blast with this hike - definitely one of the more unique ones in the area. Not too difficult, by any means, but bear in mind you are walking up/down sand dunes. Going up will take a bit more effort, with some backward progress. Trail is surprisingly well-marked, given that these are shifting dunes. Make sure you bring sunglasses (the sand is bright white and reflects the sun) and water/chapstick for the dry air. Believe you can rent snow sleds in the front office as well, if you want to sled the dunes - tons of fun!

Great trail loop. Snow is still melting so it was muddy Nd sometimes icy in early March. I was glad I had my spikes with me.

This trail is great, lots of variety on the walkway. About halfway up there's a big flat rock & shade, perfect area for lunch. Once we got to the top it was very windy but also a really good area to rest up there. We came across a little running water also.

Did this as the loop and 164 had sections of ice and snow. There was nothing technical about the hike at all. Beautiful scenery along the way but harder to see at the peak because of denser trees. Biggest cairn ever and stone chairs let you know you made it.

The wash crossing is deep loose sand with steep embankments on either side and it would be a gamble without 4WD, I wouldn't suggest it but at the very least get out and walk it first to make sure. Note the 'getting there' directions, 19 miles to the small Crow Canyon sign...when Google navigated me here, it directed me to turn one road too soon down a gas line access road to a very wide and definitely impassable section of the wash (even with an ATV or OHV you'd have to go up or downstream to find an exit point). HOWEVER... If you don't have 4x4, you can park down this road which is directly across the wash from the trailhead and just cross the wash on foot, walk maybe 1/2 mile to the trailhead, it will be quite a bit shorter than if you bail out at the wash crossing on the actual access road. Anyhow, the area is more beautiful than i expected, a lot like Utah. Also hiked up the bluff behind, not a lot to be seen up there but just enjoyed the day and scenery of the canyon. A shame that people have added some of their own graffiti to the canyon walls but the petroglyphs are more interesting than most that I've seen elsewhere. Also one small ruin at the entrance.

This trail should be marked difficult for two main reasons. Firstly getting to the trailhead is almost impossible without a vehicle capable of passing over very rocky and rough sections of the last five miles of the road leading in. We had a Land Rover LR4 with a high clearance and good off-road capability and it was very hard going at times. Secondly the hike down the side of the canyon that leads to the river was extremely steep and very slippery due to loose rocks. Climbing back up was very strenuous and exhausting. Having said all of that, if you can deal with those issues the views were absolutely spectacular, and getting down to the Rio Grand was very rewarding.

needs better markings.

Beautiful scenery walked to the river, but went on a day when it was in the 90s. Very hot barely any shade, it’s an easy trail but not in warm temps. Bring lots of water. Brought my dogs and kept them on a leash to be courteous to other hikers and their dogs. Bring a hat! I was sorry I forgot mine.

Beauty and magic. Take your time. Enjoy it.

15 days ago

Great weather, peaceful and serene. Great way to spend a spring morning.

15 days ago

A challenging way to hike to the tram.

I took a friend along who was new to hiking and a heavy smoker. He was able to handle this hike. I would classify this as EASY as opposed to MODERATE.

The view is nice and there is some good shade, but the wind was intense! All in all, a good easy hike in beautiful country. Good for a casual stroll.

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