Best Trails of New Mexico

This list represents the most popular trails in New Mexico. Use this list to plan your next New Mexico outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 San Antonio Hot Springs

    7 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    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.
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Yet another fabulous collection of hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest. Flowing out of a steep hillside, the springs ...

  • #2 La Luz Trail

    6 Reviews

    Albuquerque, NM

    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. A little less than 1 mile up, Tramway Trail 82 turns ...
    •  9–12 hours for day hike
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or an overnight trip from the edge of Albuquerque through the rugged Sandia Wilderness to the crest of the ...

  • #3 Wheeler Peak

    7 Reviews

    Taos, NM

    A long day hike or moderate overnight trip to the dramatic summit of New Mexico’s highest peak
    •  8–10 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or moderate overnight trip to the dramatic summit of New Mexico’s highest peak

  • #4 Tent Rocks

    7 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon.
    •  1.5–2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon.

  • #5 McCauley Hot Springs

    6 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    Another collection of spectacular natural hot springs in the Jemez Springs area, with several large pools of warm water perfect for bathing.
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Another collection of spectacular natural hot springs in the Jemez Springs area, with several large pools of warm water perfect ...

  • #6 Osha Trail

    7 Reviews

    Cloudcroft, NM

    The Osha Trail is an easy, popular loop hike very convenient to the high mountain town of Cloudcroft. It passes through lush forest of Douglas-fir, aspen, and pine, and offers views of White ...
    •  1–2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Osha Trail is an easy, popular loop hike very convenient to the high mountain town of Cloudcroft. It passes through lush ...

  • #7 Capulin Volcano Rim Trail

    5 Reviews

    Red River, NM

    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 ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Great Plains may seem an unusual setting for volcanic activity, but the Raton-Clayton volcanic field covers more than ...

  • #8 White Sands National Monument Trails

    5 Reviews

    Alamogordo, NM

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    No portrait of New Mexico’s wildlands would be complete without White Sands, and while the national monument rarely is a ...

  • #9 Manby Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Taos, NM

    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 ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio ...

  • #10 Spence Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    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 ...
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A collection of natural hot springs on the side of a steep hill forming several soaking pools. Heavily visited for years, ...

  • #11 Monjeau Lookout

    3 Reviews

    Ruidoso, NM

    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 ...
    •  5–7 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a day hike or easy overnight trip along a high lush ridge of the White Mountain Wilderness. The hike follows a section ...

  • #12 Spirit Lake

    3 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    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 ...
    •  10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The climb to Spirit Lake is a summer getaway from the tourist crowds in Santa Fe, but on weekends the Winsor Trail receives ...

  • #13 Jemez Falls And Mccauley Hot Springs

    3 Reviews

    La Cueva, NM

    Scattered through New Mexico’s national forests are dozens of hot springs where hikers can soak in naturally heated water bubbling out of the ground. One concentration of springs is located in ...
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Scattered through New Mexico’s national forests are dozens of hot springs where hikers can soak in naturally heated water ...

  • #14 Bandelier National Monument

    1 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    Of all the major archaeological parks in New Mexico, only Bandelier National Monument offers opportunities for true backcountry ...

  • #15 Hannah Hot Spring

    3 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    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, ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Perhaps the most isolated hot spring in the state of Arizona, Hannah is a true wilderness experience, requiring a hike of ...

  • #16 Jordan Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    An extremely remote series of hot springs in the Gila Wilderness of the Mogollon Mountains, requiring a difficult hike to reach.
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    An extremely remote series of hot springs in the Gila Wilderness of the Mogollon Mountains, requiring a difficult hike to ...

  • #17 Lake Katherine

    4 Reviews

    Pecos, NM

    A long day hike or overnight trip to a high alpine lake at the base of Santa Fe Baldy.
    •  10–12 hours or overnight
    •  16.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or overnight trip to a high alpine lake at the base of Santa Fe Baldy.

  • #18 Sawmill Park

    2 Reviews

    Taos, NM

    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 ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The 3-mile-long meadow by Sawmill Creek is one of New Mexico’s easiestto- reach high-country destinations. The grades of ...

  • #19 Big Bonito Loop

    2 Reviews

    Ruidoso, NM

    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 ...
    •  9.25 miles
    •  Guide

    The White Mountain Wilderness is one of the most attractive backcountry areas in New Mexico. The mountains are the highest ...

  • #20 Cochiti Canyon

    4 Reviews

    Cochiti Pueblo, NM

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Cochiti Canyon is one of the prettiest canyons found in the Jemez. Beautifully sculpted volcanic tuff and sandstones form ...