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

A fairly easy hike, which would be great for kids. I went the first week of October and all of the Aspen trees were changing colors. The fall colors made the hike incredibly enjoyable!

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this trail! Lots of interesting terrain and shade, lots of birds too. Beautiful view of canyon at end of trail, right before you loop back. We messed up and accidentally took Gonzales rd. and Barranza and looped back to Bezos Bench instead of Bezos Canyon, but still worthwhile. Took about 2 hrs with lots of pausing for pictures and two little dogs bent on sniffing everything.

4 months ago

Windy hot day, and ran in between shade stops. The end is a great view and worth it!

Moderate to hard hike, trails are not well marked, especially river trail to red dot trail. Take extra water. Very rocky decent and climb. Beautiful scenery and small streams.

Beautiful country. Many hiking and camping opportunities. Great history museum in Alamos with the Nuclear site. NIce drive through the area or can stay for days.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike that takes you up into the high country with a beautiful meadow and very gradual elevation gain. The first 15 minutes are a bit rocky, but it gets much better after that.

Good condition and relatively easy to follow. Bring sufficient water.

I'm 56. The 1,000' descent and ascent are challenging. The rest pretty easy. Beautiful hike.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

We did the red dot and blue dot on separate days. I would rate them each as difficult, but the views are spectacular. Just take lots of water!

We did the red dot trail. The view was spectacular

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Good for kids and old folks. Really beautiful
views of Sangre de Christos and Redondo Peak.
Trail ends at a canyon edge which is nice but not as
spectacular as the Frijoles Canyon which is much larger. But still a really nice hike!

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

I can only imagine how nice a walk this would be in the early summer when the wildflowers are in bloom. It is a very easy hike with wonderful vistas in all directions. Lots of signs of animals but we didn't see any.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bring lots of water!

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

A pick-your-own-adventure sort of hike, there are many criss-crossing paths and nothing feels off-limits. Flatter trails would be great for running, there are some ascents through rocks if you feel like clambering. Overall a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. A drawback is that homes and roads are visible and audible from many places in this park.

I did the Blue Dot to the River Trail and up the Red Dot Trail and yes the Canyon Rim Trail isn't marked as the others. Still made it back and enjoyed the day.

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Great spot to wander around for a casual hike. We did this one after a day at Tsankawi Ruin in October and enjoyed smelling the trees (the Douglas Firs here smell like vanilla up close). I don't remember anything about this trail being strenuous, but it was more than just a walk. The locals will talk this one up a fair amount; everyone seems to know this trail, at least a little bit.

trail running
Saturday, August 08, 2015

I used to mountain bike this trail as a kid (still do, from time to time), and it's a blast. A lot of varied terrain as you go down into the canyon and come out by the water treatment plant. Have someone meet you or ride up on the road! I now trail run, and find the terrain to be perfect for long runs. Most of the time there is no steep grade. I'm not entirely sure where the loop ends, as I go different ways, but from the entryway off Diamond Drive, take a left alongside Barranca Mesa and you'll see some really lovely views!

I did the Blue Dot trail. It was absolutely gorgeous, and there's even a small swimming hole by the river. I would warn about finding the Rim Trail after hiking back up out of the canyon. It was tricky to find and we lost it for a while, which left us scrambling over large boulders. Still fun, but something to watch out for!

My Friend and I completed the blue dot to red dot loop. The scenery around the river was wonderful and there was a beautiful spring fed creek with a lovely little pool. Once we hit the Red dot we were surprised by the large number of red paint splotches that were placed almost every 5 feet and occasionally twice on the same rock. An occasional red marker would be fine. The blue dot trail did not suffer from this.

The canyon rim trail back to the overlook park trailhead was not fantastic, but it was overall a nice day.

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3 months ago

on Mitchell Trail

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6 months ago

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