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 - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.5 mile Best Trail in NM - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. 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 Guides

#3. 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 Guides

#4. 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 Guides

#5. 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 - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Capulin Volcano Rim Trail


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…
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

#7. Spence Hot Springs


A collection of natural hot springs on the side of a steep hill forming several soaking pools. Heavily visited for years, Spence has had somewhat of a notorious reputation, though conditions have grea…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.5 mile Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Manby Hot Springs


This is a fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio Grande Gorge. The source is approximately 100 degrees, though the pools are so…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Taos, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 1 mile Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Monjeau Lookout


This is a day hike or easy overnight trip along a high lush ridge of the White Mountain Wilderness. The hike follows a section of the Crest Trail from the ski area along a long scenic ridge to the acc…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Ruidoso, NM - Hiking - 11 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Spirit Lake


The climb to Spirit Lake is a summer getaway from the tourist crowds in Santa Fe, but on weekends the Winsor Trail receives heavy use by hikers. The views from the trail are among the best in the sout…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in New Mexico"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking - 10.8 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Sawmill Park


The 3-mile-long meadow by Sawmill Creek is one of New Mexico’s easiestto- reach high-country destinations. The grades of this trail are gentle enough for beginning backpackers. Idyllic campsites are…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in New Mexico"
Taos, NM - Hiking - 11 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Jordan Hot Springs


An extremely remote series of hot springs in the Gila Wilderness of the Mogollon Mountains, requiring a difficult hike to reach.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Silver City, NM - Hiking - 12 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Hannah Hot Spring


Perhaps the most isolated hot spring in the state of Arizona, Hannah is a true wilderness experience, requiring a hike of more than 7 miles one way. Once you finally get to Hannah Hot Spring, a small,…
From the guidebook "Touring Arizona Hot Springs"
Alma, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 14 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. White Sands National Monument Trails


No portrait of New Mexico’s wildlands would be complete without White Sands, and while the national monument rarely is a hiking, much less a backpacking, destination, the unique environment here is em…
From the guidebook "New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Alamogordo, NM - Hiking Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#15. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.4 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Big Bonito Loop


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…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in New Mexico"
Ruidoso, NM - Hiking - 9.25 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Cochiti Canyon


Cochiti Canyon is one of the prettiest canyons found in the Jemez. Beautifully sculpted volcanic tuff and sandstones form the canyon walls. Pinyon and juniper quickly give way to ponderosas that grow…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking New Mexico"
Cochiti Pueblo, NM - Mountain Biking - 15 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Albuquerque Area Campgrounds


To say that Albuquerque has it all is an understatement. It is the population center of the state and has the usual attractions of a big city with the added bonus of being located in the shadow of 10,…
From the guidebook "Camping New Mexico"
Albuquerque, NM - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Silver City - Gila Wilderness Area Campgrounds


Silver City is aptly named. When you discover it, you feel like you’ve found the state’s hidden treasure. There are dozens of things to do here, ranging from tours of the huge copper mines to hiking i…
From the guidebook "Camping New Mexico"
Silver City, NM - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Hermit Peak


A day hike to the spectacular views from a rocky summit of a prominent Pecos Wilderness peak. Hermit Peak anchors the far southeastern arm of the Pecos Wilderness. Although the summit has a broad, fla…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico"
Las Vegas, NM - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in NM - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides