Best Horseback Riding in New Mexico

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

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#1. Pecos Wilderness Area Trails


The Pecos is the quintessential New Mexico mountain wilderness— high, wide, and beautiful, a wonderland of wildflower-filled meadows, alpine lakes, dark conifer forests, shimmering aspen groves, many…
From the guidebook "New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Santa Fe, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 445 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#2. White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails


The Mountains of the Southwest have been described as “sky islands,” and nowhere is this more true than the mountain ridge known as the White Mountains, a subrange of the larger Sacramento Mountains.…
From the guidebook "New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Ruidoso, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 110 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#3. Cimarron - Eagle Nest Area Campgrounds


For many New Mexico visitors this area is practically a second home. The fishing at Eagle Nest Lake is ranked among the best in the state, the scenic drive through Cimarron Canyon is one you will not…
From the guidebook "Camping New Mexico"
Cimarron, NM - Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Deming - Las Cruces Area Campgrounds


The area between and around Deming and Las Cruces is one of the most desolate parts of the state, but it has its own brand of rugged beauty. From agate collecting and rock climbing at the state parks…
From the guidebook "Camping New Mexico"
Las Cruces, NM - Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Cave Creek Trail


This hike takes you to an intersection with Trail 251. A set of caves along picturesque Cave Creek is its unique feature. It is appropriate as a family hike, especially if the caves are the turn-aroun…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe"
Cowles, NM - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Gila Wilderness Area Trails


The Gila Wilderness is one of America’s great wildernesses. But its significance lies not only in its size—more than twice as vast as the next largest wilderness in New Mexico, the Pecos—but also in i…
From the guidebook "New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Silver City, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#7. Reserve - Mogollon Area Campgrounds


These two communities are located in Catron County, which boasts the lowest population per square mile of any county in the state. Believe it or not, even the campgrounds aren’t crowded. Don’t come he…
From the guidebook "Camping New Mexico"
Mogollon, NM - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. 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 setting. It’s interesting to imagine what its purpose may have been so far…
From the guidebook "Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness"
Silver City, NM - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Mount Taylor: Gooseberry Spring


Often snowcapped into mid-spring, Mount Taylor is the massive volcano on Albuquerque’s sunset horizon. A classic hike on a designated trail winds through woods and meadows to culminate on the rim of t…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque"
Grants, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. Box Spring–Red Canyons


Most hikers come here for a 7.5-mile loop that incorporates Spruce Spring Trail and a short spur to Gallo Peak. This slightly longer route explores a wider diversity of landscapes along paths less tra…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque"
Belen, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Mountain View: Chavez Loop


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 de…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Horseback Riding, Walking - 5.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#12. Anasazi Arch Trail: Bureau of Land Management


New Mexico is not as well known for its arches as nearby Utah. However, arches like Anasazi Arch are nothing to shrug your shoulders at. The very short hike to the arch requires a drive out into t…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes the Four Corners"
Aztec, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 0.5 mile
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Jaral Cabin


This hike along the western foothills of the Sandia Mountains takes you to the ruins of an old ranger station, which harks back to the early days of the US Forest Service, when Albuquerque was still a…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Embudito Trail


This trail climbs the western slopes of the Sandia Mountains to beautiful meadows on the Sandia Crest just south of South Sandia Peak. Although a longer climb than the east side trails that go to the…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Three Gun Spring Trail


The Three Gun Spring Trail offers a shorter way than the Embudo Trail (not to be confused with the Embudito Trail) to reach the scenic saddle at the head of Embudo Canyon, and also gives you a sweepin…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Canoncito Trail


This hike follows the Canoncito Trail up the west slopes of the Sandias to the Sandia Crest and features small waterfalls and seasonal Canoncito Spring. Walk up the road to the trailhead for Barts an…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 6.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. South Sandia Peak


This hike uses Barts Trail, an alternate way to reach the beautiful South Sandia Peak area along the Sandia Crest. Walk up the road to the trailhead for Barts and Canoncito Trails, then take the Bart…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Cienega Trail


A pleasant and easier hike up a lush streambed to the Sandia Crest. Cienega is Spanish for “wet meadow,” and you’ll hike through several such lush meadows on this route.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Bill Spring–Sulphur Canyon Loop


Another pleasant hike on the lushly forested east slopes of the Sandias, this loop takes you through ponderosa pine and Gambel oak forest and past seasonal Wolf and Bill Springs. From the trailhead,…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 2.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Tree Spring Trail


This beautiful hike on the east slope of the Sandias takes you to the Sandia Crest south of the upper tram terminal. The upper portions of the trail pass through alpine fir and aspen forest, and wildf…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque"
Tijeras, NM - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 3.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides