Explore the best 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.

I have done this hike twice. Once from Middle Fork and Once from William's Lake. Great hike, excellent challenge; especially when you have to consider getting stuck above the tree line in the rain and storms.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail with my son up from the ski lodges. It was a final tuneup before his trek at Philmont. Lots of wildlife and incredible views. It's a hard trail but anyone with experience can make this trek. Pace and water and you are good to go. Must see if you are in this part of New Mexico.

Great hike. Trail very clearly marked with signs right from the parking area and blue blazes on the trees. Left early since afternoon thunderstorms are the norm in mid-July. Clear blue sky on the summit at 8:00 am. Lots of marmot! Must have seen 15 or more. Even got a good picture of the more elusive picas

Lots of people hiking up as I was descending. Weather held out until just after noon when the rain and thunder started if you're hiking in July get an early start to beat the rains! It's worth the extra effort.

I give five stars because it's a beautiful area and the springs are quite magical. There's a smaller, more shallow, warmer spring at the bottom and a bigger, less warm spring at the top that you can swim in. It's about 4 feet deep, I'd guess.
As others stated, the trail can be confusing though. You start at the east trail map and take the trail to the left of the river. Keep right. You'll eventually come to a fork, go right and follow the red trail markers. If you go left, on the edge of the mountain, you're going the wrong way and the trail will end.
It's a completely uphill trail so make sure to wear good shoes.
Overall, my friends and I loved it once we found it and it made the hike worthwhile. We had it completely to ourselves on a Thursday afternoon. We had to cut it short when it started to pour rain but it was fun! We'll definitely be back.
Also disclaimer that I did not know: It costs $5 (cash/check only) to park near the trail and that lot closes at 6. If you stay past that time, you'll have to find the woman in the RV to unlock the gate for you.

Great trail. Steady but mild incline throughout. Great waterfall at the end. You have to walk down the stream to get to the end but totally doable. Didn't have to step in water once. I wouldn't describe it as "lightly" traffic, more like moderately.

Waterfall is underwelming.

Trail is badly marked, one sign could save a lot of experienced hikers trouble. We missed it and ended up towards that top of the flat mtn and had to gps track back to main trail. But the Springs were warm and very nice.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail that is clearly marked and offers a bit of a challenge for those who get winded walking uphill for long stretches. Plan on getting your feet wet with some of the river crossings. The earlier you get on the trail, the easier it is for parking and hearing nature!! Great photo op's and the waterfall is a fun hidden treasure.

hiking
9 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail! I camped at Jemez Falls for a few days and climbed this trail every day with my dog. It takes about an hour to get there if you know the way. I was lucky enough to find it easily by myself as I didn't find this app until I got home. I recommend bringing plenty of water. I also brought a few pool toys to play with my dog and to float. The water is about swimming pool temp which is nice in the heat of summer. It is cooler than some of the other springs in Jemez, and the main pool is big enough to swim in! Little fish eat the dead skin off your feet for a Japanese mountain pedicure. Scrub yourself down before going if you think you'd find it uncomfortable.

If you are looking for a fun, beautiful trail to spend the day with your kids or dogs this one is perfect.
I am currently training my smallest pup to learn the in and outs of hiking and she did great. I also took my little brother (13) and he really enjoyed it.
The first part of the trail you are basically going through peoples backyards so make sure you keep your dogs on a leash the first 1/3 of the hike. This not only keeps them from running after animals but also keeps them safe since there is barb wire on the first part of the trail.
The rest of the trail is pretty easy and the views are amazing. In some parts it is so green that it feels as if you were in the middle of the jungle. The fall is great! Make sure you take some snacks to enjoy the views while you hear the water falling.
****some tips****
-Parking is extremely limited. If you are going with several friends please carpool if possible
-Try to go early in the morning so that you find parking space
-Respect the leash policy at least for the first 1/3 of the hike

hiking
11 days ago