New Mexico State Parks Trails

To find trails in New Mexico state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

City of Rocks State Park :: Faywood, NM

Many southern New Mexico state parks are designed more for RV enthusiasts than tent campers, but the 2,000-acre City of Rocks State Park is an exception. This park, set among gigantic boulders (some more than 50 feet high), is a geological wonder.

Pancho Villa State Park :: Columbus, NM

Pancho Villa State Park features a campground with historical significance. This is the exact location of Camp Furlong, one of the two sites raided in 1916 by Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

Sumner Lake State Park :: Lake Sumner, NM

The drive to Sumner Lake State Park is delightful. As you travel US 84, you’ll see hundreds of cattle grazing in the tall prairie grass. Once at the park, to reach the main park office, you will cross over the dam on a narrow one-lane road. Follo

Percha Dam State Park :: Caballo, NM

Percha Dam State Park features a beautiful, quiet, small campground located just a scant 3 miles south of Caballo Lake State Park. It is a hidden gem, surrounded by several farms in the lush Mesilla Valley. Named for Percha Creek, which flows into

Caballo Lake State Park :: Caballo, NM

When people think of lake camping in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake is the first place mentioned. But Elephant Butte is crowded, overdeveloped, and party central. A quieter choice is lovely Caballo Lake State Park, just 16 miles south of Elephant Bu

Manzano Mountains State Park :: Mountainair, NM

Manzano is one of the loveliest of all New Mexico state parks. Manzano Mountains State Park is located just 51 miles from the city limits of Albuquerque. The entire drive south on NM 337 is beautiful. This state park was established in 1978 and encom

Villanueva State Park :: Villanueva, NM

Situated in a lush, fertile valley surrounded by mountains, mesas, and sheer dramatic cliffs, Villanueva Sate Park is a delightful place with a slow, relaxed pace that takes you back to the 1800s. The park was named after the town of Villanueva, whic

Fenton Lake State Park :: Jemez Springs, NM

Fenton Lake State Park was one of the most beautiful state parks in New Mexico until the Lakes Fire of August 27, 2002. Fenton Lake is still a delightful state park; loved by many who continue to call this place home for the weekend. The campground

Sugarite Canyon State Park :: Raton, NM

Sugarite Canyon State Park’s property borders the state of Colorado, and elevations range from 6,900 feet at the park entrance to 8,320 feet atop Little Horse Mesa. Sugarite Canyon came within a hairbreadth of being burned completely to the ground by

Morphy Lake State Park :: Mora, NM

Beautiful Morphy Lake State Park is one of the best primitive tent-camping parks in New Mexico. Morphy Lake was accessible only by four-wheel drive for many years, but the road is now paved; however, it remains extremely steep in parts, with twists a

Coyote Creek State Park :: Guadalupita, NM

When Louis L’Amour wrote his novel The Sacketts, he admitted his inability to describe the beauty of the Mora Valley. Words cannot do it justice. You have to experience it for yourself.

Cerrillos Hills State Park :: Santa Fe, NM

Located approximately 16 miles south of Santa Fe, this hike is but one option among many interconnecting trails in a historic mining area (with over 1,100 years of mining history). The park has abandoned mines, one after another, in dry piñon and jun

Sand Dunes Trail :: Oasis State Park, NM

Sand Dunes Trail is a hiking trail in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. It is within Oasis State Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 4,058 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 119 feet. The 9, Cottonwood

Dog Canyon Trail (106) :: Oilver Lee State Park, NM

Dog Canyon Trail (106) is a hiking trail in Otero County, New Mexico. It is within Oilver Lee State Park and Lincoln National Forest. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 4,411 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevat

East P N G Pipeline Road :: Franklin Mountains State Park, NM

East P N G Pipeline Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Paso City, Texas and New Mexico. It is within Franklin Mountains State Park. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 4,442 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.1 miles with a t

Thunder Egg Trail :: Rockhound State Park, NM

Thunder Egg Trail is a hiking trail in Luna County, New Mexico. It is within Rockhound State Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 4,614 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 564 feet.

