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.

  • #1 Pecos Wilderness Area Trails

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    Santa Fe, NM

    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, ...
    •  445 miles
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    The Pecos is the quintessential New Mexico mountain wilderness— high, wide, and beautiful, a wonderland of wildflower-filled ...

  • #2 White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails

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    Ruidoso, NM

    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. ...
    •  110 miles
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    The Mountains of the Southwest have been described as “sky islands,” and nowhere is this more true than the mountain ridge ...

  • #3 Cave Creek Trail

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    Cowles, NM

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.1 miles
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    This hike takes you to an intersection with Trail 251. A set of caves along picturesque Cave Creek is its unique feature. ...

  • #4 Gila Wilderness Area Trails

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    Silver City, NM

    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 ...
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    The Gila Wilderness is one of America’s great wildernesses. But its significance lies not only in its size—more than twice ...

  • #5 Cliff Ruins

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

  • #6 Embudito Trail

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    Albuquerque, NM

    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 ...
    •  7 hours
    •  9.4 miles
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    This trail climbs the western slopes of the Sandia Mountains to beautiful meadows on the Sandia Crest just south of South ...

  • #7 Cienega Trail

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    Tijeras, NM

    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.
    •  4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A pleasant and easier hike up a lush streambed to the Sandia Crest. Cienega is Spanish for “wet meadow,” and you’ll hike ...

  • #8 Mount Taylor: Gooseberry Spring

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    Grants, NM

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6 miles
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    Often snowcapped into mid-spring, Mount Taylor is the massive volcano on Albuquerque’s sunset horizon. A classic hike on ...

  • #9 Canoncito Trail

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    Tijeras, NM

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  6.8 miles
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    This hike follows the Canoncito Trail up the west slopes of the Sandias to the Sandia Crest and features small waterfalls ...

  • #10 Jaral Cabin

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    Albuquerque, NM

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.4 miles
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    This hike along the western foothills of the Sandia Mountains takes you to the ruins of an old ranger station, which harks ...

  • #11 Bill Spring–Sulphur Canyon Loop

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    Tijeras, NM

    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, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
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    Another pleasant hike on the lushly forested east slopes of the Sandias, this loop takes you through ponderosa pine and Gambel ...

  • #12 Box Spring–Red Canyons

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    Belen, NM

    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 ...
    •  4–5 hours
    •  8.6 miles
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    Most hikers come here for a 7.5-mile loop that incorporates Spruce Spring Trail and a short spur to Gallo Peak. This slightly ...

  • #13 Three Gun Spring Trail

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    Tijeras, NM

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Three Gun Spring Trail offers a shorter way than the Embudo Trail (not to be confused with the Embudito Trail) to reach ...

  • #14 Fourth of July Trail

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    Albuquerque, NM

    This hike climbs past a spring to a scenic meadow in the Manzano Mountains. This is an especially fine hike in fall when the bigtooth maples are blazing with yellow, orange, and red leaves. The ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4.8 miles
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    This hike climbs past a spring to a scenic meadow in the Manzano Mountains. This is an especially fine hike in fall when ...

  • #15 Osha Loop Trail

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    Tijeras, NM

    This longer hike near the Sandia Crest takes you along the upper east slopes of the Sandias on the 10K Trail, and then around the Osha Loop Trail north of Media Canyon. Aspens and the alpine ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.8 miles
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    This longer hike near the Sandia Crest takes you along the upper east slopes of the Sandias on the 10K Trail, and then around ...

  • #16 South Sandia Peak

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    Tijeras, NM

    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 ...
    •  8 hours
    •  8.4 miles
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    This hike uses Barts Trail, an alternate way to reach the beautiful South Sandia Peak area along the Sandia Crest. Walk ...

  • #17 Tree Spring Trail

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    Tijeras, NM

    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, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.8 miles
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    This beautiful hike on the east slope of the Sandias takes you to the Sandia Crest south of the upper tram terminal. The ...

  • #18 Anasazi Arch Trail: Bureau of Land Management

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    Aztec, NM

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  0.5 miles
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    New Mexico is not as well known for its arches as nearby Utah. However, arches like Anasazi Arch are nothing to shrug your ...

  • #19 Canada-Capulin Trail

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    Los Alamos, NM

    This scenic, longer hike wanders through the Dome Wilderness in the Santa Fe National Forest and crosses several canyons on the way to a spring just inside Bandelier National Monument. After ...
    •  5 hours
    •  7.4 miles
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    This scenic, longer hike wanders through the Dome Wilderness in the Santa Fe National Forest and crosses several canyons ...

  • #20 Cerrillos Hills Historic Park

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    Cerrillos, NM

    A hike through rolling desert terrain through a historic mining area. Lying at lower elevations than many of the hikes, this area is enjoyable year-round. Numerous mine shafts, workings, and ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.3 miles
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    A hike through rolling desert terrain through a historic mining area. Lying at lower elevations than many of the hikes, this ...