Explore the most popular kid 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.

Really great hike! Get there early to for fewer people. Would definitely hike again!

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.

13 hours ago

Nice hike and some good views! Some spots of loose rock/gravel.

Enjoyed the trail, great views. Didn’t find the springs...

I took my in-laws (67 and 70) and they handled it nicely. Very well kept and awesome places for pictures.

Nice easy hike. If you want to avoid the bikers I recommend taking the side trails. Very pleasant overall.

Awesome hike! Great scenery! Get there early, as it gets quite crowded anytime after 11am, slot canyons are difficult to maneuver with other people on trail. Take a camera!
Wear good shoes, saw some guy doing this hike in flip flops, not good.

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

Took the fam and we all really enjoyed the hike.

2 days ago

very pretty overlook, could have marked the trail a little bitbetter but overall it was very hiker friendly.

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Awesome trail.

I went on a Thursday morning . I had the place to myself. The trails were marked moderate and were that. They were well marked . Scenery was great especially all the different mine shafts. I had a wonderful few hours.

great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

great short hike with cool views of the hills. good for beginners

I could not find directions to the trailhead - but I turned onto a dirt road after some dumpsters. It looks like the trail is supposed to start right there at the intersection of Ladera Canyon Rd (improved dirt road) & Cuates Canyone Rd (unimproved dirt road). But, I drove up Cuates Rd .2 miles and parked on the open area there. We began the Archebach Canyon hike. There are no signs or trail markers - I just followed the GPS of AllTrails map. As others have said, I would call this a Moderate, not Easy hike. The trail has lots of loose rock going up & down. We hiked in about a mile and then turned around (out hike was a bit short of what it said the distance would be because we drive in .2 miles). The hike had nice views & was rugged. We saw a Desert Cardinal when we were just about back to the truck. I would like to know what that cement retaining wall and the cement with a paw print and writing (either 1932 or 1982 (probably the ladder) are about??

4 days ago

We headed out on the trail early which allowed for ample photo ops while hiking through the canyon and up to the scenic overlook.

Descending was very crowded as there were so many people in the narrow canyon.

Definitely a must do hike as the views were spectacular.

5 days ago

Our favorite hike yet, this one had it all. Mountain climb, slot canyon and amazing rock formations. Would probably rate this one on the harder side of moderate though due to the steep boulder climbs at the end.

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.

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.

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.

5 days ago

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

Decided to wander out here the other day. Really beautiful trail. Not too difficult in terms of elevation climb. The main trail is well marked. There are a lot of trails forking off the main trail that just go in different directions in the mountains which makes it a little confusing at some parts but just follow the main trail and you will be fine. I didn't end up going all the way to the end. Towards the last half mile I found a side trail that followed up a ridge. I am not exactly sure which mountain it was around me but on the loop to the right there is a little bit where the trail forks off, I think the trail up the mountain is right there. You go up the mountain and then just skirt the top. You can get really high and it is just so beautiful. You can see so many things. I kept thinking I was at the top of the mountain but then I would get over the hump and end up in another bass/canyon. I walked for about a mile and a half off the trail and it kept going. I want to come back and explore and see what I can find. Go out there with enough daylight to just get lost in the mountains! (not literally haha)

Fun hike, not too strenuous. Great views from the top!

Pros: Beautiful views, manageable hike, great wildlife spot (We saw a herd of bighorn sheep)
Cons: Can be crowded if you go at the wrong time. Water is more warm than hot. You need a truck or SUV to get there. The road is rough.

7 days ago

This hike has the best view from the top! It snowed on us the whole way. One thing it doesn’t tell you is when you reach what looks like end on this app you reach a intersection and go through the fence and it takes you to the top! Great time for sure

Waterfall was frozen when I hiked this trail but still cool!

fun hike! requires some climbing over rocks and a mild steep hike in some areas but take your time and enjoy the scenery!

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