Best Backpacking in New Mexico

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

  • #1 Bandelier National Monument

    2 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 ...

  • #2 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.

  • #3 Stewart Lake

    2 Reviews

    Pecos, NM

    Stewart Lake is a beautiful small lake created by glaciers during recent ice ages. A small earthen dam enlarges the natural lake somewhat. Unlike the much higher Lake Katherine (see the Lake ...
    •  7–8 hours or overnight
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Stewart Lake is a beautiful small lake created by glaciers during recent ice ages. A small earthen dam enlarges the natural ...

  • #4 Capitan Peak

    2 Reviews

    Capitan, NM

    A two- or three-day loop backpack through lush old-growth forest into one of the least visited wildernesses in New Mexico.
    •  2–3 days
    •  19.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A two- or three-day loop backpack through lush old-growth forest into one of the least visited wildernesses in New Mexic ...

  • #5 Bandelier Wilderness

    2 Reviews

    White Rock, NM

    A two- or three-day loop hike deep into the scenic Bandelier Wilderness.
    •  2–3 days
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    A two- or three-day loop hike deep into the scenic Bandelier Wilderness.

  • #6 Camp Wilderness Ridge

    1 Reviews

    Whites City, NM

    This is a spectacular overnight hike from the Texas desert into the New Mexico mountains. The trail starts in the mouth of McKittrick Canyon at the Park Service information station. From there, ...
    •  10 hours to overnight
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a spectacular overnight hike from the Texas desert into the New Mexico mountains. The trail starts in the mouth ...

  • #7 Sacramento Rim

    1 Reviews

    Cloudcroft, NM

    A two- or three-day backpack following the high western rim of the Sacramento Mountains.
    •  2–3 days
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    A two- or three-day backpack following the high western rim of the Sacramento Mountains.

  • #8 San Pedro Parks

    2 Reviews

    Cuba, NM

    A two- or three-day hike into the lush meadows and forests of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
    •  2–3 days
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    A two- or three-day hike into the lush meadows and forests of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

  • #9 Sheep Corral Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    This is the fastest, most direct hiking access into the remote central reaches of the lower Gila River. The lower reaches harbor a scenic valley in a rugged canyon with jagged volcanic formations. ...
    •  6-7 hours or Overnight
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the fastest, most direct hiking access into the remote central reaches of the lower Gila River. The lower reaches ...

  • #10 Sapillo Box

    0 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    This route includes dramatic overlooks into the box of Sapillo Creek canyon, which in itself is well worth exploring. There is ample solitude and scenery in this remote and rugged corner of the ...
    •  12-15 hours or Overnight
    •  19.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This route includes dramatic overlooks into the box of Sapillo Creek canyon, which in itself is well worth exploring. There ...

  • #11 Sandy Point - Willow Creek

    1 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    This hike follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains in the Gila highlands with expansive high-country vistas thanks to openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. A short side hike reaches ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains in the Gila highlands with expansive high-country vistas thanks to ...

  • #12 Sandy Point - West Fork Gila

    1 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    The crest of the Mogollon Range offers spectacular vistas, especially along the many openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. The route traverses a diverse cross section of the Gila Wilderness ...
    •  5-7 days
    •  40.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The crest of the Mogollon Range offers spectacular vistas, especially along the many openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy ...

  • #13 Skunk Johnson Cabin

    0 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    The route includes wonderful vistas of Sheridan Gulch and Dry Creek Canyon. The historic cabin on a remote stream is an interesting destination in its own right. Fishing might be a possibility ...
    •  4-5 hours or overnight
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The route includes wonderful vistas of Sheridan Gulch and Dry Creek Canyon. The historic cabin on a remote stream is an interesting ...

  • #14 Zuni-Acoma Trail

    0 Reviews

    Grants, NM

    This is a long day hike or overnight trip across the rugged lava flows at El Malpais National Monument. The trail is part of an old Indian trail that connected the villages of Zuni and Acoma. ...
    •  10–15 hours roundtrip
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a long day hike or overnight trip across the rugged lava flows at El Malpais National Monument. The trail is part ...

  • #15 Buds Hole

    0 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    There is year-round vehicular access to this lower-elevation trailhead to Mogollon Creek when high-country routes are still snowbound. The payoff includes panoramic views of the Mogollon Range ...
    •  10-11 hours or overnight
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    There is year-round vehicular access to this lower-elevation trailhead to Mogollon Creek when high-country routes are still ...

  • #16 Alum Camp

    0 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    This short but exhilarating hike begins with expansive vistas from the upper end of the trail. Soon colorful canyon formations come into view. The remnants of the historic cow camp and mining ...
    •  3-5 hours or Overnight
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This short but exhilarating hike begins with expansive vistas from the upper end of the trail. Soon colorful canyon formations ...

  • #17 Brushy Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    This route offers a good cross section of the center of the Wilderness, from the Gila River canyon to sweeping mountain vistas. Solitude, scenic vistas, and a chance for wildlife sightings can ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    This route offers a good cross section of the center of the Wilderness, from the Gila River canyon to sweeping mountain vistas. ...

  • #18 Cliff Ruins

    0 Reviews

    Silver City, NM

    This hike offers a short and relatively easy way to view a Mogollon cliff ruin adjacent to a large cave entrance in a remote setting. It’s interesting to imagine what its purpose may have been ...
    •  3-4 hours or Overnight
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike offers a short and relatively easy way to view a Mogollon cliff ruin adjacent to a large cave entrance in a remote ...

  • #19 Mogollon Crest

    0 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    The crest of the Mogollon Mountains presents spectacular vistas from rugged canyons to distant mountains. This route accesses the three highest peaks in the Wilderness with lots of open views ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    The crest of the Mogollon Mountains presents spectacular vistas from rugged canyons to distant mountains. This route accesses ...

  • #20 Whitewater Baldy

    0 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    This high ridge hike along the crest offers spectacular vistas of Whitewater Canyon and the Mogollon Mountains, with many more open views due to the huge Whitewater-Baldy Fire. Whitewater Baldy ...
    •  7-9 hours or overnight
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This high ridge hike along the crest offers spectacular vistas of Whitewater Canyon and the Mogollon Mountains, with many ...