Explore the most popular walking 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.

The trail is well marked by cairns.

great for beginners

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.

walking
3 months ago

This is a paved path. Very easy walk. It was ok but I didn’t like how close it was to the road (a lot of road noise!) and a short fence kept you from being able to see anything.

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.

on Canyon Rim Trail

4 months ago

a nice easy paved trail with slight incline.

hiking
4 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.

6 months ago

Easy trail for hiking and mountain bike. A good portion is shaded but some parts are exposed. A few graded spots bit mostly level. Easy access to the Bridges Loop over Pueblo Canyon as well. Great for kids and dogs too.

nice walk thru amazing history. los alamos is a neat little town in its own right. more exercise for your brain, not so much your body

I love this hike! The gps feature of this app was very helpful as I did get turned around. Once you get to the rocks just follow the trail makers and you'll get to the arch! I also didn't see anyone else the whole time which is always a great touch.

Easy, paved and well marked. Great running trail or to take the pups for a walk :)

We never found the Arch. We went a few miles off the path even just looking for it but never did. The trail itself isn't clearly marked so we were constantly wondering which way was the correct way. Lots of fallen trees and plants/flowers in the trailway (which is fine). Do it if you want to go for a hike but not if you want beautiful views along the way.

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

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful view of town, a bit of a climb once you get off the Mitchell trail

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

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

trail starts out easy, walk through fire charred trees but quickly turns fairly aggressive as you scramble the rocks. Beautiful views from top. Pay close attention to cairns marking trail as there are several paths up the final stretch before the arch.

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

Went with a friend. All the way to the end. Walked through the arch. While a little parched, in the wind blowing through we stood feeling renewed... How was it good?
it was easily was...

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bring lots of water!

So much fun!

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This trail is great for dogs and is a lot of fun of your getting in to hiking again.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pleasant 5-mile rim circle conveniently starting and ending from Holiday Inn front door. South rim is paved. Cross highway at fire station and continued north rim which transitioned from paved to dirt path following airport fence. Side hikes available including Zip Line Trail with 15 switchbacks to canyon bottom- not included in my 5-mile rim hike.

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.

hiking
Friday, September 04, 2015

This hike is a blast. The first part follows an old road and is very flat. After taking the cut off you descend into the canyon with a spectacular view,. Near the end the trail gets very faint so you need to follow the arroyo to the river. Very beautiful.

hiking
Friday, September 04, 2015

Easy day hike with gorgeous views!. This is great for families, mountain bikers, dogs, or trail runners.

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!

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