Explore the most popular State Parks 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
no shade
scramble
2 days ago

This trail has a lot to recommend it with really cool geology, New Mexico history, and lots of birds to look at. The track conditions very greatly between Sandy soil, scramble trail, and steep stairs. some parts are very close to the cliff edge. Harder than expected, but well worth the effort.

Unable to complete trail listed in it’s entirety because I wasn’t able to find the connecting trails! Very beautiful, Aspen-filled with a nice gradual incline.

This trail is no longer closed.

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
4 days ago

Easy hike. Goes all around the perimeter of the city of rocks. Make sure to take some time to walk among the rocks! Very cool formations and vegetation. Worth the drive for sure! $5 fee is worth it!

This trail is most definitely OPEN! I hiked the loop yesterday. Beautiful. Used to hike this regularly years ago, and there were no bridges for the stream crossings. Now there are, at both of them. If you go left (clockwise) at the fork, the overall loop has more incline—my personal favorite :) Bring a lunch or snack, and spend some time by the stream/meadow at the ‘base’ of this triangular loop. Water is plentiful. Dogs will love having a place to drink and cool off. Nice shade during sections of the hike. I wore my trail runners, and they were fine for the terrain. It is somewhat rocky, though. This is the perfect time of year to hike here. So happy I double-checked and found that it’s OPEN now!

10 days ago

Will reopen 5.15.20.

Beautiful trail, my wife and I did this as an overnight backpacking trip this past Sunday. We started at the Ox Canyon trailhead, took it took the crest trail where we camped in a beautiful meadow. The only issue is that ox spring was totally dry, luckily we had enough water, so we were fine. We then continued on the crest trail to red canyon and looped back to the ox trailhead on box canyon trail. Tons of water along red canyon. About 9 miles total.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Great trail - mostly woods. One large creek running through with a few waterfalls, but not super close to the path. A few views of nearby mountains. Overall a great trail though not my most favorite. Pretty crowded for Santa Fe

Didn’t do the hike specifically, but the lake was confirmed open May 3 2020. Gorgeous!!

The road was gated about .5 mile from trailhead and the campground is closed but trail was easily accessible. Going up to Spruce Spring was nice - no blowdowns, trail easy to follow. The Crest trail had two major blowdowns but the "trail" to Gallo Peak had a nice cairn to mark it. The views at the top were great but realize it is a bushwhack and the last 100m are ridiculously steep. The Red Canyon and Crest trail junction has a new sign (ironically, the crest trail is not at the crest at the junction) and is marked with cairns as well. The stream had a small flow and the two waterfalls were pretty good. They have worked hard on the Red Canyon trail and it was in good shape with two minor blowdowns. A great day to be in the woods.

Great loop trail, nice small Aspen forests along the way & back part follows a creek. Went counter clockwise & really enjoyed. Last 1/3 is mostly uphill & got winded a bit with the elevation.

Nice wide gravel trail. A couple steepish places. Several benches along the way.

Great trail. Excellent conditions as of 4/4/2020

hiking
blowdown
over grown
private property
rocky
2 months ago

Getting here is half the battle. You’ll want to go Rio Communities to Mallette, and then go left on Military, then go right on Commerce, then right on Celaya. Good luck getting to the trailhead if you don’t have four wheel drive and high clearance. I got within .4 miles before there was a major washout in the road in a Ford Fusion. Hopefully this helps other people because whichever review mentioned the right way there no longer exists? As for the trail - it’s okay, but rocky. Lots of nice views. South path was a lot harder to navigate and we had to turn back due to it being overgrown and a fair amount of blowdown. North trail was easier to find and follow — up until after the first big hill with a lookout. Rock cairns everywhere going down, but they disappeared in the other blowdown and overgrown brambly mess. I would come back (now that it won’t take 2 hours to find the trailhead), but maybe with a machete. And possibly a bright orange reflective vest so you don’t get shot amidst the illegal hunting/shooting.

hiking
2 months ago

Brought the kiddos along and got lost... long and exhausting day of hiking but it was lovely, just a bit dangerous in the unpredictable spring weather for a newcomer to the area with lil ones!

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Easy flat hike from the Limestone Campground to the Brantley State Park Visitor Center. The trail is on the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert. There are signs along the way that inform hikers about the various plants and animals that live in the desert. Also there is a bench about half way in the hike where you can sit.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Kinda boring and you need a day use permit to use it $$ but it was good exercise - saw a ranger fixing the potholes in the trail which was nice - if you arent already camping at bottomless lakes SP then it isnt worth it in my opinion

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Flat trail through the desert with mountains and the lake in the distance. With a hat and water it is an easy hike.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Currently flooded in one spot. Unless you wanted to walk in water you would not be able to complete the loop. It has been raining the last two day. Also lots of bugs on the trail. Maybe this trail would be better when it has not been raining.

fee
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

The description of this trail here isn't quite accurate. The trail USED to be a loop of about a half mile. The boardwalk mentioned was destroyed in a flood in 2006. The loop was rebuilt without the boardwalk but big chunks of the lower part of the trail were taken out in a flood in 2008. What's left is very short but very pretty. You can explore upstream beyond the end of the trail. The visitor center now accepts credit/debit cards 9am-4pm. I hope this helps. Right now the leaves are just beginning to come back on the cottonwoods. Spring blooms soon!

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