100 Hikes in New Mexico  by Craig Martin

100 Hikes in New Mexico Guide Book

by Craig Martin (The Mountaineers Books)
100 Hikes in New Mexico  by Craig Martin
New Mexico offers a surprising variety of terrain to explore: from the broad, dry valleys of the Chihuahuan Desert to the remarkable alpine lakes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and from the famous caverns of the Guadalupe Mountains to the rugged high desert of the Gila Wilderness. In this completely updated guide to New Mexico's hiking trails, veteran hiker and outdoor writer Craig Martin reveals the best scenery and historic sites to visit, whether you want a half- or full-day hike or a multiday backpacking trip.

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Trails from the "100 Hikes in New Mexico" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 100.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 100.

A hike at White Sands is a unique experience. This huge sand pile is composed of gypsum, not the more common quartz. Gypsum sand is softgrained and smooth, giving these dunes a different, pleasant fee ...
Three Rivers, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Argentina Peak is one of the easiest destinations along the crest of the White Mountains, and the views from the trail are no less spectacular than those from other, higher locations. Cool and shady ...
Capitan, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
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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 ...
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
The National Recreation Trail over Baylor Pass roughly follows the route taken by the Confederate cavalry while engaging the Union infantry in 1862 during the Civil War. Near Las Cruces, Colonel John ...
Cloudcroft, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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The high meadows of the Pecos Wilderness make for scenic midsummer walks with few peers. Either Beattys Flats or Mora Flats make worthy destinations; better yet, combine the two into a multiday trip i ...
Cowles, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
The White Mountain Wilderness is one of the most attractive backcountry areas in New Mexico. The mountains are the highest in southern New Mexico, with rounded, gentle hills along the crest that give ...
Ruidoso, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.25
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The Big Tesuque Trail is the forgotten link in the extensive trail system on the west face of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe. Hikers flock to nearby trails, but Big Tesuque is usually an ...
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
The sprawling El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area are jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. They feature some of the most recent ...
Grants, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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In art-rich New Mexico, the Bisti–De-Na-Zin Wilderness is the only gallery dedicated to a mud swamp. The duck-billed dinosaurs who lumbered across the muck 70 million years ago would be flabbergasted ...
Farmington, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
Mesa Montosa is part of the northern boundary of the basin of Mesozoic rocks surrounding the Rio Chama. On the way to the mesa top, a short side trip leads to Box Canyon. The spur dead-ends at a pour- ...
Espanola, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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At Broad Canyon the foothills are softly stroked with creosote bush and the rolling slopes are slashed with cliffs of tan volcanic rocks tilted this way and that. For those who enjoy something a bit d ...
Alamogordo, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
Although the summit of Caballo Mountain is closed to public access, the landmark meadow on its south fl ank provides one of the most extensive views in the Jemez Mountains. The view across the Rio Gra ...
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 14
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The Great Plains may seem an unusual setting for volcanic activity, but the Raton-Clayton volcanic field covers more than two hundred square miles and holds about one hundred volcanic centers from whi ...
Red River, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
It’s a curious twist on the old disappearing stream trick. At The Sinks in Wyoming, the Lost River in Idaho, and a score of other spots, visitors can watch a river suddenly disappear into the gravels ...
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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The Rio Grande has carved a gorge 60 miles long and up to 1,000 feet deep through the thick sheets of lava that emanated from the volcanoes of the Taos Plateau. The river within the gorge remains wild ...
Cowles, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
The oldest recorded mining operations in the Southwest were located at the nondescript mound of Mount Chalchihuitl in the Cerrillos Hills. At least 1,500 years ago, Ancestral Pueblo people used sharp ...
Cerrillos, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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In the Jemez Mountains, geography and geology combine to create an unusual plant community that adds a distinctive feature to the scenic quality of the range. Volcanic soils on young peaks can support ...
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
At 5,200 acres, the Dome Wilderness is the smallest wilderness area in the southwest. The Dome sits on the more remote edges of the adjacent Bandelier Wilderness and offers considerable solitude and s ...
Costilla, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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In the heart of the Jemez Mountains, the Valles Caldera National Preserve includes six major grassland valleys. The valleys are located in an immense volcanic collapse crater, the Valles Caldera. The ...
White Rock, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
Cinder cones are huge piles of material spewed from a volcanic vent. Nothing fancy—just bits of rock that were shot into the air and then fell nearby to form a conical mound. Most of the rocks are peb ...
Grants, NM - Hiking - Trail Length: 20
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