Explore the most popular views trails near Tijeras with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

Trail is closed due to high fire hazard.

I wish this place hadn’t closed-hidden gem!

it was amazing. Beautiful trail to hike with the fam. beautiful indeed!

Nice hike with some strenuous uphills at times. We went further than the junction with the Upper Faulty on the Faulty trail, so our hike was closer to 8 miles, but the loop with the Upper Faulty makes for a nice change of scenery on the way back. Definitely be sure to bring lots of water as the South Crest trail is very exposed at times and it gets quite hot.

Easy beautiful trail... hate that it is closed! Should not be! Renovation should have been made in the fall & winter.
By far mist lived trails

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3 months ago

Great loop: Otero Canyon, left on Blue Ribbon, right on Gnasty, right on Otero Canyon back to the trailhead. 5.5 miles, about 5-600’ elevation increase (mostly in the first 1.5 miles).

This is an enjoyable hike with a really wide variety of scenery and terrain, from open ridge tops, to pine forest (with some beautiful Ponderosa pines), to rock walls and boulder-strewn washes. I hiked it on a red flag warning day, and the wind wasn’t bothersome at all, except a short stretch on the ridge top. This trail is exceptionally rocky in many areas, even compared to others in the area.

The Otero Canyon out & back listed here is cut off less than 2 miles in by the DOD withdrawal and is well marked no admittance. I guess lots of people still go in that area, but if you’d like to avoid breaking federal law, try this loop instead.

Closed starting March 2, indefinitely. See BernCo website for information.

LOVE!!! We went with the kids and had a wonderful time.

very nice trail for kids and whole family..
really enjoyed it.

I’m not able to edit my existing review, but kudos to AllTrails for fixing the errors I referenced! The info all looks correct to me now.

Fun, short easy hike with my son and nieces. They enjoyed the spring at the top and we stopped and had a snack at the picnic table next to the spring. If you only want to go to the springs take a left at the fork and it is only about half a mile to get there.

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4 months ago

Very cool and easy hike for the family. We took our twin 8 year olds. They loved the "hike" up and the abandoned mining town at the top. we jogged the last mile back to the car. great fun.

Great hike! Feels very remote, which is surprising, considering the trailhead is right on the road. There are many, many more trails in the Open Space to explore, beyond this loop.

I was confused to find only a very small pull-off (big enough for 3-4 cars) and a tiny trailhead, with a small sign, across the road. But the location as marked is correct.

There’s a bit of misinformation in this listing. I followed the trail exactly as shown on the AllTrails map (no easy feat, as there are MANY unmarked branches and it seemed my instinct was wrong in every case, causing lots of doubling back), and also extended by at least 1/2 mile total at the far end of the loop (by Sierra Vista Estates). However, my total distance was only 5.29 miles, in the end. Nowhere near the 6.2 miles listed.

There are a few places in which the trail goes down the center of a wash for a stretch. I’d avoid this loop in the rainy season.

This trail is tagged “no dogs,” but dogs are allowed. They just must be on leash (as is typical). There is even a community dog bowl at the single trail sign I saw.

I would not characterize this trail as moderate. It’s slightly less challenging than the Birdhouse Ridge/Tunnel Canyon loop, which is rated “easy” by this app.

It’s a really fun trail with the kids. We made it all the way without having any piggy back rides. They loved the water and the ivy. Family fun win!

Beautiful fun hike!

Easy but pretty

Easy trail- really pretty.

This is a quick, easy to follow trail with some fun pools and old buildings along the way. Like others have said, I would rate this as easy not moderate but it's still a really nice hike.

Pretty but very easy.

It's a nice trail which leads you to an abandoned little town that has gardens and springs. It's a great day trail and it has many spots where you could have lunch and enjoy the scenery!

Super amazing hike, especially if you like abandoned stuff. The camp is really stellar, with springs, and beautiful gardens.

Very interesting hike! Seems like a normal trail and then your transformed into a little ghost town with pretty pools off the spring.

A very enjoyable hike (despite the view of I40 and the concrete plant). I believe the elevation chart represents following the path to the right at the start -- long, gradual uphill to the top, where the springs are. If you go left, there are mostly rough steps and a quick climb to the springs.

Either way, don't think this hike is even remotely "moderate" -- I found it easier than many others in the area that are classified "easy."

There are a couple of accessory trails that you can tack on to make a longer hike, if desired. I ended up hiking 2.44 miles and I didn't follow either of them as far as I could have.

The springs and old camp are definitely worth seeing!

Favorite so far!

CLOSED UNTIL NOV 25 FOR BEAR ACTIVITY

This is closed until November due to bear activity.
Great hike for young kids that isn't far from Albuquerque. My toddler loved it and there is a nice Picnic area at the top to stop and have lunch at.

Some highway noise as noted by others. Light foot traffic otherwise (once past the RC car track?!??) and nice trail. Not a ton of spectacular viewpoints, but a few nice ones. Overall a good day hike.

Simple hike with lovely gardens to see. I wish you could dip in the pools. Great for a short morning or afternoon hike.

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