Explore the most popular hiking trails near Las Cruces with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful with the snow and ice waterfalls cascading over the crevasses. Icy in areas, about 3/4 of the way up. Currently open even through the government shut down due to the incredibly generous volunteers who are opening the gates each day. Normally 5dollars per car but it’s free right now. Please take your trash out and if you see other trash kindly remove it. Don’t forget to bring water, the fountain at the visitor center was off. ENJOY!

hiking
10 days ago

I enjoyed the hike. .especially as you approach the canyon and then see the tiny waterfall..very relaxing....snow patches all around at this time...

We had originally planned to hike up to the Needle until the trail got too snowy but the government shutdown precluded us from making that hike. We quickly chose to make this hike and we did not regret it. This trail is great in the winter months with low temperatures, snow on the trail, and less people. It is a good amount of elevation gain to get the blood pumping but nothing to strenuous for a frequent hiker. We took 4:15 from start to finish while stopping a number of time to take pictures and a little lunch at the top of the pass. I would say you could easily complete it in 3 hours, if you didn't stop. There was quite a bit of snow and ice on the trail when getting closer to the top but nothing that made it difficult. We brought our dog with us and she did great. She is a small Boston Terrier. I would definitely suggest this hike to anyone looking for something that get you to a view point that isn't too tough in the Organ Mountains.

11 days ago

its a nice short trail, easy for kids to enjoy the canyon. makes you want more at the end.

wear snow boots! nice view at the top!

Great place to see views of the valley and a waterfall! Pretty easy and well marked. There’s a well beaten path to the west of the rock house that leads up to a beautiful lookout point. We sat there for quite some time soaking up the sun!!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, mostly easy to follow using the directions on the app. We got lost twice (same spot on the way up and down) but thanks to the gps we were able to quickly find the trail again. We did not quite make the summit as there was knee deep snow and a lot of ice going into the dark canyon which forced us to turn around. This app says no dogs allowed, but as far as I could tell there are no actual rules against it as it is public land. I did not see that rule posted on any other sites. My German Shepherd easily handled everything for as far as we got before the ice forced us back, and I have no doubt he could have made everything besides the final summit push. It was quite steep near the top, although without the ice I do not think I would have had many problems.

hiking
12 days ago

Our hiking group,The Ocotillo Hikers, have been visiting this super trail system for over 15 years.
There are many options here that can keep you busy for hours at a time.
The ridges on both sides of the valley are outstanding opportunities to explore areas that few get the chance to see. The views from these ridges look like you are in Utah and other awe inspiring areas.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q8hJBGiiGtrZFKyHA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JTKufwvmtuFoAVZh1

hiking
12 days ago

Our hiking group,The Ocotillo Hikers, have been visiting this super trail system for over 15 years.
There are many options here that can keep you busy for hours at a time.
The ridges on both sides of the valley are outstanding opportunities to explore areas that few get the chance to see. The views from these ridges look like you are in Utah and other awe inspiring areas.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q8hJBGiiGtrZFKyHA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JTKufwvmtuFoAVZh1

hiking
12 days ago

Dogs are allowed in the beginning of the trail, which gives access to Crawford Trail and Fillmore.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail has some shade from the trees and the mountain in the later part of the day.

Update: Day use fee for this trail and Pine Tree Loop is now $5.
https://www.blm.gov/visit/aguirre-spring-campground

hiking
12 days ago

My second hike here. I hope to return to summit the peaks above this trail.

Visited from Indianapolis just for this hike. It did not disappoint.

Did this on New Years Day. Route was hard to follow at times. Lots of sandy areas. Saw several cows and lots of cow poop.

Beautiful place to hike snow was nice. We will be coming back to hike the other trail there

Ended up on backside of this area by turning left at sign on road but enjoyed it anyways. Then left an hit correct trail

hiking
17 days ago

Very crowded on 29th of December as it was snowing and it does not happen a lot in this area.

hiking
17 days ago

At the trailhead there is a map of this trail and it is named as Bar Canyon. So, I guess same trail is sometimes called Soledad Canyon trail. Been there in snow. Very easy and beautiful view. There was a waterfall at the end of the trail.

No car access to this trailhead during government shutdown of winter 2018.

Close to the town. This peak has some other trails though. Good for morning hike.

Beautiful hike to the falls

hidden gem in the Organs. Easy, quiet and little traffic.

Amazing views at the saddle. Definitely one of my favorites in the Organs

Easy trail, even for this currently out-of-shape Southerner! The trailhead begins up the gravel pathway leading from the parking lot, to the right of the restrooms. A bit further up you will see the trailhead sign. Very clearly marked trail that alternates between gravel and dirt. Come for the dripping springs, stay for the ruins of Boyd's Sanitorium!

I loved the trail. The drive up to the trailhead provides an easy and direct way to get there.. (It’s also beautiful) ..

The parking lot is very large and provides trash bins if you need them. The trail is very easy to follow, wide at the beginning but narrows to a single file trail the further back you go. I would recommend going counterclockwise in the trail. I wanted to get a perspective view of the town of Las Cruces, so I took a very narrow, rocky and steep trail up to a point that I could climb up further and take some photos. Well worth it but could be treacherous on the way down if you aren’t in good physical shape or have had injuries.

Would recommend to bring lots of water as I went on a relatively cooler day (20C) and was still hot. Thankfully, I had plenty of water.

I would also recommend to go early in the morning. I got there at about 07:30 and didn’t see a soul from the time I got there until the time I left. It was very quiet with the occasional passing of a bird. Wear long pants if it’s cool, lots of stuff to poke and scrape you!

I highly recommend this relatively easy hike for anybody, views are exceptional! (And free!!)

hiking
1 month ago

This slot is a favorite of mine. Not shown on this route is that once you exit the top of the slot, you can continue around to the left and follow the ridge up to the top of a prominent anvil shaped rock providing a fantastic view of the area. There is a geocache on the top of the anvil.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike. It's easy, relaxing and enjoyable. The views are beautiful too! The trail is neatly marked and easy to follow. We always bring our dog on this one and she loves it. Not many loose rocks or things to climb. It's usually pretty busy, so if you're looking for some solitude - this is not the ideal trail. This is a great trail to bring visitors as they will love being in the mountains!

This was a very nice trail - easy to follow with great views. I hiked it with my dog, Zia. We encountered other people, both hiking and running, with and without dogs. Not difficult at all and I would definitely do it again.

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