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.

fun, and more wild the further west you get

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

Great trail. There is a spot where there are lots of downed trees.... follow the creek at this point because the trail gets lost due to the downed trees. Use this app as your GPS to locate the trail and lake. Lake is beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice fun trail...until you can’t find it anymore

off road driving
1 month ago

Dirt/gravel road, a little rough in spots but not bad even if you don’t have a 4X4. Also, the last part of the trail is on private land & gated off. You can’t actually drive to it. This probably should not be listed as an off-road trail since the only off-road part is not accessible. Nice views of both the Sandia Mountains & the area east of there.

Great Short trail just outside Santa Fe. took me about 2 hours with stopping for pics. When dry it's easy for any 4x4 and most high clearance 2wd should be able to make it. AT&T has phone service through out most of the trail, so it's a safer one to go alone.

A couple of things to note about this trail. First, this is not the Jeep trail. The Jeep trail is closer to town. Second, I was unable to find the lake. Around mile 5 I ran into a ton of down trees and lost the trail. There are down trees everywhere, making it very difficult. It is a Beautiful trail trail though. We saw a beautiful black bear by the primitive campsite around mile 3. It’s around 100 flights at mile 5 where I lost the trail.
I am rating this a 3 Star due to losing the trail. If the trees are cleared and a clear path is made to the lake this is definitely a 5 Star.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great views and an awesome trail!

off road driving
2 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

off road driving
5 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
11 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
11 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
Monday, July 03, 2017

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

mountain biking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

birding
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

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