Jasper Trail :: Rockhound State Park, NM

Jasper Trail is a hiking trail in Luna County, New Mexico. It is within Rockhound State Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 4,532 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 369 feet. Near the trailhead

Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails :: Santa Fe, NM

A trip to Cerrillos Hills State Park could satisfy several interests for some riders. A drive along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway will take you through some of New Mexico’s finest scenery, a few ghost towns, and even a couple of artist de

Hyde Memorial State Park :: Santa Fe, NM

An old favorite at the southernmost tip of the Rockies is a short drive from the Santa Fe Plaza. The nostalgic campgrounds in Hyde Memorial State Park attract wildflower enthusiasts in the summer and aspen lovers in the fall, whereas winter crowds co

Cerrillos Hills State Park :: Cerrillos, NM

Cerrillos Hills State Park is divided into two distinct areas. In the northwest corner, an unmarked network of canyons, closed dirt roads, and horse trails create several possibilities for extensive wandering between Waldo Canyon Road and Grand Centr

Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails :: Albuquerque, NM

A trip to Cerrillos Hills State Park could satisfy several interests for some hikers. A drive along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway will take you through some of New Mexico’s ?nest scenery, a few ghost towns, and even a couple of artist des

Rio Grande Nature Center Trails :: Albuquerque, NM

The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park provides an ideal escape to nature from the city, if only for a short time. The small network of trails here takes hikers for a quick stroll along the Rio Grande and o?er numerous bird-watching opportunities. B

Hyde Park Circle Trail :: Santa Fe, NM

This hike is located in Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico’s oldest and highest-elevation state park. It is situated along the Little Tesuque Creek in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, very close to Santa Fe. Although there is some steep climbing,

Little Horse Mesa Loop :: Red River, NM

One of New Mexico’s most scenic state parks, Sugarite is centered on the canyon of the same name. Gambel oak and ponderosa pine paint the canyon walls in a mosaic of green. Turkey and deer are common in the oaks and grasslands, and signs of elk, bo

Galisteo Basin Preserve: Cowboy Shack :: Lamy, NM

Progressive planning in residential development led to the creation of a public trail system with unspoiled viewsheds just minutes south of Santa Fe. In choosing just one among the many attractive options, the unanimous decision favored the trail tha

Chaco Culture National Historical Park: U.S. Highway 550 to Chaco Culture NHP :: Aztec, NM

A 30-mile paved and dirt road to the ruins of one of the largest centers of Anasazi civilization in the United States. A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was the political and economic center for a large area of northwestern New Mexico. The residents

Rio Bravo: Still a Little Crazy :: Albuquerque, NM

Wedged between the natural splendor of the Rio Grande Valley State Park and the industrial gloom of 2nd St. are more than 126 acres of agricultural land poised for residential development. If the description so far sounds less than enticing, then tak

Hyde Park Road Summit :: Santa Fe, NM

The Hyde Park Road Summit is great for cyclists looking to get their thighs burning and gain some major elevation. Hyde Park curves and climbs for almost 10 miles, beginning around 7,850 feet and climbing to over 10,350 feet. The great thing about Hy

North Diversion Channel Trail :: Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque has been voted one of the top ten bike-friendly cities in the United States for good reason. Trails like the North Diversion Channel run through the city and help connect residents from one side of town to the other. University of New Mex

Penasco Blanco Trail: Chaco Culture National Historical Park :: Bloomfield, NM

This day hike through the New Mexico desert is a great little getaway. The 7.6-mile out-and-back hike in Chaco Canyon includes petroglyphs, pictographs, Chacoan ruins, and possibly some elk sightings. An early-morning or late-evening hike would be id

Borrego, Winsor National Recreation, and Bear Wallow Trails Loop :: Santa Fe, NM

The Borrego, Winsor, and Bear Wallow Trails Loop just may be one of the most popular trails along Hyde Park Road. Perhaps that’s because of its close proximity to Hyde Memorial State Park. Many locals flock here after work for a quick bike ride or jo

