Explore the most popular partially paved 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
1 day ago

Nice trail within the city. Nice views. Very safe.

hiking
15 days ago

Jesus!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fun, short hike (easy). Right now, part of the trail is closed for repairs. This is a fantastic family hike!

hiking
2 months ago

The beginning (less than 1/4 mile) had a steep incline compared to the rest of the trail. Overall a good trail, went around 12p on a Sunday and it was busy. Passed by about 15 hikers total. I liked that there was a noticeable trail, and that there were plenty of points to sightsee into Mexico and El Paso. Even though it is a zigzag in-and-our trail, it went by fast. My husband, dog, and I took our time going up but coming down it only took ~30 minutes! Only giving it a 4 because the area is known for crime.

This trail is a beautiful trail with amazing views easy, would be perfect for a family outing.

Beautiful canyon and creek. Spectacular views!! We saw javalinas and frogs. Hiked to where Gold Rush trail intersects. Had a great time playing in the waterfalls and photographing the amazing views.

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible, breathtaking view! You can see Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Lots of things to learn with the signs posted around the trail. Definitely worth the fee, especially if you love history!

walking
3 months ago

Wife wasn't a fan of the road up, but the view is great. It's a nice walk, some wildlife, and plenty of sky. The drive is about 10 up and 10 down, fee is 15, definitely worth the stop. Little shop in town was nice too.

This trail is definitely more enjoyable on a cooler or cloudy day. The first part of my hike was 90 degrees and sunny, and even this Texan was hot! Got cloudy and was much more enjoyable. Good for all activity levels as long as you take some breaks after the stairs up to the caves. The Kids I saw liked climbing inside! Get the guide that tells you what all the markers mean.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Super fun, well graded dirt and paved trail.

on Santa Fe Rail Trail

4 months ago

I've only biked the segment between rabbit rd. and Eldorado, great trail. The first half mile or so from rabbit rd. has some ups and downs that could be a bit strenuous for beginers, after that though its pretty smooth sailing to Eldorado. Be aware of rattlesnakes, saw about a 4 footer crossing the trail yesterday.

Great family hike! Got a little more adventurous where the trail has been washed out, but the views and landscape make it worth it! We will definitely be back!

hiking
4 months ago

A nice hike with good views. I'd say it's more of an easy than a moderate hike. A section of it is paved, but most of it is just dirt. My only issue is the amount of bike traffic that runs along the 341 stretch.

hiking
4 months ago

Most of this trail is an easy walk that takes you past much of the ancient Pueblo hiding that was built a millennium ago in this canyon. There are a few places where you can explore the caves built into the canyon walls. These areas are accessed by tight stairs and a few ladders. Great fun for young kids.

Took another reviewers advise and went left up the stairs first. It was amazing. Nice to go downhill over the switchbacks and enjoy the carvings at Inscription Rock at the end as a cool down time. Walking sticks are helpful on the downhill and at the top over the rocky terrain. We will comeback again many times. Different seasons to enjoy the changing scenery and weather. Especially nice that it’s free to get into. Rangers were very helpful.

Beautiful day and scenery!!! The hike up is an incline, just be prepared and have water!!! :)

Beautiful trail! It is sad that much of the bridges and trail were washed away by flooding, but we were able to climb over some boulders to get down to the water and cross over the creek. We had so.much fun exploring parts of the washed out trail. It is a gorgeous canyon . After our hike we enjoyed lunch in the shady picnic area by the creek. The bridges and some of the rocky areas could be hard on a dog’s feet. Also the hot asphalt parts of the trail that were in the sun got pretty hot and we had to carry our dogs. It is truly a beautiful place. I hope they are able to rebuild the whole trail.

Got there just after 8, the weather was nice and cool. Great views all over. Saw a deer.

road biking
5 months ago

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

I have done this hike many times, I even went last year with a yoga group. Dare to dream, try to go when there is a ranger trip, you learn about the history,

walking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

Beautifully kept trail and an easy hike up! Took me and a friend about an hour and a half total to get up and back. Awesome views at the top! The incline at the very beginning feels tough, but after that it’s gradual smooth sailing. A must do if in the area.

Amazing hike. Very beautiful

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful view, fairly easy walk, and several views of smaller craters such as Baby Capulin. Definitely recommend going with your family, and it isn't overly busy.

Great trail, the first 1/2 mile on the Catwalks is neat, then definitely go down the stairs at the end of the Catwalks and find your way upstream to a couple little waterfalls and swimming holes. You can walk upstream or find the trails on either side of the creek. It’s cool to see the effects of the flood and the burnt trees that it carried downstream. We hiked 2 1/2ish miles upstream to where the whitewater trail intersects. There was some climbing, but pretty easy-moderate over all. Not too crowded and there was minimal litter, which we picked up of course. We picked up only 3 pieces of trash the whole hike.

Absolutely great! completed it with our 5 year old son and he just loved the stairs and slick rock areas. We found it better to go to the left as you leave the visitors center. It has you climbing the stairs first and puts you at the top of the trail, letting you come down the long switchbacks to inscription rock. For us, that was easier, but both routes are good. Hope everyone enjoys this trail!

We took our 10, 7 & 4 yo... the paved area was not really a hike... more like a steep walk. When we got to the end we decided to climb down to the river. For our return we went bouldering, along and through the river to find our way back to the crossover bridge. What was a boring walk turned into a fun hike.

note:
we went Mem wkd... there were A LOT of people by hiking std and most were hanging out for the day in the river w/ their kids & dogs. If you enjoy a min. peeps kind of trek... it was fairly busy.

Very nice hike, however a lot of the trail is washed away.

Beautiful trail. Beautiful area.

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