Explore the most popular trail running 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
19 days ago

What a gem! The views are fantastic wherever you look! The hike was challenging at times with large rocks to navigate. Be prepared by wearing good hiking boots as part of the trail is quite slippery due to sand and small stones. Numerous points along the trail to stop and appreciate! Found that going to the left or clockwise is preferable. Hope to return again for sure

hiking
20 days ago

Starting out on the Sierra Vista Trail, we soon veered off and headed for the mountains. Scrambling up the slopes was tricky and hiking sticks might be a good help here. We aimed for the rim where vegetation was thinner and easier to maneuver. Almost 3 hours to the top, return on the same route.
Three stars only because there is no real trail and you bushwhack your way up there.

hiking
21 days ago

Great morning hike!! Some areas were a little challenging for my dog, but overall it's a beautiful hike! Lots of shaded areas to stop and rest and take in the amazing views!

Great view of the Organ mountains and a nice variety of terrain. Enough elevation to be a workout, but nothing that would prohibit the whole family from enjoying.

Beautiful hike. It was crazy to see such greenery in the desert. Some great views. Hike was fairly moderate. At the start of the trail if you go right first it is a little more challenging cause u are climbing and if you go left first it is a steady climb but subtle.

Great up and down easy. Blue sky everywhere!

The trail was interesting, flowering Cacti and stunning rock formations and desert landscape. Was mostly in the sun the entire hike which was as noted: moderate, it was long for me as I am not an avid hiker. Never saw rattlesnake or much of any wildlife creatures, beetles...heard an owl and until I returned near to the parking lot, was greeted by cows' and a bull blocking, for a moment... the path. Some areas of the hike slowed me down as it was more difficult terrain, and on the way back lost the trail but after testing a few I found my way. at what I understood to be the end of the trail, A flat area with beautiful views overlooking the White Sands base and beyond as well Las Cruces and beyond. I noticed somewhat of a trail continuing up to a higher peak and I attempted to follow, I got about 3/4 of the way up it and had to throw in the towel... UGH ! I slid coming down and scraped myself up abit. The trail going back was not much faster as it is gravelly and cumbersome. I only rested about 15 minutes the entire trail... I started at 1:20 and returned at 7:40, I'm 61 and in So-so shape...I brought fruit and water, found a hiking stick along the way. Binoculars would have been nice. Wear a hat and use Sunscreen. cell phone worked always-Verizon anyway.

Very nice easy hike. Got a little adventurous and took a more difficult trail up to a cave in the mountain along the way. One of my favorite hikes in the Organ Mountains.

This is one of my favorite trails. Easy to find when you connect the All Trails app to your maps app on your phone. The hike is well laid out, but a little tricky going back down due to some loose gravel areas. My 5 year old son was able to complete the trail and loved reaching the “top”. The summit is worth it! I strongly suggest bringing a walking stick or grabbing one left at the trailhead.

Beautiful hike! Haven't hiked in a while. This hike was a bit difficult going up but with plenty of hydration and energy snacks, we made it through.

overall good trail, no shade..... but you can alter your route and get some good elevation..... only saw two other people on the trail......

Go early or on an overcast day, as there’s no shade. The trail is loose rock and dirt primarily, single path (so if hiking with a partner one will follow the other for the most part). Great views of the valley and surrounding area as you hike.

Amazing! Great trail, kids had a blast and not too strenuous! If you like geocaching there a some great ones along the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views over White Sands. Very quite and peaceful hike. Takes about 2hrs.

We hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. Also, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

Update to my review from last weekend: today we hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. As I mentioned in my last review, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

Trail is easy to follow, not too hard, not too easy! Beautiful at the top! Be sure to take a bottle of water per person, we hiked in last of March.

trail running
1 month ago

Perfect for a beginner trail run! Beautiful views!

Nice hike not to hard. Can be very breezy at the top, hold onto that hat. Will do it again.

on Pine Tree Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Lots of people since it’s near a camping spot, but the views were gorgeous and the trail very well maintained. There were a couple of damp spots from the rains when we had gone, but overall a great trail.

(This review is about going straight through to the Aguirre Sprigs side!) Well-graded trail gradually rising to the saddle. Have to compliment the local service that maintains it. Went from there down to Aguirre Springs. If you're moving well, you can do it in 3-3.5 hours (the whole way to Aguirre that is). While we were at the saddle, we saw a missile launched from WSMR! The other side is easy going with alligator juniper sighted from time to time. No water at the other end at Aguirre until you go back towards the main road, but that's too far to walk.

Perfect for a morning stroll. Nice and easy. I went in March and saw a half-dozen bird species. Great with kids.

hiking
2 months ago

An incredible trail! Took the whole family on it. Enjoyed the scenery and being within the Organ Mountains. A little longer in length than listed - But made for a great hike!

Easy and nice trail. Excellent views

Easy hike but also one of the best in the area! The stunning scenery in the canyon exemplifies the beauty of the desert landscape in the area. Not too crowded. On a beautiful day, we passed only a few other hikers and one individual on horseback. Next time we do this hike we are planning to hike from Aguirre Springs, over the peak, and down to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead. We went in Mid-March and the temps could not have been better, but it gets windy up at the top, but not too windy that I ever even put on my light jacket (tank top was sufficient). Also, don’t forget the sunscreen as this hike is almost completely in the sun.

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??

Fantastic hike! Gorgeous vistas, well maintained trail, but not a stroll in the park. Challenging and fun!

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)

This trail is great, lots of variety on the walkway. About halfway up there's a big flat rock & shade, perfect area for lunch. Once we got to the top it was very windy but also a really good area to rest up there. We came across a little running water also.

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