Explore the most popular 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.

Graveled trail

It's a shame this trail's so short! It's beautiful. After you cross the bridge, you'll walk through a canyon by a creek. There's a couple of bridges to walk across. You get a photo op of the cliff dwellings, then a climb up to them. There's a ranger on duty to answer questions. After viewing the dwellings, you walk along the cliff. Then descend back to the bridge.

Not a bad walking/running trail. Petroglyphs were difficult to see. Much preferred hiking trail in Boca Negra. Pretty view and more petroglyphs.

hiking
9 days ago

Main Loop Trail is best with guild book so as not to miss the petroglyphs along the way. Don’t forget binoculars for views of canyon and other dwellings not close to trail.
Climbed to Alcove House in late afternoon, the tallest ladder’s rungs were very hot to the touch due to warm temperatures and afternoon sun.
I’m extremely afraid of heights but this opportunity was too great to miss.
Don’t look down
Stare straight ahead
Take one step at a time
Don’t attempt when crowded.

Lengthy hike to Supernova Pictograph site near the end of the trail. Trail is generally sand and dirt without much elevation gain until near the end of the trail. It is out and back. Hardly any traffic after the first two miles. I went in the early afternoon and it was quite warm, even in early May. You will want to take plenty of water and some trail food, of course. There is no cell service generally anywhere within the Park so you must take care of yourself out there. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Not much wildlife but I did see some coyote scat, some birds, a couple of lizards and one large snake.

Without a large amount of effort, you'll get a nice view of the Chama River Valley (especially beautiful in autumn), and the 500-year-old Tewa pueblo ruins on the plateau below. Plus, expansive views of the surrounding mountains, including Georgia O'Keeffe's favorite, the flat-topped Pedernal. A nice hike if you don't have a lot of time, or want to appreciate the landscape from an elevated vantage point.

Nice little walk through history with all the informational signs. Wish it wasn't so windy, but otherwise, very nice. Had the place to myself on a Wednesday afternoon.

hiking
21 days ago

Not too scenic since it's mostly in the pinyon juniper woods. Highway noise is heard along the whole trail. There are some information signs along the trail, but it would probably be better to get the guidebook from the park visitor center. Remember that you need to get the gate code from the park visitor center. I called their main phone number and got it, so you don't necessarily have to go in person.

hiking
21 days ago

A little bit of the trails as closed for repairs. Nice trail with the ruins

Absolutely love this hike. Love going to the end and seeing the old sanatorium and the hotel camp. Very easy hike. The Spring is not Dripping but still very pretty and interesting to see history in the mountains.

Easy hike. The lodge was interesting.Wind can make it a little more difficult.

Really pleasant hike. Very educational. Super easy. Took tons of photos. Went with my husband, MIL, 2 teen sons, and our dog.

hiking
1 month ago

Leisure hike on well groomed trail. Smell of sunshine and bushes. The four ladders were the highlight, and is reasonably family friendly — kids 6 or 7 years old seem to climb up and down with no problem. More things to see on the main loop, including a few more ladders (much shorter), and some pretty cool petroglyphs.

1 month ago

Magical place

Awesome scenery and art

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

Amazing! The first cliff dwellings I've been to. We got a tour of the dwellings from a volunteer guide, then looped back along the creek.

This was a beautiful trail with a lot of history to learn. My kiddos love it and loved being able to step back in time and see how one of the oldest church was built. They enjoyed walking through the ruins. I would recommend this trail for anyone with children who love history.

Nice for a quick walkthrough.

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.

Cool history along the canyon. the return path is pretty basic. there is almost no shade, so plan accordingly if you come in the summer or afternoon.

walking
2 months ago

In March, it was a perfect time. A bit dry 2018, sorry New Mexico, wishing for help with your drought. It's an easy trail, first encounter with petroglyphs.

BEAUTIFUL hike. Very well maintained and marked. You get to see some old ruins of camps and a hotel that used to be up here. Very neat. This is a National Park so there is a $5 fee but it was well worth it. The hike up is a little harder, it’s a steady incline until you get to the springs so it’s all down hill coming back. Trail is a gravel path that is very wide and easy walking.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, pictures are fantastic from any angle. Can be a little trying if you’re a newbie like me but totally worth it.

we really enjoyed this trail. I would recommend going in the early morning as the petroglyphs can be hard to see in the harsh sun.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views! The Spring wasn’t so impressive, but the landscape was. Plus, several trails lead into one another, making the adventure endless if you desire. Great experience!

Lovely, easy walk on well marked trail. Incredible petroglyphs!

Fun short hike. Was doable with three kids.

nice and easy with three small kids!

hiking
2 months ago

Neat hike, not to challenging. Beautiful scenery and very nice welcome center. The volunteers were fantastic!

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