Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Fantastic trail! Easy for the elevation. 3/22/18 the snow is pretty packed down, but the freeze-thaw cycle means you probably want some kind of traction like yaktracks. It's a beautiful hike in the snow - cozy forest climb that opens up to a breathtaking bowl with the frozen lake.

Perfect for a morning stroll. Nice and easy. I went in March and saw a half-dozen bird species. Great with kids.

Easy and nice trail. Excellent views

This trail was so impossible to follow. I assume that's the reason for the "difficult" rating, because the slope is very mild, as you can see from the topo. I only made it a bit over a mile up before losing the trail completely and finding no workaround. Disappointed because it sounded great.

The falls weren't so great, but this is a wonderful & relaxing hike. Great views! Nice to see all the old train history throughout hike. Enjoyed!

Trail very poorly marked. lots of dead fall.

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

13 days ago

Hiked in early-march. Trail was very well marked. Snow was well packed on the trail, which was about 3-4 ft. wide. If you stumbled off of the trail, the snow would rise past your shins. Views were remarkable, even with the lake frozen. Trekking up the mountain was moderately challenging due to the elevation, the way down was a blast. Dogs loved the trail.

Waterfall was frozen when I hiked this trail but still cool!

14 days ago

Nice walk. Unfortunately trail stops at upper falls. The rock striation is really impressive

Nice, easy hike. If you feel adventurous you can get off the beaten path and explore a couple of caves along the way. Some of the cave hikes are quite a bit harder with steep inclines, loose gravel and some scrambling required.

Excellent trail for running. There is plenty of shade and a waterfall. I'll make this one of my regular run spots.

25 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the Organs. Best in late summer.

I enjoy hiking the Manzano Mountains. This is probably my favorite trail to take up to the crest trail for an overnight backpacking trip. There is a spring which is named spruce springs hence the name of the trail that has a water supply that is 300 ft of the trail. The water supply has proven to be a reliable source each time I have stopped at the spring. The sunsets from the top are awesome!

on Rio En Medio Falls

27 days ago

this is a very nice Forest hike along the creek that leads to the falls. Not very strenuous and a good path to follow. there are a couple of creek crossings that were ice covered and most of them have either stones or small Limbs and logs that you can use to cross over during the summer time. the falls were ice covered and the water was rushing beneath the ice giving it a nice surreal look. when driving to the trailhead follow the directions. towards the end, it is a one-lane road but it does end at the trailhead. there is limited parking spaces at the trailhead.

This is a great trail. Great scenery and the warm springs are really nice at the end. I used the map on the app and had no problem following the trail or finding the springs. My mistake was not bringing a swimsuit and towel. Highly recommended!!

Great area to hike! Views are great and plenty of wildlife to see.

Loved this trail! I don't think that I would rate it as moderate. We found it to be pretty easy. The 7.2 miles is if you combine all three trails together. We did two of them and it came out to be about 6 miles.

Always a favorite trail to hike with a beautiful lake!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!

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1 month ago

It was a great little trip... only complaint was no sign at the turn off of the main road... the trail leading to the waterfall is easy for those who have a disability or in a wheelchair....

A very scenic hike, we really enjoyed it.

1 month ago

This is a great trail. Instead of attempting the steep drive in my Honda Civic, we parked in the ski valley and hiked up one of the ski runs to the trail head. Go through the ski village and head left along the chair lift. The run curves to the right and follows the river to your left. Cross the river again at the Phoenix restaurant / Kachina chair lift, and you're at the true trail head. This was about 8 miles round trip and relatively steep, but do-able even without hiking poles.

Fun and easy hike!

Steep climb up, but once you're there it's breathtaking.

1 month ago

Fairly easy hike. Enjoyed seeing the falls frozen over. Step carefully at the falls as it was icy and slushy there.

Awesome trail, me and my dog hiked it today, some awesome views. Trail wasn't busy at all. Definitely will go back to this trail again.

1 month ago

Nice and relaxing trail. It was disappointing that that we couldn’t continue down to lower falls. Great time to go not a lot of people!

Beautiful trail with small streams and water fall.

Packed my microspikes but didn’t ever have to pull them out of my pack. Awesome hike. Insanely windy at the summit. Make sure you dress warm!

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