Explore the best historic site 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.
I was very disappointed. The trail was not marked well at all after the first 10th of a mile! The trail did not match all trails map for 50% of the trail. At one point the map wanted me to take the cliff straight down that's how in accurate it was! Either the trail needs to be rerouted. Or it needs to be remapped!
This was an amazing trail! I had never seen or done anything like it before! I did the main loop, took the route up to the cave dwellings, and also did the alcove house. It's all connected and easy to follow.
You can hike in the cave dwellings that have ladders and I definitely recommend it. Oh and also you can buy a little self guided tour book for $1 in the visitors center, which I thought was worth it.
The alcove house portion shouldn't be attempted by anyone with a fear of heights. Like really. I had issues with it and in general I wouldn't say I have issues with heights. However, the pay off is well worth it!
I went on a weekend in August and it wasn't too crowded. I definitely saw other people but we were spaced out really well.
Definitely do this hike. It was the highlight of my trip!
Firstly, a very breathtaking drive to the middle of nowhere. Then you turn right towards waste management station. Notice there is no real parking just widening of the road right before the bridge. The entryway is a little snug for bigger hikers but if you go follow the fence you can just go around.
Wide sandy walk ways, Many trail markers made of rocks. Be warned it seems like some people have left numerous broken beer bottles so watch your canines.
The petroglyphs are amazing, before you go take a moment to research this place to get a little backstory.
If you go on a Jewish holiday you may see visitors to the sight though it is so isolated you may not.
Sherrie V. on Alcove House Trail
Great, very different from anything I've ever done.