Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

1 day ago

Did a hike here once or twice back as a kid in the 90’s...let’s just say that it’s one of my few standards for comparing hikes to now.

Nice trail for three of us (including 6 year old). Plenty of tree cover and views. Occasional fallen tree to climb over or around.

Park in Sulphur Canyon picnic area ($3 user fee). Stay right at Faulty Trail.

Good hike with views of lake for two of us in mid 70s.

We went up Italianos for about 1.2miles until the aspen grove. It is one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Recommended by a Taos local to us. We saw so many different types of flowers and moss. The trail crosses over the creek quite a few times. Wear good shoes it is a little rocky at parts.

Definitely easy trail but if you’re not prepared, you’ll be wiped out at the end. This is one of the most beautiful trails me and my family has EVER accomplished. Hundreds of breathtaking views! Takes a few hours if you’re in it for the scenery... have fun!

FYI Carson National Forest is re-open with stage 2 restrictions starting July 10, 2018

Highly disappointed. Walking trail we picked went along backyards. Little shade, and good luck finding a map and dust in-between my toes.

8 days ago

Great boost for beginners. Good incline changes, uphill and downhill terrain. Easy to navigate. Bring water if you are hiking in the sun like I did. Got my heart rate up and had a great time. Beautiful views of the city.

M daughter and I went out out there yesterday with her Ridgeback dog. Got there at about 11:00am, beautiful sunny day, 77 degrees. Hiked the 4.3 miles in pure beach sand. Never found the river and turned back at the blue fence. Coming back was difficult as the temp rose to over 90 degrees. Do not under estimate this walk, and keep in mind the time of year. We thought plenty of water but because of the heat and lack of shade, we went through it fast. There is NO SHADE so be prepared. Definitely wouldn’t do it again in July, and not so sure I would bring a dog!! The canyon is beautiful, really would have liked to have found the river.

We drove all the way here today and it is closed and has been since June 1st very disappointing

Beautifully kept trail and an easy hike up! Took me and a friend about an hour and a half total to get up and back. Awesome views at the top! The incline at the very beginning feels tough, but after that it’s gradual smooth sailing. A must do if in the area.

It's amazing that minutes from the village you can hop on this nice trail and be in the national Forest. It's a well marked trail with just the right amount of challenge for a family or "older" person.

Wish I would have seen Andy's post earlier, drove up to Santa Fe yesterday and up to Taos early this a.m. to find it closed due to fire restrictions also...bummer because my son and I made a deal to hike the tallest points in Colorado and New Mexico in one summer. We hiked Mt Elbert three weeks ago. Hurry up rain!

10 days ago

I don’t know that I’d call it a trail so much as just a great wilderness area to explore. It’s a bit of a trip to get to it but once there, the options for hiking and exploring are wide open both on this trail and a bunch of others in the same canyon area. I’d say that it would be pretty near impossible to get lost unless you’re in a very low visibility situation as the landmarks are plentiful and if you have any clue how to read a standard topo map, you’ll be just fine.

It was completely empty the day we hiked it and a good bit of the surrounding area so it was great to get away from the world for a bit.

I wouldn’t classify this trail as easy - the altitude and change in elevation was pretty strenuous. But it was challenging and fun and gorgeous. A dip in the chilly lake on a hot July day was the perfect reward and the end of the run.

Trail closed due to fire danger.

Love this trail. I’d do it every day if I could!

12 days ago

We did this trail New Year’s Eve, surprisingly with minimal need for crampons/micro-spikes. The latter would have helped. Summit was windy, probably around 30-40 MPH. Worth it!

12 days ago

just my luck! trail closed due to level 3 fire danger since June 27th... Check before you go.

A bit dry, needs rain in area, but still a wonderful morning hike. Lots of birds, a few lizards, and 3 deer spotted. Do watch for horse poop on trail.

Did this as a hike to get acclimated to elevation. Good trail, easy to navigate. Uphill the first two miles, with lots of long easy to run switchbacks in the middle. Last mile or so back down was quite rocky. Went out about 10:30am, not a lot of tree cover so bring your hat.

Good family hike. Just went a mile out and back due to time restraints. Have to share the trail with mountain bikers.

17 days ago

We started this hike late in the afternoon with our 8 yr old and 4 pups. It was a moderate hike with some areas being a bit steep. Overall a great hike with some really nice views. Very few people on the trail which made this really nice and enjoyable. I would recommend using the map in the app because there are some areas where the trail splits. It took us a couple of hours but we took our time to enjoy everything.

Well marked easy trail with some nice views of the lake.

on Jackson Lake Trail

20 days ago

They must of cleaned up the area because I didn’t see any trash. There isn’t much of a developed trail. The area has potential to be developed into a decent trail system.

It was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. I probably wouldn’t take children on this hike because it was rocky in lots of places and there were many places to slip. I would rate this as more moderate.

Took 4 people in Polaris Ranger. Great day trip. Went in early July 5 years ago. Preparing to take friends again very soon.

22 days ago

This is an amazing 10 plus mile out and back and a Great workout!! The lake is beautiful and lots of dense forest before it opens up to amazing views of the Sangre De Christo mountains. It’s a 5 mile climb up but not to strenuous.

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