Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

off road driving
9 days ago

Great view of the Rio Grande Valley rewards you at the end of the trail. A couple small washouts but nothing too difficult, took a 4WD Tacoma, used 2WD 95% of the time.

off road driving
2 months ago

Tried to get to the trail and both ways the map said to get here were closed. Total waste of a day.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

on Goose Lake

off road driving
2 months ago

Lake view is great. Maze of trees to get there and bumpy trail boring.

off road driving
3 months ago

Easy trail. Lots of beautiful views.

The trail was great but you better be good at navigating around off the trail. Towards halfway of the trail you lost site because of fallen trees everywhere. Be sure to expect delays but the end and getting to the lake is well worth it.

Awesome place to take your 4x4. I had a blast exploring the trail which you definitely have some options. The view was amazing from every aspect of the trail.

Not much to see on this trail but it's fairly easy. Will do it again.

off road driving
9 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails in Red River! Goose Lake is beautiful and peaceful, well worth the trip! It is probably the most popular trail in the area, so expect lots of traffic. Seems like every time I visit, the restroom at the lake is closed.

Disappointing if you think you're going to actually get to the lake! I did not log in to record, but after hiking 5 hours and logging 4.9 miles, the trail abruptly ended in what looked like an apocalypse of uprooted and downed trees in a boggy swamp. We hung around for at least another 45 minutes trying to figure out where the trail resumed but to no avail. We had no choice but to go back down without seeing the magnificent views of Goose Lake.
This is also not what I would call a moderate trail except at the beginning. The length and elevation gain alone make it challenging, and there are plenty of places where tree roots, downed trees and rocks make it difficult. You also have to cross the stream several times either on logs or rocks. There are no signs along the trail to guide you, and although the trail is mostly clear, at the end there is no indicator of where to go to get to the lake.
Your best bet, if you want to see the lake, is to get there by Jeep or ATV. Otherwise hike up a couple miles to the first or second meadow, have a picnic and hike down. The maps for this trail are inaccurate . If anyone has actually hiked all the way to the top and seen the lake, I'd like to know where I missed the trail.

off road driving
9 months ago

Beautiful drive, but IT IS NOT AN OFF-ROAD TRAIL! It's basically a windy mountain paved road that eventually turns into dirt. You could make this drive in a Cadillac if you really wanted. Not worth it if you're looking for a Jeep trail.

Love this lake. It is so beautiful and well worth the time. Bring lots of water and a snack to eat by the lake.

The trail was great but there was no lake. I would call it moderate to challenging

trail running
10 months ago

This trail is BRUTAL for running... super steep and loose rocks... but it is beautiful!

There are two TRs. Start from Mentmore TR (west off exit 16, not exit 20). Kinda flat, but gets technical and some exposure. Can be a quick 5 mile ride or a 11 mile ride.

off road driving
11 months ago

Easy out and back on well maintained dirt roads. Beautiful views.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I am assuming this place is a wonderful place for birding during winter migration, as the signs in the park explain. The "trail" is a ~3 mile loop meant for driving(15mph) or hiking and is flat terrain with little shade. There are some small trails with viewing platforms for bird watching along the way, as well as plenty of places for picnicking and outdoor bathrooms, as well. I know I came in off season but saw some killdeer, roadrunner and wrens!

scenic driving
Monday, April 03, 2017

Very beautiful drive. Easy on my Xterra. The only problem I had was the cow patties everywhere and the low-life drunks who break their beer bottles all over the place and leave the boxes in the watering hole. Made me upset. Other than that, the drive was lovely.

off road driving
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

this place is amazing ! Were first time jeepers looking for new adventures to conquer and this is a good one! I really suggest to bring a map or look at it on ur phone because there's so many roads that lead who knows where. luckily never got stuck but still got lost even with a map , lots of rocky climbing and hills and dirt roads!

off road driving
Monday, November 21, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

we enjoyed it. very scenic. not a hard trail at all.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

nice drive

off road driving
Friday, September 09, 2016

we had a blast. Love the scenery.

off road driving
Monday, August 15, 2016

Fun jeep trail & lots of hiking at the top. .Goose Lake is gorgeous

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beautiful scenery. There's also a ghost town off of this road marked by a port-a-potty. Makes for an easy short hike or a sandy trail run.

off road driving
Friday, March 18, 2016

Wonderful sites and the geology is amazing.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Challenging, and amazing scenery.

Awesome!!! Perfect trail for atv!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Really crowded area, but still beautiful. We went the weekend after Memorial Day and spent about 90 minutes trying to locate a campsite. Seriously, it's REALLY crowded. People race up and down the dirt road at all hours.

If you're willing to tolerate the people and vehicles, though, the Jemez Mountains are incredibly beautiful. This is one of our favorite places to camp. We tend to go for the northern end, because it's less crowded. Access to the river isn't available at the north end--the area is protected for the safety of an endangered mouse.

If you have a free evening, I highly recommend the northern end of the road. It's about 90 minutes from Albuquerque, so the trip is nice and short. :-)

off road driving
Thursday, June 07, 2012

While I have listed this trail as Off-road, it can be used for hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding, or trail running. The terrain is a sandy wash as it closely follows the Rio del Oso, but as it climbs it turns to rocky areas. The road bed can be very deep sand, so be sure to have a winch handy. This trail is listed as being in Abiquiu, but it is not. This trail is just off hwy 84 about 2 miles north of the intersection of hwys 84 and 285. San Lorenzo is an old abandonded encampment. It was once a thriving multi-family village. The road originated as a trail between villages, then became a horse-drawn wagon road, a finally a jeep road. The trail has been in existence for 400 years. Lots of history here.

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