Corrales Bosque Trail :: Albuquerque, NM

Located in northern Albuquerque, the Corrales Bosque Trail offers mountain bikers a great quick escape when you don’t have time for a long drive. The trail offers beautiful views of the Rio Grande, provides many opportunities for birding, and even of

Aldo Leopold Forest Trail :: Albuquerque, NM

This short and easy ride celebrates a leader in modern- day wildlife conservation. Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. He may be best known for his collection of essays, first published in 1949, titled A Sand

Peñasco Blanco Trail: Chaco Culture National Historical Park :: Bloomfield, NM

This day hike through the New Mexico desert is a great little getaway. The 7.6-mile out-and-back hike in Chaco Canyon includes petroglyphs, pictographs, Chacoan ruins, and possibly some elk sightings. An early-morning or late-evening hike would be id

Simon Canyon Ruin Trail: Bureau of Land Management :: Aztec, NM

For the best views hike the Simon Canyon Ruin Trail during prime fall foliage season. Don’t be fooled, though; this 1.8-mile out-and-back hike offers some great views year-round. Hikers who make their way to the Simon Canyon Ruin will not only get

Alameda Bridge: Crossing the Same River Twice :: Albuquerque, NM

At the northern reaches of Rio Grande Valley State Park, Alameda Open Space provides access to both the 16-mile-long Paseo del Bosque Trail and a recently established county property, Bachechi Open Space. The latter is named for Carlo and Mary O. B

The Black Range: Mimbres Valley to Chloride :: Mimbres, NM

A 90-mile gravel and paved drive along the slopes of the Black Range, by two enormous wilderness areas, and ending at two former ghost towns. This drive crosses some of the most remote mountain country in New Mexico. Much of the drive follows a narro

Mountain View: Chavez Loop :: Albuquerque, NM

Chavez Loop is a 5.5-mile extension on the south end of the 14-mile Paseo del Bosque Trail. (Technically, they overlap, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll discuss them separately for now.) Paseo del Bosque flanks the Rio Grande Valley State Park f

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument: Tijeras to Gran Quivira :: Mountainair, NM

A 79-mile drive through Hispanic villages and old Spanish mission ruins in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains. As this paved route winds its way through the foothills of the Manzano Mountains past old Spanish missions and small Hispanic villages,

Angel Fire: Mora to Angel Fire :: Angel Fire, NM

The 34-mile drive traverses a beautiful forested section of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between the pastoral Mora River Valley and the ski resort of Angel Fire. The drive not only passes through the lush grassy valleys and forested slopes of the S

Santa Fe Scenic Byway: Santa Fe to Santa Fe Ski Area :: Santa Fe, NM

A dramatic 15-mile drive from the center of historic Santa Fe to the Santa Fe Ski Area tucked into a high valley of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The drive: This national forest scenic byway is very popular because of its close proximity to Santa F

Johnson Mesa & Capulin Volcano: Raton to Capulin :: Raton, NM

A 45-mile drive that follows the quiet back route from Raton to Capulin via Capulin Volcano National Monument. This drive follows the back road from Raton to Capulin. Thousands of cars zip through the two towns on busy U.S. Highway 64/87 on their way

Cibola National Forest: Domingo Baca Trail (#230) :: Albuquerque, NM

The Domingo Baca Trail goes high into the Domingo Baca Canyon near an old TWA plane crash site. This 4.2-mile out-and-back hike begins in the Elena Gallegos Open Space Park. It does not take hikers to the crash site—that requires some o?-trail bushwh

Pueblo Park :: Reserve, NM

A day hike into the remote, little-known Blue Range Wilderness. Pueblo Park is actually located in the Apache National Forest, but it shows up on the Gila National Forest map. The Apache National Forest is administered by the Gila National Forest in

Cave Creek :: Pecos, NM

The Santa Fe National Forest, the second-oldest national forest in the United States, was created by President Harrison in 1892 as the Pecos River Forest Reserve. Part of the forest was protected as the 223,000-acre Pecos Wilderness in 1933. The wild