Looking for a great trail near Las Cruces, New Mexico? AllTrails has 42 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 23 moderate trails in Las Cruces ranging from 0.6 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!

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rocky
4 days ago

Easy gravel trail. Interesting history about a Resort back in the early 1900s. Off limits to structures in the area of Dripping Springs. I hiked the trail in December, 2019.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great hike. People seem to blow the danger of the hike well out of proportion. The hike is very easy for most of it. The riverbed is where the incline really begins, then you ascend up to what amounts to a large dirt hill. Once at the top, you traverse over to the peak. The last incline part is the only one that would require some being some what in shape and have decent balance. The trail is easy to follow if you look for rocks and ribbons. Only a few spots would take you the wrong direction but if you always check you’ll be ok. I chose to do the hike because a 68 year old guy told me he does it all the time. There was no need for ropes at all and really only had to pull ourselves up once or twice. I don’t know if there is multiple paths to the top, but hearing some of the descriptions makes it sound like people took different routes. We finished the whole out and back in 6.5 hours. You’ll know you are at the top because there will be a grey box with some supplies and a log for people to leave messages. I highly recommend for most people. November seemed like a great time to do it. We barely needed any water so I was able to pour out most my water to lighten my pack.

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rocky
8 days ago

Great trail but I encountered two rattlesnakes (both angry and loud) within .25 miles of the trailhead - on December 1st! It freaked me out and although the entire time I thought, "I gotta come back and do the whole thing someday," I don't think I will now.

Don't let this hike fool you, not to be taken lightly. Involves a good bit of rock climbing and negotiating large rocks. Dessert like plants were very sharp. I wouldn't attempt this, if there was even the slightest chance of precipitation, the rocks were very slippery. I encountered rain, sleet, and snow. Beautiful views though.

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rocky
scramble
11 days ago

I enjoyed this hike. Went with three of my kids aging from 4 to 14. Took us three and a half hours but we took our time and spent a good portion rock scrambling and admiring the beauty of the caves and scenery. It got chilly in the late afternoon. Kids did good. Little one got tired and complained towards the end.

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rocky
scramble
13 days ago

This should be a medium difficulty because if you start from the rocky side is a step climb and it cam be difficult, but its a great trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Saw an oryx!!

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rocky
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Lively times again!

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fee
18 days ago

excellent easy hike. My 4 year old completed it and had a blast.

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19 days ago

amazing!

Baylor Canyon Trail to the ridge south of the pass.

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no shade
22 days ago

Went in November and was in the 70’s sunny , no shade on this hike , did the counterclockwise route which is probably easier , cave and story was interesting

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike especially if Waterfall is flowing , no shade so choose a cool time to hike

hiking
23 days ago

Such a great hike! Only thing I can ask is if you do decide to bring your dogs with you, please have control over them, either with a leash or a remote and collar. Found a dog off leash and had a big scare with my dogs. Could have ended very badly, if only the owners, who were a very long ways away from there dog, had control over him then things would have been fine.

Getting to parking was slow. Dirt trail and lots of rocks. The trail was well marked and great views. My time nowhere a record just enjoyed a stroll. Spent three hours to the split and back taking in the sights. We will have to come back.

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rocky
24 days ago

Amazing hike that gives you such variation in land each level of elevation gain. Trail veers off to many paths at some points but just look for the cairns and pink markers in trees and it comes back around to the main trail quick. There is one sketchy-ish part at the very last scramble with two ropes but they were sturdy and it’s easier going down than up. It happened to be cloudy at the summit BUT I hear there’s incredible 360 views. Ot was certainly an all day hike, started at 8:30 got done at 5:30 w significant break at the top, but felt longer than 5 mi out and back. Obsessed w these mountains, definitely will do again.

hiking
25 days ago

Enjoyed this hike with my 7 year old and 4 year old. We started at the visitor center and went down the trail toward La Cueva. Fantastic hike with some fun rock scrambling. We loved it. The rangers close promptly at Sundown. No dogs are allowed on the upper trials.

hiking
26 days ago

amazing weather for an amazing hike!

hiking
26 days ago

Steep, loose, with much erosion. Lots of elevation change over relatively short distance. Route finding can be challenging at times --especially after dark.

The first 80% of the trail is a gravel road, formerly used to access the resort. There is not much shade, but benches have been built under the scattered trees to provide rest spots. The entire hike is very scenic and definitely worth checking out.

wide gravel path/old road up to ruins. pit toilet available near the ruins. story of the area is nicely told along the way.

For those coming from El Paso, on I-25, take the NASA/baylor canyon pass exit and turn right on Baylor Canyon pass. Drive down about 3 miles until you find a parking lot on the left and a sign for the trail head. Only complaints is that the trail is difficult to follow for the first 2 miles as there are no markings. Great hike and elevation on the trail and wonderful views throughout. Perfect fall/winter hike, I think it'll be too hot in the summer as there is minimal shade for half of the trail. You will definitely get a workout in!

We summited for the 2nd time yesterday and found the hike much more pleasant in early Nov. than our Sept 1 hike. If you're looking for vibrant fall foliage in Cruces, it's up above 7000' here. The stinging nettles have subsided and the trail is much easier to follow this time of year. I would still rate this is the hardest hike around, by far the hardest I've done. Bring a jacket for the top in cooler months. The temp dropped 20 degrees from the yellow rocks to dark canyon. There was a rope on the scramble portion, though a different one from September. I'd advise bringing one if you're set on summiting. Coming off that portion without one seems unfathomable. Coming down will always be my least favorite thing. The dread of doing so sets in just as I start to feel good about making it to the peak.

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