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
Los Alamos, NM
Of all the major archaeological parks in New Mexico, only Bandelier National Monument offers opportunities for true backcountry ...
#2 Lake Katherine
A long day hike or overnight trip to a high alpine lake at the base of Santa Fe Baldy.
#3 Stewart Lake
Stewart Lake is a beautiful small lake created by glaciers during recent ice ages. A small earthen dam enlarges the natural ...
#4 Capitan Peak
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
White Rock, NM
A two- or three-day loop hike deep into the scenic Bandelier Wilderness.
#6 Camp Wilderness Ridge
Whites City, NM
This is a spectacular overnight hike from the Texas desert into the New Mexico mountains.
The trail starts in the mouth ...
#7 Sacramento Rim
A two- or three-day backpack following the high western rim of the Sacramento Mountains.
#8 San Pedro Parks
A two- or three-day hike into the lush meadows and forests of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
#9 Sheep Corral Canyon
Silver City, NM
This is the fastest, most direct hiking access into the remote central reaches of the lower Gila River. The lower reaches ...
#10 Sapillo Box
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
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
The crest of the Mogollon Range offers spectacular vistas, especially along the many openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy ...
#13 Skunk Johnson Cabin
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
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
There is year-round vehicular access to this lower-elevation trailhead to Mogollon Creek when high-country routes are still ...
#16 Alum Camp
This short but exhilarating hike begins with expansive vistas from the upper end of the trail. Soon colorful canyon formations ...
#17 Brushy Mountain
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
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
The crest of the Mogollon Mountains presents spectacular vistas from rugged canyons to distant mountains. This route accesses ...
#20 Whitewater Baldy
This high ridge hike along the crest offers spectacular vistas of Whitewater Canyon and the Mogollon Mountains, with many ...
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