Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Best trails in Las Cruces

3,554 Reviews
Looking for a great trail near Las Cruces, New Mexico? AllTrails has 45 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. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pena Blanca Wilderness Study Area or Anthony, NM. Ready for some activity? There are 26 moderate trails in Las Cruces ranging from 1.4 to 13.6 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!
Show more
Map of trails in Las Cruces
Top trails (45)
#1 - Pine Tree Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(486)
Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#2 - Dripping Springs Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(434)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Hike thru Desert Valley to Dripping Springs waterfall. No pets allowed. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the right fork, stay on to the Dripping SpringsTrail. At about 1.3 miles you will find a fork in the trail. Take the right fork. Keep right at the next junction. You will come to the old Boyd Sanitarium in 0.1 miles. When looking at the dining hall, search for a rock stairway on the left side. Follow the stairway up and left to the waterfall above the area. You must return down that same path. Return to the last junction and go right. 300 feet further on the trail will bring you to the Van Patten Mountain Camp. After exploring the camp, continue around the loop trail to the main trail and return to the visitor's center.Show more
#3 - Organ Needles Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(166)
Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
Hike thru Desert Valley to the Organ Needles. NO PETS ALLOWED. CAUTION - EXTREME HIKE - rated toughest in New Mexico by BLM, not only for the actual difficulty but for the bushwhacking and scrambling as well. Take extra water! Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. After paying at the visitor's center, drive west on the service road to the trailhead at the La Cueva Picnic area. On the trail at about 0.15 miles you reach a fork in the trail. Take the left fork. At about 0.75 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail on the left. Follow this trail thru the gate a few hundred yards until you see a pile of mine tailings. Take the left fork and climb the tailings pile. Follow the trail above the tailings in the direction of the large yellow rock ahead. Just beyond the yellow rock is a good rest spot in the trees. From the trees follow the trail to the large gray rock. Climb to the left of the gray rock up to Juniper Saddle. From Juniper Saddle continue up through Dark Canyon descending the west side around the spur and up to the Needles Peak. Return via reverse route.Show more
#4 - Baylor Canyon Pass via Baylor Canyon Road
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(215)
Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
High desert ascent to a mountain pass. Show more
#5 - Achenbach Canyon Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(149)
Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
The first mile of this beautiful trail will take you to a big area where you can see some of the most beautiful mountains with big rocks and nice vegetation near Las Cruces NM and which you will continue to see a long of the entire trail. In this first mile the trail is a bit steep and in some parts rocky, but easy to walk, it seems that you will not find anything amazing, but as more you walk you will find a beautiful landscape with very nice mountains and canyons. Near this area you will find an intersection with a loop trail, turn to your right, and in about a half of a mile you have to turn to your left, the trail here is not well marked but is there. In this section of a half of a mile sometimes you lose the trail but there are some stone marks that help to find it, and most of the trail is on a nice arroyo easy to walk, you also can use your GPS to follow the path if you wish. When you arrive to the other intersection of the loop, you continue to your right in direction to the Soledad Canyon Road, this side of the trail is very well marked. There is a warning sign before reaching the intersection with the Soledad Canyon Rd, entry to that area is prohibited, and you have to return from that point. On the way back you take the right side of the loop. Stop for a moment and enjoy the amazing view of the mountains, they say that after the rainy season is full of beautiful flowers, but in any season this trail will leave you surprised. It is advisable to walk the whole path, but if you decide to do only part of the trail you will enjoy it a lot too. Show more
#6 - Fillmore Canyon Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(185)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Please note: Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Hike thru Desert Valley to Fillmore Canyon. After paying at the visitor's center, drive west on the service road to the trailhead at the La Cueva Picnic area. At about 0.15 miles you reach a fork in the trail. Take the left fork. At about 0.75 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail on the left. Follow this trail to the end at about 1.1 miles. Enjoy the water fall but please remember it is a delicate area. After leaving the water fall return via reverse route - OR - continue on the Crawford Trail to the visitor's center to make it a longer hike.Show more
#7 - La Cueva Loop Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(130)
Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Loop hike thru Desert Valley to La Cueva Archeological site. NO PETS ALLOWED. This trail can be hiked in either direction. This descriprion is counter-clockwise. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the left fork on to the Crawford Trail. At about 1.4 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail. You may detour right into Fillmore Canyon or continue on the main trail. At about 2.35 miles you arrive at La Cueva, the Hermit's Cave. After leaving the cave continue along the trail to return to the visitor's center.Show more
#8 - Slot Canyon
Las Cruces, New Mexico
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(184)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#9 - Baylor Canyon Pass Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(86)
Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Hike from the foot hills, along tree-covered trails to a mountain pass. The sign is the trailhead. Follow the main trail west. There is little chance of losing the trail. The trail will switchback up the canyon. At about 2.0 miles you reach Baylor Pass. Return via the reverse route. Day use fee for this trail is now $5Show more
#10 - Shelter Caves
Pena Blanca Wilderness Study Area
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(117)
Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Beautiful area, after the initial hike up the hill the grass meadows and boulders are spectacular. Great spot for rock climbing/scrambling. The trail is narrow but easy to follow. There are portions at he beginning that have a lot of loose rock so you do have to watch your footing carefully, especially on the way back when it’s downhill. There are no trail markers but they aren’t really necessary, except at the fork where you have to bear right to get to the cave area. There are some great views along this hike, with cool rock formations and rock/desert canyon areas. Show more
Showing results 1 - 10 of 45