Best Trails of New Mexico

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#1. San Antonio Hot Springs


Yet another fabulous collection of hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest. Flowing out of a steep hillside, the springs form several bathable pools.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Los Alamos, NM - Hot Springs - 0.5 mile    Best Trail in NM - Click to view allBestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. Wheeler Peak


A long day hike or moderate overnight trip to the dramatic summit of New Mexico’s highest peak…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Taos, NM - Hiking - 15 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. Bandelier National Monument


Of all the major archaeological parks in New Mexico, only Bandelier National Monument offers opportunities for true backcountry hiking. Beyond the visitor center, and easily accessible ruins near it,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen"
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking - 21 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Tent Rocks


A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - 3.2 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#5. La Luz Trail


A long day hike or an overnight trip from the edge of Albuquerque through the rugged Sandia Wilderness to the crest of the Sandia Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Albuquerque, NM - Hiking - 15 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. McCauley Hot Springs


Another collection of spectacular natural hot springs in the Jemez Springs area, with several large pools of warm water perfect for bathing.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Los Alamos, NM - Hot Springs - 4 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Lake Katherine


A long day hike or overnight trip to a high alpine lake at the base of Santa Fe Baldy.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Pecos, NM - Hiking - 16.4 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Manby Hot Springs


A fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio Grande Gorge.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Taos, NM - Hot Springs - 1 mile    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. Capulin Volcano Rim Trail


The Great Plains may seem an unusual setting for volcanic activity, but the Raton-Clayton volcanic fi eld covers more than two hundred square miles and holds about one hundred volcanic centers from wh…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in New Mexico"
Red River, NM - Hiking - 1 mile    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Pecos Wilderness Area Trails


The Pecos is the quintessential New Mexico mountain wilderness— high, wide, and beautiful, a wonderland of wildflower-filled meadows, alpine lakes, dark conifer forests, shimmering aspen groves, many…
From the guidebook "New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - 445 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#11. Dale Ball Trails Central


Through the rolling piñon and juniper-covered foothills just north of Santa Fe. The Dale Ball Trails Central are a collection of connecting singletrack trails which cut through the piñon-covered hills…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Northern New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Mountain Biking - 6.3 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Albuquerque Bike Path Ramble


Albuquerque has a network of designated bike paths throughout the city, the longest and most scenic being Paseo Del Bosque Trail. The city and county officials seem to be good about supporting bicycli…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Alameda, NM - Road Biking - 33 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#13. The High Road: Santa Fe to Taos


A 70-mile scenic back road from Santa Fe to Taos that passes through old Spanish villages and the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The fastest and most popular route between Santa Fe and…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Truchas, NM - Scenic Drives - 70 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. South Boundary Trail


This is an incredible tour of the Sangre de Cristo Range that takes you across ridges, valleys, and several peaks, through gorgeous conifer forests and incredible stands of aspen. This ride is at its…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking New Mexico"
Black Lake, NM - Mountain Biking - 19.2 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Atalaya Mountain


This hike begins on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe and affords panoramic views of the Rio Grande valley and the city of Santa Fe as well as an introduction to the vegetation characteristic of t…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Beatty’s Cabin


A long day hike or backpack through forest and lush meadows into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness at the Pecos River.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Pecos, NM - Hiking - 11 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#17. Bisti Badlands


A day hike into the eroded, tortured badlands of the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Farmington, NM - Hiking - 4 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Atalaya Mountain


A climb to the top of Atalaya Mountain on the outskirts of Santa Fe provides hikers with a unique view of the old city. The steep but pleasant trail leads through shady piñon and conifer forests to th…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Capital City Cruise


This local favorite starts at the beautifully landscaped State Capitol and makes a big loop around Santa Fe, incorporating the smooth pavement in Las Campanas, the historic village of La Cienega, and…
From the guidebook "Road Biking New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Road Biking - 50.5 miles    Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. Jemez Springs Bath House


A historic hot mineral bathhouse, Jemez still offers baths the old- fashioned way. Located at the margin of the Santa Fe National Forest in the small town of Jemez Springs, this is a great place to st…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Jemez Springs, NM - Hot Springs
Published by Falcon Publishing