Looking for a great trail near Las Cruces, New Mexico? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park or Leasburg Dam State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Las Cruces ranging from 0.6 to 8.1 miles and from 3,943 to 7,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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no shade
9 days ago

This trail is ok for an early morning walk or late evening. No shade so it gets hot fast. Pretty safe and good for distance. I think I walked 4 miles total. Not really a hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Moderate is accurate. Took me 2.25 hours. Went c-clockwise. Will try clockwise next time. Good views of the Organs.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Went hiking about a month ago, and came up on a makeshift shelter. Someone is living next to the old windmill. He didn't see me but he had a pretty established area.

Technical climb, although there is a route to the top of checkerboard along the south edge that’s just a steep hike.

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rocky
11 days ago

I've been twice since moving to the area. The gravel trail is a nice workout. The dripping springs is pretty unamusing but the old Sanatorium and Hotel buildings are very interesting. I would recommend this trail for them alone.

No matter how many times I hike this trail, I enjoy it! I was on the trail @ 0745...slightly cloudy with a nice breeze. The ocotillos are very healthy & prolific right now. I suggest that you wear hiking boots, a hat, suntan lotion & take water with you.

great hike for beginners. I will say though if you are looking for the waterfall it is only there after a good rain. We were there this week and there was no waterfall but still beautiful scenery and great views. Another review states it is a stroll however I would say that is incorrect. You are hiking up but not at an unmanageable incline. We did it with our small grandkids and it did become difficult for them towards the end.

hiking
14 days ago

Early morning is the best time to hike this trail, mountain blocking the sun coming up in the east. 1 1/2 hours up and back with a couple of stops and some sightseeing at the Van Patten place and Boyd Sanatorium. Saw deer soon after we left the parking lot. Beautiful views, definitely worth it so close to Las Cruces.

hiking
17 days ago

Bring lots of water. Hiked trail 2 wks ago with wife and kids early in the morning had a great time

It’s a nice trail that’s well marked. If lucky, you will see wildlife. We saw deers. The end of the trail is pretty. We met a couple of bikers on this trail. Overall, it’s a good workout.

on Dripping Springs Trail

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rocky
19 days ago

Thanks to recent rains the area was green, colorful and more vibrant looking than ive ever seen a desert. Trail was rockier and hotter than i expected. Next time we start way earlier.

The description of this trail is inaccurate concerning the milage. It is actually only 10.6 miles over and back.

Would love to do this trail everyday. Almost lost the trail a couple of times due to overgrowth. Spots of shade and full sun.

hiking
21 days ago

So enjoyable from start to finish... the historical spots and info offer insight into how people lived and played 120 years ago. This trail did not feel moderate—it was easy to complete. And while others reported little shade along the way, we found ample rest and shade.

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private property
22 days ago

The Slot Canyon is NOT on private property. The NO TRESPASSING sign has been taken off of the gate which is on New Mexico State Trust Lands( using these requires a recreation permit). There is a parcel of private property here which is not fenced, but can be easily avoided by staying close to the bluffs as the route indicates. I don't know if the posting of the No Trespassing sign was an honest mistake or someone deliberately trying to scare off would be visitors, but I will find out in the next few days.

Good trail, my 9 & 11 year olds enjoyed it.

muddy
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

I hiked most of it on 6/21/19. I peeled off during the end loop and climbed the area between organ peak and sugarloaf mountain instead. The quality of the hike varies a lot. The first part is fairly clear and easy to follow. About halfway where there's a meadow, you end up having to push through a large section of brush that only leaves a couple of inches of trail. The overgrowth continues to get worse and you will have to push through overgrown trees and bushes entirely covering the trail. There's two sections of trees where you have to push through 20 ft of them to get past. GPS doesnt work well here due to multiple parallel paths being close together. It is extremely easy to follow a trail that ends with a downed tree, tumbleweeds, or overgrowth, and be unsure if it's actually the trail or the real one is 20 ft to your left or right mostly covered by brush. I spent hours searching for the real trail. Entirely frustrating experience. I spent 11 hours on the mountain. My detour probably added 3 hours. Great views though.

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rocky
25 days ago

Nice trail. Some narrow spots and can be rocky, but a good hike if you're looking for something short. Leashed dogs are allowed.

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no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

This is a tough trail but pretty rewarding as the odds of bumping into anyone is low. The view from the top is worth it. Also, this hike might be better in spring or fall on a non windy day. ***Access tip***: Bring a truck or maybe a high clearance AWD SUV. I barely made it with a higher clearance Subaru and some creative driving. The roads that Google Maps suggest to get there aren't passable esp one that runs along a barbed wire fence as the fence eventually crosses the road (!! seriously who even does that?!). As you head out on D064 (very wide road that passes some schools before turning into a wide dirt road), go past the first road that Maps suggests and let it recalculate. The second left is one car wide but should be enough to get you there. Don't bother trying roads through or near the golf course, they're all closed or blocked.

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bugs
26 days ago

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