Explore the most popular nature trips trails in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 hours ago

I liked this hike; it's not particularly difficult, though there are a couple steep sections. The trail is easy to follow and it's peaceful. Not much in the ways of views and vistas though. The trail terminates in a little meadow with a couple of backpacking campsites. Not exactly scenic, but it's pleasant.

Be mindful of monsoon season when doing this in the summer--it's best to do the hike in the morning.

Note also that the "Holy Ghost Trailhead" is located about 3/4 mile from the actual start of the trailhead. That is, if you park at the lot just outside of the trailhead, this is closer to 8.5 miles round trip.

Beautiful trail. Well marked.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail, pretty area, well marked and close to downtown Cloudcroft. Trailhead right off highway. Was plenty challenging for wife and I in mid 70s. Entire trail had cell service available. Enjoyed using to see our location on the trail with this app.

Nice Sunday afternoon walk thru the woods. Lots of families fishing at the pond.

Good hike with views of lake for two of us in mid 70s.

Beautiful trail. Would love to do again on a sunny dry day.

hiking
3 days ago

Have done this in spring snow and in summer during monsoon season. Beautiful hike any time. Lake is low lately (July 2018) but still a great trek with a payoff at the end. Family friendly.

Only thing it lacks is a view - but a lovely stream and trail - a few big trees down but just reopened this morning after 5 weeks closed due to fire hazard - so no complaints!

First time here and it couldn’t have been better! Easy enough my wife and mother finished it, yet challenging enough that my cousin and I were able to enjoy it. We went at two different paces which makes it great for all levels of experience.

We went up Italianos for about 1.2miles until the aspen grove. It is one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Recommended by a Taos local to us. We saw so many different types of flowers and moss. The trail crosses over the creek quite a few times. Wear good shoes it is a little rocky at parts.

hiking
3 days ago

Very unique sight, all around a great hike. Highly trafficked but I met some nice folks along the way.
Just be aware of the heat and elevation; bring plenty of water and pace yourself accordingly. Very much worth going all the way to the top!

Great history and experience. Not the best hiking, but the views and information are pretty great. Go before 9 or after 3 and you can skip the shuttle and dump of people when you get there.

hiking
4 days ago

What an amazing view. It’s quite a steep hike, especially if you aren’t adjusted to the altitude. Go early to avoid crowds and sun.

Definitely easy trail but if you’re not prepared, you’ll be wiped out at the end. This is one of the most beautiful trails me and my family has EVER accomplished. Hundreds of breathtaking views! Takes a few hours if you’re in it for the scenery... have fun!

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing trail and fun!!!

hiking
4 days ago

heavily traveled. You meet many wonderful people are very helpful

impassable after 5.5 miles. in effect, no trail to goose lake

Great trail. The biodiversity between the West fork and the East fork are completely different. I did the loop backwards starting with the West fork. When you get to the divide, hike down to Truchas lake. Bring binoculars, big horns are everywhere up thier. Only saw 4 other people the six days I took to complete. The views and vistas from the divide are excellent. Seen a lot of elk up there as well. Definitely recommend to those with cardio as you will definitely need it!

we are doing this trail with the wellness coordinator at work. a really good trail for all levels

Highly disappointed. Walking trail we picked went along backyards. Little shade, and good luck finding a map and dust in-between my toes.

hiking
6 days ago

The trail was recommended in preperation to a hiking adventure in the near future due to elevation gain.

Started out about 9 am, with expectation of rain. Definitely rained on and off. We were the only ones in the trail the entire 12 miles.

Alltrails will say 11, but we logged 12 on the Alltrails map.

The overgrowth was a frustration and hard to tackle on the the way down, again expected from previous reviews. the only thing to see up, other the the forest was a few rocks, river, up to a clearing towards the top. it was feeling long, and that's probably becasue the miles were incorrect.


With the rain, we had sit tight for a bit to see if we could continue on. We decided to go on and as reaching the top (which was about a mile or so up), the fog coming up from the rain, and covering the trees and forest to all white, and low visibility was just an amazingly view to see and have the luck to experience.

Arriving to the top the views were indeed spectacular and we were happy to reach the trailhead with all the uncertainty from the storm. as soon as we reached the top, the lightening showed face. too bad we had to head back immediately for safty and couldnt go on to the ridge and peak as intended.

Overall, if you you can navigate and head out, at both forks you will turn right, and at mile three the path continues where the fallen tree is split to the left.

Also, wildlife was plenty, at the beginning of the forest entrance and throughout if thats something that you are looking for. We did see more on the way out but plenty all over.

Trail is closed until further notice as of July 8th, 2018.

My wife and I enjoyed this relatively easy hike. We are in mid 70s and it was just right for us.

on Achenbach Canyon Trail

6 days ago

definitely moderate difficulty & poorly marked but gorgeous views

Super easy. Went at about 5pm and it was pretty quiet. The alcove trail is definitely worth the detour. If you go in the afternoon, the left side of the main loop has a lot more shade than the right side with the cave dwellings, so I regret not taking the left part first.

hiking
7 days ago

Super easy, basically just a nature walk. The ladders were cool, but 140 feet sounds higher than it actually is. Saw a lot of wildlife and cool plants and trees. Went late in the day, at about 5, and it was pretty warm, but at about 6:30 it’s significantly better (they close at 8, though). The main loop trail to the left has way more shade than to the right, though, so if I were doing it at 5pm again, I’d go left on the main loop to go out to alcove then finish the other half of the main loop with the smaller ladders and Pueblo stuff on the way back.

M daughter and I went out out there yesterday with her Ridgeback dog. Got there at about 11:00am, beautiful sunny day, 77 degrees. Hiked the 4.3 miles in pure beach sand. Never found the river and turned back at the blue fence. Coming back was difficult as the temp rose to over 90 degrees. Do not under estimate this walk, and keep in mind the time of year. We thought plenty of water but because of the heat and lack of shade, we went through it fast. There is NO SHADE so be prepared. Definitely wouldn’t do it again in July, and not so sure I would bring a dog!! The canyon is beautiful, really would have liked to have found the river.

Love this Hike! The views from above the Sanatorium are amazing!

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