Explore the most popular walking 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
17 hours ago

Awesome views, but very rocky. It is manageable though. Take bug spray during summer months. Saw several deer. A good family hike.

hiking
18 hours ago

Parking was confusing since we were not camping in the campground and parked in the overflow area after asking one of the camp hosts.. Saw lots of elk. Trail was easy to follow and marked very well as it is for cross-country skiing during the winter. Mostly shaded except for the meadows. Will definitely do this trail again if we have the opportunity.

Not wheelchair nor stroller friendly. It is a desert hike without shade. Be prepared with water and good shoes. Petroglyphs are located in the back of the canyon so you should hike the entire 2.2 mile loop.

hiking
22 hours ago

Wife and I enjoyed this trail. It's real close to town. Great views of the railroad tracks and White sands! Excellent choice especially if you're limited on time and can only hit up one trail as was our case.

A fun and moderate trail, was less rocky and more humid than we all expected. We went on July 19, 2018 and found the area to be mossy and aromatic, less dry, and teaming with flora. We heard birds along the trail but didn’t see any wildlife.

Only saw a few other hikers and one mountain biker. I’d definitely go again.

Incredible views at the top, you can see the sky open 360 view. Looking at it from afar it is very misleading.

Back open

1 day ago

This trail is good if you only have a short length of time, or you don’t normally hike. I find the petroglyphs amazing to see, but it’s also very disappointing to see how much the rocks have been defaced.

Start of the trail had a lot of road maintenance nearby and was quite noisy, but that disappeared after the first half mile. Trail is fairly steep, but almost fully shaded and lots of places to take breaks. Was very busy for a Thursday. We saw a lot of dogs on the trail, almost all off leash. Lake at the top was pretty and the dogs enjoyed it.

All in all, I enjoyed the hike and would recommend it, but preferred the hike we did to Middle Fork Lake the next day a little bit more. Similar hike, but not as busy and the lake was a bit nicer.

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on Anasazi Trail

2 days ago

Great trail for biking or hiking. Good up & down hills. Gives a good workout.
Easy access from multiple spots.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views from the top and your rewarded with a cool breeze through the slot canyon on your way back down. High traffic but worth it..

Great day hike!
Me and my kids (12-16) hiked it on 7/11/18 had lunch at the lake and explored. Planned to fish but no luck, didn’t even see a trout one. Loads of great views, you do have to cross the creek half way up but it is wide and there is plenty of rocks/logs to step on. We stuck to the main trail and made it in about 1 hr 15 minutes. If you take a few of the hiking trail short cuts at the switchbacks you can save some time ascending and still stay on a designated hiking trail.
Remember to follow Leave no Trace principles!!
Happy hiking!

This was a lovely trail to hike. There were many switchbacks, beautiful views of the lake, and surrounding mountains.

Easy hikes through the general caverns.
I would suggest hiking in through the natural entrance, completing the Big Room, and then going up though the elevator for lunch (we didn't have any wait time). We packed our lunches, but they have a restaurant and gift shop on site. After, I would suggest making a reservation to go back down for any tours- FYI: King's Palace is the only one you can take a 4 year old on.
-Make reservations online as they fill up pretty quickly. I made mine online and then ran into truck problems and they were nice enough to reschedule us into open spots. The people there were very nice and accommodating, the people on the phone that I called to let them know what was going on- not so much. If you happen to have problems, get in touch with the actual people who work at that location, not the general national park services (that number was listed online).-
Anyway, after lunch, we left through the natural entrance to catch the bats leaving the caves, but it was moderate-strenuous. There was a woman who worked there that warned me that it was a strenuous 80 story ascent (probably because I had small children), but we were able to complete it. Just be aware there are a lot of switchbacks and it's a steep incline. But it was so beautiful and I definitely wouldn't skip out on this by taking the elevator both ways.
The temperature in the caves is 56° pretty much all the time, according to the rangers. We went in toward the end of June and it was cold enough that all my kids wanted sweaters, even with it being hot outside. So be prepared. In the regular caverns, you won't really need any flashlights. They have lights on pathways. But I read that if you do the lower caves (can't take children here), you will need them.

Great training trail for my Kilimanjaro summit. I made it! Enough steep spots to get the calves howling on the way up and the knees growling on the way back. A thirteener + with great vistas and a 3,000-foot rise from the trailhead parking lot or 2,000 from the really cool Williams Lake. Did it three times as part of my prep. Windy on top as others mentioned.

Beautiful child friendly trail. About 1:45 going up and 1:20 coming down. Hiked for my first time with my two kids, 6 and 11, it went well. Much cooler at the lake than at trailhead, bring extra sweater.

fun, and more wild the further west you get

Pretty views of Battleship Rock

Solid class 3 scrambling at the traverse from Deception Peak

hiking
3 days ago

Pristine wilderness. Makes you proud to be a New Mexican.
Not sure it the trail is really 6.4 miles.
Stick to the left of the Rio Nambe after the Windsor Trail forks.
Took about 5.2 miles to get there and 3.4 miles to return (following the trail to the left of the Rio).
Get an early start, afternoon showers could make for flash flooding at the lake.

The hot springs are amazing. Last 1/4 mile from road is not an easy trail but totally worth it. Don’t miss the cave half way.

The incline is very steady which makes this hike easier than you’d think for the elevation you gain. I backpacked there this weekend and it was beautiful. Lost Lake is a gem.

hiking
3 days ago

Hike was great all the way until the loop on top of the mesa. Trail seems to have washed away and there was a fire up there so lots of trees collapsed over what might have formerly been a trail.

Highly recommend taking a left once you get up the steep rocky portion around 3.6mi. There’s a neat rock formation over there you can catch your breath and look out across the valley. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have bothered with the loop around the top, though if you do poke around up there there’s a grave site to be found with candles, tobacco cans, and booze positioned around it.

The stream at the start/end of the trail was a nice chance to take a nice cool dip after the hike.

on Sun Mountain Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Good uphill hike with nice view.

on Dorothy Stewart Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Nice easy hike

This is my favorite trail in this area so far! Great weather today. I’ll be doing this one again.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice easy trail! Just be aware of your footing- big ants and dog poop here and there! Only a few skinny rocky spots to traverse. Good first hike for our vacation from FL!

hiking
4 days ago

This was spectacular. We arrived early and were glad we did. Got amazing photos and a great workout as well. Met lots of interesting people along the way as the traffic picked up considerable by 10:00. Would defiantly do this again. Took us about 2 hours. Take lots of water with you.

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