Explore the most popular river 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.

loved this trail, a new favorite. i love trails that run along side water. watch out for bears, ran into a big black male!

three words. Too Many Mosquitoes.

Great Hike went in at 1:30pm was hot the 1st 2 miles in with no shade, then once you get past the 2 mile marker it gets better. Stayed overnight at the springs and hiked out in the AM. No snakes but did see fresh cougar tracks.

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.

watch out for rattlesnakes, they are out there, be careful.....my fourth time out here, and its the first time we saw one , happy trails

Trails are decent. Climb is challenging. Views are breathtaking. A must for anyone hiking/backpacking in Taos area

This is our FAVORITE trail so far, our dogs now know it by heart and get so excited when we get close to the trail!

on Dragonfly Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Very nice hike for all ages , better during cooler months or overcast days because of lack of shade

hiking
4 days ago

Nice little loop hike , we went to the right at the loop so we would be going downhill thru the chasm . Nice photo opportunities with the rock formations
Lots of birds and wildflowers when we went in early September

hiking
4 days ago

One of my favorite hikes !!! Great for all ages and lots to see with creek and rock formations .

I would give it a five because the views at top are amazing, but kind of want to give the trail itself a 3 since many parts are in bad condition.

This was a beautiful but decently strenuous day hike. Avoid FR 639 as you come out of Truchas unless you want a fun 4-wheeling experience. Going around to FR 207 (El Valle Road) is a more relaxing route. Only a couple of cars there when we arrived. Make sure to stop and look around occasionally, as it is easy to keep looking down and focus on the trail. Didn’t see anyone going up until we got to the lakes, then saw a couple of camping groups there. A very beautiful area.

Early September 2018. Great hike! We started at 2pm and got to the Hot Springs around 5:45pm after taking a few of breaks. The hike starts out with a gradual uphill for about 1 hr, then 1hr downhill into a canyon until you reach the fork of Little Bear Canyon and Middle Fork. No water in the first twi hours. Though the hard copy map shows to not cross Middle Fork yet, it seems like that trail hasn’t been used in a while, cross it and just follow it, all the way around. It then took us almost 2 hours to reach the hot springs. The only hard thing was that we didn’t know how far we were going and even though it’s all flat, you are slowed down the river crossings. Once we got there all the good flat camp spots were taken, but we found a good one nested up in the river bank, so we camp here. Went into the hot springs in the morning (very nice in the beginning, then they were warm) and then took off. We got lucky, no storms while we were there, though you could see them creeping nearby. It seems as if these thunderstorms are unpredictable. We did get stuck in a hail storm the night before but this was 30-40min out from the Visitor’s Center on highway 15. The Middle Fork water was fine, we brought aquamira drops and used them a few times. The water was clear. Note that water is used upstream. No signs of bears, cougars, nor wolves. Only birds, squirrels, and lots of frogs. Would definitely come back to do more than one night. Have fun!

excellent trail.

This is a very good trail and the plane wreckage near the end makes it quite unique. The first mile or so is completely exposed and rather gradual incline. As you get into the forest it gets quite steep and there are several spots where you have to scramble up some rocks. It’s easy to lose the trail and I got off track for a bit but managed to find my way back.
The wreckage is located almost directly below the tram cables so you will know when you are close. I was amazed at the site. It was truly a sobering experience to see and identify almost every part of the plane. It is a stark reminder of the fragility of life.
This trail is not for beginners with rapid elevation gain and rough terrain.

Easy hike with slight incline in the latter half. Very hot in summer months, bring plenty of water as there is little shade for most of the journey. Petroglyphs were cool to see along the route. Absolute silence if alone.

takes longer to drive to the trail head than it takes to summit. great 360° views

Short walk to the beautiful waterfall

mountain biking
14 days ago

fun trail to do with kids to take them out and enjoy being out on bikes. plenty to see if you like the bosque . only reminder I have for people is to remember the trail is on east side of river.

Absolutely stunning. Worth the river crossings and feels good after hiking for a bit. Pack hiking shoes and then sandals along with poles to help with the cross.

road biking
15 days ago

We drive 4 hours from El Paso just to ride on this trail once or twice a year... We love it.

completed this a number of times, latest was today after a 4 year hiatus due to injuries. terrific above tree line views. The climb as always is relentless, even considering the new switchbacks put in a few years ago. Be prepared for rapid changes in weather, especially in monsoon season.
The lower Williams Lake section has been rerouted to accommodate mountain development, in my estimation it has not disturbed the major portion of this section.

Great hike, start early!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice short and secluded hike down to the river. Great views. Dirt roads are in variable conditions. SUV or Jeep recommended to reach trailhead.

Trail’s well maintained. There’s lots of varied terrain on this hike. Lots of shaded areas as well,
A great hike!

Great trail. Not too many people. Came across two groups of two horses, several dogs and we saw a black bear!!! Not 100 ft from the trail. It ran fast an opposite way when it saw us first. Very exciting!!

hiking
17 days ago

This was great, went on an hour long hike yesterday and there were STILL so many paths I didn’t take! But I was able to see a beautiful birch grove, magical. Also, no $20 fee, it’s free!! And awesome! And it has bathrooms!

Drove this stretch back in late June just after the Ute Park fire burned much of the Philmont scout ranch. It was very intense and killed nearly 100% of the tree cover in areas between Cimarron and Ute Park. It will take decades to recover portions of the forest. The drive is still stunning however, and much of Cimarron Canyon State Park was spared the fire. Will be interesting to see how the area recovers in the coming years.

The first couple miles of the trail where overgrown with light vegetation and there are 40-ish river crossings up to knee deep so be prepared to get wet.

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