Explore the most popular scenic 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.

13 days ago

Fast, bumpy, desert twists and turns. Baha race around. Tons of fun fast! Lifted F350.

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.

Great adventure

scenic driving
1 month ago

Road is mostly washed out now after recent heavy rains. Impassable except with 4wd and somewhat difficult even with that. Also it is CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED 7 miles from the town of Monticello and on the north end also. I drove around on NM Hwy 52 to the northern access point and found it CLOSED, GATED, AND LOCKED about 2 miles in from NM Hwy 52

scenic driving
2 months ago

The only bad part was when it ended.

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.

Scenic drive to the cave. The drive there is all uphill. It's all good until someone crosses the yellow line. Stay in your lane!

off road driving
4 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.

What a view. Nice highway and you go from flatlands to mountains in minutes, lots of great trails and ponderosa pines

I grew up in northern New Mexico so I’m no stranger to scenic mountain drives, but this one really surprised me and I considered it jaw dropping in places.

off road driving
7 months ago

Easy trail. Lots of beautiful views.

Beautiful country. Many hiking and camping opportunities. Great history museum in Alamos with the Nuclear site. NIce drive through the area or can stay for days.

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.

Did this stretch of road on our way from Taos to Colorado Springs. Typical SW canyon country driving. I think the section from Taos to the Angel Fire cut off is just about in the same category. Both nice drives.

Easy trail moderate inclines with good scenic view into the valley and not to far off the main road of 82. Nice little waterfall to take pictures at good easy trail.

Spectacular drive! Inspiring and beautiful. Lots of trails in this area.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Have driven this road several times. Always a pleasure to drive.

Very scenic

scenic driving
Monday, June 19, 2017

off road driving
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

The road getting to Chaco Canyon is rough, but well worth it, although I'd avoid it after any sort of significant rain. The road becomes 23 miles of very slippery mud. There are all sorts of trails once you get into the Chaco Canyon site. The one I highly suggest is the one that takes you up the side of the cliff. It can be a bit tight and tricky getting up there, so not easy. See my pictures of the crevice you have to climb through. Once you are up there you get a bird's eye view of Pueblo Bonito and other places. They do have camp grounds. It is very hot during the summer, very cold during the winter. It is well worth it. I'd go again in a heart beat. There are so many more ruins to be explored in the Chaco Canyon Basin area.

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!

scenic driving
Thursday, November 03, 2016

Beautiful drive outside Taos. Drove this road in the snow one April, made it especially beautiful.

scenic driving
Thursday, November 03, 2016

Beautiful Scenic drive with beautiful views of the valley and White Sands/

Very Scenic

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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

Saturday, September 10, 2016

nice drive

scenic driving
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful drive up the mountain. It really is amazing how quickly the scenery changes from desert scrub to dense alpine forest. Plenty of trails and outlook points on the way.

Pretty drive. Madrid is cute. much nicer than taking the highway from Abq to SF, and not much longer either.

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